Review: Diamonds are Forever by Michelle Madow

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 27th, 2015
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters, #3 | The Secret Diamond Sisters | Diamonds in the Rough
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought (Don’t you just love it when B&N puts books out early?)
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s cold outside, but the drama is hot!

The Diamond sisters jet to the mountains for spring break, and Savannah’s flirt-mance with an international pop star heats up as her pursuit of stardom succeeds. But is this romance meant to be, or has the right guy been in front of her all along? Meanwhile, Courtney takes the next step with her secret boyfriend—and future stepbrother—and as their parents’ wedding approaches, the pressure’s on to reveal their relationship.

Peyton’s figuring out a plan for her future, but she still feels guilty about getting her former bodyguard fired and wonders if she can get over him in the arms of someone else. But the biggest bombshell will change everything once again, because Madison’s ready to tell the huge secret she’s uncovered. And with the boy who betrayed her but who could be the love of her life fighting for his own life, she might need the Diamond sisters more than ever.

my rambles

Lately I’ve been in a life-caused reading slump, so when I saw Diamonds are Forever sitting on the shelf at the bookstore I snatched it up! Michelle Madow’s books are some of my go-tos to entertain and put a smile on my face. The crazier the drama, the bigger the smile. After the end of the second book in this series I was actually desperate to see what else happened to the girls. I’m glad to say Diamonds are Forever didn’t disappoint!

I won’t say too much as not to spoil, but pretty much everything comes to a head in this last installment. The story in this one is more about the romances that have been developing throughout the course of the series, less about the family issues. Those are still there, but I felt like they took a back seat to all the drama surrounding the romances.

Again, I’m finding it hard to write this review without spoiling people, but I think you’ll be happy with the ending. Cliché in every way, it was super cute and made me smile. Everyone deserves a happy ending, right?

Diamonds are Forever, like the rest of its series, is no feat of literature. But if you’re looking for something quick and fun, that’ll keep you hooked, these books are for you. For fans that already know about the series, I have a feeling Diamonds are Forever will probably be your favorite book of the series. It’s mine!



COVER REVEAL: Diamonds are Forever by Michelle Madow

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas … but that doesn’t matter when you live there. Sisterhood, first crushes and scandalous secrets explode in book three of Michelle Madow’s The Secret Diamond Sisters.

Today I am thrilled to share with you all the cover of the third and final book in Michelle Madow’s The Secret Diamond Sisters series! Diamonds are Forever will not be released until October, but I hope this cover reveal will help you battle the wait until then!

So, without further ado…THE COVER!

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Review: Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters, #2 | The Secret Diamond Sisters
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
Genre(s): Contemporary
Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow’s riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

 my rambles

Drama, drama, DRAMA! Diamonds in the Rough brings it in droves. This sequel to The Secret Diamond Sisters takes it up another level with scandals, shocking revelations, and so much fun! I found it to be a big step up from the first book!

I was a bit disappointed in the beginning because it was a little slow going at first. But once I pushed to about halfway through things started to heat up and get crazy… Diamonds in the Rough is told from four different POV characters: Savannah, Courtney, Peyton, and Madison. I definitely have my favorites of the group.

Savannah, the youngest Diamond, really gets on my nerves. She’s so naïeve, yet tries to be really mature with her actions and relationships. I found her to be even more whiny than in book one. 😦

Courtney, the middle Diamond sister, is still my favorite. She’s the most sensible of the three, and I found her to be the most relatable character to me. In Diamonds in the Rough you get to see a different, less composed side of her, which I liked as well. I was a little upset with her constant turn-downs to Brett, though, because I ship them! They’re adorable together!

Peyton, the eldest, has really grown on me since the first book. While I don’t like everything that she does, you can tell that she’s a really strong, stubborn character. Her love life gets even more intense and I have yet another ship that I possibly like even more than Courtney and Brett: Peyton and Jackson!! I would love it if Jackson was my bodyguard, just saying…

Lastly we have Madison, who I feel went through the most development since book one. By the end of this book I really found myself liking Madison and feeling for her character. Oh, and what is this? Another ship, Emily? Why yes, I think Madison and Oliver are so perfect for each other!

I liked Diamonds in the Rough in that it delved further into the past, explaining why each of the girl’s lives ended up as it did. Secrets are unearthed, and truths are revealed, making for a great and entertaining story!

All in all, Diamonds in the Rough was a good sequel, taking the story up a notch. It dragged in a few places, but the alternating POVs kept me wanting to read to get back to my favorite characters storylines!


I found some books under my Christmas tree…

Merry Christmas

I had a lovely day of actually getting up later than normal, a leisurely morning of opening presents with my parents and Clary (it was her first ever Christmas!), and then a fun afternoon and evening spent with family at my grandparent’s house! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas (if you celebrate) and got lots of books of course! I just had to show you the goodies that I found under the Christmas tree this year!

Twas the night before Christmas…

Actually on Christmas Eve I received a package from Scholastic with one of my most anticipated books of next year:

Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott, the sequel to Fire & Flood!

As you can read in my review (^) I really loved the first book and that ending was amazing! I cannot wait to dive into this one VERY soon (so probably NEXT)!

Christmas Day

From my amazing parents:


My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth (signed)
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (signed)
Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton (signed)
Harry Potter: The Creature Vault by Jody Revenson
The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

The three signed books were ones I knew about that I got at B&N on Black Friday and I can’t wait to finally have them to read! MTLGTM looks adorable! I normally don’t read anthologies or story collections, but there is something about holiday ones…(I’ve read Let It Snow by John Green & Friends, too). As for the two “keepsake” kind of books, I’m already loving paging through them and just randomly reading pages!

From my wonderful grandparents:


A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow
The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
The Hogwarts Library Collection by J.K. Rowling

I CAN FINALLY READ MORE GoT! It’s been over a year since I finished ASoS, so it is way past time that I get to reading this one! I also wanted The Ice Dragon because it’s set in the same world as GoT. I can’t get enough… Sanctum and Diamonds in the Rough are both sequels that I’ve been DYING to get my hands on so I’m a very happy camper!

I hope you all had lovely days, and if you still have people to celebrate with like I do — enjoy it!

What did you guys get for Christmas, if you celebrate?


Week in Review: October 26th

Week in Review

In Life

My life has been pretty boring this week. I stayed home all week from school due to being sick, spending the majority of my time on the couch, on the computer, watching TV and reading of course! (That’s why I was a little more active in the blogging community, leaving some comments, etc. I plan to comment around more today but I also have like 50+ comments to reply to on THIS blog…)

Also: Is anyone else as excited as I am for Taylor Swift’s, 1989, coming out tomorrow?!?!??!?! From what I’ve heard of the three songs she’s released and the bit in the Target commercial I love it! I know some people are bummed about it being pop, but listening to the lyrics of “Out of the Woods” you can really see the same old Taylor shining through with her lyrics!

In Books

I didn’t get any books this week, but there is one I’m VERY excited for that is coming out this Tuesday…

That would be Diamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #2) by Michelle Madow! I read the first book earlier this year in anticipation of meeting Michelle (who is SO NICE, by the way), and I’m a member of her Street Team for the series. But the best part? I’m going to be in the acknowledgements! She announced that she is putting every street team members name in the acknowledgements which I think is the SWEETEST, and also ups my excitement a bit! 😉


As for my reading, being home sick did have its advantages: I read TWO books this week! Now, for some people that isn’t anything, but juggling school, blogging, and reading makes this number huge for me, as I normally only get to read on the weekends. This first I read was Rush by Eve Silver [REVIEW], which was a fun and exciting alien sci-fi! And the second (just finished this morning) was The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. That book, WOW. I have to continue to process it before I can write a coherent review. It should be up tomorrow though, if I can get my brain to work properly.

In Blogging

Here’s what you missed at Books & Cleverness this week:

I hope you all had a wonderful week! I’d love to chat with you! 🙂