Where Beauty Lies by Elle & Blair Fowler

September 11, 2013 Young Adult Book Reviews 1

beauty liesTitle: Where Beauty Lies (Sophia and Ava London #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Elle and Blair Fowler
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Release Date: August 13, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth the try!
One Line: Even more entertaining and dramatic than the first!

About the Book: The London sisters return in this charming new novel about love, friendship, and the perils of fame. Despite their very public arrest, Ava and Sophia London are about to discover that in L.A. there’s no such thing as bad press. Suddenly, they are the hottest “It” girls in town and are one step closer to making their brand, London Calling, a household name. Their newfound celebrity status takes them jet setting to New York City to expand their brand into fashion and home goods. Their first stop is fashion week, where they’re about to put on their inaugural fashion show…but not if their rivals have anything to say about it. The same unseen enemies responsible for framing them in L.A. are back – and determined to ruin the sisters for good this time. Can Ava and Sophia find out who’s trying to destroy them before it’s too late?

Where Beauty Lies is the second book in the Sophia and London series and I have to say I liked it a lot more than Beneath the Glitter. I felt the drama was a bit more intense in this book compared to the first, although it still carried a light and fluffy feel to it. I breezed through this one just as quickly as the first and thought it was a decent end to their story.

I enjoyed the plot and characters a bit more in this book. Although, I didn’t like the Contessa at all and thought her character was just ridiculous and annoying. She added a kind of “cheesy” quality to the book that I think it could’ve done without. Anyways, the mystery behind who was sabotaging them gets even bigger this time around when the London sisters are accused of stealing design ideas from another fashion designer. It’s not hard to see who is really behind it, although the characters themselves are pretty clueless. I didn’t really figure out the “why” though, which is a plus for the book, but the reasoning is a bit farfetched, so I don’t really know what to say about that. Still, I liked seeing Ava and Sophia grow more, believing in themselves and their talents as designers and I liked the “feel good” theme they had going about making girls feel good about who they are, no matter what they look like.

The romance didn’t get any better this time around though. Once again, Ava falls victim to a rude and careless guy. I swear, it’s like she has a thing for being treated poorly. Someone from her past comes back, and even though he’s a bit more likable than the first time around, it’s still not what I consider an ideal guy. As far as Sophia goes, I don’t understand what is going through this girl’s head. I couldn’t stand her boyfriend and honestly I wanted to punch him in the face and shake some sense into her for putting up with him like she did. Also, to pine for another guy who barely did anything at all?! Yeah, the romance was definitely not the highlight of this series as a whole.

I enjoyed the series as a whole, even though there were some things I didn’t care for. If you liked Beneath the Glitter than you’ll definitely want to check out Where Beauty Lies to see who really has it in for the London sisters as why.

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