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Into the Darkness. Virginia Andrews

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  681 ratings  ·  91 reviews
As lovely as one of the precious gems at her parents' jewellery store, Amber Taylor is shy and introspective -- qualities misread by others as being stuck-up and superior. Facing a long, lonely summer working at the family shop, Amber's world lights up when the Matthews family suddenly moves in to the house next door, a property that has stood neglected for the longest tim...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2012)
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Meg ♥

It's been a while since I read a V.C. Andrews book. I think of her as a guilty pleasure, and occasionally pull out one of the books I read over and over again as a teen and still enjoy them when I'm in the mood for a quick read.

I have not read anything recently written under the name V.C. Andrews, mostly because I don't really enjoy the books written by Andrew Neiderman as much as the old books written by Virginia herself. I picked this newest one up, though, just to see if I'd change my mind.


Ri...more
Delicious Strawberry
The publishers must be getting really desperate if they continue to put blurbs on the cover of these awful books that claim that VCA wrote them. On this one it says 'A Haunting Novel of a Mysterious Love from the Author of Flowers in the Attic'

Newsflash, publishers (and readers who fall for these lies) VC Andrews has been DEAD for over twenty-five years now! Most of the books published under her name ARE NOT EVEN STARTED FROM HER NOTES!!! The magic of VCA is long gone, and it sputtered out durin...more
Kristen
I haven't picked up a V.C. Andrews book since I was a teenager so I picked this new book up with guilty pleasure. Minus the cover, it was pretty good. Amber is a girl who lives a prudish "goodgirl" life in a small town when she notices the abandoned house next door is being rented, this time by a reclusive artist mother and her son. Some things are odd and not quit right about this duo. He seems to be able to read her mind and appears out of nowhere sometimes. All is revealed at the end. The end...more
Tez
Bestselling author V.C. Andrews portrays her most romantic couple since Troy and Heaven in the Casteel series... Dude, seriously? Well, that's what it says on the American publisher's page. Yes and no, I say.

Ain't nobody got time for re-reads, so V. C. Andrews books will be my comfort reads, catching up on what I've missed. And because they're comfort reads, they get special treatment rating-wise. Nostalgia, y'all. Don't argue with that.

All the old tropes are here in this stand-alone: purple pro...more
Isis Flores
This novel was amazingly incredible! No wonder she's one of the most popular authors of all time. This novel has everything I love in a novel. It has romance, mystery and a shocking ending. Honestly, I would have guessed that Brayden had magical powers or something, but I would have never guessed what was actually going on in the novel. The best thing of all is that this book let me know that Brayden was hiding some things, which made me eager to read more and more. At the end, everything made s...more
Kim


Crap crap crap! Seriously?? The book would have been ok had it not had vc Andrews name on the cover. Even then it still wouldn't win more than three stars. Most of the book was about the main character and how beautiful she was. Gag me with a fork. Please for the love of all that's holy publishers do NOT try and publish another book like this under vc Andrews name. You simply will not be able to convince me that vc Andrews before she died thought up a few paranormal books. It's bullcrap. It's t...more
Shianne
I honestly would like to know why I still feel compelled to read these. They haven't been good since the Wildflower series. This one was better than anything Not-So-Mysterious-Ghostwriter John Neiderman has put out in recent years, but it was still ... eh. Creepy and gross, but not in that weird guilty pleasure-ish way.

It burns me that the blurb on the front cover is all "A haunting novel of a mysterious love from the author of Flowers in the Attic." EXCEPT NOT! IT'S ALL LIES! MISINFORMATION! VC...more
Davina Bell
I have been a V.C. Andrews fan since I was a pre-teen. However, I haven't read anything by the ghost writer in a while. I felt that the story was forced. It did not flow very well. Then, when I learned what the mystery was at the end, I was not impressed. Actually, I was disappointed and felt as though I had wasted my time reading. I think the formula has run its course and the novels need to come to an end.
Laura
Jan 24, 2012 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just seeing a book by VC Andrews brings back memories for me! The first series of books that I can remember being addicted to when I was in junior high school... Flowers in the Attic series..so scandulous!
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This book for the contest is not the vampire series (Daughter of Darkness/Daughter of Light book 2) follow up, it's the start of a new series, someone messed up when they posted the contest and its blurb. The description for the new series is listed below:


As lovely as one of the precious gems at her parents' jewellery store, Amber Taylor is shy and introspective -- qualities misread by others as being stuck-up and superior. Facing a long, lonely summer working at the family shop, Amber's world...more
Cammie
When I found this book and I saw who wrote it, "V.C. Andrews," I was really excited because I read the "Flowers in the Attic," series by her in high school and I loved those books, but I knew that V.C. Andrews had passed away in the mid-1980's, so I shouldn't have had high hopes for it.

The plot was very outdated in the sense that it has been used in other books. A new family moves in next door, the only person to see the new neighbors is a teenage girl who lives across the street and every time...more
Evelyn Amaro
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This book in 3 words: Mysterious, Romantic, Different

Into The Darkness is a well-written unconventional love story riddled with mystery, touched by a bittersweet romance and has an ending that will leave you floored.

Amber is a teenage girl who is wise beyond her years. With that sense of maturity comes isolation. Her "friends" and the rest of the school finds her weird and a prude leaving her seeking solace in a world of her own making. She is beautiful with str...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
Ah, I am sort of on the fence with this book. First of all, even though it says so on the cover, V.C Andrews is definately deceased and did not write this book, it was done by a ghost writer. Incidentially, I've read about 80% of V.C. Andrew's work and this book is not like any of her past works. That being said, this book was okay. It wasn't awful, it wasn't great; it was okay. The story and romance was intriguing, and the ending would have been a real surprise, other than the fact that the for...more
Claire
I was disappointed in this book. I thought it was heading in an interesting direction at first, but it was so slow. I couldn't seem to ever fully get into it. I kept reading just to find out if what I thought was going on in the book actually would but I wanted to flip to the end to find out more than once - I never do this and rarely want to. I was hoping to find out sooner, but it took until almost the very end to get to it, and when I did, I was right so there was no surprise. The rest of the...more
Leigh


This book was not in the style of VC Andrews. It was boring and I found myself falling asleep while reading it. It was not a "haunting novel". In fact the main character was frustrating. She kept saying how intelligent she was, but seemed completely irrational. Seriously, she meets a boy who won't let her meet his parents. He appears out of nowhere, doesn't make a sound as he travels through the woods, leaves her alone in the dark, and she never questions it? She thinks it's normal for someone...more
Mandy
This book was terrible!!! The first 2/3 of the book was Amber, the main character, talking about how beautiful she is and was completely narcissistic, all the while, she is seeing this weird new kid that moved in next door. The mystery of the boy was made so obvious by the author that you were sick to death of it by chapter 3. All of the ”reveals” happened in the last 30 pages and, unlike the dragging feeling of the rest of the book, the end was rushed and did not have the effect I am sure the a...more
Amanda Scott
I should have known better after Daughter of Darkness that this was going to make me angry too about the ending. Now don't get me wrong some of this book was beautiful with the scenery descriptions and I even liked the character Amber but I'm the type of person that if the ending is not good than it messes everything up for me. I saw the ending coming earlier in book but didnt want to believe that it would turn out so badly but it did and I alomst want to throw book cause it didnt make any sense...more
Dawn
While most V.C.Andrews books are pretty lame, they usually at least have some kind of twist that keeps them a bit entertaining. This one, however, was just lame. After 100 pages, nothing had happened! I read these mostly out of nostalgia since I've been reading V.C. Andrews since she started writing when I was in Jr. High (yes, I know she died a long time ago.) I think the only reason I finished this book was the only other one I had in the house didn't do much for me either. Can't wait to hit t...more
Linds
Aug 21, 2012 Linds rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Christopher Pike
Mildly diverting trash.

When I was 14 I loved V.C. Andrews and read all her books. I was in a nostalgic mood and picked this up. The plot is tired and I guessed the "shocking twist" in the first chapter. That said, the prose isn't bad and it's a quick read. I read it in two or three days.

I think I would have liked this in junior high though, so I recommend it to 12-14 year olds.
Raimundo Quattrochi
Honestly, I was bored. I really enjoyed V.C. Andrews earlier books from when she was still alive, but these new series seem contrived and could have been written on a lunch hour. With this said, I think the person who is authoring these books using her name should retire his/her pen.
Leeann Green
This definitely was not one of my favorite book by v.c. Andrews. It was very repetitive and the author seemed to just want to drag the book out. I kept on asking myself when is it going to end. When you finally do get into the book it is the last chapter.
Jillian
i wanted to love it..and for the most part i did. but then the ending. it wasnt a cliffhanger, it was just crazy. the whole book amber is searching for something, but we never even find out if she really got it
Bethica
A seventeen year old finds friendship with a new neighbor can be an unreal experience. My teenage daughter loved it. I found it predictable and slow.
Janessa Butterfield
pretty severe lack of character development, and a writing style that a talented 10 year old could accomplish.
Angie
Why does it seem like I already read this book? Is it the next book in the series that is coming out?
Sharon Johnson
Screening for my kiddo. Plus a hopeful revisit to one of my fave authors of my youth. Not so much.
Amy K.
I couldn't connect with the characters and I had difficulty investing in this story.
Emmadenise Decker
not worth reading. extremely pointless. takes a long time to get nowhere.
Angela


Disappointing ending in my opinion.
Jackie
Not sure why I keep reading this.
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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 w...more
More about V.C. Andrews...
Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1) Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2) If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3) Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4) Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger, #5)

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