Welcome to 30 Days of Must Read Authors! Every day throughout June one of our VIPers (Jenn, Susan Or Melanie) with occasional comments from the others will present one of their favorite authors and the series or series' they recommend! Hopefully you will find some new books and new authors to love!
Day 2 - VC Andrews - From Jenn
Author name: VC Andrews
Genre(s) they write: Gothic horror/family saga
How I found the author: I saw the movies on Lifetime and then looked up the author. (Side note you should definitely look up the movies, they're fantastic!
Why people should read: The stories are really different and they will have you on the edge of your seat although they’re tear jerkers at times. They are definitely books you have to be in the right mood for.
Recommended Series 1. Flowers In The Attic (Also known as the Dollanger series). This series is about four siblings who after a tragic accident (when their father dies) have to move in with their grandmother. Youu learn very early on that there is something very wrong with the grandmother, it seems like she's not all there and honestly? The mom's not any better. The grandmother insists on hiding the children away and not telling anyone about them put them up in the attic. The children basically grow up together in the attic and the rest of the series follows their lives after they eventually escape. Be prepared, these are real teal jerkers with lots of shocking revelations.
Recommended Series 2. The Casteel Series (Also known as the Heaven series). These books follow the story of Heaven Casteel, a teen who’s living with her father and siblings, but soon comes to discover that her father isn’t actually her father. She sets off to find the truth and her "real" family so setting off to find her family but not before a series of shocking and twisted events because that is what VC Andrews does. Be prepared to have to go through more than one book to get answers!
Conclusion - If you are looking for something different then these are series for you. There are still VC Andrews books coming out but they are written under her name with her family's permission. The stories are still really good and honestly I couldn't tell anything had changed but for example The Ruby (Landry) series is by the new writer.
Oh my goodness these bring back memories. I haven't read any of the books in a long time, and definitely not since the new author took over, but the original Flowers in the Attic series (which I think has been extended now), and the Heaven series (which is now apparently called The Casteel series) were HUGE back in the day when I was at school. EVERYONE was reading them - and thinking about it now probably most of us shouldn't have been. I have seen some of the movies, the first one wasn't so brilliant but the remakes look better (in the previews anyway).
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