Book Review: Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow

November 17, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★★

Book Review: Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle MadowTitle: Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #2
Published by: Harlequin Teen on October 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Author
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
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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.

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 in this series: Diamonds are Forever
Also by this author: The Secret Diamond Sisters, Diamonds are Forever

One Line: One of the rare times that the sequel beats the first book!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

While I enjoyed reading The Secret Diamond Sisters, I didn’t really love it all that much. But I wanted to see where Madow was going with this story and I’m so happy I decided to stick with it. Diamonds in the Rough was definitely a standout sequel. Yes, the girls still annoyed me from time to time, especially Savannah, but their characters grew more in this book and the plot seemed to move so much faster. It held my attention a lot more ineptly than the first, which is surprising because sequels usually aren’t as good as the first book, and certainly rarely better.

Probably what kept me most engaged in this book was the surprising secrets that get revealed in this book. While reading the book, I kind of guessed right on one of the surprises, but there was a crazy one I totally didn’t see coming. It definitely added good drama to their story and helped to better understand and appreciate these characters. There’s boring, bad drama and then there’s enticing, good drama. This book had the latter, that’s for sure. Things just seemed to flow better in this book and their troubles seemed more developed and fleshed out, which helped me connect with the characters better.

While I really liked Peyton in the first book, I found myself drawn more to Courtney in this one. Peyton does quite a few things that pissed me off, most of it due to misunderstandings (which happens A LOT in this book), and one that basically sets the stage for the last book. Courtney, on the other hand, is dealing with her feelings for Brett, trying her best to get into the college of her dreams, and on top of that, has to deal with quite a shocking discovery that changes everything. I think this girl has a good head on her shoulders and is the most logical and mature one of the three and I really respected her for everything she did during this book. As for Savannah, even though she has matured a bit since the first book, she is easily the least likable sister. She’s the one all caught up in the fame and fortune of being a Diamond girl and I just couldn’t deal with her shallowness and immaturity. Don’t get me wrong, she still has a good heart and stands by her sisters when things get rough, so I’ll give her that, but Savannah as an individual didn’t appeal to me at all and I hope by the end, she’ll at least come off as someone I can stand.

I’d say, if you were on the fence about this series, or felt “meh” about the first book like me, you’ll definitely want to stick it out and give this book a try. Diamonds in the Rough does not disappoint at all. And with that kind of ending, even though I totally saw that coming too, I am dying to see what happens next. Oh, and “One Connection” and “Perry Styles”, well played Michelle. I totally laughed at that one.

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: Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow”

  1. Teresa Mary Rose

    I totally overlooked this series because the first book just didn’t grab my attention but it sounds like the series gets better as it goes. I think I’ll wait to see the verdict on the final book before I make my decision.. I do however really want to read this authors other series. Great review!
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