Title: Beneath the Glitter (Sophia and Ava London #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Elle & Blair Fowler
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: September 4, 2012
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: A light and fluffy read that fits the bill when you’re looking for something to pass the time.
About the Book: Welcome to a place where dreams are made. And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.
After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los Angeles elite. Here fabulous parties, air kisses, paparazzi and hot guys all come with the scene. Sophia finds herself torn between a gorgeous bartender and a millionaire playboy, and Ava starts dating an A-list actor. But as they’re about to discover, the life they’ve always dreamed of comes with a cost.
Beneath the glitter of the Hollywood social scene lies a world of ruthless ambition, vicious gossip…and betrayal. Someone close to them, someone they trust, is working in the shadows to bring the London sisters falling down. And once the betrayal is complete, Sophia and Ava find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could take away everything they care about, including the one thing that matters most—each other.
Beneath the Glitter is your typical Chick Lit book. A lot of glitz and glam, fun yet superficial characters, with just a touch of whimsical romance. It’s very light and fluffy. You kind of just read this for the heck of it, without expecting anything real to come from it. Not much happens, plot-wise, and the characters aren’t all that interesting, but they’re still fun to read about.
Sophia and Ava were cute characters. I really appreciated their relationship as sisters and it was interesting seeing them go through the struggle of instant fame coupled with self-doubt. Granted, there wasn’t much substance to the book in general, but that’s what you expect from books of this genre. I think because I’m actually a fan of Elle and Blair, that when I read about Sophia and Ava, I kept picturing them, which I didn’t mind at all. I liked their sister dynamic and even when there’s a misunderstanding along the way, it was nice seeing them work it out and see the strength of their relationship shine through.
Anyways, probably the one thing that bugged me about the book was the romance. I didn’t care for any of the guys. When it came to Ava, she was a bit immature and lovestruck with her love interest, and I could understand that to a certain extent, but it felt too childish for my taste. And when another interest comes up, I couldn’t get over the fact of how he treated her and yet she fell for him so easily. I just didn’t like him at all. With Sophia, both of the guys she was interested in were so bland and commonplace to me, I didn’t seeing anything appealing about either of them.
The plot itself wasn’t anything unique or all that entertaining. There was a tiny bit of drama thrown in there, but everything was really superficial and easy. It wasn’t hard to tell who was really behind the drama of sabotaging the sisters, although you don’t get to know exactly the “who” or “why” in this book. I didn’t like how the book ended at all and I’m curious to see how it all plays out in Book 2. You really don’t get much character development or plot progression in this book and I have to reiterate the fact that this book has a lot of fluff in it.
Overall, I thought Beneath the Glitter was a decent read, certainly not the best, but also not a waste of time. I’d say it’s more of a mindless read that you pick up when you’re bored and want something to pass the time. If you’re looking for something light, fun, and cute, then you might want to give this a try.