Revenge

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In the glittery, sexy, absolutely addictive and soap operatic tradition of Jackie Collins comes Sharon Osbourne's blockbuster fiction debut
 
Amber and Chelsea Stone are sisters who share the same dream—huge, global fame. As children they were close, but success has pulled them apart. Both have the looks, the talent, and the star quality, but only one has the ruthless ambition to make it to the very top—and she will stop at ...

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Overview

In the glittery, sexy, absolutely addictive and soap operatic tradition of Jackie Collins comes Sharon Osbourne's blockbuster fiction debut
 
Amber and Chelsea Stone are sisters who share the same dream—huge, global fame. As children they were close, but success has pulled them apart. Both have the looks, the talent, and the star quality, but only one has the ruthless ambition to make it to the very top—and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. An action-packed romp through a glamorous world, this is tale of fame, sibling rivalry, and, of course, revenge, is unabashedly enjoyable.

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Publishers Weekly
Osbourne packs sex, secrets, and kitchen sink conflicts into her salacious fiction debut (after the memoir Sharon Osbourne Survivor). Whether it was written by, or "written by," the ambitious and savvy celebrity wife of bat-biting icon Ozzy doesn't really matter (the Times of London reported that Osbourne had help from the ghostwriter behind one of her memoirs); wicked fun is the name of the game. Osbourne knows well the territory of her hyperactive saga: the entertainment industry. With dizzying speed, and the kind of couplings most mortals merely dream of, half-sisters Chelsea (the headstrong, hedonistic older one) and Amber (the shy and sly one) win, lose, and trade fame and fortune in Tinseltown. Meanwhile, their British mother, the lovelorn and driven Margaret, has a secret: she fell in lust with Derek, but married his closeted gay brother George, and has kept mum on the girls' paternal heritage. It's a dizzying and addictive soap opera of craven ambition and family disloyalty with enough loose ends (a missing corpse, a budding career, and a nascent Hollywood empire) to guarantee that the Osbourne empire is already at work on a sequel. (Sept.)
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"Dizzying and addictive . . . wicked fun is the name of the game."  —Publishers Weekly

"It's a rare page that doesn't have a sex scene, birth, suicide, rape, platinum-selling album or at least a line of top-quality cocaine in it. . . . glorious, fast-moving, unashamedly commercial fun."  —Guardian

"I devoured it in one sitting."  —Irish Independent

Library Journal
Revenge has long been a popular literary theme, and two new commercial novels tackle it in showbiz fashion. In the latest installment of best-selling author Collins's Lucky Santangelo saga (Drop Dead Beautiful), the strong, beautiful, and successful Lucky refuses to sell her luxury Vegas hotel/casino/apartment complex to Armand Jordan, a misogynistic billionaire who won't take no for an answer (this is where vengeance comes in). In addition, her nearly 18-year-old daughter, Max, wants to move to New York City to start her adult life, but Lucky, who grew up way too fast, is concerned. Reality TV star Osbourne's fiction debut is a sibling rivalry story about two English sisters whose mother's plans for stardom were thwarted when she became pregnant. As a result, Margaret resented firstborn Chelsea, now a wild, troubled, and talented actress, and favored baby Amber, who is a rom-com sweetheart who does what Margaret tells her to do. All hell really breaks loose between them when Leo, a movie producer, interferes professionally and personally and drives the sisters to seek revenge. VERDICT Collins delivers another juicy read, but pay attention: Goddess of Vengeance has many characters to track, and the novel moves rapidly. Collins spends a lot of time interrupting the various stories to tell readers about the characters' histories, a common hazard when writing a series. In a story published in the British Times, a Little, Brown spokesperson disclosed that Revenge had an uncredited cowriter but said the story was dreamed up by Osbourne (ow.ly/5UsG8). However this novel was conceived and written, it's massively entertaining and perfectly paced, with just the right amount of narrative and dialog. The characters are drawn well. Both novels name-drop brands and celebrities and are filled with sex and drugs. Libraries should expect high demand for Collins, as usual, and should order extra copies of Revenge, which is sure to get a lot of mainstream press. [Goddess of Vengeance previewed in Prepub Alert, 3/28/11.]—Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847442840
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Osbourne was born in London in 1952. She is married to rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and has three children: Aimee, Kelley and Jack. She divides her time between Los Angeles and Buckinghamshire.
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