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Preview — Gates of Paradise by V.C. Andrews
Gates of Paradise (Casteel #4)
The car crash that killed Heaven and Logan left Annie Casteel Stonewall orphaned and crippled. Whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by the possessive Tony Tatterton, Annie pines for her lost family, but especially for Luke, her half-brother. Friend of her childhood, her fantasy prince...more
Some things in the book, and some characters, are just sick, unfortunately people like that exist in the real world as well, and what Annie thinks about it and how she deals with it is very ...more
Novels that were truly written by Ms. Andrews were Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, My Sweet Audrina, Heaven, and Dark Angel. When Virginia became seriously ill while writing the Casteel series, she began to work even harder, hoping to finish as many stories as possible so that her fans could one day share them. Since her death many have wondered whether there would continue to be new V.C. Andrews novels. Beginning wit ...more
But if I did...here's what happened:
Young teen-aged girl, poor cruel family, hot older brother, gets adopted by cruel rich adoptive-family, hot adoptive father (or step-father), hot adoptive brother (or step-brother), SEX SEX SEX, cruel, rich, adoptive family dies bequeathing everything to now-sexually-active pregnant-with-brother's-child, teen-aged girl.
Something like that.
And yet...I couldn't put these books down!
Even though I finished it in only two days, I didn't really like it.
Everything is so predictable, you KNOW what's going to happen and can't believe some of the decisions that are made by the characters.
I definitely hated the way things ended for Heaven (and Logan). They portrayed Logan as a totally different person, and maybe he changed, after all, many years had passed since the third book but I didn't think Heaven would've allowed such behaviour ...more
I started reading VC Andrews books in the 1991 and stopped about 2003.
I have read:
-Shooting Stars Series
-Broken Wings Series
As a preteen reading these novels was a rebellion and the gothic theme also seemed cool. I stopped reading this author because ...more
Yes, it was that bad. And maybe because the narrator was another dismal, crappy lifeless ghostwriter character. I wasn't expecting it since Heaven was the complete opposite, everything that her daughter, Annie isn't. It's a shame Heaven and Logan died in a car crash, causing Annie to become crippled and being sent back to Farthinggale Manor back to her great-grandfather (supposed to be but is actually her grandfather) Tony. Despite longing for her half brother, Luke Jr (absolut ...more
After attending Fannie's birthday party, Logan, driving drunk, crashes and he and Heaven are killed, leaving Annie alone and paralyzed. Drake, the son Heaven paid Fannie for in book 3 is now grown and in college. Because of Luke and Annie's fascination with Farthy, Drake visits and then decides after t ...more
This book is honestly the worst V.C. Andrews of all 9 I have read. Typical storyline that follows the same pattern that all the first 8 did. Tragedy, victim, knight coming to the rescue, incest etc. About midway through the book 50-75 pages of useless not going nowhere storyline. I would have only given 2 stars yet now i have to read the last book. The only reason I read the first set was because I saw the lifetime movie did some research found it w ...more
Okay.... with as little spoilers as possible, Heaven and Logan's(?) daughter Annie ends up living with Grandpa Tony at Farthy because of an accident. Previous to the accident, she has had, because of her mother's sketchy tales, a very romanticized version of her mother's family home. She finds out very differently. More often than not, fantasy and reality are two very opposit ...more
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 ...more