New Dolls to Play With (Seeds of Yesterday – A Book Review)

Seeds of Yesterday
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 1984

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt Half bolt

 

They escaped their mother’s hellish trap years ago, but a cruel history of lies and deceit has come full circle…

The secrets of the attic are brought forth to the next generation of Dollangangers. Bart invites his parents, Cathy and Chris, to stay at his home to which he’s had renovated to look nearly identical to the original Foxworth Hall the kept them captive for years, to celebrate his twenty-fifth birthday. Even though all of the children are fully grown and Cathy and Chris have taken on brand new last names, the beautiful and spacious place plays with Cathy’s nightmarish memories. With Bart turning viler towards his family, the dark secrets of Foxworth come full circle as the Dollangangers try to get past them and the tragedies that keep them imprisoned.

 

Real quick, I’m so sorry with how late this review is. I usually always try to get one up every one to two days, but work has been an energy sucker. Love you, booknerds. You’re truly awesome. I’m happy you’re here. Now on with the review!

 

This is the fourth book to The Dollangangers and V.C. Andrews is still keeping me twisted up. This series has really flung me around. I’ve never been more disturbed, though I must say, this one was much less twisted compared to the previous books. The focus during this book is for The Dolls to heal and the journey to finally achieve that after everything they’ve been through: getting locked up in an attic for their childhood and get abused by their grandmother, seeking revenge for that loss of innocence, The Dolls nearly losing their children to their mother and a psychotic butler. And that’s just the shortened bits. Trust me, if you haven’t read the books, I haven’t really given any spoilers away.

Reviews of the other Dollanganger books:

Flowers in the Attic

Petals on the Wind

If There Be Thorns

 The next generation of the Dolls are grown up. Jory is a famous ballet dancer, just like his mother once was. Cindy is in private school and well on her way to being an actress. Bart is just waiting impatiently to inherit what is rightfully his, the fortune left to him by his grandmother.

One of my favorite things about this is that I’m a big fan of going into a new generation. It’s so fun to watch characters grow up and see where they go. It’s one of my favorite ways to see a story pushed forward. In this case, it was more nerve-wracking because this isn’t your typical book. Happiness is always short-lived and the secrets creep and slither like vines or snakes, leaving me really uneasy because I’m never sure when more nastiness is about to happen. The whole point, making this another great entry to the series.

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The suffering of each Doll child is greatly expressed and really broke my heart. Granted, after reading If There Be Thorns, I expected the damage to be more apparent. The development of the psychological damage within Jory, Bart, and Cindy, and how it shaped them later on was spectacular. What a way to reach out to some real human issues like manipulation and self-esteem and bullying. Long term consequences, people.

The imagery is still wonderful, always capturing my brain. Seeing Foxworth Hall all over again was chilling! I was half expecting the ghost of the grandmother (Freaking evil Olivia.) to be floating around. Cathy once again takes the story by the wheel, steering me with her trembling fears. Seeing her more in touch with her emotions than ever before was gutting me. At this point, she’s barely hanging on. She’s not bent on revenge anymore, but desperate to help her family. And with all of that I’m just like,

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But then there’s, her beyond disturbed son, Bart and he is just…well…the guy is a jerk! WORSE THAN THAT! And well, grrrr. A devil in human skin. Some of the things he said were just downright evil and disgusting, especially about women, leaving me like this after every single time he opened his mouth.

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I will say this. Bart is not the antagonist. Not really. Like the rest of the Dolls, he too is tied up in the dark secrets of Foxworth, and possibly is the worst effected. I still don’t like him.

I’m still drawn in and hypnotized by the language. It’s beautiful and makes the characters truly stand out as individuals. The story is vivid and strong. I can’t say often that language stands out to me the most in a book, but it really did for me this time. Very beautiful in a haunting story.

 

Do I recommend this book? Of course! The whole series is a great read. It’s filled with toil and darkness and some seriously effed up shit. It’s nothing you’d expect. Having known a lot about the series before reading it, I was still shocked. I can’t wait to read more of Andrews’s works, though not so much the stuff after her passing. I read The Mirror Sisters trilogy and while it wasn’t terrible, it didn’t really compare to this.

 

Quotables:

“I no longer believed in fairytales.” (Cathy, p.3)

“If I am so unlucky as to lose you first, I’ll sit day by day before a window staring out and remembering how it used to be with you.” (Cathy to Chris, p. 84)

“Foxworth Hall had trapped us again.” (Cathy, p. 135)

“Don’t you feel it? Can’t you hear it? Do you sense this house is breathing, like it has a life of its own?” (Melodie to Cathy, p. 158)

“Hope…in this house of dark misery we were always clinging to hope we colored yellow—like the sun we seldom seen.” (Cathy, p. 203)

“To have blind faith in anyone but God is idiotic.” (Bart to Cathy, p. 334)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.

 

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Come to the Dark Side…I Have Cake (If There Be Thorns – A Book Review)

If There Be Thorns
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 1981

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

They hide the shocking truth to protect their children. But someone who knows their dark secret is watching.

Jory is fourteen and on his way to being an amazing ballet dancer, just like his mom. Bart has a wild imagination for a nine year old, always going off and having amazing adventures. Then came Cindy, a gift that Cathy has been wishing for for years.

Years have passed, Cathy and Christopher have finally found love in one another and married. They have a lovely home with their children and it’s what they have always dreamed of, but then an elderly woman completely veiled in black and her strange butler move into the large house next door that’s been empty for a long time. Soon, Bart is lured over and starts to spend most of his time with her. He changes with each visit, growing angry and violent with his family. Jory watches on, trying to figure out how he can help his little brother, but then he overhears Mom and Dad talking about an attic and how they can’t relive those days, leaving Jory with even more questions.

 

This was a good turn in The Dollanganger series. I really enjoyed this! It was a new take in it and really changed things up. There’s a brand new story, but still, the dreadful past remains at The Dolls’ heels, haunting them and now their children.

First things first, I loved that this was from a new set of POVs. Jory and Bart are the next generation of The Dolls and they have their own story. They’re not the same as Cathy and Chris, but they also have their own tribulations because of what they did in the past. It was refreshing and just absolutely fantastic. I felt as if the story was beginning to feel stale, but this helped revive it for me.

The setting was new, there were new characters and I was just as invested as I was with Flowers in the Attic. You really believe that The Dolls are going to have the happy life they deserve after everything they’ve been through. Of course, it’s short lived. Though I won’t give away spoilers, I will say that there were a lot of twists and turns I didn’t expect. Redemption was found and what was once burned and buried came back to get The Dolls in the worst way, through their children. It was heartbreaking and actually scary because tiny humans are easily manipulated.

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The remnants of Foxworth Hall still follows The Dolls and you feel that heavily as Bart grows close the old woman in black. As it turns out, she knows The Dolls really well and can tell Bart the truth about them. While this made my eyes bulge out of my head in horror, the true enemy is John Amos, the butler who secretly sways him down a dark path. The old man was seriously creepy and kept the dark Foxworth name alive by whispering in Bart’s ear, turning him against his family. Doing that to a child who’s already feeling like an outsider is a really nasty thing! As if The Dolls didn’t have enough problems! Leave the babies alone!

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The book was pretty good. I started to lose interest after the last book, but this pulled me right back in. The story moved forward and I love a story that can move forward, but keep it in the family. This still kept with the uneasiness and dark twists that is very central to this series, but showed that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Quotables:

“Blind means black as pitch. No colors. No music. No nothin. Dead is silence.” (Bart to Jory, p. 33)

“Nobody could like me, for I didn’t belong here, and I didn’t belong there. I didn’t belong anywhere.” (Bart, p. 94)

“Crooked days make crooked ways.” (Bart to Jory, p. 155)

“Jory, take lesson number one in my philosophy course: Nobody ever does anything for anyone else unless it gives them even more.” (Marisha to Jory, p. 263)

“Life is always like that—twenty minutes of misery for every two seconds of joy.” (Marisha to Jory, p. 318)

 

more to come soon…

-K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Hello hello, bookworms!!

It’s May, Justin Timberlake’s favorite month of the year, though I saw this and couldn’t stop laughing.

May

Also, I went and saw The Avengers: Infinity War. Don’t worry, you’ll get no spoilers from me. That’d be incredibly rude of me. The movie was EPIC and PHENOMENAL. Totally riveting from start to finish. My heart hasn’t beat that hard during a movie in a while. I think since Deepwater Horizon, which is also a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Now, I’m a DC Comics girl through and through (don’t you judge me), but I love Guardians of the Galaxy, so I went to see it. Worth watching. There’s a reason it made hundreds of millions on opening night. My emotions still feel like they got trampled beyond recognition.

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Now, it’s the midnight hour, which means this is the Midnight Tease, and we all know that I don’t know what sleep is. If you’re up this late then you need to go to bed. Nah, just kidding, but do check out this list because it’s a good bit of what I’m going to be reading and reviewing this month. See, May is warm and sunny and so I like to get started on my summer reads.

I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is with a summer reads list? Or just summer read books? Books are freaking books. It doesn’t matter when you read them. Not for me my lovelies. I find certain books more fulfilling and sweet and just better in the summer. So I’ll be getting some of that started.

Also, Rick Riordan’s Apollo Trials: The Burning Maze just came out. I’ll be getting to that probably next month and I can’t wait! I really enjoyed the first two. They’re fun and wild and hilarious. Who knew Apollo would make such a terrible human.

 

Coming Soon…

Midnight Tease

 

 

The Great Library
  • Ink and Bone
  • Paper and Fire
  • Ash and Quill
Author: Rachel Caine

The Great Library

I’m super excited about this series, been dying to get it since the first one came out. I’m a major fan of Rachel Caine’s work. While I’ve only read Morganville Vampires so far, she’s superb and totally original. I do want to try the Weather Warden series sometime–I have an infatuation with weather and natural disasters. Anyway, I’m just ecstatic that I finally got the books, which brings me to my little story about them. Back in December, on the 21st, I received a package. I wasn’t expecting anything and it wasn’t a present my mum had ordered. I even asked around online to my friends and sent out Snaps. I was so confused. Then, opening it, I majorly squeed, and loudly. I’d received the first three books of this series. To this day, I still have no idea who sent them to me. Nobody fessed up at all and I imagine they would have. I am unbelievably grateful for the wonderful gift. Books hold a special place in my heart. Almost a higher place than boys LOL. And what’s so cool about this series is how books really have some power behind them. I can’t wait to review them. And again, THANK YOU to whoever it was that sent me this series. I’m still in awe of it. It’s certainly one of the nicest things to happen to me.

 

Forever…
Author: Judy Blume

Forever

 

All the Wrong Questions
  • “Who Could That Be at This Hour?”
  • “When Did You See Her Last?”
  • “Shouldn’t You Be in School?”
  • “Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights?”
Author: Lemony Snicket

ATWQ

 

Summer of Fear
Author: Lois Duncan

Summer of Fear - SR

 

Garden of Shadows
Author: V.C. Andrews

GOS

 

Currently…

Unbreakable yes

 

From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon
Author: Jules Verne

From the Earth to the Moon

 

Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone

 

Paper and Fire
Author: Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire

 

Seeds of Yesterday
Author: V.C. Andrews

SOY

 

Up for review…

Up for Review

 

If There Be Thorns
Author: V.C. Andrews

ITBT

 

Seeds of Yesterday
Author: V.C. Andrews

SOY

 

Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone

 

I love being able to talk your ears off about books and my pointless life. I appreciate each and every one of you and am grateful when you visit.

If there’s one thing I can shared during this tease it’s that I’m okay with dog-earring a book. I know! I’m a monster! But here’s the catch. If and when I dog-ear, I don’t fold the whole page. That kind of thing is monstrous. I do

I do have an ARC review coming up this month as well and I look forward to sharing that with you all. Have a happy May!

And while I’m not a mum, I want to say,

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF THE LOVELY, INSPIRING, CARING, AND WONDERFUL MOTHERS!!!!Mother's day

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Grown Up Dolls (Petals on the Winds – A Book Review)

Petals on the Wind
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 1980

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Would the past never set me free?

Finally out and free of the attic of Foxworth Hall they’d been locked in for three years, the Dollanganger kids are now faced with grief and memories that will haunt them forever. With the loss of one of their siblings and in the midst of blossoming desires and revenge, the kids are given a chance to escape and start a new life with money they scraped during the attic days.

Together, Chris and Cathy take care of their sister, Carrie, as she faces getting bullied in school from being malnourished and is positive their grandmother was right to lock them away. Cathy’s dreams come at a great price and she is desperate for love that she’ll find it in anyone. The hatred for their mother is ever growing and consuming, driving her to great lengths for justice. Chris is positive that there is nobody for him except for Cathy and he won’t accept anybody else. Foxworth is behind them, but they carry its dark secrets, are one of its dark secrets.

The Dolls made it out of Foxworth, but they’re still haunted by their grandmother, mother, and that place. During the next chapter in the Dollanganger series the Dolls grow up and face more challenges, both with themselves and people who enter their lives as they strive to reach their dreams—Cathy wants to be the prima ballerina, Chris wants to be a doctor, and Carrie just wants to fit in. Their past follows them, twisting them as love blooms in the most unexpected places and then wilts.

Side Note: This series is not one I’d recommend for anyone under the age of 17.

Moving forward. The Dolls have grown up in this new chapter! The book starts off right where Flowers in the Attic left off, but time moves pretty quickly and soon enough Carrie is in high school and Chris in college. Cathy however, is obsessed with revenge and determined to get mother’s attention. She gets dark and twisted and it really puts her in league with her mother and grandmother. I was really thrown into a tailspin at seeing just how messed up they all are from the lasting effects of being locked away. I’m pretty sure there’s no amount of therapy that could help them.

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The plot thickens! Even though the Dolls have escaped and their mother and grandmother aren’t physically present, they’re still there, ruining the Dolls. The exploration of psychological damage that people can inflict is so disturbing in this book! But it was so awesome, like a creepy awesome! The deep unsettling feeling increases immensely as new relationships form and old relationships try to die. The Foxworth family ties don’t break as easily as the Dolls wish they did. In fact, Cathy just can’t let go, not after losing Corrie and as it turns out there’s still so much to lose. I was disturbed more than once and really cringed with disgust at some parts. This story pushes the level of discomfort even further than before.

New characters enter the Dolls’ lives. Dr. Paul Sheffield and Julian Marquet are just two. Both are men that Cathy fell in love with, though I must say both relationships were abnormal. It’s seriously debatable about which relationship that Cathy’s had is worse. Each one really gave me some serious heebie-jeebies. Cathy challenged her desperation for love and need for some sort of self-punishment for herself into them. Paul is 20 years older than Cathy and Julian turns out to be obsessive to abusive lengths. We see Bart again and get to know him more as Cathy ensnares him as well with her beguiling nature too. Between the Dolls and the new characters introduced, I got to see the darker faces of humanity that nobody wants to envision because deep down they’re real and that fucks with us. Alcohol is a pleasant way to help with that.

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This book was a great sequel. A bit repetitive in reminding me about what happened at Foxworth. I’m very positive that everyone that’s read that book doesn’t need to be excessively reminded of what happened at that hellish place. It’s unnerving to have to be reminded. Nobody wants to remember horrifying events like that. It’s a nightmare! This book really captures that feeling and the realism of being in someone’s head who’s been through so much pain and how it affected their future. Very trippy. A great read is also what I’m trying to say. There’s just so much to say and I’m totally unsure if you understood any of it. But, hey, the main thing to know is this was good.

Quotables:

“When next we see each other, we’ll still feel the same. I love you. Always will—right or wrong, I can’t help it…” (Chris to Cathy, p. 65)

“A dancer without fire is no dancer at all.” (Madame Zolta to Cathy, p. 171)

“Never, never was his love going to set me free to love anyone without reservations as long as he kept loving me.” (Cathy, p. 228)

“Angel, saint, Devil’s spawn, good or evil, you’ve got me pinned to the wall and labeled as yours until the day I die. And if you die first, then it won’t be long before I follow.” (Chris to Cathy, p. 250)

“It was our doctor Paul who set me straight, Carrie. He told me long ago, if a sin is committed when our parents married and conceived children, it was their sin and not our. He said God didn’t intend to make us pay the price for what our parents did.” (Cathy to Carrie, p. 317)

more to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Lies by Marina and the Diamonds.

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Just Look at the Flowers…(Flowers in the Attic – A Book Review)

Flowers in the Attic
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 1979

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

We should have cared. We should have been careful.

After the death of their father, the Dollanganger kids move to Foxworth manor with their mother. There, the kids: Chris, Cathy, Carrie and Corrie are moved into a guest room where they’re hidden away with only an attic of fake flowers and fake dreams to run away to. Mother loved her kids, but her family’s fortune was at stake and if she had any hopes of getting it from her dying father, she can’t have children. So, for a little while, she didn’t. Days passed and then weeks and then months and even long, agonizing years.

The kids, in their cramped world of hopeless and depressing dreams; Cathy and Chris are growing, adult desires and needs stir within while the twins scarily remain the same while under the watchful eye of their evil, abusive grandmother, and of course God, because the Devil works in devious ways. The secrets of Foxworth deepen as the kids become one of them with no hope of ever being free, but of becoming one of their fake flowers they sprouted in their fake garden in the attic, always blooming and wilting with hopelessness.

Love…I put so much faith in it.

Truth…I kept believing it falls always from the lips of the one you love and trust the most.

Faith…it’s all bound up to love and trust.

Where does one end and the other start, and how do you tell when love is the blindest of all?

 

I’m still reeling from how messed up this book was. Pretty good, but hella messed up. On one hand, there was a lot that happened that I didn’t know about before reading this book. I didn’t realize just how abusive the grandmother was toward the Dolls and how much their mother neglected to the point that they didn’t exist to her. I also found that the book, in my opinion, was over-hyped because of one of the main points of the book involving incest. I was given the impression, before reading the book, that it was a lot  Still, I was surprised and completely disturbed by the events that took place.

 

The style of the book felt like a Jane Austen novel. Very detailed and longing and the language was beautiful, but this book would be like a dark and twisted and screwed up version of Jane Austen LOL. From Cathy’s cynic POV, the experience of being locked up in a small room by her heartless and God- fearing grandmother became claustrophobic and paranoia inducing.

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I really loved how Andrews kept up the story just within the small guest room and wide, dusty attic that was decorated to be like a garden. That’s not very big for a setting. In fact, it’s one of the smallest I’ve seen in a book, but I wasn’t driven to boredom at all! The story kept moving and emotion escalated higher and higher. I could envision what Cathy envisioned because being in this small place for a very long forever, she had to envision the other places she’s rather be instead of an attic. Her imagination was a powerful place. It is for any character. You can be anyone and anywhere in there. So creative and also anxiety-inducing. The place, even her imagination, felt like a prison.

 

The theme of flowers was heavy. There was so much meaning to the title and the idea of flowers. The Dolls as flowers, their fake garden in the attic, the way they were referenced through the seasons spent locked up. It was chilling, yet incredible. I was mesmerized. All the many different metaphors and comparisons were intriguing. Not going to lie, I was making an inside joke with myself in reference to The Walking Dead—Just look at the flowers, Dolls. I know, I’m not right in the head. Sometimes it happens. This book series isn’t right in the head either LOL.

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Each of the Dolls struggle and their fears and troubles increase the longer their locked away. Cathy grows vengeful and psychologically ill, believing they could be sinners. Chris, a young teen, begins questioning his feelings and desires and what they mean, especially with these feelings being directed toward Cathy. Corrie and Carrie, twins, are becoming more restless and malnourished, stunting their growth greatly. Each Doll is effected and I kept getting so worried and nervous. More than anything, I just wanted to set them free. Discomfort is the goal with this book, I believe, and it’s successful.

 

I think this is a great read. I can also see the difference between Andrews and her ghost writer. I read The Mirror Sisters last summer and was deflated because it was nothing like what people said it was. But, this was great! The language was intelligent and sharp compared to that trilogy. The story was haunting and more effed up than I imagined and The Mirror Sisters can’t hold a candle to it…well, except for the second book in the trilogy. I do have reviews up if you was to check them out.

The Mirror Sisters

Broken Glass

Shattered Memories

Currently I’m getting ready to begin Seeds of Yesterday and the horror and discomfort the book make me feel has been constant. Definitely give this series a shot. It’s disturbing down to the core and could shock the pudding out of you.

 

Quotables:

“There are some mothers you can’t love, for they don’t want you to love them.” (Corrine to Cathy, p. 23)

“Cathy, don’t just stand there and cry. A room is just a room. You’ll live in many rooms before you die…” (Corrine to Cathy, p. 35)

“And remember children, God sees everything! God will see what evil you do behind my back! And God will be the one to punish when I don’t!” (Grandma to the Dollanganger kids, p. 55)

“Love doesn’t always come when you want it to. Sometimes it just happens, despite your will.” (Corrine, p. 104)

“Love, it came unbidden. You couldn’t help who you fell in love with—cupid’s arrows were ill aimed.” (Cathy, p. 197)

“Hell was right here, where I was, shadowing me persistently, trying to do me in, and make me into what grandmother thought I was—the Devil’s issue.” (Cathy, p. 304)

 

more to come soon…

-K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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My bookclan! Good to see you! I mean good to…no, not that either. It’s great of you to visit. I love it when you visit. That’s better.

It’s midnight and this is the Midnight Tease because I never sleep. Just kidding. I sleep….sort of.

I hope the holiday was good and the spring rains are upon you. It’s April!!!! That means flowers and birds and crazy squirrels dive-bombing the ground. (Is that only me who ever sees that?)

Squirrel

Currently, Star Wars: Empire Strikes back is on TV and I’m chowing down on a Nerd Rope. Why not. Jules Verne is waiting on me so at some point I need to get on with that adventure. I’m in a volcano at the moment and traveling to the center of the earth.

I have a lot of reading coming up, some reviews too. Here, I have the list of what is going on this month so that you know what’s coming up and who knows, you may pick up one of these too, or you might’ve already read them.

Also, to keep up with my New Year’s resolution, I’ve got 6 out of 25 authors I’ve read from so far. Many more to go.

So with that said I have a question. Would you guys be interested in a book tag? It would be short, monthly book tags.

As you know, I leave a song at the end of every book review because as much of a bookaholic as I am, I’m also a music junkie. Love listening to tunes. One of the best daydream inducers. Where I’m going with this is, I would put up a self-made book tag based on a certain song. The tag would be three or four books worth. What do you think? I would love feedback. That’s what’s going to encourage or put this idea to rest. I’d love to spruce up this blog with a little extra.

 

Coming soon…

Coming Soon

 

Thanks for the Trouble
Author: Thomas Wallach

Thanks for the Trouble

 

Possession
Author: Elana Johnson

Possession

 

From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon
Author: Jules Verne
From the Earth to the Moon

 

we all looked up
Author: Thomas Wallach
We All Looked Up

 

Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White

Paranormalcy

 

Flowers in the Attic
Petals on the Wind
If There be Thorns
Seeds of Yesterday
Author: V.C. Andrews

VC pt 1

If you’ve kept up with me then you might’ve read my reviews on The Mirror Sisters trilogy. If not then here they are:

The Mirror Sisters

Broken Glass

Shattered Memories

The Mirror Sisters comes from Andrews notes not the woman herself. I’ve been told and told and TOLD to read from the master herself and I’m finally getting to. Took me a little bit to get the whole set but get ready. Andrews is storming the blog. I’m very excited which then makes me a wee bit nervous because I don’t want this to suck. I really don’t I’ve heard how twisted this series gets and I saw the Lifetime movies. (And yes, I’m a sucker for them. They were pretty good in my opinion…for Lifetime anyway.) So I’m a bundle of different jittery emotions. And over books!

 

 

 

Currently…

Currently

 

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Author: Jules Verne

JTCE

I’ve been telling myself to read a couple of Verne’s books and I’m glad I’m doing so. There’s such a different style what I’ve read.

 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Author: Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues

 

The Alchemy of Forever (an Incarnation novel)
Author: Avery Williams
Alchemy of Forever

 

1984
Author: George Orwell

1984 - flavorwire

Halfway through pt. 2 right now.

 

Hellraiser: The Dark Watch
Author: Cliver Barker

Hellraiser

I’m a super fan of Clive Barker and I had no clue that Hellraiser had a graphic novel! Two exciting things! I love this series and I’m very surprised it’s had such a downturn in its movie series. It’s such a classic. I believe it’s overdue for a rebirth. Pinhead deserves better.

 

 

Up for review…

Up for Review

 

Tidal
Author: Amanda Hocking

Tidal

 

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Author: Jules Verne
JTCE

 

Alchemey of Forever (an Incarnation novel)
Author: Avery Williams
Alchemy of Forever
1984
Author: George Orwell
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So there we go! Lots happening.

I just want to take a moment and say thank you to all of you fantastic book nerds and others! I’ve reached 100 followers and I know, that doesn’t seem like a lot, but it means quite a bit to me. I enjoy sharing what I read. I started this blog because I enjoy that. Well, that and because I think my mom was getting tired of me geeking out at her, and I was wondering why I wasn’t doing this sooner. So, thank you. I do my best to make this enjoyable and fun and something that gets people interested in all kinds of books.

I know I do older books along with newer releases. I’m always up for reading all kinds of books and want you to be as well. Though, I’m not going to lie, I LOVE Young Adult. Mysteries and Thrillers make me sleepy. Classics take me a lot longer to read. ARCs are always exciting because it’s like getting Christmas presents. But all books are worth a shot.

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All in all, what I’m saying is, I love you book nerds. Keep on page turning. And find me here whenever you’re looking for an adventure. I may be able to spitfire a book or two.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Feathers of a Bird (Shattered Memories – A Book Review)

Shattered Memories
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 2017

Shattered Memories

My Rating: Full boltFull boltHalf bolt

 

They have and unbreakable bond…an inescapable bond.

Kaylee and Haylee have always done everything together whether in full agreement or not. That’s expected from them as identical twins. Alike in every single way imaginable. Even in their DNA. It keeps mother happy.

But now they are officially apart. After Haylee’s betrayal that led to horrendous events, Kaylee is given a chance to start anew at the private school of Littlefield. Trying to bloom a new life isn’t so simple, but she’s determined to make her dark past disappear even if that means pretending she never had a twin. With Haylee haunting Kaylee’s every step and thought, she knows that being truly free isn’t that easy and Haylee isn’t through with her. Not even close.

WARNING/DISCLAIMER: This trilogy wasn’t written by the original author, but from the notes she left behind. Also, this is the final book in the series, so you may be confused and feel spoiled by the following review, hence the warning. 

The conclusion of a trilogy is meant to be iconic and the high peak where the final showdown happens and a calm sea of closure follows. Secrets that were unknown to the narrator, and sometimes to the reader, come to light and the final battle is well on its way. I am sad that this isn’t the case with Shattered Memories. While the major battle did happen—Kaylee is battling her inner turmoil while overcoming her trauma from Andrew Cabot, her kidnapper, and her sister, Haylee—there is still so much missing and lacking for me. I had trouble diving into the book like I did with Broken Glass (full review here) and even The Mirror Sisters (full review here).

I couldn’t get into the book as much as I wanted to. While Kaylee sounded like a full-fledged adult when she spoke (which was constantly pointed out), her thoughts and other dialogue just didn’t click because it didn’t sound the same. I understand that Kaylee’s life has changed forever, but the story is from her POV. What is seen, heard, etc, from that POV should match to how she speaks. Well, I think so. It’s a tidbit that made me itch. It was like switching gears and that’s jarring.

Shattered Memories

Much like the previous two books, there was a streak of repetitive and I feel repetitive for mentioning it. From what Marcy saying the same thing again and again to Mason’s continued spite for Haylee, I was just put off whenever they graced the pages. I couldn’t hold on to the story. There was a lackluster. I just feel like there wasn’t enough in regard to dealing with her kidnapping and I just wasn’t fully convinced of how realistic this was for Kaylee. There was a flash here and a flash there, but I didn’t feel it. And for something this painful I needed to. Mason’s disowning of Haylee was disturbing, too. More than anything, I would believe a father who loved his children, while being upset, would want the best help for a child that is as disturbed as Haylee.

However, the new characters truly made this book worthwhile. Well, except for Marcy. Claudia, Troy and Marcy along with a couple others come onto the scene of Kaylee’s fresh start at Littlefield. Troy, the strong, holier-than-thou, intelligent, silent and sits alone type, and Claudia, the new, but has her own dark secrets, roommate really gave flare to this final chapter of The Mirror Sisters. Both of them were able to understand Kaylee on a level that didn’t make her feel judged or freak-like and that was a nice breath of fresh air. The three of them each went through something terrible and to watch how it affected how they let people into their lives was realistic and great. And then there’s Marcy. Dear, sweet, hyperactive, loud Marcy. The constant need to live through Kaylee was strange and over-dramatic. She makes the perfect teenage girl that doesn’t have a single problem in the world. But that didn’t make me like her all that much. I just hope I wasn’t like that when I was her age. Yet, I’m sure if I asked my mom she’d say I was very much like that.

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I did have a few questions that kept coming up over and over again as I read. I will warn you, they are spoiler-y because they also reference Broken Glass. I don’t usually have questions, but I was scratching my head here and there.

What happened to Mr. Moccasin? Kaylee was desperate for the kitty at the very end of Broken Glass, but he’s never seen again. There wasn’t one single mention of him in Shattered Memories.

What happened to Andrew Cabot? I know the man was arrested for what he did to Kaylee, but that’s the last I heard about him. I honestly wanted to know about the trial/sentencing because that seems very important, but it’s as if his arrest was just it, that Kaylee needed to know nothing more. Also, I was quite peeved, with Broken Glass. As Kaylee came out on the gurney at the end, Andrew was nowhere in sight. The guy is psycho and there was no screaming or threatening? I just don’t believe it, not after everything he did to her. That man was unhinged, yet silent in the end? Queue creepy, and don’t forget peeved, shivers.

Okay, so my last question is in relation to Troy, who I adore if you couldn’t tell from above. As you know, if you’ve read it, Kaylee is dealing with not only psychological trauma, but physical trauma. She got her hair chopped off and is currently wearing a wig. I am really curious to know how Troy responded. I gave a thorough read-through and didn’t get an inkling of how he felt about it. Maybe it not getting mentioned showed that he was more than okay with it.

 

Overall, while I enjoyed the newly added characters, I felt deflated from beginning to end. There was too much clashing underneath the story and that can really mess up how I feel when I’m reading, and I read for nothing more than the sheer enjoyment. I dislike potholes in a story just as much as I dislike them on my street. The book was nothing like the two before it, which saddens me.

 

Quotables:

“You don’t look like me anymore, Kaylee. You’re prettier than I am now, but Mother can’t stand that, I’m sure. Did you forget how she wants us to be? You’re killing her by being so much prettier than me. You’re the one giving her the nervous breakdown now.” (Haylee to Kaylee, p. 55)

“Psychiatry is a form of voodoo.” (Mason to Kaylee, p.62)

“Weren’t you ever taught to put your disappointments in a bag of rocks and let them sink to the bottom of the sea?” (Kaylee to Marcy, p. 188)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Breath of Life by Florence + The Machine.

 

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