*Spoilers to first book!!*
“Then he drew her in, folding her small body into his arms, making her forget that there had ever been any other place.” – Anna Gobersen
“Wouldn’t she just let herself in? That’s what I did, and I’m not even related….” – Anna Goberson
“Good girls hold their heads high by daylight,
Their grace and their virtue soaring with kites,
While bad girls slink along in their shame –
Everyone stares at them, everyone blames.
But those bad girls sleep soundly at night
Ne’er do their consciences wake them in a fright,
While our good girls toss and they turn –
They lay awake for those who will burn.
-A Seamstress’s Verses, 1898 (qtd. in Anna Goberson’s – Rumors)
“That was the way love was, she guessed – it left you always unsteady on your feet.” – Anna Goberson
I love the Luxe series. The scandal, the love, the betrayal, the clothes! They’re set at the turn of the 20th century. The lives of three society girls entertwined by friendship, love, and hatred. I loved the first book (Luxe) and this one did not disappoint!
Starting with Will and Elizabeth in California, everything seems great. Back in New York, everyone is mourning Elizabeth’s death, and preparing for the marriage of her once-fiance and once-friend, Penelope and Henry. Once Elizabeth hears of her mother’s fading health from Diana, she rushes back to town and trouble ensues.
The summary is so short because it’s so difficult to summarize without giving away the awesome things! I love this book, and this series! This is a must read for anyone who loves scandal, the turn of the 20th century, or even the Victorian era!
“This was on par with, say, finding out the president of the global council was a [vampire], the moon was made of green cheese, and the sun only rose in the morning because of this complicated system of levers and dials overseen by an encampment of the master race from Antares settled on Mars.” – Robin McKinley
“I was dinner, and when I was finished being dinner, I was dead. But it was like: okay, that’s the way it goes, bad luck, damn.” – Robin McKinley
“It’s pretty amazing what you can not think about.” – Robin McKinley
Robin McKinley is one of my absolute favorite authors! I’ve read a few of her books and this one was exquisite! Ms. McKinley weaves a fantastic and unique vampire story in a world at war with the creatures!
Sunshine, or Rae, is just a baker. Get up at 4am, make cinnamon rolls, bake, read books about the Others, bubble bath, sleep, wake, bake. That’s her life and she’s ok with that. Working in the family cafe as the head baker is the life she’s settled happily into with a sweet boyfriend and a kind land lady. One day, to relax, she decides to go out to the old lake house. There hadn’t been trouble down there in years except for the occasional bad spot, so it should’ve been safe. But it wasn’t . Now Sunshine is being held captive by a group of vampires with only a fellow prisoner for company. This fellow prisoner is a vampire too. And let the race begin. Sunshine must escape or die trying, but what about the poor pitiful vampire she’s locked up with? Oh dear, and the plot thickens.
I highly suggest this book to EVERYONE. I got it out of the YA section, but they have it in the adult novels with a different cover. I’m not sure if they changed the story or just the cover, but I suggest either, or both. I love vampire tales, especially ones as unique as this. Thumbs up Ms. McKinley! Keep it up!