Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Review: Shattered Memories by V.C. Andrews

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Pocket Books; 422 pages; $7.99; Amazon
Now available from Pocket Books is Shattered Memories, the final installment of The Mirror Sisters Series, by V.C. Andrews.

Well, technically, the real author is Andrew Neiderman , aka the ghost writer who started writing under the name V.C. Andrews after the real V.C. Andrews died in 1986. Mr Neiderman finished writing "Garden of Shadows" and "Fallen Hearts." The rest of the V.C. Andrews novels after "Fallen Hearts" were either inspired or attributed to V.C. Andrews.

The Mirror Sisters Series are by-the-book (no pun intended) young adult stories. Book One, The Mirror Sisters, centered on identical twins Haylee and Kaylee Fitzergald, who both struggled to have an actual life due to their control freak mother. The novel ended with Haylee planning on meeting an older man she had chatted with online. After she gets sick, she convinces Kaylee to take her place, which results in Kaylee being kidnapped. Book Two, Broken Glass, picks up the storyline exactly where it left off with a twist towards the ending (Spoiler Alert!) - Haylee set her sister up, so Kaylee would be kidnapped, because she wanted to be an only child!

The third and final entry (well, I think it's the final the book), centers on Kaylee being sent to a private high school after her mother had a nervous breakdown. Where's Haylee? Well, she's locked away, well, sort of, as she does return in the latter half to once again try to ruin her sister's life.


Final Thoughts

I have a bad habit of comparing some of the most recent ghostwriter's novels to the original V.C. Andrews' writings. While I prefer the Gothic tone of the Dollanganger series, I told myself not to judge a book by its cover before reading Shattered Memories. Actually, I read the book twice; I had received an Advanced Readers Copy back in August and then later I received the regular mass market paperback.

If you'd read my review for the other two books in the series, then you would know I wasn't the biggest fan of the first one, but I thought the sequel was much better.

Did I like Shattered Memories?

Well, it's definitely the best written book out of the series. While it still has the same plot issues as the other installments, I still enjoyed reading this one.






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