Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: Beneath the Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler

Beneath the Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (St. Martin's Press)
First published: September 4th, 2012
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 288
Goodreads Summary:
Welcome to a place where dreams are made. And where nothing—and no one—is ever what it seems.

After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los Angeles elite. Here fabulous parties, air kisses, paparazzi and hot guys all come with the scene. Sophia finds herself torn between a gorgeous bartender and a millionaire playboy, and Ava starts dating an A-list actor. But as they’re about to discover, the life they’ve always dreamed of comes with a cost.

Beneath the glitter of the Hollywood social scene lies a world of ruthless ambition, vicious gossip…and betrayal. Someone close to them, someone they trust, is working in the shadows to bring the London sisters falling down. And once the betrayal is complete, Sophia and Ava find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could take away everything they care about, including the one thing that matters most—each other.

My Rating: 3.5 / 5

First thoughts:
Between the first harbingers of a glamorous life and the everyday-problems all siblings know, Ava and Sophia London are trying to make their dreams come true without losing themselves in the process. While at certain times moving and definitely entertaining, I missed a special something though that would have made me fall in love with Beneath the Glitter. Nonetheless it's an enjoyable read that is perfect for the beach or when you are looking for something light to spend your time with.

More detailed:
As someone who has watched Elle and Blair's videos long before I started to blog about books, it is hard to miss where the inspiration for Beneath the Glitter's plot came from. The similarities between the authors and the fictional sisters are uncanny, which made reading this novel a somewhat weird experience - it almost felt like a non-fictional book.

Nonetheless I enjoyed witnessing Ava and Sophia's journey through the glamorous parts of Los Angeles. While Beneath the Glitter does address some more heavy-hearted topics and shows us the sisters even during complicated times, it rather has a very light feeling to it and never made me worry or feel sad for them.

The love stories are the most important part of Beneath the Glitter, right after the sisters' relationship. We are introduced to a couple of guys that may or may not win both, our and Ava and Sophia's hearts. It becomes quite obvious soon who are supposed to be our favorites and I'm glad that the girls start to listen to their hearts more closely toward the end.

Apropos - the ending. I'm really hoping that this book is just the first in a series, because that (not so) tiny cliffhanger is a little bit mean and makes me want to know more about what happens after the epilogue.

All in all, Beneath the Glitter is not my new favorite read, but I also didn't expect that. It's a fun story about two sisters who'd do anything for each other but have to realize that life might not be as easy as they want it to be. If you're looking for an easy and fast read, be sure to consider reading this one - especially if you're someone who, like me, is easily pulled in by a world of beauty, glamour and gossip.

 Debut Author Challenge 2012
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Have you read Beneath the Glitter? If yes, what did you think about it?
If no, do you plan to read it?

I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. I love that this one sounds like it's a fun read. Sometimes, books that are a bit lighter than what I usually read are just what I need! :)

  2. Hm Interesting! I saw the book around but had no idea about the backstory of these authors. And, I guess it would fee l weird when you already know the background. Still, it sounds fun!

  3. Sounds good. I havent heard of this book before Carina but will check this one out! Great review girl.x


  4. This sounds like an interesting read - glad you enjoyed it. xxx


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