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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  67 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
Published October 16th 2016 by Caytlyn Brooke Grimins
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Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-horror
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 certainl
✨Bean's Books✨
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.
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 could be 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 suspen
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 un ...more
M.E. Aster
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-books
Dark Flowers was a thrilling read that kept me on the edge of my toes!

This isn’t my usual genre, so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but I found myself needing to know more about Eliza and Millie. I loved the fairy element as well and how the author described them. I felt like I was there with the two girls the whole time experiencing everything they were feeling.

I don’t want to spoil anything but I loved the ending! It was twisted and creepy and so well done! The author has a great writin
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 caus
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
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 menta
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 fee
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 surr
Chloe's Little Book Nook
Wow, what can I say...Dark Flowers is jaw-droppingly unique! After initially reading the blurb, I could never have anticipated the direction of this storyline. That is one of the reasons this is a great book. There are some disturbing themes worth mentioning: mental illness, child abuse, brainwashing, memory loss, orphaned children in care. I found it to be a very dark thriller-fantasy, true to real-life but with a touch of fairytale.

The opening quotation by John Lennon set the tone for the boo
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
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 attack
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have always known that if something is good there's always a bad version. Fairies are made to be such beautiful creatures, it's difficult to think that someone would think them evil, right? Yeah right! Even the prettiest child can have the tendency to be bad. In Dark Flowers, Millie believes fairies exist, but only when she and Eliza run away from the orphanage do they find the fairy realm, and get into more trouble than staying at St. Agatha would have ever brought upon them.

This was one of t
H. Everend
Jun 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
One of the first indie books I bought and merely because of the synopsis. This story did not disappoint me at all. First has children who turned out to be unsettling (for reasons you'll come to understand) but that's already a scary point for me. I feel so much for Eliza, the MC of the story. She is a thirteen year old residing at St. Agatha's after several unsuccessful stints in foster homes. She befriends a sweet younger girl named Millie, and they make plans to run away from the horr ...more
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.
G.R. Thomas
Jun 07, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sinister dark tale

There’s something dark about Eliza’s life. She yearns to be free of the orphanage, plots to escape with her friend Millie but something quite sinister shadows the two girls. A dark little story that doesn’t reveal itself until the end. Loved it
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good fantasy/horror book, I really liked it not my usual read but nice for a change. Killer fairies who would of thought? I would definitely read more books from this Author.
InD'tale Magazine

“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.

2.5 stars

That was seriously creepy and disturbing.
Willie Handler
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This debut novel by Caytlyn Brooke really delivers. Her writing skills exceed what you would expect for someone her age. I enjoyed reading Dark Flowers and would recommend it for YA readers but only if they appreciate dark horror stories. Some readers will find the subject matter disturbing. The book has a great ending with a twist I didn't see coming. I'm not going to say much more because I don't want to provide a spoiler. ...more
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!
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
BOOK HANG OVER! I don't even know how to put this review into words! And any book that can leave me speechless, is one damn good book!

This book will have u yelling at it. It'll have u confused, happy, sad. Thinking bad stuff about the wrong person the whole time! Then it explains EVERYTHING & still 2 days later u will be in shock!

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.

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 de ...more
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 recommend! ...more
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!
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