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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Diamonds in the Rough By Michelle Madow {Review}

Review by Tamara 
Diamonds in the Rough
By Michelle Madow
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters (Book 2)
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (October 28, 2014)
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The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza--with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion--and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Diamonds in the Rough picks up at the beginning of the school year after the summer of The Secret Diamond Sisters. Peyton, Courtney, and Savannah are ready to start the school year at Goodman, their new private school.

Savannah is still my least favorite Diamond sister. She comes off as shallow and very naive in both books. She adjusts the easiest to the new lifestyle as Adrian Diamond’s daughter. She has no problem spending the money and trying to fit in with all the popular girls at her new private school. She makes some questionable choices when it comes to friends in this book. Savannah might not be my favorite but a lot of her behavior can be understood considering she is the youngest and the most sheltered. Peyton and Courtney have spent most of their lives protecting Savannah from their mother’s drinking and their family problems.

Peyton is a lot more likable in this book. She’s not as defiant and quick to do anything to get a rise out of her father. She seems to have matured a little bit, but she still makes some reckless choices in this book that end up effecting other people in a bad way.

Courtney is still my favorite Diamond sister. She is the most together out of all of them and always tries to be fair. She finds out some big secrets in this book. Adrian and her mother have been keeping a huge secret about her kidnapping from her and there’s some fallout from her learning the truth. On top of finding out that truth she’s still trying to stay away from her future step brother Brett.

Madison is another POV character and a lot goes on with her in this book that can’t be talked about without giving away major spoilers. I actually felt a lot of sympathy for her in this book after hating her in the first one. Her life is turned upside down during this book and she has a lot to deal with on her own. Plus, she’s not so hellbent on ruining the Diamond girls as she was in the first book.

This book is like one of those guilty pleasure soap opera. There is a lot of drama and it can seem far fetched at times but it’s so fun you can’t stop reading and just want to know more. I’m definitely going to continue this series because I’m dying to know what crazy things are going to happen with the Diamond sister. Plus, this book end with quite a cliffhanger and there are some more secrets that need to be let out. I’d recommend this book for anyone who likes Gossip Girl like drama and soapy fun.


  1. Meeep! Amazing post Andye. <3 Sigh. I looove all these movies. More than all the other movies. I haven't read the books like you, but that's okay. One day I will. Probably. I just fear it will make me like the movies less :p Hmph. Anyway. I loved this movie a whole lot. But I also had some issues with it. And yesss. I want to know more about Bard too. I'm hoping that they might want to make more movies about what happens in the middle of these two series. <3 Like with Legolas. And Bard. And everything.

    BUT LEGOLAS. I disliked the character of Tauriel. WHYY didn't she love Legolas back? Why didn't she want to be with him? Legolas left because he was heartbroken, I think. Like his dad says, her love was true.. UGH. I didn't like that :p I just wanted Legolas to be happy. Sooobs. He is my favorite character in all the six movies, hih (A)

    HAH! Alfrid. I kind of loved his character. But yesss. I wanted to see him die. Hmph. Upset that it didn't happen.

    I DID NOT SHIP TAURIEL AND KILI. NOT AT ALL. Why wasn't there any Legolas kissing scene? :( Not ONE in all the 6 (5) movies? Damn. I don't approve, lol.

    I loved the battle scenes. <3 But I do agree with you. There could have been more. Sigh. But yeah. Mostly I just loved this movie. <3 And I want to see it again. Hmph. Hope waiting for the blu-ray won't take forever.. but it probably will. How unfair, lol. Anyway. I love this post of yours. <3 Thank you so much for sharing :)

  2. I just saw this movie yesterday and I thought it was awesome, but I definitely agree that there should have been more closure. It really wouldn't have taken them a lot of time to show us what happened to everyone after the battle. They cut have cut out some of Alfrid's scenes instead. I didn't mind that there was no justice for him, but he was just kind of an unnecessary character in the grand scheme of things. I've seen LotR aaages ago, but I can't really remember much, so I look forward to seeing at least some of the characters again!

  3. I think you should hold out hope for the extended edition. I thought An Unexpected Journey was majorly changed by the extended edition. We got so much more of Thorin's lurking latent madness. There could easily be a sexy smooch or some epilogue shots hiding there.

  4. OMG you have no idea how much hope you just gave me!! Now I'm sitting here anxiously awaiting the release of the extended editions!!!

  5. There totally was tension with Legolas and Tauriel - that wasn't just you. The love triangle was added after they decided to do reshoots and turn the two movies into three. What I'm curious about is which side existed before the reshoots.

    I knew they were going to have to separate Legolas and Tauriel - since she's not in LotR. They were going to have to give the audience a reason, especially since elves don't really die. An estranged broken heart is a good reason - but I never liked the love triangle.

    Thorin's nephew (Fili) would have become king. It was at the end of Desolation of Smaug where Thorin was talking about him being king next. When Thorin was was leaving Kili behind.

    The other stuff, though, I don't know ;)


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