Friday, March 23, 2012
Review: Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen
Publishing Date: September 20th, 2011
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
Pages: 358 pgs
My Rating: 4 stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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..
This is the second book in the Bright Young Things series and I have to admit that I enjoyed this book even more than the previous book. Where Bright Young Things may have been lacking a little in action and plot this book makes up for it. I love reading about the three girls: Cordelia, Astrid and Letty. My favourite is still Letty and I loved watching her stumble her way through high society in New York City. I love that near the end of the novel she comes into her own and really starts to become more independent.
At times I wanted to yell at Cordelia to get her head out of her ass but I can see how one could get lost in the high life. I did think that she took her friendship with Letty for granted and I kept feeling a bit bad for Letty.
I don't want to say too much because I would hate to give anything major away but I enjoyed this book even more than the first and I give it 4 out of 5 stars.