Book Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

April 16, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★

Book Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle MadowTitle: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Series: Secret Diamond Sisters #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on February 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: The Author
Format: ARC
Pages: 382
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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.

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Diamonds in the Rough, Diamonds are Forever

One Line: A decent YA contemporary about teen sisters in Vegas.

In My Opinion: Worth a try!

I’ve always wanted to try a Madow book so when she offered to let me review her newest series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, I had to give it a try. I have to say, it’s not bad at all. The story revolves around three teen sisters -Peyton, Courtney, and Savannah – who get whisked away to live with their estranged father in Vegas after their mother is sent to rehab. There they get thrown into the “elite teen scene” and, since this is told from each sister’s POV, you get to experience what Vegas, and this new lifestyle, is like for each of them. As far as the story goes, I really liked it. Madow kept me engaged and I really wanted to see what kinds of trouble these girls would get into, because it’s obvious their out of their league in this world.

I have to say, out of the three, I really only liked Courtney. She’s the middle child, but also the responsible, reasonable, sweet, and nice one. I do wish she would’ve stood up for herself more as the drama unfolded, but I liked that she wasn’t too guarded as to not try out this new lifestyle, like her Payton was, but she also wasn’t too naive and frivolous like Savannah. I did like Peyton, to a certain extent though. She’s tough, has made to sure to protect and shelter her sisters as best as possible, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. I respected how she aloof and cautious she was towards her father, who basically ignored them their whole lives and is obviously hiding things. Honestly, I didn’t like the father at all and I’m curious to see when his secrets come out. As for Savannah, I wanted to slap some sense into the girl. Sure, she’s young and has just been given a limitless credit card, instant fame and popularity, and the chance of a lifetime, but I just hated how she didn’t care for the way their dad treated ignored them for all those years. She’s definitely the most innocent and sheltered of the bunch, which leads her into trouble, especially where boys are concerned.

You also get another POV in this book, that of the supposed “queen bee” of the Vegas teen scene (and the school they’re all going to attend in the fall). She’s not too happy about the Diamond sisters showing up and stealing her thunder and though things don’t get as crazy as I thought it would, the ending left me thinking there will be plenty of tension between them all in Book 2.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Secret Diamond Sisters. There’s plenty of drama and touches of teen romance and I can tell there’s plenty more on the way. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what else they get themselves into and will be sure to continue this series.

About Michelle Madow

Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. Michelle’s latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, shopping, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and loves talking with fans on Facebook (/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow). Visit her website,, for extras about her books!

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One Response to “Book Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow”

  1. TeresaMaryRose

    Not sure if this is one for me, because too much drama can be a turn off, but I have this book so I may try it someday since you seem to have enjoyed it overall. Great review.

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