If There Be Thorns (ebook / Pdf) BY V.C. Andrews

V.C. Andrews ☆ 8 characters

G him closer to the edge of madness and violence while his anguished parents can only watch For Cathy and Chris the horrors of the past have come homeand everything they love may soon be torn from the I m not going to rate this because I couldn t finish it it s not like the previous two in the series I just don t care about Cathy and Christopher s children

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If There Be Thorns

Move in next door The Old Woman in Black watches from her window lures lonely Bart inside with cookies and ice cream and asks him to call her “grandmother” Slowly Bart transforms each visit pushin No matter how chaotic one s life can be running away can sometimes only make things worse Chris and Cathy have tried to do this fleeing the horrors of South Carolina and Virginia for the wonders of California With Bart and Jory alongside them Cathy s boys are ready to enjoy a uieter life While both know their fathers have passed on neither Bart nor Jory realise that Chris is not their true step father the story they have been told and that their mother has been fostering numerous secrets from her past When a wealthy woman moves in next door both boys develop an interest in learning about their neighbour This veiled and elderly woman seems to have a full complement of staff including a curt butler who keeps them away from the wall separating the properties Never one to let a wall deter him Bart develops a relationship with the woman who asks that he call her grandmother seeking gifts and promises at every turn When Bart is not in the presence of the mistress of the house the wily butler seeks to advise Bart that this woman is actually his mother s mother and that the Foxworth family has many secrets about which the boys ought to know Bart is presented with a journal from his great grandfather Malcolm Foxworth the patriarch from the original novel in the series who started much of the chaos that has created issues for the past few decades Bart begins to exhibit highly troubling behaviours at times thinking himself Malcolm reincarnated As Chris and Cathy become concerned about Bart s behaviour they welcome a new addition to the family adopting young Cindy creating a new and interesting dynamic in the household When Jory and Bart are told the truth about Chris and Cathy s connection the understanding that the incestuous relationship has been building for years Torn about how to feel about the revelations Jory must help extract Bart from the clutches of their grandmother and keep the Foxworth past from tainting their bucolic life in California However as the series fan will know when it comes to the Dollangangers and Foxworths nothing is done smoothly or without dramatic flair As the narrative builds and all secrets are revealed someone will have to pay as both sides wrestle for control of Jory and Bart and the blood history coursing through their veins Another interesting addition by VC Andrews that presents some interesting loose threads for the final novel chronological novel in the series I ll have to see how it ends if only to uell my curiosity Series fans may enjoy this one though some may begin to wonder if things have stretched past their plausible limitsAs VC Andrews continues to spin the web that is this series she seeks to add depth for her readers While one must understand that the series remains part of the young adult horror genre the plots have not been too vapid nor are they as sexually shocking as in the previous two novels Still Andrews seems to branch out and create storylines for two characters from the next generation of Dollanganger offspring Jory and Bart take the reins of narrative control in this piece permitting the reader to explore their lives as the struggles they both possess Jory has some understanding of his past but was duped into believing that his mother was mostly virtuous after his own father s death years ago He is also the moral compass as he tries to steer clear of the woman next door who gives off a vibe of awkwardness and eerie darkness His own life is that of a dancer though he can see his younger brother becoming and troublesome Bart on the other hand knows little about the torment that his own conception and birth brought to the family Series fans will know that Bart s birth was part of a complex tug of war between Cindy and her mother trying to lure the same man into their own lives Now Bart seems highly susceptible to the wiles of both his maternal grandmother and her sadistic butler who wants to create a new Malcolm Foxworth As Chris and Cindy remain staples in the story other than the revelation of their ongoing incestuous actions they play a smaller part of the overall plot Still there are some struggles they face with their three children Many others make appearances throughout to thicken the plot though much of the story relates to learning bout Malcolm s past which may shed a great deal of light on the highly religious and strict moral code that Chris and Cindy faced as children Perhaps the least dramatic or shocking of the three books to date Andrews still takes readers on a rollercoaster ride throughout and tries to plant new and interesting offshoots in the major plot of her series With some of the drastic goings on towards the end of the book there is no doubt the final novel in the chronological aspect of the series will have much to solve keeping curious readers enthralled and wondering In a series that seems to spark much nostalgia for many readers I am interested to let my adult sensibilities act as a literary sieve to offer some modern sentimentsKudos Madam Andrews for keeping me wondering throughout this piece I know some feel things have gone too far off the rails to be plausible but some suspension of reality is surely expected by you to keep the plots fresh and surprising Likehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge

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Christopher and Cathy have made a loving home for their handsome and talented teenager Jory their imaginative nine year old Bart and a sweet baby daughter Then an elderly woman and her strange butler Just remembered that I never wrote a review for this piece of schlock Sohere tisMeet JoryJory is Cathy s elder son He s a ballet dancer He s got a girlfriend He likes dogs dancing being normal Jory is a fairly balanced individual all things considered which means he s freuently befuddled by the flaming bag of crazypants that is his family Now meet BartBart is Cathy s younger son 9 years old already a sociopath He abuses animals threatens his parents at knifepoint crawls in the dirt plays with animal shit thinks a toddler is trying to seduce him No I m not kidding Bart is absolutely painful to read about because somehow we re expected to feel sorry for him Nope I ve got a soft spot for unreliable narrators but there is NOTHING sympathetic about his whining creepitude Bart s narration is like American Psycho The Formative YearsApproximate reaction to anything Bart says everThe highlight of the book was Cathy s confrontation with her mother the butler That was campy soapy lolzy gold The description of her ballet born kung fu was brilliant you can t find that bizarro randomness anywhere but VC Andrews when she s on her game it brings the house down complete with Charlie s Angels disco musak in the background Freakin fabulousAlas the villains were lost in the muddle an evil butler cougar grandma psycho diary lose their luster compared to the immediacy of Bart s unpalatable nastiness He s a shining example of someone who needs his spoiled tantrum flinging ass smacked to the dirt yet none of the other characters are capable of recognizing this simple solution except Jory s austere grandmother who is awesome in her commanding bitchitude Truly the only route to a satisfying conclusion involves Bart being punched in the face Peter has correctly labeled you a loser GTFOThis was a buddy read with Rabbit I wouldn t have finished it otherwise though part of me was hoping Bart would get hit by a bus so that propelled incredulous interest to the bitter end But hey VICTORY IS OURS FUCK YOU BART YOU CAN KILL ALL HAPPINESS IN A TWENTY MILE RADIUS BUT WE SURVIVEDAnd then it s revealed that he s back in Book 4


10 thoughts on “If There Be Thorns

  1. says:

    Book Review 3 of 5 stars to If There Be Thorns the third book in the Dollanganger series written in 1981 by VC Andrews After the first two books I didn't think you could keep the thrills and suspense going in this series mostly because one family can only endure so much torture over the years Surprisingly I actually found I liked a large part of this book; however it was a bit excessive and drawn out at times The story

  2. says:

    I saw a uote this week where VC Andrews had said if a book didn't hold her interest she was uick to DNF it and how she made sure her books held the readers attention and I have to say she does achieve this I'd describe her writing style as frantic you are literally in a whirlwind of family drama for 400 pages and you can't

  3. says:

    Just remembered that I never wrote a review for this piece of schlock Sohere 'tisMeet JoryJory is Cathy's elder s

  4. says:

    No matter how chaotic one’s life can be running away can sometimes only make things worse Chris and Cathy hav

  5. says:

    I'm going to copy and paste this to all of them I feel like I have to justify this and all of the other V C Andrews books on my list I read these when I was young and loved them My sister and I poured through them they were obviously trashy for our age probably the appeal but mom let us read ANYTHING as long as we were re

  6. says:

    I made a V C Andrews' meme jpg todayLink Too bad I can't make a colored versionI always think the Dollanganger series and My Sweet A

  7. says:

    I couldn't wait to start part 3 of the series It was really different because this book is written out of the eyes of Jory and Bart the children of Cathy and so we see the story in a another way then part 1 and 2 After I got used to this way of writing I started to love this book It was a good seuel and it had a good ending It is a

  8. says:

    I'm not going to rate this because I couldn't finish it it's not like the previous two in the series I just don't care about Cathy and Christopher's children

  9. says:

    If There Be Thorns is the third installment in the Dollanganger series and in my opinion the weakest link of the saga My main problem with the book is not so much the storyline but the fact that the story is told from the perspective

  10. says:

    ETA 112116 Buddy Read with Sarah ETA 112316 Read Sarah's review hereMy re read of this book was interesting and not always in a good way There were some really hilarious lolzy scenes that were fucked up It's VC so you get what you know is coming I think the most flawed part of the book was Bart I mean the kid was a little

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