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Family Storms (Storms #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,331 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
The first in a new series by New York Times bestselling author V.C. Andrews is a classic story featuring the dark side of jealousy—and the cruelty of deception.

In the eye of the storm...is anywhere truly safe?

Living on the streets with her destitute mother, selling knickknacks and trinkets just to survive, Sasha Porter dreams of someday having a normal life, with a real h
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ebook, 400 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Pocket Books (first published February 10th 2011)
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Maria
Feb 16, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I Can Tell You:
My sister and I grew up big VC Andrew fans and have read so many of her books. Family Storms is a 2 part series and I cannot wait to get book 2.

As man VC Andrew fans know, VC Andrews died in 1986 and her family works closely with a ghost writer who has taken synopsis' created by VC herself and created stories that will continue to excite long time fans of VC Andrews.

Family Storms, is about Sasha who after losing her mother when she is struck by a teen driver named Kiera Ma
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Karen
Nov 15, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ellie
Nov 20, 2011 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family Storms, Storms #1, by V.C. Andrews
Grade: C-

“Well? What is she planning to buy you? What is she going to do for you now?”
“Have me take the place of her dead daughter.”

Sasha Porter has spent the last year living on the streets with her alcoholic mother in Southern California. Sasha is not yet fourteen when she and her mother are hit by a car while trying to cross the Pacific Coast Highway. When Sasha wakes up in the hospital her whole life is turned upside down: her mother is dead, her leg
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Amy Jacobs
Nov 04, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This is the first book I have read by well known author V.C. Andrews. She is famous for her Flowers in the Attic series, but I never had a chance to check them out and read them. When I was offered this novel for review, I figured it would be a good place to start and work my way backwards through her books.

While I really enjoyed the first couple of chapters in this book, it really started to stall after that. It seemed to stretch on and on with no real progression in the plot. After Sasha and
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M Strawberry Reviews
Family Storms marks the beginning of the twentieth family series (including standalone such as My Sweet Audrina and Daughter of Darkness) written under the VCA name, and the seventeenth series penned by the ghostwriter. Family Storms is also the seventieth book published under the VCA name - an astonishing number when you consider that the real VCA was only able to actually finish just seven books in her lifetime. Well, eight if you include her sci-fi book, Gods of Green Mountain.

Not only that,
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Tez
Dec 05, 2013 Tez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kim Smiley
Feb 25, 2011 Kim Smiley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy all VC Andrews books, (with the exception of the DeBeers series; that one was a complete waste of time). This first book in the 2 book series was pretty good. It's written in the predictable Andrews fashion.

Poor, homeless girl and alcoholic mother are living on the streets until an accident occurs, killing her mother and injuring poor Sasha. The mother of the girl who hit Sasha with her car feels bad and takes her in. Mrs. March does this more for herself, trying to emotionally replace t
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Lorri
Nov 08, 2011 Lorri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in this new series, which I think is geared more towards teens than any other age group. It tells the story of Sasha Porter, living a normal life with her mother and father, until one day her father leaves them without a word. Her mother tries to take care of them, but gets increasingly depressed and starts drinking. She ends up losing her job and apartment and they have to resort to living on the streets. Within three years, her mother is losing her mind and Sasha prays that t ...more
Cheyenne
I was a huge V.C. Andrews fan throughout junior high and high school, so I picked up this latest book mainly for nostalgic reasons. This book follows the same "formula" that I recall from other VCA books where there is an orphaned, or orphaned-like girl who ends up with a ridiculously wealthy family by some strange circumstances.

This book was interesting and fast-paced enough for me to get through it quickly. I liked Sasha's character at the beginning of the book, but by the middle she didn't e
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Cassie
This is closer to 3 1/2 stars. Anyone who has read VCA before could tell where the climax of this book was headed. I almost didn't want to keep reading bc I knew something horrible was going to happen to Sasha. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel this fall. To me, there seems to be two types of VCA books. The older ones, and the newer ones. Obviously the Dollangagner series, but I would lump The Casteel, Cutler, Landry, and Logan families all in a category of more "classic" VCA. And th ...more
Claire
I only read the first 135 pages.. The action has been really slow so far and I think there's too much background information on some characters and too less on others. I don't think I will finish this book.
Jocelyn
Aug 18, 2011 Jocelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Reading some of these reviews, I think I read a different book than everyone else, because I missed something.
Lori
Nov 07, 2011 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: This is a joint review of both "Family Storms" and "Cloudburst"

When I think back to my adolescence, V.C. Andrews always pops into my mind. She was my absolute favorite author, with her Dollanganger/Flowers in the Attic series being the first set of books I became absolutely obsessed with. I still remember the thrills and excitement of a new V.C. Andrews release and hurrying to the local B. Dalton (pre-Barnes & Noble and Amazon) to pick it up as quickly as I could and staying up late in
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Linda Munro
Mar 04, 2011 Linda Munro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having not read a V.C. Andrews novel since the author's untimely death in the mid 1980's during I believe the Casteel series; this book was a pleasant surprise. This book offers a look into an age old arguement between my husband and me; are children a product of their environment or our they simply born bad?

By the time she has entered her teens, Sasha Porter has already lived a life of the damned; first deserted by her father, things slowly grow worse as her mother slips a bit deeper into the r
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Karla Burrow
This book starts off with a teenage girl, Sasha, and her mom who are living on the streets. One night, while it was raining very hard, Sasha and her mom were hit by an out of control car. Sasha survives, while her mom was killed instantly. While being treated at the hospital for her injuries, a woman who isn't a nurse, starts to take care of her. The woman, Mrs. March, starts taking care of Sasha because her daughter was the driver that ran into Sasha and her mom. Mrs. March also takes care of S ...more
Sidny Anne
Dec 30, 2013 Sidny Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll mention first that this rating might not be what it once was as this is the second time I’ve read this book. Also V.C Andrews is one of my favourite authors so if you don’t enjoy her books normally, I doubt that this will be one that you like much either.
One great thing about a V.C Andrews book is that you can sit there after reading part of it and just simply wonder “Who thinks that way?” or “Who would make that the basis of book?” But you are never left without some kind of surprise whil
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Kate
Jan 12, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-paperback
I absolutely adored it!

I literally couldn’t put the book down. It kept me wanting to read more and that is what love about certain books. It had a really good plot line with lots of twists and turns and a very surprising turn of events. The way Andrews tricks her readers into believing that the older sister Kiera is really up to something good when really she’s plotting and using Sasha. The hostile relationship between Jordan March and her daughter Kiera also make me wonder what secrets the fami
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J.N.
Sep 04, 2011 J.N. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
Sasha Porter and her mother are homeless. When they are hit by a teen driver high on Ecstasy, Sasha's world comes to a halt when her mother is killed instantly. To make up for what she has lost, the teen's mother, Mrs. March, invites Sasha to come stay with them at their mansion, where Sasha will have the best clothes, the best schooling, the best everything. However, she is placed in the bedroom of the March's dead daughter, Alena, where she is expected to be as perfect. At first the teen daugh ...more
Samantha
Jul 18, 2015 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a bit to write this review in my journal, two days I think because I didn’t even know where to start.

I got to page 128 and I just couldn’t do it anymore. The writing is subpar at best and honestly, it’s rather boring. Even the teaser is boring. If all it is, is a jealous teen who feels no remorse for what she did and the foster kid duking it out, I have no interest.

It would have been better if it was written as a fantasy thriller or even just working off of the story of the girl and h
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Debbie
Apr 23, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and am looking forward to book 2. Sasha is a teenaged girl who is going through a rough patch in her life. Her mom and her are living on the street and selling knickknacks and trinkets to get by. One rainy day while crossing the street they are hit by a teenager driver. When Sasha wakes up in the hospital she sees a strange woman sitting next to her bed. She finds out her mom had died and this new woman is the mother of the girl who hit them. This woman and her family ta ...more
Neil Mudde
Ahhhhh one of those pick me up settle in, and complete reading it within a day, a interesting tale spun around a spunky character who has been down and out, and through an accident which kills her Mother ends up in a wealthy family, it contains opulence,how the nouveau rich live, the thankless rude and nasty daughter, who will before the book is over change her ways??? maybe not.
Great reading on a summer day, while sitting on the balcony, then taking the book to bed, curled up with my pussy cat,
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Sharon
Feb 14, 2012 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I was enjoying this book, it was going to be a solid 3-3.5 stars. I thought it would be a book I could recommend to my nieces and the other teens I know. But then 2/3 through the book, it all changed and I would never recommend it to younger teens and probably not even to older teens (not the ones I know anyway). Another review I read says it best: "There are some very heavy subjects in this book but they are not dealt with in a good way and I wouldn’t want young girls to think that you can hit ...more
K
Mar 19, 2011 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all readers
It's very rare for me to give a 5 star rating, but w/ Family Storms, I felt it was well deserved. Of the more recent Andrews's books, this is the first one that I've really liked in awhile. And in fact, reminded me of Flowers in The Attic. There was so much I liked, I don't where to begin :)! Let's see, I thought the story was well written and fast paced w/ relateable and memorable characters. I really liked Sasha's character, especiallty her strength and determination; and found myself rooting ...more
Jessica RiffeKincaid
A young girl, already lost in society and homeless, living in the streets, lost the only possession she had left...her mother. Both, mother and child hit by a reckless, drug induced driver at high speeds, finds herself waking in a hospital alone with no one to answer her only question, where is her mother? Finally, her answer comes and along with it a new world seperate from the one she was use to living. The mother of the driver that killed her mother brings her to live in their home, provide s ...more
Marnie
Dec 30, 2015 Marnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I am behind in my V.C. Andrews books and trying to catch up. I have always enjoyed her books, some more than others. While I know the original author has passed many years ago, her books remain on my shelf. This book is about a young homeless girl who her and her mother were hit by a car. The mother passes on, and the mother of the girl who hit them takes her in. There is a little strange twist on the drama of her having a daughter about her age that died from an illness. The spoiled rich daught ...more
Ericka
Dec 29, 2012 Ericka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally have finished another V.C. Andrews novel. I have to also give great applause to the author who has helped her family finish her novels she started so many years ago Andrew Neiderman. This of course is a great novel. Sasha a homeless girl living on the streets with her mother and is one day walking on the streets and they both get hit by a car. Tragically her mother dies she is rushed to the hospital not knowing her fate. She is taken in by a very wealthy family by the last name March. ...more
Kristin
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I felt like it took way too long for the story to actually begin. I felt anticipation for more than half of the book and then everything happens so fast, my head was spinning. But, I enjoyed it and look forward to the sequel.

This is the story of Sasha who is seriously injured and loses her mother when a rich girl hits them with her car. The rich girl's mother decides to bring Sasha home as a replacement daughter for the daughter she'd lost to some serious illness. A
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Rlabbe 2748
As I started the book I thought ,I read flowers in the attic years and years ago. How old could this woman be? Yeah, umm...she died in 1982. This is not v c Andrews. Finished it anyway out of curiosity. Wasn't awful but predictable and adolescent and a bit echolalic. Maybe I was totally put out by the notion of having bought what was advertised as something written by v c Andrews and finding out its some other dude. It just seems bizarre and dishonest. If the book were great maybe I wouldn't hav ...more
Tami
May 20, 2013 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really makes you realize how fast life can change & how teenagers can be so mean. This poor girl (Sasha)loses her mother in a tragic car accident. She goes from living on the streets, to living with the entitled girl (Kiera)who was the cause of the accident that took her mother's life.

Not only does Kiera have no remorse for what she has done, she is continually cruel to Sasha, as if she were the one who had done something wrong.

I really enjoyed this book & look forward to read
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Erin H
Jan 11, 2012 Erin H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Books published under the following names - Virginia Andrews, V. Andrews, Virginia C. Andrews & V.C. Endrius. Books since her death ghost written by Andrew Neiderman, but still attributed to the V.C. Andrews name

Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man
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