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Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind Boxed Set (Dollanganger #1-2)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  2,746 ratings  ·  136 reviews
A value-priced bindup of the first two books ever published by V. C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind.
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Published July 1st 2014 by Gallery Books (first published 1979)
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Mayra
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Amber
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Caroline (Words & Whispers)
Nov 03, 2010 Caroline (Words & Whispers) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People intrigued by the premise
Shelves: my-library, reviewed
Let me start off by saying this: these books are definitely dark and definitely not for everyone. The story starts with the Dollanganger family, happy and content. Then, on his birthday, their father is in a car accident and dies. The mother feels the need to go to her father, who had many years before disowned her. With a promise and a quick departure, the children are forced into an attic with sparse sunlight and little food from a grandmother who calls them Devil's spawn. Enough with the summ ...more
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Just finished Flowers in the Attic. The best I can describe this book is like a watching a car crash. You know you shouldn't watch, but you can't tear your eyes away. This book is vivid, descriptive, wrong, innocent, at times evil, but most of all it's dark. It's a dark mystery that sucks you in and doesn't let go. The incestuous relationship is troubling, and I have to ignore those parts because it's just wrong. In the character's eyes, they're right. It's love and you can't help who you fall f ...more
Rebecka (is hilarious, shut up)
Actual rating: 2,5

So boring and painful it was traumatizing. DNF.

The first book, "Flowers in the Attic", was everything I hoped it would be; creepy, addictive and more than a little disturbing. The sequel, however, went over to the wrong side of Crazy-Town.

It was so painfully depressing that I would put the book down for WEEKS until I had recovered enough to continue. I would then open the book and start reading only to find myself, a couple of pages later, just staring at the page without readi
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Karen Desjardin
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Marva Whitaker
Okay. Stumbled upon the Lifetime movie version of Flowers in the Attic a few weeks ago, and found myself thinking - that didn't happen in the book, did it? Looked it up online only to find the Lifetime movie was pretty true to the story, then I noticed most copies of the book as pictured online looked a lot thicker than what I remembered the book I read looking like.

Anyway - I think I got a condensed version the first time around. And only now that I've read the full version, I get why it was s
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Emma
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC is about four children Chris Carrie Cory and Cathy. There father recently died and there mother is left to provide for her four children, but she doesn't have any money or a job. She was raised to become a house wife so she doesn't have any special skills or anything for her to be able to work. Therefore when the family is kicked out of there house they are forced to move in with their mothers mother. Little did they know that their (view spoiler) ...more
Deepthought
Firstly, these books are understood when read in series. They are extremely rich in symbolism and are riddled with subtextual meaning . The Dollanganger series is a mixture of all the other genres, with the correct proportions of each to give you the perfect story

There is so much to these books that it would take me an entire book to explain each and every thing, Although these books may appear to be "simple as you think they are more complex than you can imagine." This book is an extraordinary
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Sidra
Let me review this book by parts.

I enjoyed the narrative of the first part - Flowers in the attic. To me the plot was well written, and the characters actions made sense. It was endearing how they tried to survive in the attic, and even made it more agreeable with paper flowers. The end concluded the book and I was interested to read more.

For Petals in the wind, I did not really get the character's motivation so much. It was clear there was some heavy mental issues with her jumping to marry Jul
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Shelley
Had read these several years ago but decided to revisit them. I still enjoyed them and am going to work my way through the series. Yes it is a little trite and longwinded in places but it is a fictional novel, not a classical piece of literature. Sometimes I have to put the heavy serious books down and hit something a little lighter and less realistic. I mean, come on, do you really believe ANY kid would stay locked in the attic over 3 years when they could have climbed down numerous times and t ...more
Ally Robertson
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Niamh
Pleasantly surprising read - tackles very, very dark material which makes it arguably a heavy read, but the novel is enjoyable nonetheless. The narrative is liquid gold; Andrews' writing is meandering and poetic, taking its time in mapping out the insular world of the Dollanganger children, but also has a great flow and is paced in such a way that the story never drags or stagnates. This is arguably a miracle, considering that the novel has very little actual plot, and is more a lengthy explorat ...more
Jocelyn
This is one of the first "adult" books I ever read. Probably pretty inappropriate for a 10year old, but at least I was reading something.
I have re-read this series a couple of times since then and can't say I ever get tired of it. It certainly belongs in the horror section at the bookstore: Incest galore. Murdering mothers. Sociopathic sons.
This is the only VC Andrews series actually written by Virginia and is certainly the best and creepiest.
TaNia Wilson
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Lundyn
I've read these books, literally, over 10 times. They haunt me, I can not get enough. I will never grow tired of the horror, the incestuous relationships, the tragedy and the love so intense it verges on obsession. I don't think I'll ever be able to feel the pain that Chris feels throughout the books, he just tears me apart. I first read them when I was about 10 years old (12 years later, still rereading them!), and through the years I keep understanding them more and more. This is the only VC A ...more
Daelyn Howell
V.C. Andrews never manages to disappoint. I'm only 14, will be 15 Friday and don't understand all the reviews of readers claiming to be 'freaked out'. Yes, I guess if you were a small child it would be freaky. But an adult reading this? I don't understand how these two books are anything but thrillingly satisfying. And that goes for all of her books, even the ones written by the recently revealed ghost writer. I'm a die heart VC Andrews fan. I recently just finished My Sweet Audrina and Ruby, ab ...more
Danielle
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews is a dark, twisted story about the Dollanganger family. Chris, Cathy, Cory, and Carrie lost their father in a tragic car accident and their mother reconnected with her father after many years of his disowning her. She takes the children to Foxworth Hall to get back into her father's good graces and be put back into his will. They are locked into the attic, where they are told they will only be there for a day or two, but in reality turns into years of being l ...more
Kat
this series really depresses me, the tone of it simply sucks all the joy from my mind. I finish reading a chapter and I feel like ive been holding my breath -- not ina good way.

+1 for emotional connectivity

too dark for me though.
Alyssa Miller
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Hailey Jensen
These books are pretty fucked up, that's all there really is to say. Four kids put into a horrible situation that fucks them up, I'd suggest not to read unless you have a dark, /dark/ mind.
Brittany Perry
so I have already read flowers in the attic but my copy was in rags so I decided to get a new copy when I bought Petals on the wind. So really this is just a review on Petals on the Wind. Which was might I say haunting and chilling in a different way than the first novel. In the first we watch in horror as the mother commits unspeakable acts of betrayal and manipulation. This one is all about hate and vengeance. Cathy is driven by her hate for her mother and her desire to get revenge. She really ...more
Shadow Girl
I re-read these while on my little vacation, and I still love FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC. (You know that they're making, or made, a new movie? Lifetime, I think. I'll check into it.)
PETALS ON THE WIND - I remember liking it the first couple times I read it, but this time - it pissed me off. Cathy is just a psycho hitch, isn't she?! I can't even justify her drama by saying 'Well, it was written in the early 60's, so...'

I'd still give Flowers 5 stars, but Petals goes down to a three. I'd go two, but the
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Charmaine Lim
I have never read something like this before, and I am quite determined never to read something like this again.

April Brooks, a booktuber, talked about how much she loved the series and how great it was, so I decided to pick it up. I already knew that it revolved around a family and I was aware of what would happen between Cathy and Chris, but I wanted to see how V.C. Andrews brought it all across. I wanted to see her argument, her point of view, her take on things. I want to see how she would e
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Raquel Armendariz
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Sabine Galvan
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Madison
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Veronica
Flowers in the Attic has been around for a long time. I've straightened enough bookshelves to see it at least 3-5 times a week for 4 years. As such, I decided it was time to give it a try when I found a bargain version of a collection of the first two books.

If you haven't read Flowers in the Attic, you should probably stop reading this. Let me say first off, it's not really the plot that had me disgusted enough to stop reading this book.

Quick summary: awesome dad dies, mom takes kids to parents'
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Michelle Arrow
When I bought this, I barely scanned through the summary and just bought it right away. I've heard that V.C. Andrews was a legendary classic teen novel writer, so I decided to give her a try.
For an author's debut novels, this was written spectacularly. I was very pleased with how it ended up- one word in my mind stayed with me throughout the novel- addicting. This book got me so addicted, I didn't want to put it down and I was stuck reading it late into the night.

The first one was the one that
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Angela
It was about time I picked up this one—the one that, when I mentioned to others that I planned to read it, either gushed over it or gave me a look of horror.

Flowers in the Attic
It's just as bad as I expected. I mean, in a cringe-worthy way. I mistakenly read certain sections whilst consuming dinner, and then vowed to never read during mealtime again. It was a bit predictable, though the deal with the grandfather at the end did catch me by surprise. (Trying not to write spoilers here...) It's dis
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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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Other Books in the Series

Dollanganger (5 books)
  • 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)
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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“Something creaked beneath me! A soft step on rotting wood!
I jumped startled, scared, and turned, expecting to see-God
knows what! Then I sighed, for it was only Chris standing in the gloom, silently staring at me. Why? Did I look prettier than
usual? Was it the moonlight, shining through my airy clothes?
All random doubts were cleared when he said in a voice
gritty and low, "You look beautiful sitting there like that." He
cleared the frog in his throat. "The moonlight is etching you with silver-blue, and I can see the shape of your body through
your clothes."
Then, bewilderingly, he seized me by the shoulders, digging
in his fingers, hard! They hurt. "Damn you, Cathy! You kissed
that man! He could have awakened and seen you, and demanded
to know who you were! And not thought you only a part of his
dream!"
Scary the way he acted, the fright I felt for no reason at all.
"How do you know what I did? You weren't there; you were
sick that night."
He shook me, glaring his eyes, and again I thought he seemed a stranger. "He saw you, Cathy-he wasn't soundly asleep!"
"He saw me?" I cried, disbelieving. It wasn't possible . . .
wasn't!
"Yes!" he yelled. This was Chris, who was usually in such
control of his emotions. "He thought you a part of his dream!
But don't you know Momma can guess who it was, just by
putting two and two together-just as I have? Damn you and
your romantic notions! Now they're on to us! They won't leave money casually about as they did before. He's counting, she's
counting, and we don't have enough-not yet!"
He yanked me down from the widow sill! He appeared wild
and furious enough to slap my face-and not once in all our
lives had he ever struck me, though I'd given him reason to
when I was younger. But he shook me until my eyes rolled, until
I was dizzy and crying out: "Stop! Momma knows we can't pass
through a looked door!"
This wasn't Chris . . . this was someone I'd never seen
before . . . primitive, savage.
He yelled out something like, "You're mine, Cathy! Mine!
You'll always be mine! No matter who comes into your future,
you'll always belong to me! I'll make you mine . . . tonight . . .
now!"
I didn't believe it, not Chris!
And I did not fully understand what he had in mind, nor, if I
am to give him credit, do I think he really meant what he said,
but passion has a way of taking over.
We fell to the floor, both of us. I tried to fight him off. We
wrestled, turning over and over, writhing, silent, a frantic strug-
gle of his strength against mine.
It wasn't much of a battle.
I had the strong dancer's legs; he had the biceps, the greater weight and height . . . and he had much more determination than
i to use something hot, swollen and demanding, so much it stile reasoning and sanity from him.
And I loved him. I wanted what he wanted-if he wanted it
that much, right and wrong.
Somehow we ended up on that old mattress-that filthy,
smelly, stained mattress that must have known lovers long
before this night. And that is where he took me, and forced in
that swollen, rigid male sex part of him that had to be satisfied.
It drove into my tight and resisting flesh which tore and bled.
Now we had done what we both swore we'd never do.”
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