Book Review: Splendor (Luxe #4) by Anna Godbersen

New beginnings.  Shocking revelations.  Unexpected endings.

A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.

Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.

In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

This was a great conclusion to a fantastic series.  I am totally satisfied with the resolution of Elizabeth, Lina, Claire, Teddy, and Snowden's stories.  The ending of Diana and Henry's stories, as well as Penelope's to some extent, left me so, so disappointed.  It's been two days since I finished Splendor and I can't shake the sense of melancholy that settled on me after finishing it, all due to the bittersweet ending for Diana.  It didn't make me not like the series, but I think I would have liked it even more had Diana's story ended differently. 

Fans of romance, historical fiction, and fans of YA in general will enjoy the Luxe series.  I highly recommend it! 

Just One Gripe:
Godbersen uses several of the same phrases multiple times in Splendor.  "Bee-stung lips,"  "a hat of magical significance," calling Central Park "verdant,"  these are the main offenders that spring to mind.  This is a small gripe, but it was obvious enough for me to notice.

The Best Thing About This Book:
The poetic justice that befalls the "bad guys."  I love it!

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Setting/Imagery: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Ending: 3/5
Total Score:  23/25

1 comment:

  1. I have the Kindle version of Luxe but I'm kind of hesistant to read it. I've only read one historical/romance (The Season) and I'm not sure if this genre is for me. One of these days I'll whip up it on my Kindle and give it a try.

    I will say this: I LOVE the covers in this series!


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