Saturday, November 20, 2010

Review: Bright Young Things

Title: Bright Young Things
Author: Anna Godbersen
Date Released: October 12th, 2010
Pages: 389
Rating: 5 out of 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. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.

I was waiting to get this book in my hands for a while!  I loved Godbersen's The Luxe series, and she really gets me reading historical fiction.  I'm not the biggest fan, and when the genre that was picked for my book club at school was historical fiction, of course I let out a little moan... or something like that.  But then, I realized... I can totally go and get Anna Godbersen's latest book! 

I totally agree with the description, this is "an epic new series!"  This book kind of flew by really fast... I'd pick up the book, read a few pages, put it down, then look at how much I've read, and think, "Whoa!  I've read so many pages and SO MANY THINGS HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED!"  Before I knew it, I was done (even though it took me about a week... don't judge me! I'm just a slow reader).  The plot just totally absorbs you and you can't help but just read on.  There are also so many unexpected twists that make you gasp and keep reading until you're just about done with the book. 

The setting was beautiful, too.  It was kind of like The Luxe, but New York just seems so much more fascinating this time because of the descriptions of all the tall building and bright lights and night.  I thought it was also amazing how Godbersen switched from the late 1800's/early 1900's to the 20's, but also makes the 20's seem so much more likable than the time frame in The Luxe.  The characters were pretty lovable as well, although I couldn't really get into any of the guy's that each of the girls fell in love with.  They were all so-so.  Actually, I think that I liked Thom a little bit... But then... this thing happened... and if you want to know what it is, then get the book!  You know you want to :)

Overall, it's defintely a promising start to Godbersen's new series!  I'm really excited and cannot wait for the next book which is called Beautiful Days.  If you like historical fiction, I'd recommend anything by Anna Godbersen because she writes about really intriguing times in history that will really captivate you.

Cover Review:
I love this cover!  It kind of has the same concept as the covers for The Luxe series, but this time the model has the clothing that they probably wore during the 20's, which is beautiful :)  And the font for the title really fits the book.

Cleo :)

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1 comment:

  1. I saw this book at the store and I've picked it up twice now without getting it... I wasn't sure whether or not it was for me. But now I might just pick it up. It sounds really interesting!


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