I love some books with pictures in them. This series I just flew through. I love fairies and monsters and other worlds. So this was right up my alley.
It focuses on Lucy and Soli, two best friends for as long as they can remember. They live in a little town next to Willow Forest. There are stories of another world in the forest and to never make a wish in the forest. Why? Because they faeries will grant it. This is a great story about friends growing up together and growing apart and back together again. Lucy makes a wish in the woods and is taken into the faerie land. And Soli has to find her inner strength to save her best friend.
As I said at the beginning this book does have pictures and lots of them. It makes the reading go by super quick. It is aimed more at a younger audience than Young Adult, maybe 5th grade level. But that is not a reason to not read it. The art is fantastic and the writing just pulls you right in.
There are 3 books in this series. I am pretty sure there are companion books to it but the story is told over the main trilogy.
Favorite Character: Kheelen
Favorite Book: Believe (book 3).
Quote: “I angered the Queen,” She whispered.
When read: 2014ish
Total Pagest: 266
The kids are locked in an attic for 3 years and 5 months. There are 4 kids. And Cory dies. They are hiding from their grandfather so their mother can inherit a fortune so she can live without the need of a man by here side. She and the kids lost everything when her husband died. Oh and her husband was her half-uncle. So… her dads half-brother. He was only a couple of years older than here. But.. the kids are her fathers grand..nieces/nephews? anyways, The plan is for the kids to be in lockup until the grandfather dies but he dies and no one tells the children. They are stuck to play in a dirty attic where they get sick and have no mother to help them through anything. Just a nasty grandmother who is so freakishly religious its her fault anything happens in the first place. The kids aren’t supposed to speak to her unless spoken to. And she gives them a list that’s like 2 pages long the very first day they are there. And by those rules which were basically telling the kids they were going to do what their mother had done (incest) and pretty much set my mind on the edge from the beginning. Every new chapter I was wondering when the bad thing was going to come. And it did, here and there and then all at once. But… I just cannot get over the end… things happen- not a lot because they are in an attic the entire time, basically- but they found out their grandfather died almost a whole year ago and they are still locked up. And then they find out why. The grandfather put a stipulation into his will stating if the mother was ever to have been found to have mothered children in her first marriage his fortune to her would be no more. And she also couldn’t have children by her second husband(whom she married around the halfway point of the book). Well… she started sending up poisoned donuts to the kids! And they only find out after Cory has died. The dr claimed it was pneumonia but after over hearing servants gossip they found out the stipulation and do some digging. Their mother was poising them so they all died and she could have the money and her new husband and a new life. Now I havent read the second book… And I don’t know if I will… But… the kids escape the attic and get bus tickets down to florida at the end….
It was such a hard read with so many feelings. So many emotions. I just don’t know if I can do that again. I know the second one will be better because they are free but just the acts that were committed in the attic and everything that has happened is of course going to affect these children. No matter if they are now 18, 16, 9. Ugh. Feels.
I finished this book around 830 on 9/26… and sat at my computer around 920 to write. I knew I had to write about this now with all the feelings still so fresh else I wouldn’t write about it ever. I tried to talk to my bf about it but he isn’t a book person and doesn’t understand the feelings that come when reading something this serious.
Flowers in the Attic was originally published somewhere around 1979. I have had the book on my shelf… for awhile. And that is the exact reason I picked it up. Its been there awhile. This is about 4 kids who lose their father in a car accident and their mother (momma) takes them to live with their grandparents. But catch- their grandfather cannot know they are even alive. So their mother and grandmother (the grandmother) hatch up a plan to keep them in the attic until he dies so nothing bad comes of it. There is some untangling why the grandfather can’t know and I don’t want to spoil it. So that’s what you get for now. These 4 kids are Chris- 14, Cathy- 12, Cory and Carrie, twins, are 4. And they are to be locked in an attic.
I think this might be the one post I spoil the book just because I need to get it out of my own head and into someone else who gets all the book feels and understands how real they can become in just 300-400 pages. This is written like a journal, in a way. Cathy is the writer and she is writing from the future. So there are certain parts where she is like “it’s okay for me to write this now when so many years have gone by…” Maybe that is what makes it so real? But it doesn’t matter what matters is **** these kids are locked in an attic for almost 4 years! And then … ugh! No matter how much I want to spoil it I just can’t. So… maybe.. I’ll link here to some spoilers. But just let me say it was a good book. But packed with so many emotions I just sat there and couldn’t stop thinking about it. I still can’t.
Favorite Character: Cory
Quote: Honestly.. I just don’t think I have a quote.
When I read: Sept 2018
Total Page Count: 412
Flowers in the Attic