Let me just tell you all that I’ve been wanting to read this book so much since the day I came across the many reviews of it on Goodreads. I was searc...moreLet me just tell you all that I’ve been wanting to read this book so much since the day I came across the many reviews of it on Goodreads. I was searching through book recommendations that the site generates when I stumbled across the reviews, and they intrigued me so much, yet I never actively went out to look for a copy of the book. Only recently when I was doing some Christmas shopping did I notice a copy of “Flowers in the Attic” at my local bookstore, and I grabbed a copy.
The book kept me so interested that I finished it within 3 days (and I didn’t even read that much per day), I probably would have finished it sooner if I wasn’t too busy. The fact is that the book had so much going for it that I didn’t want to put it down!
The story starts out pretty normal, with a happy little family living in ordinary suburbia, a handsome father, beautiful mother, older brother and sister and twin boy and girl rounding it all out. We meet Cathy, Christopher, Cory, Carrie and their parents and they all seem so loving towards each other, the mother seeming eternally in love with the father, the children adoring their parents.
But tragedy strikes and with Corrine having no other way of getting her family out of their dire situation they leave in the night to end up at Corrine’s childhood home of Foxworth Hall, where her mother is a cruel old women, and her father is an ailing old religious man. But there is one catch. Corrine’s parents are stinking rich, but the only way for her to get her hands on these riches are to pretend that her children do not exist! So she lets her mother lock them in a single room with steps to the attic, and this is where the horrors begin.
Cathy and Chris grow up in this place, but the twins seem to be stagnating while the other two bloom. Shut up in an old dreary attic for about 3 years, no sunlight, no wind brushing against their cheeks, no feeling of the rain tumbling down onto their heads. The children receive rich gifts from their doting mother, until this too stops and she becomes less interested in her children.
Secrets are exposed, lies are told and terrible things happen to the children. The book is filled with fear, drama, horror, intrigue, love and beauty. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read, although it being rather intense, it still is easy to read. (less)
I love this book, read it when I was 15 and recently read it again. I've learned that you should follow your dreams, no matter how petty or silly they...moreI love this book, read it when I was 15 and recently read it again. I've learned that you should follow your dreams, no matter how petty or silly they are, follow your heart, dont let anything get in the way of you and love. And never be to proud to admit you made a mistake. This book gives so much meaning to the word love.(less)
The first of Freya North I ever read was Pip, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve always loved the way British authors write, with their quirky li...morePILLOW TALK
The first of Freya North I ever read was Pip, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve always loved the way British authors write, with their quirky little things that they say, and the dry humour that they have.
Pillow Talk makes you laugh, it makes you want to cry, it makes you want to swear at the stupid bimbo and it makes you feel that love does exist.
The story is about Petra Flint, a 32 year old jewellery designer that lives in London, oh and she sleepwalks (which makes out for a very funny story at the beginning of the book). She finds love again after 17 years from an unusual source, and the story unfolds about her, her love, her family and the reason why she sleepwalks.
Another part of the story is a heart-warming connection that Petra had with an elderly woman who she visited as a school duty when she was 15. She ends up loving the women as a grandmother and mourning her when she is lost, but receives a wonderful gift, which the story really revolves around.
If you want to read something simple that you don’t have to think a lot about (you know, some books you have to actually study to get what the story is about) then you’ll enjoy this one, and others by Freya North.
Her writing style is easy and fun to read, and like James Patterson, her chapters tend to be short, which makes you feel that you’re really making progress.
Go ahead, pick it up, its real chick lit and you’ll love it! (less)
I didn't think that I would, but I did love this book.
Dracula is one of the first Vampire books out there and I had to read it for challenge (seeing a...moreI didn't think that I would, but I did love this book.
Dracula is one of the first Vampire books out there and I had to read it for challenge (seeing as my mother’s name is also Wilhelmina and that was what the challenge was about).
At first the book really bored me and I couldn’t get into it at all. The first part is very confusing and a struggle to get through, but once you've past the first few pages it gets much easier to read.
The story isn't all that scary, except I wouldn’t recommend reading it at night, as my imagination went a bit crazy on me.
The story is also written in the form of all the major characters diaries and that could confuse you, but do not despair, all the pieces are separated in kind of mini chapters.
Dracula as you all know is the vampire who lived in Transylvania, and the story that Stoker wrote is how he came to England and terrorised a group of friends, and how they vow to hunt him down so he may never harm another.
A very heroic story and I really loved the character of Van Helsing and Dr John Seward. There are some crazy (for the time) love stories in the book (where one woman has 3 suitors) and a load of adventure.
I you really want to read a classic I would go for Dracula. It’s not as hefty as most of the others and the story is really intriguing. The book is well written, but beware, Stoker wrote it in a different time than what we are living in now, so the style and jargon might be much different than what you are used to.
At the beginning the book reminded me a lot of Mean Girls, the whole "click" at school thing, but as I read it further it really got interesting, wond...moreAt the beginning the book reminded me a lot of Mean Girls, the whole "click" at school thing, but as I read it further it really got interesting, wondering why Sam wakes up every day to the same day, to find out what the purpose is behind that...(less)
If you loved Memoirs of a Geisha I bet you'll love this book.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a story of love, lies, hurt, sorrow and joy... it reall...moreIf you loved Memoirs of a Geisha I bet you'll love this book.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a story of love, lies, hurt, sorrow and joy... it really does role it all up into one.
Snow Flower and Lily are Old sames living in two different villages in China (they were born in the same month and the same year and become like sisters, but closer) and the story follows the two of them as they live and grow and marry. It tells us about their lives, their loves and their pains.
You learn to love the character Lily (who narrates the story) and her laotong Snow Flower. You get to know the two of them, and when they have a falling out I’m sure you’ll pick your favourite one. One girl comes from a poor past to prosper in her new life, when the other is the opposite. It tells the story of how a family would love one so much that they would lie to protect you. But most of all it will tell the story of how one girl endured all misfortunes and was a loving laotong to please another.
At the start of the book I was reminded so much of Memoirs of a Geisha (one of my favourite books) that I couldn’t put the book down. When the girls are young they endure the act of foot binding, a horrific ritual performed on young girls in China when they are about 6 or 7 years old. The way the author portrayed it really made me feel like I was seeing it myself. You read about their agony of how their feet break to be shaped into what was called “golden lilies”.
Truly and amazing book to read and I look forward to reading more of Lisa See’s books.
Re-read this one and it's still as beautiful as ever!!!!(less)
The story started pretty slow for me, but I really did love it in the end! John Matthew is a great character, and I really enjoyed learning more about...moreThe story started pretty slow for me, but I really did love it in the end! John Matthew is a great character, and I really enjoyed learning more about Xhex.(less)