Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Forbidden Sister by V.C. Andrews

Forbidden Sister by V.C. Andrews
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: February 26, 2013
Paperback, 432 pages 
also available in Hardback from Gallery Books 
Fiction, General Fiction
 ISBN: 9781439155059

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My Review:
I remember finding Flowers in the Attic at the store when I was a teenager and reading through the first 50 pages just standing there (okay my Dad was the manager of the store and I think I was waiting for closing or for my Mom to talk to him or something).  I went on to buy the book and rush through it and the rest of the series.  I also remember sharing it with all my friends.  I think we all did that back in the mid-late 80s or maybe before, I'm not sure when the books came out, but that's when they were a hit with my friends.  So I'm a sucker for a new V.C. Andrews book even though I know she has passed on and they are written by a ghostwriter.  I read one last year and really enjoyed it and I read the cover copy for this one and was really intrigued so I said yes to the review.  And to repeat what I say so often, I'm glad I did.

Forbidden Sister feels like old V.C. Andrews but it isn't the same old storyline revisited.  Yes there are controlling parents, but these are kinder gentler ones, well at least to Emmie who is the center of this story.  I liked Emmie and found myself turning page after page and wanting to pick the book right back up after putting it down.  It was an interesting story.  Separated sisters.  One who chose a life of being an escort or at least that's what Emmie thinks.  Emmie wants to know Roxy and tries to find her, but shies away at the last minute from seeing her.  I won't go into more details because I don't want to spoil the book, but what follows is a very interesting read.  I often wondered where the book was going, but was surprised to find it did go somewhere and found I liked it.

The characters are interesting, the storyline captivating.  I could empathize with both Roxy and Emmie so the story felt real to me.  I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next story in this series.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
When Emmie Wilcox, the younger daughter of Norton and Vivian Wilcox, was seven, her father, frustrated with his older daughter Roxanne's misbehavior and defiance, told her to get out. At seventeen, Roxy left. Norton forbid her name be mentioned again and refused to call the police to find her and force her to return. Nearly eight years later, Emmie learns that her sister has become a highpriced New York call girl, living in a fancy hotel only a dozen blocks away. She sets out to spy on her sister and thus sets off a series of events and adventures that nearly tear her fragile family apart.

About the Author: 
One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of her spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began her renowned Dallanganger family saga which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than sixty novels in V.C. Andrews's bestselling series. Forbidden Sister is the first of two captivating novels featuring the Wilcox sisters, Emmie and Roxy. V.C. Andrews's novels have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two foreign languages.

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Thanks to the publisher, I have one paperback copy of Forbidden Sister to giveaway.  I will be mailing this so this giveaway is open to US/Canada only.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway ends 2/28/13.

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Liz V. said...

V. C. Andrews is a new-to-me author. Thanks for the intro and giveaway.

Leannessf said...

I have read the original VC Andrews - I first read Heaven!


Carl Scott said...

I thought everyone read Flowers in the Attic. I remember seeing that book in so many places. It's great that there's now a new one, thanks for the giveaway.

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Lauren said...

Oh my gosh, I had no idea V.C. Andrews (or the ghost writer version) was still writing. I'm very encouraged that you liked Flowers in the Attic and you seem to really like this book too. Great review! :-)

Linda Kish said...

My first was Flowers in the Attic

June M. said...

I read a lot of VC Andrews in my teens (back before she died). I think my first was FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC.

Fiery Na said...

I read a lot of her books and remember Flowers in the Attic was first. I haven't read any of her books in a while, especially the new ones after her passing.

Anita Yancey said...

I have not read any books by V.C. Andrews. But this one sounds really good, and I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Bethie said...

I read Flowers in the Attic a teen. I always say that was the series that made me a reader.

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