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The Unwelcomed Child

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  957 ratings  ·  156 reviews
My mother had looked into the face of evil so many times she knew what it was. It was me. I was born without a soul. . . .

Elle Edwards grew up believing that because of her mother’s sinful ways she was born without a soul; that’s why she was abandoned and left in the care of Grandmother Myra and Grandfather Prescott, who try to ensure her evil will not
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Pocket Books
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Majaunta
(SPOILERS and rants too) When I read Flowers in the Attic as a naive teenager, I was completely unprepared for all the aspects that I now consider "typical V C Andrews" tropes: horrible abuse on children by their parents and guardians, the sexualizing of young charcters, and the disturbing propensity towards incest. In fact, prior to reading that novel, I don't think I had even heard the term "incest" or imagined that it was a thing that actually happens. The most disturbing thing about the ince ...more
Emeralgreenlove
I really enjoyed this book, but wish that the ending would have had more of a punch--it was...boring, though the rest of the story was amazing, and kept me hooked until the end. I wish there was more of this content, and hope the author realize the potential this material has.

Moving on, however, I have a question I want to ask you fellow readers: What was the real deal with Claudine and Mason?

I'm surprised more of you haven't commented on this aspect of the book--yes, it's something typical of
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Karekon
First I was like, oh eww how mean they are to her, how isolated.
Oh, ok now shes found people to hang out with? K, cool.
Uhhhhhh why does that boy keep kissing her, is this supposed to be romantic that a flirt is hitting on someone thats really inexperienced?

Oh, shes evil because her mom got raped and had her? Huh. Logic.

Hey, look her ma's just came with her new husband. Neat. Oh, she takes pity upon the poor child and offers to let her live with them. AS IF. THROWS PHONE DOWN! No, wait that was o
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Delicious Strawberry
Aha. Here’s another shoddy book produced by a ghostwriter and a publishing company that are milking a dead woman’s name for profit. With over 70 books under VCA’s name, and only 8 books written/finished by her (including her sci-fi book) 70+ is waaaaaaaaaaaay overkill. But not when money is involved, amirite?

The characters of the grandparents are OVERKILL. Abuse and authortarianism exist in real life and there are children worse off than Elle, and the grandparents are obviously designed after Ma
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Bethany
I really liked the beginning of this book, and it was hard to not feel bad for Elle and the extremely (and I do mean extremely!) strict upbringing she has been raised in, and I kept hoping she would stand up to her grandparents and find peace for herself. She makes friends with a pair of twins who give her a taste of normalcy, and then later on she meets her mother and her father, separately.

This is when the story starts to fall apart. Elle has been raised to believe she was the product of rape,
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Shianne
Another thing that needs to end: Andrew Neidermeier publishing novels as VC Andrews. (I'm sure I spelt his name wrong and I don't even care.) VC passed away in 1989, it's time to put her name to rest. Stop being greedy asshats by cashing in on her name. It pisses me off.
Delicious Strawberry
Aha. Here’s another shoddy book produced by a ghostwriter and a publishing company that are milking a dead woman’s name for profit. With over 70 books under VCA’s name, and only 8 books written/finished by her (including her sci-fi book) 70+ is waaaaaaaaaaaay overkill. But not when money is involved, amirite?

The characters of the grandparents are OVERKILL. Abuse and authortarianism exist in real life and there are children worse off than Elle, and the grandparents are obviously designed after Ma
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Racheal
I mean no disrespect to the memory of V.C. Andrews but this book was so lackluster and depressing.....not what I expected because I've read most of her books. This for me though didnt do it and I'm kinda mad I spent 7.99 on it. :/
Sandy
4.25 stars

THE UNWELCOMED CHILD is the latest stand alone novel from V.C.Andrews. The storyline focuses on fifteen year old Elle Edwards-a virtual prisoner hiding in plain sight-from the world around her. Raised by her fanatically religious grandmother and long-suffering grandfather, Elle knows little about the real world other than what has been instilled by a grandmother with issues of religion, sex and Satan. Told from Elle’s POV, The Unwelcomed Child is a study in psychological, emotional and
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Debbie Lester
Author V.C. Andrews died in 1986 with only seven novels to her credit. Since her death several manuscripts have been uncovered and finished giving this author more notoriety in death than she experienced in life. The latest book from V.C. Andrews, The Unwelcomed Child uses Andrews' tried and true pattern of children with parental issues as a theme. Readers will find this psychological horror story hard to put down. With everything from young love to suppression and religious domination, this boo ...more
Chantel
I have to say, I get more and more disappointed with V.C. Andrews books as time goes on. This particular book gave the illusion that there was going to be some mysterious story like the classic family saga books. However it's a stand alone novel therefore it lacked to deliver any kind of in depth storyline. It seemed like they were leading up to several plot twists that they never followed through on. Just such a let down. After this I think I'm done with V.C. Andrews books for good.
Deana
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CNA Angel
This is possibly the worst book I have ever read. For the life of me I don't understand the good reviews? I won't put up a spoiler I will just say I found this book so stupid and feel dumber by just reading it?
Complete garbage!
Sarah Ballance
I read this 400 page book in one night. ONE NIGHT.

I confess…I turned those pages so fiendishly because I was waiting for the crazy to happen. Secret, forbidden connection? Oh, yes please. To that end, the book builds wonderful tension. This poor girl who knows nothing of the world learns of it–ironically enough–from a couple of wealthy kids whose idea of the real world almost certainly differs from what most of us know, but there’s a certain beauty in that. It’s one extreme to another…from Elle’
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Alexandra
This book is not really the kind of thing that I would read normally, while I found the story interesting it really didn't grip me. I don't think I went into this with any real expectations but this still wasn't what I had imagined. From reading the back of the book I was thinking more along the lines of Carrie. More of a mystery thriller novel.

Elle's family was wonderful but I did struggle with the twins, their oddness took away from the story. There personalities were good it was more the... u
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Tez
From the cover copy: Elle Edwards grew up believing that because of her mother's sinful ways she was born without a soul...

Yet in the prologue we are informed that Deborah was raped, resulting in Elle's conception. Because rape victims are "sinful"? (NOTE: I choose to believe all the shaming in these novels is to show that the characters doing the blaming are awful people. Authors are separate from their characters.)

From page 21: I gathered that my mother was far from the perfect child in their
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Kim
i dont know why I torture myself. every singletime a new book comes out, i think omg maybe this is the one that will redeem all the other flakes! then read it,and I'm disappointed all over again. i could see the original vc Andrews writing something similar to this, but taking it in a new direction, i kept waiting for her to get raped and knocked up and the evil grams locking her up in a basement while feeding her food from the Bible or something..not this happy go lucky book.
Hannah
This book was eventful and I honestly was gripped for the dramatic ending the sentences leading up to the end seemed to promise. Then, just as quickly as I was roped in I was spit back out. The ending was dry. Rushed and not art all as captivating as I had hoped. I put the book down rather upset. Good thing I got this book on sale I suppose.
Susan
Elle Edwards grew up believing that because of her mother’s sinful ways she was born without a soul; that’s why she was abandoned and left in the care of Grandmother Myra and Grandfather Prescott, who try to ensure her evil will not infect them—by raising her in a virtual prison. Because her days are occupied with homeschooling, strict religious studies, and vigorous housekeeping in their upstate New York home, Elle knows practically nothing of the outside world, even as she emerges as a young w ...more
Karen
a Brand new book by VC Andrew's writing team...back of book reads like a really good movie trailer but once you start it drags a little in the "description" of the setting and am hoping that it picks up....all the VC Andrew's books follow one particular theme...but not even sure if this one will too; taboos about sex....hmmm?

Once you get past the basic setting of the book and the history of the character it picks up...and turns into a really great read....
Theresa
The Unwelcomed Child
by V. C. Andrews
The dynamic start of this book, its stark description of the treatment and rearing of this beautiful talented child in the aster home of her unloving, angry grandparents, makes you immediately long with this destitute and disillusioned child. The quick hopeful return of her mother shows that despite the anger of her grandmother, she is better off with her grandparents who only want to make up for their mistakes with their own child. The pages of this book hav
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Nicole Rhaven
I don't know--I found this story severely lacking. I feel like it was too rushed. I was left with far too many questions. This is another stand alone book, but it would have been a lot better if the story could be continued in at least one other novel to wrap up a lot of loose ends.
While it does have a lot of similar story-lines as previous books from this author, I felt like the author re-read all of the books and crumpled them all up into one story far too quickly and harshly.
I found it not
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Wayne Reinagel
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I hate to be harsh but, honestly--not so great. At times the book just dragged on and was rather boring. Plot and storyline seemed to be recycled from previous novels by this author, Andrew Neiderman, the ghost-writer using the V.C. Andrews name. (Andrews died in 1986 and her estate hired Neiderman to carry on her novels.) The ending was rather disappointing and left too much hanging unanswered, which was frustrat
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Ryuluna
This was a pretty good book. My first paperback, actually. The ending sucked. I mean, the book itself was great. Easy read. Read it in 3 days. So many unanswered questions. The ending was rushed.
Heather
Wasn't impressed. The first part of it seemed more like a V.C. Andrews story. The rest, however, was a thrown together mess. Could have been better.
MK (Food actvist)
**This review contains spoliers, read with caution**

I just finished this book and in typical Andrews fashion the formulaic plot was entertaining, yet predicatble.

Elle is the result of a rape. Her mother gives birth and runs off leaving Elle in the care of her grandparents. Grandmother Myra is the harsh one while Grandfather Prescott is the loving one. When Elle turns fifteen her grandparents take her out to dinner. Which never happens. Elle just so happens to catch the eye of a handsome boy (w
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Once Upon
4.5 star review on OUaT

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from V.C. Andrews, author or Flowers in The Attic. Elle is coming of age, and to Grandmother Myra that meant one thing- the devil and his evil ways were not far behind.

Elle was truly raised in a virtual prison. She has been home schooled by Grandmother Myra her entire life. Never making friends, never being allowed to go off of the porch of the small home she shares with the Grandparents. There is no technology available to her, no cell phone
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Maria
The 411:

I have been a huge fan of VC Andews series books since I was a child. Not even sure why, since I was a child with such a tumultuous past you would think I would hate books that centered on dysfunctional families yet that is VC Andrews writes.

The Unwelcomed Child is a stand alone VC Andrews book about Elle a young girl who is being raised by her overly religious grandmother, sheltered from the world and alone. Elle has spent her life hearing how evil her father was. How unbalanced her m
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Scorpianmuse
This is the first new VC Andrews book I've read, the last being
"The Heavenstone Secrets." My goal has been simply to read the books in series order.

Okay...where to begin. First, the whole grandparent(s) from hell with overzealous religious tendencies, cleaning to the extreme, twins (with a very unhealthy relationship?), socially outcast thru no fault of ones own, secrets...

Sounds like a typical VC Andrews book to me. This one probably would have benefitted from being a two-part piece, because w
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Maddip
In "The Unwelcomed Child" by V.C. Andrews, Elle a teenager who grew up believing she was pure evil. Her grandmother had always told her that, because of what happened to her mother, she had to be kept away from other children because she could corrupt them. As Elle gets older her grandparents tell her more about her mother, and what had happened. Elle's grandmother, Myra, also gives her more freedom. Elle is an artist and she received art supplies from her grandmother. Her grandfather was finall ...more
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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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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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