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review 2017-11-02 13:49
V.C. Andrews - the Dollanganger Series
Flowers in the Attic - V.C. Andrews
Petals on the Wind - V.C. Andrews
If There Be Thorns - V.C. Andrews
Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger Series) - V.C. Andrews
Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger Series) - V.C. Andrews

Sadly, this wasn't the first VCA book I ever read (I started off with the Cutler family series) but when I finally got around to Flowers in the Attic, I was not disappointed. It is easily one of the best books I have ever read. The drama, the intrigue, the suspense... I have read this book several times and never get tired of it.

You can't help but feel bad for the poor kids, especially with their harsh treatment by their grandmother and the blatant selfishness of their mother. One might wonder why the events in this book have transpired as they have, but this book is simply the first in a fascinating five-book series, and the rest of the series explains why this book was the way it was, especially the fifth, which serves as a prequel. The entire saga is riveting!

 

After reading Flowers in the Attic, I was happy to continue the story with Petals on the Wind. If I were Cathy, I'd be supremely pissed off at my own mother, and want to plot revenge. It was sad in some parts, but a satisfying read overall.

The trio that managed to escape the Foxworth mansion after the death of their brother are forever scarred by their traumatic experience, especially Carrie, who constantly struggles with the physical and mental scars that are left on her. Despite being adopted by a man who treats them well, the children can't quite get over what happened, though Chris is more quick to move on and start a productive life in medicine. Cathy desires revenge - perfectly justified - but makes some stupid decisions along the way. However, her thirst for revenge comes to fruiton as she lashes against the evil grandmother and her mother.

All in all, this is a worthy continuation of Flowers in the Attic, with things coming full circle, so to speak (at least in some aspects, since this series still has 3 more books to go)

 

If There Be Thorns doesn't have the same feel as FitA or PotW, but is still a wonderful book. People wonder why Malcolm was the way he was, and Bart's reading of his journal helps to shed some light in why the Foxworth bloodline became so twisted and why Malcolm treated/saw women the way he did. The storyline focuses on Jory and Bart, and how they come to know the old lady next door - and her dark secret, and how Malcolm's madness continued to live on. A definite must-read for any VCA fan.

 

Seeds of Yesterday doesn't have so much to do with the first three Dollanganger books, as it's now 1997 (over a decade set after the actual date VCA published this, in the mid-80's) but still stands as a decent story in its own right, with the surprising reappearance of a character long thought dead. And religion comes back with this character, reminding Chris and Cathy all too well why they didn't want anything to do with religion. As a part of a series, Seeds of Yesterday doesn't contribute overmuch to the Foxworth saga, which is sad, because it'd have been nice to learn more about the Foxworths.

Just one plothole - in SoY, it's 1997, but in the next book 'Garden of Shadows' (prequel to Flowers in the Attic), Olivia Foxworth's will included a letter to be opened 20 years after her death (which was the story of GoS) and her death was in 1972, so Chris and Cathy should have read GoS by now, five years before SOY, and already be aware of what happened between Malcolm and Olivia.
 
After reading the rest of the Dollanganger series, I was naturally eager to start Garden of Shadows. It is stunning how a woman that you end up feeling sorry for turns into such a horrible person in FitA. Yes, Olivia went through a bad transformation, but here you see who the REAL villain is.

Tempting hints of Malcolm and Olivia's turbulent relationship with one another and their children and grandchildren were hinted at in previous books, but here, from Olivia's own viewpoint, we see why she has suffered. Mind you, this doesn't absolve her of the bad things she did, but you can see how she became the kind of person she did, and what led Chris and Corrine to run away from home. It is sad that V.C. Andrews died before she could complete this book, as the ghostwriter wrote much of this, and one can not help but wonder how the book would have been had VCA been able to complete it.
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text 2016-01-13 11:15
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Flowers in the Attic - V.C. Andrews
The Dollanganger children had perfect lives. A nice home and loving parents. But, when their father dies in an accident, their lives change drastically.

The mother not able to support herself or her children begins to write letters to her millionaire parents. Eventually, they write back and soon the children are swept off to Foxworth home where their mother had grown up.

The children were taken to a room which would be locked. Only for a night until their grandfather forgave their mother. A night turned into few, then into days, weeks, months and years. Four once perfect children imprisoned in a room with a mother who was no longer loving towards them or visited them. And no one, besides the mother and grandmother, knew they existed. Somehow, they had to escape.

I had watched the original movie many years ago and last year I watched all the movies Lifetime made of theDollanganger series. I had gotten the book as a gift from a friend Christmas 2014.

I had never read this book before or any others by V.C. Andrews. The first thing that stuck out to me was the author's writing. Andrews had a very nice writing style that was all her own.

The characters were well-developed and I felt the children's anxieties as if I were right there imprisoned with them. Such cruel grandparents. And a cruel mother, for that matter. How could the mother go from being so loving to heartless? Was being a loving mother just an act? Did she think that was how her husband, Christopher, wanted her to be? I don't know. But as soon as she agreed to lock her children in a room, I didn't like her.

I felt bad for the all the children and liked them all as characters. There were times I didn't like Chris as he wasn't always very nice to Cathy and some of his actions were worrying.

I very much liked the book. It was well-written and I couldn't put it down.
 
 

 

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review 2015-06-17 19:55
Flowers in the Attic Review
Flowers in the Attic - V.C. Andrews

3/5 stars

A dismal story of loss, neglect, and abuse. The children are punished for a mistake made by their mother years ago and have to be hidden away until she can make her father okay with the fact that she has children. With every chapter the story gets deeper and more intense. V.C. Andrews wove a depressing, yet intriguing story.

 

This is a story that was recommended to me several years ago that I never bothered to actually read. Now I’m glad that I found the time because it was such an emotional and entirely uncomfortable experience. I do give credit to V.C. Andrews though, I knew a big portion of what was happening and why before reading it and she still managed to make me care about this story that takes place in mostly the same room.

 

I didn’t love it as much as everyone I’ve ever heard talk about it but I did find it entertaining despite being a bit cringe-worthy at times. And I think when I get the time and the desire I will read Petals on the Wind and continue the tale of the Dollanganger children.

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review 2015-04-12 00:00
Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic - V.C. Andrews I have seen the movie from 1987 (years ago, not a good movie btw) and this seems to be a book that many have read and since it is available to read on Scribd will I perhaps read it one day even though the story is a bit...icky!

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review 2015-01-30 13:47
Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews
Flowers In The Attic - Virginia Cleo Andrews

I’m not going to go on for too long about this novel because so much has already been said about it.

 

What I will say is, I really enjoyed it. What the children had to endure was terrible, but it was told so skilfully that I couldn’t help, regardless of the subject matter, fall in love with it. There was a mounting sense of unease that came across very well too.

 

Even though it's quite a claustrophobic novel, there was no point that I was bored, mostly because it was structured so well. It did feel a little bit long though and could have been cut by fifty pages or so.

 

At times I did get frustrated with the characters. I felt they could have done more to secure their freedom, but I understand the difficulties. I also keep shaking my head at Cathy’s brother Chris’s refusal to accept certain things! Again, totally understandable though.

 

Told entirely from Cathy’s point of view in first-person this novel is well worth a read, but do expect to find it at times uncomfortable.

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