Book Review:My Sweet Audrina (Spoiler free)

My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews is a novel that was published in 1982. It is the only stand alone novel that was published while Andrews was alive. The novel takes place in the Southeastern United states during the 1960’s-1970’s and touches on diverse real world subjects such as rape, post traumatic stress disorder and autism.


Summary:

Audrina Adare believes she is a seven year old when the novel starts although it later revealed that her memory is unreliable. She lives in a Victorian mansion with her father, mother, aunt and cousin. Throughout the novel, the family takes special care to keep Audrina from knowing precise dates. She is frequently confused about the passage of time and is bullied by her cousin Vera for “being insane”. The story is that nine years before she was born, she had a sister whose name was also Audrina, who was raped and murdered in the woods on her ninth birthday. Her father tells her stories about the “first and best Audrina” and convinces her that through self hypnosis, she can gain all of her older sisters memories and become just as special as she was. By the end of the novel Audrina discovers the devastating truth that everyone knew but her. My Sweet Audrina is a story of love and deceit, innocence and betrayal and the power of parental love.

The Story:

I really enjoyed the story for the most part. There are a few issues that I had with the story and characters which I will get to in a little bit, but I think that the novel is different from anything that I have read. It’s a dark, somewhat twisted story. There is romance, tragedy, death and pain but there is also joy and happiness. I think there is the perfect balance and the story comes together very well.

The Characters:

I think there is a perfect balance of core characters. Damian, Audrina’s father is overprotective and deep down does what he believes is best for her. Lucietta, Audrina’s mother is a gifted pianist who gave up a career for marriage and children. Ellsbeth, Audrina’s aunt is a feisty feminist who raised her daughter on her own. Vera, Audrina’s cousin is conniving and mean. Arden is Audrina’s love. He is noble but gullible. Billie is Arden’s mother. She was an Olympic figure skating champion who lost both her legs after getting gangrene as a complication from untreated diabetes. Sylvia is Audrina’s younger sister who is born with Autism and only seems to successfully communicate with Audrina. Lamar is a piano teacher who becomes involved with an underage Vera.

The Romance:

The romance between Audrina and Arden starts out as a sweet friendship. Audrina is isolated from everyone expect her family but she wonders into the woods one day and meets and befriends Arden. She sneaks to see him and his mother until her father finds out and forbids her from seeing him. Eventually he allows her to visit them. Arden lets Audrina know that he is interested in her but in the beginning Audrina doesn’t want a romance. When Audrina is almost 18 she finally realizes that she loves Arden and they elope. Throughout their relationship they have their ups and downs. Arden is seduced by Vera but still loves Audrina. In the end Arden helps Audrina find out the truth that her family has been keeping from her.

The Writing/Author:

I have always been a fan of V.C. Andrews. I loved her Flowers in the Attic series and plan to reread it and do a review on that as well. She writes novels that combine gothic horror and family saga. Her stories revolve around family secrets and forbidden love. Frequently she writes of incest, mostly between siblings and they are often times a rag to riches story. I think V.C. Andrews novels are expertly written. She writes about all the dark, not often talked about, sometimes forbidden topics and she does so in a way that makes you really feel for the characters and makes you root for them. I’ll touch more on that when I do my review for The Flowers in the Attic series.

Issues:

I had a few issues with the story and characters. First, the fact that the whole family lied to Audrina and didn’t even want her to know what day it was kind of made me made. That alone would make someone wonder what was going on especially when they were older. The thing about it that makes me even more upset is that her father took her to her dead sisters room to sit in her rocking chair and try to make her remember the life that her sister had. They don’t want her to have perception of time but they want her to relive the life of her sister? Second, I also have a problem with the fact that throughout the book, they want her to be like the “first and best Audrina” so Audrina grows up trying to be like her older sister instead of being the person that she is suppose to be. There is something wrong with a parent wanting their child to be like a child they lost to the point that they try to get them to remember that other child’s life. Third, without giving away anything, I was upset by the ending a little bit. When the truth comes out and Audrina is finally told why they never wanted her to remember dates, all I thought was why not tell her the truth before? They let her feel all these things that she didn’t have to. They put her though a lot trying to get her to be like her sister.

Conclusion:

In the end they only wanted to do what they thought was right for her. They wanted to protect her but only ended up pushing her away. They wanted her to remember the life of someone else instead of just telling her the truth. I was very surprised with the ending. When the truth came out, I was not expecting it at all. It’s like the author wanted to you believe something for the entire book and then right at the end completely turn it around and shock you. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be getting it to add to my collection. I rate this book five stars. It was amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone.

Thanks for reading my review. I hope you enjoyed it and go and pick it up!

Keep reading…Lola

P.S. There is also a movie for My Sweet Audrina. It stayed true to the book for the most part and was very well done. I recommend you watch it as well.

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Used Book Haul

Over the last couple weeks I have been checking out thrift stores for used books. In the past I have bought new books that cost between $7 and $30 and then by the time I get around to reading them, I don’t like them and have gone past the allowable deadline to return them. You can sell them to bookstores but they only give you a few dollars for the books so you don’t really make out that well. I figured that I could get books for $1 or $2 dollars and then if they aren’t great then it’s not like I threw away a bunch of money. Some of the books I picked up, I have already read but wanted to own them and then others I have been wanting to read so I picked them up. I also bought some books from my local library for $1 a piece.

Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

Angels Fall by Nora Roberts

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling

Tribute by Nora Roberts

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks

That was my book haul. I hope you enjoyed it.

Keep Reading….Lola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Reading Challenge: February

Todays post is the list of books that I read in February. Now that I am caught up I am going to be putting up some reviews as well as a little book haul so keep coming back!

One Day by David Nicholls ~ Set in Europe

The Carrie Diaries ~ A book and it’s prequel (The other book will be in my march post)

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks ~ Guaranteed to bring you joy (I love Nicolas Sparks)

Extras by Scott Westerfeld ~ Dystopian novel

All Souls by Christina Schutt ~ Recommended by someone you just met

Keep reading…Lola

2016 Reading Challenge: January

The next couple of blogs that I’m going to publish are going to be the books that I read in  January and February for the 2016 reading challenge to get caught up. These posts are only going to include the book titles and authors as well as which book I read for each category. I am planning to do reviews for some of the books in the coming weeks. Any books that I don’t do reviews for that you want to know about, just leave a comment and I will do those as well.


My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews ~ Becoming a movie this year (January 2016)
Sisterhood Everlasting by Anna Brashares ~ New York Times bestseller

Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts ~ Book with a blue cover (The version I read was blue but I forgot to take a picture and had to get this one from Google)

Elixir by Hilary Duff ~ YA bestseller

Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman ~ Autobiography

Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier ~ Protagonist with your occupation (Housekeeper)

Keep reading… Lola

 

2016 Reading Challenge

Hello Readers,

I came across the Popsugar Reading Challenge on Facebook one day and decided that I was going to participate in it. I think it’s such a great opportunity to not only read a bunch of books, but also to read books that you may not ordinarily read. I have found some of those already and they are at the top of my favorites list.

The objective of the reading challenge is to read a book from each of the categories within the 2016 calander year. There are 40 different categories but you will be reading a total of 41 books (one of the categories is a book and it’s sequel).

Below is the categories list for anyone who is interested in participating…

2016 READING CHALLENGE LIST:

1. A book based on a fairy tale
2. A National Book Award winner
3. A YA bestseller
4. A book you haven’t read since high school
5. A book set in your home state
6. A book translated to English
7. A romance set in the future
8. A book set in Europe
9. A book that’s under 150 pages
10. A New York Times bestseller
11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year
12. A book recommended by someone you just met
13. A self-improvement book
14. A book you can finish in a day
15. A book written by a celebrity
16. A political memoir
17. A book at least 100 years older than you
18. A book that’s more than 600 pages
19. A book from Oprah’s Book Club
20. A science-fiction novel
21. A book recommended by a family member
22. A graphic novel
23. A book that is published in 2016
24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation
25. A book that takes place during summer
26/27. A book and its prequel
28. A murder mystery
29. A book written by a comedian
30. A dystopian novel
31. A book with a blue cover
32. A book of poetry
33. The first book you see in a bookstore
34. A classic from the 20th century
35. A book from the library
36. An autobiography
37. A book about a road trip
38. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
39. A satirical book
40. A book that takes place on an island
41. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

Keep Reading… Lola

Welcome To Fiftyshadesofbookssite!

Hello Readers,

I am Lola. I love to read and that’s what brought me here. I started a beauty blog a year ago but found that I wasn’t passionate enough about the topic and I lacked the drive to post. I came across some videos on YouTube of people talking about books. Everything from books they are reading, new books they bought, even tours of their bookshelves. That’s when I decided this is what I am passionate about, so this is what I should blog about. I fell in love with YouTube videos but I am too much of a coward to film myself, so blogging is the next best thing. I am going to use this blog to post everything from book reviews to favorite books to books that I buy, anything and everything books! I also started the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge back in January so my first couple of blogs are going to be the books I read in January and February and some short reviews. I hope you all come back to read future blogs. Until next time…Keep reading 🙂