Double Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters & Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow

September 15, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, ARC Reviews, Books, Reviews

Double Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters & Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle MadowThe Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 25, 2014
Source: Purchased
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
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Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. 

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

Michelle’s Thoughts 

For the longest time, I’ve had my eyes on this beautiful chick-lit series taken in one of the most wildest cities in the world—Vegas. Three secret heiress sisters arriving in the city for the first time? That’s a world that’s definite clung to partying and wild romance. Now that I’ve finally gotten a chance to read this, I must say that there’s no book in the world that’s like or even close to The Secret Diamond Sisters’s stunningly-built world.

This book isn’t for everyone. If you’ve read other reviews, you probably noticed that a lot of them are negative. I must say that I’m against the negativity. I understand and don’t understand why, all at the same time. This is a full-out gorgeous chick-lit with drama and perfection, just like a mix between The Bachelor’s drama and Titanic’s romance. It’s that strong. But people have noted that this book didn’t “have a point.” I really am all o_O when reading those thoughts—but it’s their opinion, right?

Hmmph. Anywho—I’d seriously recommend staying away from that negativity. DON’T LET IT SCARE YOU. This book is friendly, this book is feisty with love, but it’s amazing and one of my favourite books of all-time.

Like I noted, this is about three sisters, aka The Secret Diamond Sisters? Yes, the title seriously matches them—I love it! Savannah, Courtney and Peyton are three sisters living in northern California with their alcoholic mother who doesn’t know how to control her addiction. Everyday, they fear for their lives but keep moving on, taking care of each other. As their mother’s addiction rises and gets more out of hand, she is sent to rehab and the three sisters are sent to their long-lost father in Las Vegas. Little do they know he’s a billionaire. 

You’re probably thinking:

and guess what? You’re absolutely right!—in a way. These girls didn’t even know that he basically existed. The story behind everything is so much darker than you can imagine. Dark in a girly-fun novel? YES.

From there, the plot begins to build up. They are brought to Vegas where they’ll be living in one of their father’s most-pricy hotels. They’re in a penthouse and have their own bodyguards. They have their own bedrooms. The change from their past lives to the present is anything but ordinary. Each sister takes their steps in a whole different direction, and gossip is spreading and everyone is watching their steps. And this is just the beginning of a hell-of-a-ride crazy summer with flings, secrets, and mysteries.

This book is

Without reading this, you won’t be able to understand what it did to me. I read this in one sitting in a matter of hours. Michelle Madow is a writer who writes lush, defined, and pure stories that’s chapters will suck you up into a time-machine and throw you into these girls’s lives in a huge city with partying, drinking and clubbing. All of the positive stereotypes about the Hilton’s lives are true, and by reading this you’ll be able to relive a life of not one, not two, but three different heiresses.

Favourite sis from greatest to least? Courtney, Savannah, Peyton. I’m not saying I hate them. I freaking love all of the characters in this book. But really, I found myself relating to Courtney the most.

“Courtney wished her long-term plans were as solid’s as Brett’s. All she knew was that she wanted to do something with her love of books. There were tons of jobs in the book industry, and while she didn’t know which one would be right for her, she was leaning toward editing.”

SCORE! As you can tell, SHE’S A BOOKWORM AND SMART AND INDEPENDENT. ;D She’s an automatic lover of mine, hehe. And the whole mess-up with Brett? Oh, no. Honey, you just have to go out and keep loving him, even though your separated for such a crazy reason. She deserves Brett.

Brett’s my favourite guy. Not much to rave about since all of him is in my heart, but you can probably tell that I’m in love with him. But, Courtney can have him. 🙂

This book was amazing. Period. 


Michelle Madow captivated me from beginning to end and left me obsessed—literally. After reading, I was so thankful to have an ARC of the sequel so I can get straight into it. Her writing is like biting into a gooey-piece of your favourite food. (If it’s meant to be gooey and sweet and all.) There’s so many ways I can express what this book did to me, but all I can say for now is—magic and illusion. This book’s amazingness made it feel like I was reading an illusion. It’s so amazing that it’s so believable. No negativity in my world, and I sure hope that you all will see that as well!

Rating: 5 out of 5


Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow18627634                                 Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #2                           Published by Harlequin Teen on October 28, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Chick-lit, Contemporary, Fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository 

All-access doesn’t mean no problems 

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.

Review copy granted by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

I’m so sad that I am unable to share some of the beautiful pieces of writing from this book with you all, haha. But if you loved the first book, THEN YOU MUST MUST MUST (yes I did say “must” three times in a row) READ THIS WHEN IT’S PUBLISHED. And I bet that if you loved the first book, then you’re sitting there, reading this review in an agonizing-mode because you don’t have this beauty in your hands.

I’m lucky to have gotten a copy of this beauty before October. I read the first book, adored it, and then went straight onto this one! But then again, what sucks about getting ARCs before the book is released is that if there’s a cliff-hanger, you will have to wait EVEN LONGER to get the next book. And that’s what I’m doing here. I’m CRYING, and have been crying since minute 1 after finishing this. -_-

First of all, may I just say that Michelle Madow has the best covers ever? I can just stare at my copy of this beauty all day, all night, no kidding. You can’t even imagine how many times I took this out of my bookshelf before reading it just to stare at the copy and think about my appreciation for having it before. 🙂

The first book was all about their new experience and finding out the truth behind something that happened to Courtney when she was younger. She took it toughly, and I don’t blame her. Her parents have been hiding this from her for all of her life and now they announce it when she’s more than old enough to handle it? Well, the mysteries and shocking secrets aren’t over. THERE ARE SO MANY SHOCKING DISCOVERIES HERE. YOU JUST NEED TO BE READY AND BRACE THE CRAZINESS HERE. NO JOKES.

*takes a deep breath* We’re here at the stage of a trilogy where the most drama and the stage where the “characters find the most about themselves.” And usually, authors aren’t able to master the skills of creating “the perfect sequel.” And actually, Michelle Madow has, and has given us a sequel that is perfect. Perfection. Nothing about this book was negative, and I can compare it to big-time favourites of mine, like City of Bones and Divergent. It’s at their level, and probably even farther into the rankings of “Michelle’s Book Favourite List.”

This takes place right after where the first book left off. The girls are going to begin their first year at their new private school. Sure, they’ve gotten to know some people, and that includes hating some people. *coughMadisoncough* As we know, Savannah loves music, and thanks to one certain someone, she might just be on her way to become famous. Courtney’s relationship with Brett is still steaming up even though she knows that he’s off-limits and Peyton is going overboard with having drinks with her teacher? These sisters have certainly gotten used to the lifestyle of heiresses and more drama and secrets will be flowing and coming upon, and those include some having to do with Madison and the whole kidnapping incident in Courtney’s past.

You will die, at least will feel like you’re dying, by the time you complete reading this. I was in such a disastrous book-hangover after completing this book that I seriously didn’t know what to do with myself. Crown of Midnight book-hangover like.

I didn’t know what to do with myself, and I still do. After reading this, you will be longing for the next book, and you will possibly be thinking about how-the-heck will the last book be up next? This trilogy is full of so much drama and romance that you will be wondering how all of our questions will be answered and how will this trilogy come to a close. But all I know is that Michelle Madow is going to do amazing at it and make the ending perfect, just like she does every time when ending another of her fabulous novels!

There are such crazy plot-twists in this book, the character-relationships go out of control, and the romance is better than ever. There are so many things that went crazier and better, not that anything about the first book was negative or close to perfect. (It was far more than 5/5.)

Courtney and Brett are ADORABLE. THEY’RE MY NEW FAVOURITE COUPLE LIKE OMG. Just wait—you’ll fall in love with them and their hot romance!

That’s what you may be thinking, but you’ll understand later. 🙂


In the history of sequels, this was the best most amazing perfectionous sequel that you can read. Michelle Madow’s writing is lush, pure excellence, and addicting. Good luck with your emotions after reading this!

Rating: For those who remember my rating for Isla and the Happily Ever After… THIS IS ANOTHER SIX STAR DRILL EVERYONE. 6 out of 5 


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25 responses to “Double Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters & Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow

  1. whoa. reading your review makes me drool over the books!
    yeah, you're right. most of the reviews i found are negative and i honestly don't know what to think.
    i'm seriously considering buying these, though, after reading your reviews.
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  2. Great review. All the negative reviews had definitely put me off this book, I didn't want to read it and then hate it and add yet another negative review to the pile. But… your review has me changing my mind. I am now seriously considering giving this a shot. You never know, I could end up absolutely loving it! Great review 🙂

    • Thanks a lot! ^_^ I really didn't actually notice that there were many negative reviews for these books until after I read them, haha. Now that I think about it, the negativity probably would've lowered my expectations! xD Considering, considering… Go for it! I hope *sings to the book lords* that you will enjoy this as much as I did! <3

  3. I've had to skim the second review, as I haven't read the first in the series yet. I actually have both a paperback review copy AND Kindle copy, but all the less than awesome reviews have made me move it back several times. But your passion is contagious and I'm actually putting this back on my shelf to read later this month. So glad you've reviewed these Michelle <3 Thanks for the positive review.
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    • Aw. I understand! LOLL I'm hoping that a lot of you lovelies will go out and pick it up! It was so intriguing from the start! Thank you, Kelly-dear! I seriously hope that you will a-d-o-r-e it! <3

    • LOL I tried my best to show that! xDD That's what everyone's been telling me, and I must admit I'm a little afraid that not many people will continue going for it. :/ Courtney was everything I was looking for in a strong protagonist! (Hmm.. Out of three.) Ou, yay! Thank you, Marianne, and I'm looking forward to hear your thoughts!

  4. You definitely have my attention, Michelle. There was definitely a lot of negativity surrounding this book so I definitely took it off my list but you have me curious and I am wondering if I should give this book a chance instead of, you know, avoiding it! Especially if the follow up was THAT good.

    I am glad you enjoyed this series so much!

    Lovely minis!
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    • I'm so glad that you've decided to maybe go back for this! xD The negativity scared me a little, but when getting an ARC for the sequel and hearing about how good it was, I had to go for these both. I actually remember encountering the first on Netgalley, but then forgetting about it eventually after. Thank you, lovely! <3

    • Yeah! I find that sometimes I need to be in a specific mood in order to accomplish reading and liking a book of a specific genre. I'm hoping that you would like this? If you eventually choose to read it, haha.

  5. I have wanted to read this series for a long time because it reminds me of one of my favourite 'guilty pleasure' shows – Gossip Girl! It sounds very similar to the series with all the talk of heiresses, drama and chicklit. I like how you defended the book from the negative reviews – and everyone is definitely entitled to their own opinion, I'm just glad you really loved this one! Great reviews Michelle <3

    • Oh! I've always wanted to watch it! That's classic guilty pleasure-worthy. 😉 If you liked Gossip Girl, then you'll adore this even more! *squeals* Thanks so much! *gets excited* Prepare for a huge discussion after finishing it! xD

  6. I'm really glad you enjoyed these, Michelle! I have to admit . . . I am one of those people who doesn't really like this series much. For me, personally, there was just too much teen drama, you know? I'm just not that kind of person who likes reading about that a lot. 🙂 However I do think that I will give the second book a chance — why not? I might even like it better than the first.
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    • Ohhh. I understand! The second book was amaaazing. No other words needed, as you can see from my review! xD I'm hoping that you will find this series better than how it started off for you. 😀

    • Thanks, Eugenia! <3 It is a fluffy read, but it's the good kind of fluffy. This actually has reminded <b> so many people of Gossip Girl! This is totally Cecily Von Ziegesar worthy! xD Haha, gifs complete everything.

  7. I WANT TO READ THESE SO BADLY. I mean, c'mon, if those covers aren't a serious motivator then I don't know what is. Seriously though, I've glanced passed the blurb for these books so many times, but you're right…I have been deterred by those negative reviews. But nonetheless, I definitely want to give these a go. Stories as such are always a guilty pleasure of mine (like The Celebutantes–definitely not literary prize worthy but so entertaining)! I'll have to get to these…yes you've convinced me to give them a go! Great reviews, Michelle x
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    • YAY! I love hearing that my bloggy buddies want to read something I've reviewed! Yeah! I tried to block those negative reviews away and I don't usually let those reviews get me from reading books because there's always negative reviews for every single book, right? I love these stories *squeals* I've heard of The Celebutantes, haha, this also reminds me of Georgetown Academy, a series I really need to finish! Eeee I'm so excited to hear what you think! Thank you, lovely! <3

  8. Aww, so cute how you loved these so much, Michelle! 😀 I'm actually one of those people who may have DNFed The Secret Diamond Sisters… I can feel you glaring at me through the screen, girl. I guess it's just that chicklit is not a genre I would normally read from. Hell, I even get bored with chicklit MOVIES. >_< Yup, it's just not my cup of tea.

    So glad you loved these and that you found some new favorites! 😀 These books do seem really fun, but maybe that's only if you're already a reader of chicklit? 😉

    Awesome, fun review, Michelle! <33
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    • Oh. Hmm. Actually I'm not glaring, haha. Instead, I'm all -_-. But whatever, since you're a close bloggy friend. ;D I'm sorry that you didn't like this, hun! It's not for everyone. I guess every book isn't for anyone! x) Yeah, this is a chick-lit with even more things, though. Chick-lit, drama, and mystery. Just for my liking. 😉 I can totally see a movie of this sprouting up (because of its idea and all) so if you don't like those type of movies, then this book wouldn't be for you either.

      I am a reader of chick-lit! I hate the cliche ones, though. But this is my cup of hot cocoa! xD Thank you, lovely! <33

    • LOL! I guess I was trying to get everyone to understand the message—I am in love with these books. xDD I love good stories and chick-lit gets me going to a whole other level. But I can't stand cliche chick-lit. And this wasn't the case! Ooo yes the covers are perfect. 🙂 I hope you do eventually, lovely! They're sooo worthy!