I read this series while in high school. Let me just say that I was hooked. It was Gothic, dark, alarming and at times, I wanted to throw the book acr...moreI read this series while in high school. Let me just say that I was hooked. It was Gothic, dark, alarming and at times, I wanted to throw the book across the room—only because I wanted to strangle the mother (Corrine). V.C. Andrews was one of the first authors (beside Shakespeare, of course) whose words captivated me, pulled me into the storyline and left me craving more and more. Yes, the book has very disturbing elements (incest—who doesn’t shiver at just the thought of the word) but the emotional drama of the series is what’ll hook a reader. It’s so rich in detail and disturbingly creepy that you can’t help wonder what is going to happen in the end. (less)
“Near the door, Gabrielle was sitting with both legs tucked beneath her, sagging back against Memuneh. He held her from behind as a parent might hold...more“Near the door, Gabrielle was sitting with both legs tucked beneath her, sagging back against Memuneh. He held her from behind as a parent might hold a child stricken with sorrows, arms wrapped protectively around her, rocking her so gently she might’ve been made of crystal. Now and again his arm would rise, and his fingers dab beneath her eyes.”
This excerpt from Brian Hodges short story As above, So Below actually made me cry when I read it. Cry. Not a faint hint of tears, but a steady stream. Why? It invoked painful memories, and current realizations, that no matter how much you love someone, family, friend, lover or child, you cannot help that someone who doesn’t see the pain they’ve inflicted upon themselves. That truth is heartbreaking, wrenching and makes our souls feel helpless, as if watching a beautiful injured dove lay before you dying, and no matter how you coddle it, tend to its wounds, feed it and love it, it picks at the lacerations until it finally succumbs in your hands. Our souls are our own, and if another doesn’t want to take an easy road in life, we have no choice but to stand by that same road and watch them trip and fall…. Try as we might—and we do try—to help them, ultimately, it is their choice of whether or not they will help themselves.
I offer a challenge for anyone to read this gripping novelette and not have the moment of the excerpt above tear at your heart and fill your eyes with tears. If it doesn’t, in my opinion, then read it again, because the story wasn’t given your full attention of being pulled into Gabrielle’s love for Austin, and her complete and utter helplessness at watching what the complete love of her life has done to himself. (less)
I do love stories of angels, and Fallen was interesting in that aspect. Truthfully, I’ve been thinking of reading this one again because the first tim...moreI do love stories of angels, and Fallen was interesting in that aspect. Truthfully, I’ve been thinking of reading this one again because the first time through I enjoyed it, but not thoroughly. It seemed to drag quite a bit. More action throughout would’ve been better in my opinion, and not saved the end of the book. Some of the reviews I’ve read really lambasted Lauren’s writing, but it wasn’t the writing so much in my opinion, but as I said before, the pace. I haven’t started book two yet. (less)