Garden of Shadows Book Review

Garden of Shadows
•written by V..C Andrews
•i gave it 3 out of 5 stars
•i enjoyed this book the most out of all of them, which surprised me because i originally had no interest in reading this prequel. I liked being able to get all the extra background information, plus things i didn’t know. There were many interesting twists in this plot too, which kept it interesting. 
•Summary: This story takes the role of the grandmother’s point of view, and goes all the way back to when she first meets Malcolm Foxsworth. It tells you all the challenges that she has had to deal with while living in the Hall that you had no idea about while reading the previous books. She marries Malcolm but later realizes there never was any love, he just wanted her fortune, even though he himself is rich. They start a family and Olivia (the grandmother) doesn’t seem to think things can get worse. But they do once Malcolm’s father returns with his new wife. 
•With everything you learn in this story, i didn’t feel so much hatred toward the grandmother, but i actually felt pity. 

Seeds of Yesterday Book Review

Seeds of Yesterday
•written by V.C Andrews
•i gave it 2 out of 5 stars
•i found there was no climax in this story, which made it very hard to keep my attention. i kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but the story was very boring. 
•definitely not a young adult book
•Summary: Cathy and Chris are continuing on with their lives after Cathy’s son Bart inherits the Foxworth estate, and continues on his journey of “finding himself”. As usual in her books, there are some tragic moments, but none that can’t be predicted. 

If There Be Thorns Book Review

If There Be Thorns
     •written by V.C Andrews
     •i gave it 3 out of 5 stars
     •each chapter was written in a different perspective of either one of her sons
     •I couldn’t seem to get into it, and i didn’t start to enjoy it until i was about 300 pages through, which was very close to the end
     •i enjoyed this book more than the others, just for the different perspectives
     •Her son Bart was very creepy and i didn’t like how one moment he was fine, then the other he was this ravage thing. He was only ten years old but he acted a lot older than that, but not so much more mature. 
     •Summary: The story is about how the lives of Cathy’s children unfold while she is hiding her secrets. Someone moves into the abandoned house next door and they know Cathy’s secret and start to tell Bart which makes him act a little crazy. It all unfolds from there and secrets get revealed, and as usual in her books someone dies. 

Petals on the Wind Book Review

Petals on the Wind
     •written by V.C Andrews
     •i gave it 2 out of 5 stars as well
     •didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one
     •I kept forgetting how old Cathy was
     •not as exciting. More for adults then young adults
     •Summary: the story just continues on with them having escaped the attic and are now starting their new life. They meet a doctor named Paul who takes them in and “adopts” them. Chris goes to medical school, Cathy goes to ballet classes and starts traveling with that and meets a guy named Julian who is quiet the asshole. Without giving too much away, there’s more romance in this book, and a couple of tragedy moments.

Flowers in the Attic Book Review

Flowers in the Attics
     •written by V.C Andrews
     •i gave it 2. and a half out of 5 stars
     •good character development
     • plot was very predictable 
     •there were a couple heartbreaking moments 
     •there were a couple of moments that got me really mad
     •old book so it’s written in old English
     •Summary: Four children; Chris, Cathy, Carrie, and Cory are very happy with their life. Then, while throwing a surprise birthday party for their father, they get the news that he has died. Their mother is now broke and returns to her parents who are rich. The catch is that her parents disinherited her years ago, and now she has to win back their affection. To make sure nothing goes wrong, she and the grandmother lock the four children in a room where nobody can see or here them. From there nothing really suspenseful happens, but it’s interesting to see where the story goes. This book was in the young adult section of the bookstore I go to, but I will warn you it has some very mature content