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Dark Flowers

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Life at St. Agatha's School for Girls is anything but a fairytale. With ratty blankets and a torturous device called the box, it's not hard to understand Eliza's desperation to escape. When the timing is right, Eliza manages to run away with her best friend Millie, heading through the Louisiana swamps to the town on the other side. But the swamps may be even more dangerous ...more
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Published October 16th 2016 by Caytlyn Brooke Grimins
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Tammie
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-dark
Dark Flowers, a YA/horror book was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around two friends-Eliza and Millie, both orphans at St. Agatha’s School for Girls. Even with a few kind nuns that help run the school, life is difficult at St. Agatha’s. Eliza dreams of nothing else but escaping to a new life but things only get worse when Eliza and Millie encounter silver and black fairies. Their world seems magical and enchanting-at first that is.
Dark Flowers is a dark read that is well-written and
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✨The Reading
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a dark little read...
This book is very dark yes, and I wouldn't necessarily aim it as a children's book (YA). I think the target audience is a little young for some of the things that are discussed as well as presented in this book.
But this book is definitely binge-worthy and is a creepy little read for anyone looking for such things. It's well-written and well-thought-out. I do recommend it.
Topher
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Are you one of those people who think fairies are adorable, tiny, mysterious beings that come and sprinkle their whimsical fairy dust all over the place making everything smell like cotton candy?

"Oh, they are so tiny and so harmless, right?"

Well then, I have some rather unfortunate news for you regarding fairies! They couldbe possibly the root of all evil!

So precisely what do I think the book has going on for itself?

A lot!

The design of the book is thrilling. Or should I say, the story is
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John Winston
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Caytlyn Brooke puts you square in the middle of the mind of thirteen-year-old Eliza, a seemingly innocent girl who values friendship and doing the right thing. This one starts off putting me in the mind of Stephen King’s Carrie with its tone, setting, and darkness and youth protagonist and then immediately takes a Beautiful Mind turn. The beauty of Brooke’s narrative from beginning to end is the first-person POV, a brilliant decision in the writing process. Because Eliza is the quintessential ...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
The end ing of this book made me feel very unsatisfied Maybe its because the twist is revealed in the first half instead of in the second half.

I will admit i am not an expert on the care of juvenile offenders but i find it impossible to believe a girl who stabbed another girl with scissors would be allowed to return to an environment where there are vulnerable young girls who would be endangered

The book also suffers from some bad formatting as passages that are meant to be in italics arent
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Avanders
Review based on **Audio** ARC (Advanced Review Copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review).

I think this could have been a great book, but the various issues left it at good for me. It is touted as Young Adult Horror, and I think perhaps, if I had been reading it myself or if the narrator had been better, it might have pulled that off. Unfortunately, although the actions were horrific at times (very dark things happen), the tone of the book as read was very light and almost
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Michaela in Bookish Wonderland
I really enjoyed this book! I knew from the moment I read the blurb that I would like it, but I loved it even more than expected! It's dark, intense and had me on the edge of my seat. I love fantasy books so am very surprised I hadn't come across this one sooner.

I was drawn in from the start and hooked throughout. I had no idea how it would end but I was not expecting that!! I love a book with a good twist and this one certainly delivered.

The book has a bit of everything. An orphanage, a
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Jamie
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.
This book was not what I was expecting. Based on the description and cover I thought it would be more of a young adult type book but this seemed to more middle grade. The main character Eliza is supposed to be 13 years old but she’s written much younger. You never find out what time period the story takes place in. It mentions modern things like airplanes and video cameras but has a very dated
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Rhonda
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was sent this book as an ebook from #BHC Press through #netgalley for a honest review. This does not effect my review in any way.

I don’t think I would necessarily classify this book as YA, as some of the content is a little dark for that age group.

But it was still an amazing read, it had me on the edge of my seat for sure, so much so that I finished in a day.

I am however not sure I will think of fairies the same way ever again.

A perfect read for this time of year for sure.
Ashley Gillan
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for the perfect spooky book to curl up with as a snowstorm swirls outside, look no further. Dark Flowers is the perfect dark version of a fairy-tale: complete with a brutal headmistress, orphans in distress, a psychiatric hospital and not-so-nice fairies.

The main character is Eliza, who, along with her friend Millie, lives at St. Agatha's School for Girls, a depressing orphanage run by a sadistic headmistress. Eliza vows not only to escape through the Louisiana swamps that
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Kayla
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a creepy book. I'm not sure why it's never talked about, but I loved it. Apparently, this was published in 2016. Where was I? Where was the whole book community?

This has all of my favorite topics. A creepy foster home ran by nuns, fairies, an unreliable narrator, and a mental institution. The author just didn't hold back, either. The whole book I was second-guessing whether or not I should believe our main character, Eliza, or the side character, Millie, or neither of them. There
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Sadie Forsythe
May 17, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
DNF ~50%
No rating, as I'm DNFing because of a problem with the ARC, not the story.

I won an audio ARC through Library thing. I found the writing and the narration stiff. I would have stuck with it though, but chapter five was 2.5 minutes long, while all the others are 20-40, and it cut off abruptly. It's obvious that something was missing. Not only something, but something important. (I think maybe a climactic scene.) I listened to several chapters past the gap and there was apparently an
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Rhonda
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
*I was sent this book as an ebook from #BHC Press through #netgalley for a honest review. This does not effect my review in any way.

I don’t think I would necessarily classify this book as YA, as some of the content is a little dark for that age group.

But it was still an amazing read, it had me on the edge of my seat for sure, and I am not sure I will think of fairies the same way ever again.

A perfect read for this time of year for sure.
InD'tale Magazine
3.5/5.0

“Dark Flowers” is a dark fantasy that has all the things needed for a great horror novel.

Read full review in the 2018 July Aug issue of InD'tale Magazine.

Paigelauren Forrester
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully twisted story.
I don’t usually read these types of books but I am glad that I did this time, from start to finish I was entranced with the characters. I love a writer that can take the Fairy/mythical and show that dark side of it instead of the usual happy-go-lucky.
I love the way this is written and I was pleasantly shocked with the ending, I will differently be keeping my eye on this author.
Tammy Goodwin
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a deep love for boarding school books. Something about teens locked up together always makes for an interesting story - and this one does not disappoint. Genre-bending and extremely satisfying, I could not put this down. Eliza is a brilliant, troubled and real young teen trying to find her place in a world of secrets and magic. Great for fans of VC Andrews!
Shelley Wilson
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Debut novels don’t get much better than this! Dark Flowers is a fairy story with a deliciously dark twist.

We’re introduced to Eliza as she manages to get herself thrown in solitary at St. Agatha’s which is a school/orphanage for girls. Straight away we get a sense that Eliza is mischievous and fun. She doesn’t enjoy her life at St. Agatha’s and as we learn more about the threadbare blankets, cruel tortures, and loveless lifestyle we feel for her and understand her need to rebel all the more.

She
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Melissa
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun and creepy book! It's very hard to put down because you want to keep reading to find out what happens next! The book benefits from a small cast of main characters because you really get a good feel for what they're all going through, and the changes that the story puts them through. Excellent descriptions make you feel like you're right there with Eliza as she tries to escape and save Millie and herself; and the ending makes you want to go back and read it again for missed ...more
Mercedes
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you're like me, nothing but the page-turners makes it into my library! Dark Flowers definitely is a page-turner! The characters and the plot build upon themselves until you are so immersed in the book, you feel real emotions for the characters. Frustration, fear, jealousy, some joy but less of it because this is a creepy and thrilling book! The author holds nothing back. Happy ending in a way, but this isn't your average fairy-ever-after book. Highly ...more
Karen
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Go Good

This was so dark and twisted. I could not put this book down. Very good. I only heard about this book a few days ago from a radio station wink 106 and could not wait to dive in. Wish I could have made it to the book signing in Elmira NY as I'm only 45 min drive.
J.S. Bailey
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a creepy read that will make you never think of fairies in quite the same way again. Gulp!
Monica Reents
Thank you to NetGalley and BHC Press for allowing me to read and review Dark Flowers by Caytlyn Brooke.
I was sent an ebook copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

I also borrowed this book on the Hoopla library app. My intention was to split my reading time between the audio and kindle versions because after reading the description, I thought I would find myself immersed in a story that I wouldn’t want to put down. This turned out to be partly true.

I give this book three stars
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Life at St. Agatha’s is no cake-walk and Eliza would know. After only five weeks residing there, she’s already broken the record for spending the most time in ‘the box’, a dark and cramped janitor’s closet transformed into a prison cell at the school for girls. As one who’s spent more time than ever believed possible inside this box of torture, she’s seen a hefty share of misery during her short time at St. Agatha’s. The box is meant to tame obstinate girls into submission, but Eliza would ...more
Shelby
3.5

*This audiobook was sent to me by BHC Press in exchange for my honest review.*

Eliza and Millie are both orphans living at St. Agatha’s Home for Girls, which is a less than ideal situation. When they grow tired of the cruel punishments at St. Agatha’s, they attempt to run away into the woods only to run into a group of evil fairies and are forced to return. Following their encounter with the fairies, Millie begins to act strangely and when she becomes violent, Eliza attempts to save her friend
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PunkRockLibrarian
I received this audiobook via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

This book's summary is more thrilling than the actual book, not to mention that the book is being pushed as a YA "horror," but is actually a middle grade fantasy. I struggled to get into this book...I couldn't figure out when the book was taking place, at first I thought it may have been the turn of the century (1800/1900s), but there was mention of modern tech and medical reference, so that threw me off.

Additionally,
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Kookie9200
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book!

This is a dark, dark little book. When Eliza and Millie take a chance and try to flee from the abusive orphanage where they live, things go from bad to worse. The girls discover fairies in the Louisiana swamplands surrounding the orphanage, but these aren't your storybook creatures. Instead, they are blood thirsty sprites that demand sacrifice.

There were times when the book was a bit confusing, as the voice of the
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Lindsey Eick
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an downloadable audiobook ARC, in exchange for a fair and honest review. I do not normally give one star reviews, but this book was very worthy of one star. First of all, it was not my taste or what I was under the impression that it was going to be, based on the blurb that I read before I requested the ARC. The story would have also been better if the audiobook wasn’t missing a portioni of a chapter, making it hard to understand where the story was heading. I did however like the ...more
Krissy
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, netgalley
I want to first say that this story idea was a good one. It was interesting.

My problem is this book didn't draw me in at all. I felt detached from the characters and the setting. When I read a book I like to get lost in the characters and the world. That didn't happen here. I was pretty disappointed because as I said before, the story was a really cool idea. It was dark and weird which I like. I just wish it held my interest better.
Paigelauren Forrester
A wonderfully twisted story.
I don’t usually read these types of books but I am glad that I did this time, from start to finish I was entranced with the characters. I love a writer that can take the Fairy/mythical and show that dark side of it instead of the usual happy-go-lucky.
I love the way this is written and I was pleasantly shocked with the ending, I will differently be keeping my eye on this author.
Emily
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dark Flowers was a very interesting story about a orphan in Louisiana and takes a turn to both the paranomal the psychological. I loved the concept of this book. However, I had a hard time connecting to the main character. She always felt just beyond my reach, and seemed to frequently take turns in personality that seemed a little to abrupt.
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