If one is to call The Luxe
"mind candy", it's the good stuff - the high quality chocolate filled with the most sumptuous of gooey caramels and chocolates at its center, that kind that sticks to your lips after you've bitten through the shell. It's not at all good for your waistline, especially when compared to the apple on the table next to it, but right now do you care? Of course not - it's far too delicious to not savour, let alone not eat.
I have seen many other reviews compare The Luxe
to Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl
series, and from what I have seen of the series, I would have to agree. Scandal is the center of The Luxe
- secret affairs, desire, jealousy, love vs duty, and even murder are just some of the aspects of this story - and watching each layer of the drama unfold to create one whole story. Despite the prologue featuring a mysterious death, the actual bulk of the novel is of the month - and the events inside of it - leading up to this dreary ending for one of the characters.
The characters are shallow - perfect on the outside but in many cases lacking likability, and in several cases depth - and the events and more overly dramatic in many instances. But really, isn't that the point of mind candy and soap opera-esque things such as this? And by wrapping it up in pretty dresses and Godbersen's wonderful prose, The Luxe
becomes just that little bit extra classy, and making for an easy and enjoyable read.