Rumors by Anna Godbersen

Book Title: Rumors
Series: #2
Genres: , , , ,
Release Date: June 1, 2008
Format: Paperback (423 pages)
Dates Read: June 07 to 14, 2011
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After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.

All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.

As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.

So I loved this book but not as much as I loved The Luxe. There was definitely a lot to keep you wondering, but Rumors was a bit more predictable.

I loved being able to see how Elizabeth and Will were living in California and seeing how her “death” affected everyone back in New York. I’m still totally in love with her character because she mostly goes with the flow of things, but she also does what she wants also. It’s kind of cute how she seems to want to rebel but still plays by the rules. Almost like someone who thinks breaking the teachers pencil is extremely bad.

Henry changed so much in this book from how he was in the first and I think a lot of that has to do with Diana. He wasn’t my favorite in The Luxe, but I love how he stopped putting up this cool guy front and showed who he really was. People expected him to be upset about Elizabeth’s death, but he didn’t seen like it would really bother him and it would just be an act, but it really did get to him.

I still really don’t like Penelope at all and now I don’t like Lina because she has grown to be too much like Penelope. I just hate how they both are so full of themselves and they’re both pretenders and fakes. However, they do make the story more interesting and I don’t think there would be much to it if they weren’t the way they are.

I’m totally disappointed with the ending though. It’s not that it was bad, I just wish it wouldn’t have ended that way. I hope that things end up working out and it ends up being one of those things where they lead you to believe it’s true but in the next book, it turns out to not be. It’s really hard to give my opinion on it because I don’t want to give away any spoilers because you definitely don’t expect this to happen. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.

I love this cover. I love the cover of The Luxe more but this one is still beautiful. And I think I’m starting to see that the first one it was suppose to be Elizabeth and I think this is suppose to be Penelope. I guess the other two will be Lina and Diana. It may not be, but they way they are described, it seems as though it fits.