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Monday, June 12

Review & Giveaway: The Girls Of Spindrift Books 1 & 2


Being released this summer from Pocket Star eBooks are the first two books in the all-new e-novella series "The Girls Of Spindrift" by V.C. Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author of Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina. There will be four e-novellas in the series, which will all form a prequel to the novel Bittersweet Dreams (2012).

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CORLISS, Book One of the Girls of Spindrift, was released today! It centers on an incredibly intelligent teenager named Corliss. Despite her high IQ, she doesn't have very many friends, mostly due to her shyness and her difficulty of fitting in with the other students at the Los Angeles high school. Though she has always been known as the 'good girl" in school, Corliss gets in a bit of trouble at a school party, where a group of girls spikes her drink.

After a trip to the emergency room, which scares her parents to death, Corliss decides to get even with her classmates.

DONNA, Book Two of the Girls of Spindrift, will go on sale on August 14th! It centers on a half Latino, half Irish teenager named Donna, who is the most gifted student at her high school. Her teachers have no clue what to do with her, as it seems she always has the correct answers to every test she takes. Of course having a high IQ comes with a price, as Donna isn't very popular at school.

Out of nowhere, a boy becomes interested in Donna, which leads to her stepping outside of her comfort zone. Everything in her life seems to be perfect, well, that is until a violent confrontation rocks her world.



Final Thoughts: I vaguely remember reading Bittersweet Dreams by V.C. Andrews (aka written by the ghost writer, Andrew Neiderman). I had to go back and reread my original review to refresh my memory. Let's just say my thoughts weren't exactly kind about the novel, though I was probably nitpicking a bit too much at the time. The novel centered on a gifted teenager named Mayfair Cummings. Despite being smart, she was the outcast of her class. She never really felt loved, well, until her teacher, Mr. Taylor, started to give her some romantic attention. The novel ended with Mayfair being sent to a private school for the gifted called Spindrift. There she's introduced to a few other students, including Corliss and Donna.

Like Bittersweet Dreams, The Girls Of Spindrift are written for a Young Adult audience. The Gothic-tone that filled the pages of the 'real' V.C. Andrew's writings are long gone now. However, both CORLISS and DONNA aren't exactly a waste of time to read. At under 70 pages, both titles are really quick reads. Both are written in the point-of-view of the titles' characters, making the narrations flow nicely. Yes, the plots are thin, but that's to be expected with the shorten page count. Basically, you get a brief background story about the other girls at Spindrift. I wondering if there is going to be a future sequel novel (or novels) that takes place at Spindrift, as we (us readers) only get a glimpse of what life is like at the school.

Overall, The Girls Of Spindrift Books 1 & 2 are average coming-to-age stories. While diehard Flowers of the Attic fans might be slightly disappointed by the way these two stories are written, young readers and/or fans of Bittersweet Dreams will be probably enjoy them more.



*Note - I received a complimentary copies in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


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8 comments:

  1. I love all of them but probably Petals on the Wind is probably my favorite

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  2. oh my I love about all of the series I guess my favorite is the Dollanganger series

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  3. My Sweet Audrina

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  4. I have never read any but would love to. Thank you

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  5. Honestly? Flowers In The Attic launched my love of her books as it launched her career.

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  6. My favorite is Flowers In The Attic, thanks!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  7. Flowers in the Attic got me hooked.

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