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What I’ve Been Reading // Flowers In The Attic
Usually I share the books that I’ve read each month in my monthly favourites but since I’ve been reading so much, and the fact they were beginning to take over my favourites, I decided to start sharing them in their own posts. From February to the beginning of April, the only books I read were the ones from the Flowers In The Attic series and I became obsessed and since I absolutely loved them I just have to tell you about them.
I started reading the series in February after my mum finally persuaded me to give them a go. I borrowed all five books from my grandma, as you can tell, I mean, look at them covers and even worse look at the spines! But knowing that both my mum and grandmas have read these books, and countless other people who borrowed them too just makes it so much more special and I’ll treasure these copies, that is, until they completely fall apart on me.
Thinking back now to when I started the first book, Flowers In The Attic, before I’d read the rest, I remember thinking ‘what on earth am I reading’ and asking my mum why on earth she’d told me to read them because even though it starts really lovely, it then turns really weird and gets weirder, my mum had told me the basics – 4 kids being locked in a room, love, incest and drama, so I did expect it but it didn’t half freak me out. I don’t want to go giving away any major spoilers just in case you fancy giving them a read now but omg. I actually cannot get everything I want to say about these books out and I don’t even know a word that really explains them except that they are crazy – but I was hooked. The books went everywhere with me and every chance I had I stuck my nose in them, I can’t even tell you how many times I woke up with the book still in my hand.
I got attached to the characters almost instantly, especially Cathy, the main character, which made the books quite hard to read, I felt so bad for all of them and the horrible things that happen just tear at your heart. Then I learnt that the books are based on a true story – It’s said that Virginia Andrews, the writer, met a doctor while she was in hospital that had told her the story of being locked in the attic as a child, no ones sure of what bits are true, but just being based on a true story is enough to break you heart. Although, it didn’t put me off reading them, I just couldn’t stop. It’s a complete page turner and there’s always something happening to make you second guess why your even reading it.
Petals On The Wind is just as heart breaking as the first, but I started to understand more and get why it was happening, because in the first book I was constantly cringing, not getting why they were like they were, but then I kind of got to a point where I stopped judging and I got it. There’s way more drama in the second book which makes it even more addictive than the first. I never got to a point where I wanted to put it down, I was constantly like ‘just one more page’.
If There Be Thorns, the third book in the series is completely different from the rest, this book is written from Jory and Bart’s perspective, Cathy’s children. When I first found out I was gutted, I’d got so attached to Cathy that I wanted her to keep telling me the story, but after a few chapters I loved it just as much as the rest but my god did it stress me out! There’s so many eye roll moments where you’re thinking for crying out loud why can’t these people see and you literally want to just shout at them all, especially when it gets nearer the end, but there’s so many more non eye rolling moments compared.
The ‘kind of’ final book in the series Seeds Of Yesterday is kind of like If The Be Thorns – a lot of eye rolling and a bit of boredom but looking back. there’s so many things happen but they just don’t seem like it until you think about it. It’s full of drama just like the rest and the last 50 pages or so are so jaw dropping I didn’t put it down until I’d finished it. It ended up breaking my heart, it didn’t end the way I wanted to it to, but it did end the way I expected it to, kind of a good way too but I’m such an emotional wreck about it all that I can’t even agree with myself.
The ‘real’ final book of the series is Garden Of Shadows, which doesn’t carry on from Seeds Of Yesterday, it goes back to the very start, when the grandmother met the grandfather and you finally find out the reason that everything happened. There’s a huge, and I mean huge plot twist that I had no idea was going to happen, the other four books don’t give it away in the slightest which makes it even more good to read. I’d say it’s the saddest book out of them all, the things that happen aren’t half as bad but the reasons they happen are actually quite disturbing. If you’ve read or plan to read Flowers In The Attic, make sure to definitely read Garden Of Shadows (then come back to me and talk to me about it)
I’ve probably made no sense what so ever but I’m being so careful not to give anything away because you just need to read them. I cannot recommend these books enough (if you can’t already tell) & I really, really, really mean it – I can’t even explain the emotions that I went through reading these because they are that crazy (I need to find another word) It makes you love the characters, then hate them, the love them all over again, it pulls you in on every single page, I read five 350-450 page books in the space of two month, so they must be good right? Give them a read!
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