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Friday, September 23, 2011

Review and Giveaway: Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 20, 2011)
Buy the Book: Amazon

For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.

After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys’ lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling metropolis. But Letty’s not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams—no matter the cost.

Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved. Now she is set to honor Darius Grey’s legacy . . . and take her revenge.

Promised to Cordelia’s half brother, Astrid is caught up in a world of dazzling jewels and glittering nights—and the sparkle is blinding. Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly.
There is something absolutely amazing and fascinating about this series.  I've never read a book where I felt so completely lost in another time period before.  Anna Godbersen doesn't just write about the 1920's, her words are actually dripping with the 1920's.  As I mentioned in my review of Bright Young Things last year, I'm not a very visual person.  But, somehow Anna makes me able to see every last detail of her story.  I can picture the grandiose houses, the gorgeous dresses, the speakeasy that Cordelia and Charlie build, and the view from Max Darby's airplane, like I am actually there.  And reading this book makes me want to be there.

While Bright Young things was about these girls trying to find their place in The Big City, Beautiful Days is more about them trying to find themselves.  They have gotten so wrapped up in the lazy, self-centered, glamorous life of a boot-legger's daughter/friend, that they've forgotten who they are, and who they want to be.  Astrid has become obsessed with being the perfect wife, Cordelia can't get her mind off a certain distraction in the form of Max Darby, and Letty has seemingly abandoned her dream of being a star.  But as the girls try to find their way again, they make some decisions that may come back to haunt them in the end.  I can't help but be constantly reminded of the tagline in Bright Young Things, "One would be famous, one would be married, and one would be dead."  As I grow closer to these girls, and their stories, I am eager to find out what happens to them, but I'm dreading that ending.  And my mind keeps changing about which girl will achieve which outcome.

I seriously love everything about this series.  From the time period to the mystery, from the heartbreak to the glamor, this book has me entranced!  The dialogue has me enraptured, the romance has my heart pounding, and the storyline and plot twists are constantly making me guess at what will happen next.  I can't bring myself to pick up another book yet, because I just don't want to leave these girls behind.

If you enjoyed Bright Young Things, you will not be disappointed with Beautiful Days.  If you haven't picked up this series yet, I can't recommend it enough.  Go out and grab Bright Young Things get lost in the roaring twenties like I have!


 Content:
  • Sexual Content:  Moderate
  • Profanity:  Mild*
  • Violence:  Moderate
  • Other Notables:  Drinking during prohibition, smoking, partying at clubs
For more details go to Beautiful Days on Parental Book Reviews.
 
Giveaway:
Thanks so much to Harper Teen for sending me an Advance Readers Copy.  Since I'm going to buy the hardcover to match my copy of Bright Young Things, I'm giving away my ARC.  If you'd like to enter, just fill out the form below!





49 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review and giveaway I am truly excited about this book I loved the 1st,

    The 1920's would be great to travel too! dresses, dancing, speakeasies.. all those forbiding activities that people did when they were not meant to. It all seems very exciting.

    i could see myself getting into a lot of trouble LOL

    melissa
    mel91284 at yahoo dot com

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  2. It'd be a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. I can't give up my air conditioning, and I wouldn't want to live through what happened after. =)

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  3. The first book was great and I'm really exited about the second.
    I'm too used to our time to think of living in another one, but maybe a short visit, like a really short one :D

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  4. I loved the first book, and your review has just hyped me up again for the second!

    I sometimes have dreams of living in the 20's (Aguilera's rendition of Burlesque has also helped me with that little obsession) but I don't know if I'd be able to handle the up-and-up all the time.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds just as fabulous as the first one.

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  6. I haven't read the first book yet but after your review I'm going to have to pick it up!! I loved your review! I also LOvE the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!
    BenneSt3@aol.com

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  7. Thank you for the give-away ! Would love to read this book !

    starlight023(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. I LOVED The Luxe Series and once it was over I felt a bit lonely. When I heard she was writing a new series I got so excited, I guess I expected it to be as good as The Luxe. I know this is not the way to start a book, but I could not help myself. So, yes,I was disappointed with Bright Young Things, maybe it was all my fault...
    That doesn't mean I don't want to keep reading! hahahaahah So yes, I want your ARC! =)
    Tks for the review, Master Jedi, miss u! =)

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  9. Thank you so much for this giveaway! The first book looks really good :).

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  10. I cannot wait to read this! I completely agree. I love the setting and the glamour, I love it all! Great review, hon!

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  11. I almost forgot this book was coming out! I totally enjoyed Book 1 -- thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Yes, I would like to visit 1920, but only a visit, unless I was rich. I would like to try a dress and go to a party.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I'd love to live in the 1920's--if I were a flapper and well, could afford the clothes. :P I think that the lack of technology would be my downfall though, considering how I'm so used to having it readily available.

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  14. I'd love to visit the 1920s as I'm really curious about how things worked then.

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  15. I would love to visit the 1920s, especially to see the fashion.

    Anyways, thanks for the awesome giveaway! I have the first book and plan to read it soon! So having the sequel would be awesome!

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  16. If I had the choice to go back in time I would have 3 choices the Renaissance with all the art, 1800's with the beautiful love(Jane Austen) and the 1920's with the flappers and the awesome dresses and the fun parties! Also all the mystery would be so intriguing!

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  17. I don't think I would like to visit the 1920's. I get a sufficient taste from books/movies/TV. I would miss modern technology and creature comforts too much.

    monagargATyahooDOTcom

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  18. I'd love to visit the 1920's. It'd be a blast.

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  19. A visit might be nice, but I don't want to live at that time :)

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  20. Loved the Luxe series. Am planning on reading Bright Young Things next week -- so I'll be ready for this one. Thanks for the great review. Can't wait!

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  21. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Anna Godbersen! She is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I can't wait to read this one. I'm still shocked that I haven't sped out to the store and bought a copy yet.

    Thanks for the great review! :)

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  22. awesome!!
    but... when does it ends??
    anyway, i'm in!
    Thanks!!
    :D

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  23. I would love to go to the 19020's! Flapper dresses look awesome, and they had the best parties! :D It'd be like living in The Great Gatsy...but hopefully less tragic. :P haha

    Thanks for the giveaway & for sharing your review! :D
    Ambur

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  24. I actually don't think I'd like to visit the 1920s. I live in the south, so there'd still be racism to immigrants and Jim Crow laws, etc. I'd like to think that the 1920s were all about the cute sequiny flapper dresses, and I'm sure that was a part of it, but I think I'm fine just staying here in the present, haha. :)

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  25. Yes, it could be interesting :)
    Tahank you so much for the chance to win♥

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  26. 1920s not so, maybe around 1790 to 1890. Seems so cool!

    CYP

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  27. I am a follower and email subscriber. Yes I would like to visit the 1920's. I find history very fascinating. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  28. I think it would be fantastic to visit the 20's. I would love to really see how things happened in that era. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

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  29. I definitely WOULD NOT want to visit the 1920s. Perhaps it's shallow, but no computers, TVs, cell phones, cameras....

    TORTURE!

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  30. I would LOVE to visit the 1920s! It seems like such a fascinating time in the history of the US, with the speakeasies and women starting to rebel against their roles in society! Count me in!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  31. I would like to visit the 1920's, but only a short visit since I don't think I could handle the rigidity of society back then.

    strs4u2000 @ yahoo.com

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  32. Thank-You!

    Hell YEAH I'd like to visit the 1920's!

    I'd be glamorous and wear loads of lippy and cool dresses BUT there'd be the whole demeaning to women stuff going on.

    chocoholicmol(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Molly

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  33. I would be very interested in visiting the 1920s, it would be an amazing experience.

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  34. Oh, yeah. It's one of my favorite times in history to learn about.

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  35. I would love to visit the '20s i love the flappers!!!

    katie_tp(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. great giveaway! i love this series! i would love to visit that time and see how it was with everyone breaking the rules and doing as they please!

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  37. The 1920's hmm....I don't think so. I'm a technology kind of girl. Okay maybe just a quick visit with someone fun. But I wouldn't want to stay there. =)

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  38. I would absolutely love to live in the 1920's!! I've always wished I could, since I was about 7!

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  39. Thank you so much for making it international! Great giveaway!

    http://forget8me8not.blogspot.com/

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  41. Thank you so much for the review and the contest, this is one of the books that im looking forward to read, the cover is so beautiful!

    What i love most of 1920´s is the dresses and the glam of that time!

    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  42. I've been wanting to read this series so bad! I've heard such great things about it. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. Thanks for the giveaway! I loved the first one in BYT and the whole Luxe series! Anna Godbersen is one of my fave authors!!

    I would love the 1920s! It was so exciting, with woman having more liberties in dressing, and the bootlegging and what not. I love the era and wish I could go there, if even for just a few days.

    thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  44. I would totally like to visit the Roaring '20s. The flapper lifestyle sounds so fun and lively (the dancing, dresses, speakeasies, oh my!).

    After having read Godbersen's Luxe series, I knew I'd be a sucker for BYT, which I was... so I am really looking forward to seeing where "Beautiful Days" goes. I, too, am anxious to know which girl gets which outcome. I kind of think Astrid will be the married one, Letty famous, and Cordelia dead. However, I dread any of them truely dying. I pray it will be a fake death like Elizabeth in the Luxe series for escaping the limelight reason. Also, I keep wondering when the fact that Cordelia is already married is going to enter the picture.

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  45. I think it would be very interesting!

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  46. I would love to live in the 1920s. I think it would be quite interesting to see what the times were like - - might make us appreciate our times more

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