Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Bright Young Things" by Anna Godbersen [5]

The Year is 1929.
New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things:
Flappers and Socialites seeking
Thrills and chasing dreams
in the anything-goes era of
the Roaring Twenties.
Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star...
Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined - and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for ... and someone will.
The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.
Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall - together and apart.
For all those fans of the divinely written 'Luxe' series comes the brand new novels from Anna Godbersen, this time set in the late 1920's in the last summer of the jazz age.
I absolutely loved this first book from the new series, it was a lot more fast paced than the Luxe books and the girls in this one are more independent and more feisty. The boys at the moment are just the dressing for the girls and it's nice to see that role reversed. The detail from the era is just breath taking you really feel like your in the 1920's surrounded by all the glitz and glamour of the flapper period. It has mystery, romance, betrayal, humour, jealousy and all the things that you come to expect from the Luxe series...but I think even better.
'It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free
we all felt that summer. Everything fades: the shimmer
of gold over White Cove; the laughter in the night air;
the lavender early morning light on the faces of skyscrapers,
which has suddenly become so heroically tall.
Every dawn seemed to promise fresh miracles,
among other joys that are in short supply these days.
And so I will try to tell you, while I still remember,
how it was then, before everything changed -
that final season of an era that roared'.
So just a little taste of what is to come and what to expect in this new and exciting series from Anna Godbersen. A must read for the year and a definite stocking gift for Christmas, your girls will just fall in love with this series.
I rate this book 5 stars.

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