Thursday, September 12, 2013

Book Review: Where Beauty Lies by Elle Fowler and Blair Fowler

Where Beauty Lies
By Elle and Blair Fowler
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Source: Publisher
Summary: 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?

Review: I haven't read the first book in this series, Beneath the Glitter, but the premise of this story seemed right up my alley. A YA book about girls dealing with love, fame, and friendship? And it has over a 4 star rating on Goodreads, so I decided to give it a shot. 

After the whole fiasco with their animal fundraiser, Ava and Sophia London just can't seem to stay out of the spotlight. So when the offer to design a line for the New York Fashion Week, the girls can't believe their luck. The girls put their hearts and soul into their line, but they soon learn that fame isn't as amazing as it's cracked up to be. Everywhere they go, it seems like someone is trying to sabotage them. But who? Can they make it through fashion week before they're ruined for good? 

Like I said, I thought I would really enjoy this book. It sounded like Lauren Conrad's books or Zoey Dean's A-List series. But I ended up being really disappointed with how this one turned out. The London sisters just seemed too perfect and their super nice personalities got a tad bit annoying. Who's that nice to everyone, all the time? Especially when it comes to famous people? 

Not only were the girls' personalities not realistic, but the things they go through are too over the top. Pet-napping? Literally running into the person you're just thinking about, not once, but multiple times? Having multiple men madly fall in love with you just because you're you? Come on. I just wish this one was more realistic and less dramatic. 

So overall, I feel like we got the sugared up version of a story about the "it" girls. Things seemed too juvenile, unrealistic, and often times not explained enough. I just couldn't wait to get through the story so I could move onto a different book. While it was a fast read that had some interesting parts, it wasn't for me.


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