Review: Garden of Shadows

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Garden of Shadows Book Review
3 out of 5 stars to Garden of Shadows, the 5th book in the young adult thriller series written in 1987 by V.C. Andrews. Two key things to note about this book. The author passed away while writing this book, and I’m not clear on how much VC Andrews wrote versus a ghost writer at the publishing firm. Also, it’s the fifth book in the series, but it is actually a prequel to Flowers in the Attic, so it should be read first. That said, if you read it first, you’d totally lose the power of the first book… it’s better to see someone as bad before you find out they were once good, as well as what pushed them to turn towards the bad life! If you haven’t read Flowers in the Attic, stop reading this review and go back to the beginning.

We find out what Olivia, the grandmother, was like as a child. We learn to like her for awhile, seeing how she was broken down by a wicked man and the loss of her parents at a young age. You begin to feel sympathy, but then you remember, it doesn’t quite matter what was done to you, you should know better than to repeat the cycle, right?

I loved and hated this book. Took too much to read, pushed in the wrong directions. But it also continued a devastating and complex family saga. I had some different ideas on how it should have come together, but I was barely a few years at this point to be able to say anything. Imagine a young kid saying “Oh, I can write that better.” LOL

If you read the series, you owe it to yourself to finish it with this one. If you didn’t, don’t start with this one even tho it’s technically the “first.”

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7 thoughts on “Review: Garden of Shadows

    cwhiteweb said:
    June 5, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    The book was finished off by a ghost writer huh, and you can’t distinguish the original author’s writing technique from the ghosts? I wonder if I’d be able to tell the two apart myself… Oh, this is me talking to myself. You don’t have to respond 😅

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 5, 2017 at 5:34 PM

      LOL I’m not sure. I read them when I was younger and didn’t know much about the author, so I didn’t see a major difference. I’d probably spot it now, years later, when I actually look for that stuff — more than just the story.

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    iluvtoday said:
    June 6, 2017 at 12:16 AM

    hi followed u from gr … i actually loved this series in high school but as i grew up i sort of lost her but they were great

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 6, 2017 at 6:34 AM

      Hi. Good to connect again. For some reason, her books always felt like starter books that once you read, kinda got put away and only ever talked about in the future. Weird, right? Did you watch the movie remakes they did on network TV last year?


    Hussein Allam said:
    June 6, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Very great review in this post, great work, James! 😊

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