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Christopher posts on 4/1/2008 12:07:29 PM I am still working on the DeBeers series. Graces prequel INTO THE WOODS was disappointing. Of all the DeBeers characters Grace was my favorite. She dealt with true mental illness while most VCA heroines only deal with loss. Grace did an amazing job of recovering from her fathers death and later taking care of her troubled son Linden. What disappointed me about INTO THE WOODS was how it spent 450 pages focusing on the least interesting elements of Graces life. I kept hoping to get to her romance with her doctor Claude DeBeers but that does not happen until HIDDEN LEAVES. Instead we get the cliches of a prefect childhood ruined by a fathers death and a mothers abandonment. The lack of romance and incest was very apparent. Although I already knew nothing happened between Grace and her surprisingly wonderful stepfather Winston Montgomery. I would like to see a story about a real romance between a father and daughter, not just a father raping or taking advantage of a daughter. The book also reminded me of a VCA attribute we have talked about many times before. Pop culture references or rather a lack there of. The DeBeers saga has far too many pop culture references which are not only shallow but inaccurate. Given Willow and Graces ages, Grace should be growing up in the late 1960s to late 1970s. However there are numerous references to much later events like the Hubble Telescope, the USS Cole bombing, the films The Fly and Top Gun. I was expecting her father to die in Vietnam. I wonder whom did the editing. At least there were plenty of cerulean blue eyes and flaxen blonde references. DeBeers fans should skip INTO THE WOODS since you already know the basic plot from the other books.
Alba posts on 3/23/2008 9:48:25 AM I really liked the way Ruby's world was written, with all the vibrant descriptions of her life in the Bayou and New Orleans so much so that I really want to go there. But I just didn't like her towards the end when she just used Paul to get a roof over her head then starting sleeping around with Beau again. Then when he died she couldn't take the blame although she kind of got her comeuppance in the final book when she goes loopy.
Rebecca posts on 3/9/2008 9:03:33 PM i love Andrews' work. my mom read them when she was about 13 and she told me about her because i was in desperate need of a new series that did not deal with magic, i was really into harry potter. when i read flowers in the attic, i couldn't put it down, she is a very sedistic writer but she is an esquisut linguist. my favourite series so far has to be the Falling Stars series. i read "Ice" when i was in grade 8 and i couldn't find the rest of the books fast enough. i was touched by their stories and even though my parents thought they were too old for me, i felt that i was mature enough to read them, so i did. and i'm glad i did. i'm on to my 20th book, she never dissapoints. even though she is gone, she will never be forgotten as long as there are people who are still captivated by her stories. i was ecstatic when i found out there was a new series coming out. unfortunately, i haven't had time to read it yet, my schoolwork is way to heavy for me to read anything for pleasure, so i guess it'll have to wait until the summer..oh well..i would love to hear everyone't thoughts on the Falling Stars' series and i definitely recommend it..

Christopher posts on 3/9/2008 2:46:34 PM The LANDRY saga was very formulaic. I was bored by RUBY simply because her story was so identical to the other heroines, but the Second and Third books were extremely addictive. I could not put them down. Dramatically changing the setting and characters of New Orleans to the private girls school was a smart choice as it kept things fresh. I will not spoil ALL THAT GLITTERS for Katie but I felt Rubys choice towards the end was absolutely monstrous. How could she harm so many people whom loved her and helped her when she was at the lowest point in her life? Not just Paul but her friends as well. I was brought me to tears when Louis the traumatized blind piano player regained his sight and came to thank Ruby only to be denied. It was clear from the scene that with Louis heightened senses he knew he was talking with Ruby and not Gisselle. But Ruby just turned him away. This was clearly the authors intent as when Ruby is confronted by her sister Jeanne on page 321, Quote … I dont know how you could have hurt my brother like you did… But I came here to tell you that if you are Ruby and you did all this, I feel sorry for you. Unquote. I like Jeanne was stunned by Rubys actions. Ruby was really the only heroine I never forgave because she never worked to set things right. She was selfish right to the end. Quote I never meant to hurt Paul, never. Unquote. This clearly showed she was trying to justify her misdeeds not apologize for them.
erica posts on 2/28/2008 12:57:56 PM Hey I just started reading Ruby. It seems pretty good so far. Although the whole thing with Paul being her brother was really predictable. This is my twenty-sixth Andrews read.
katie posts on 2/27/2008 2:02:22 PM RUBY would be a great movie. The book had vivid descriptions of the different places. Like how New Orleans was described when Ruby arrived there on Mardi Gras.
katie posts on 2/27/2008 1:58:45 PM I watched Flowers in the Attic when I was 11 when my cousin told me how sad the story was. It was new to me seeing children mistreated that way but unfortunately I never saw how it ended. I remember there being an incestuous relationship between the older siblings. This occured due to the unusual circumstances. I only recently found that V.C.Andrews wrote that story. One book of hers that I really enjoyed was Ruby. Once I started reading it I couldn't do anything else, I just had to finish it. Then I read Pearl in the Mist and enjoyed it too. Now I'm looking forward to buying All That Glitters and the last two books in the Ruby series.
Christopher posts on 2/18/2008 11:38:23 AM I have heard SECRETS IN THE ATTIC is the best book in a while. Is there a lot of incest in it? Some of these incestuous relationships result from intense situations which cause the characters to bond. The Logan incest was interesting in that the character became so close they knew nothing else. But some of these relationships are not intense the Casteel grandchildren Luke Jr. and Annie Jr. were completely unbelievable sibling lovers and the De Beers heroine Hannah being perused by her brothers is without prelude. It would be good to have a story where a sister become infatuated and stalks her brother. Only the brothers seem like stalkers. Right now I am finishing up the lengthy De Beers series. While it is arguably the most mild of any of the series it does make for a very entertaining and engrossing soap opera. The first book WILLOW is standard and predictable but things really pick up and become fast paced with the second book. Willows daughter Hannah is by far the best daughter heroine. I liked her far better than her mother and Hannah story is compelling and not merely a rehash of Willows. The BROKEN WINGS and MIDNIGHT FLIGHT is still giving me occasional nightmares. That series really caught me off guard. It was by far the scariest since Dollanganger. I think so much of the horror of these situations is that the children are being abused by family and those supposed to care for them and those with impeccable reputations. The insanity of the situation is very frightening. Fictitious characters being tortured in prison, a wartime atrocity, or a psycho killer would be understandable. The other fright factor is the unpredictability of what new horrors await. We have all heard real life horror stories and would know what to expect.
Virginia posts on 2/8/2008 2:32:47 PM I'd like to address the comment that we're all incest freaks. I think that it is obvious that incest goes on in the novels but this goes on AGAINST incest. I don't think VC ever would condone it as the best of lifestyles. She would say that it is sad, I believe. I still haven't read Secrets in the Attic. Any thoughts on that nevel. I'm picking it up next week. Is it like the Flowers in the Attic series and is it very good.
Alba posts on 1/24/2008 2:50:30 PM Yeah I think you're right. I really loved WOD because throughout the other books Leigh is made out to be a bit of a teen temptress and slut, so I when I went to read WOD I was expecting her to act like that. I was quite shocked when I found out that she was nothing like that and was completely innocent. It was the same with Tarnished Gold.
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