Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Petals on the Wind by VC Andrews

They're back! The Dollangangers, that is.

Whew - Lifetime fast tracked that one! Flowers in the Attic just aired in January and now the sequel is airing May 26.

And in honor of the airing of Petals on the Wind Pocket Books is holding a Flowers in the Attic/Petals on the Wind sweepstakes. Go to the Pocket Books Facebook page beginning May 20th to enter for a prize pack of Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind, and the Flowers in the Attic DVD.

Petals on the Wind picks up immediately where Flowers in the Attic left off, with the three remaining Dollanganger siblings on the bus to Florida as planned. When Carrie's illness becomes overwhelming they're forced to stop short to seek medical attention. They're fortunate enough to cross paths with Henrietta Beech, whose employer is a doctor. Paul Sheffield not only treats the siblings' ailments but takes them under his wing. And thus the new chapter in their saga begins. 

So in the wake of everything that happened in the attic, apparently Cathy's mental health has suffered more than just a little bit. I was confused by this new temptress Cathy who revels in her newfound power over the opposite sex while also chastising the same men who fall under her spell.

As I'd expected, this sequel is every bit as outrageous as it's predecessor. (I'll surely be tuning in for the movie even if it will be to mainly to follow all the Twitter action that'll no doubt accompany it. The tweets that went with the airing of Flowers in the Attic made it a highly memorable experience!)

And of course it only marks the halfway point with the story since there are two additional titles and a prequel in the series.

*New Dollanganger news! According to this piece from The Hollywood Reporter there are going to be two spinoff titles hitting shelves soon.


Unknown said...

I misread the post title as "Pants in the Wind by VC Andrews" and had to do a double take. That'd be an excellent title, though I imagine the book would be VERY different.

I have yet to read any of her books, but I've always kind of wanted to.

Becky LeJeune said...

Haha! That would make an excellent title, Rose :)

April @ My Shelf Confessions said...

The Flowers in the Attic series is the first "ya" series that was sort of my cross over from what I had been reading - middle grade/ya and moved me more into the adult spectrum of books from that point on.

I gobbled all her books up like candy, every single series! (I only read two of the Orphan series books because they felt like rip-offs and that's when I found out that she was dead and there was a ghostwriter writing under her name.

I think the ghost writer did a good job finishing her other series - I couldn't tell a difference in "voices" until the Orphan series. I haven't read any the others that have come out since then - since I think she should write under his own name now and stop using V.C. Andrews - even if they're in her "style", he could just write in the intro to each book that her work has influenced his own in a major way and give her kudos. The pubs are just slapping her name on every cover to make an extra buck, which makes me sad.

I haven't watched the new movie - although I'm interested to at some point. I liked the prequel a lot - the story about the grandma. I'm glad they're making movies of the rest of the series - since before it was only The Flowers in the Attic. It was very interesting learning about the grandma and how she came to be who she was.. you could almost sympathize with her in the end.

Becky LeJeune said...

I devoured VC Andrews when I was in middle school but surprisingly not this series. I loved MY SWEET AUDRINA and I read the Casteel books (Andrews wrote AUDRINA and finished two Casteel titles before she died).

Beyond those I read pieces of various other series out at the time.

There was an interesting article on some of the politics involved with the ghostwriter situation. It was quite an interesting read: