Monday, December 15, 2014

Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth (The Diaries #1) by V.C. Andrews

Jealousy, tragedy, survival, and revenge—the discovery of Christopher’s diary in the ruins of Foxworth Hall brings new secrets of the Dollanganger family to light and obsesses a new generation. With Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind both now major Lifetime TV events, this first new addition to the Dollanganger story in nearly thirty years is a timely look at the events in the attic—from teenage Christopher’s point of view.

And don’t forget to preorder the follow-up, Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger!

Christopher Dollanganger was fourteen when he and his younger siblings—Cathy and the twins, Cory and Carrie—were locked away in the attic of Foxworth Hall, prisoners of their mother’s greedy inheritance scheme. For three long years he kept hope alive for the sake of the others. But the shocking truth about how their ordeal affected him was always kept hidden—until now. 

When I received this book in the mail and found that I got to read and review this one I was excited and couldn’t wait to get started reading it. I have always been a fan of V.C. Andrews and I remember reading the Dollanganger series when I was in middle school so I couldn’t wait to read and see what “Christopher” had written in his diary. Within the first five pages I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to get to the really good parts of the story.

     I liked “Kristin” and how she seemed to how a natural curiosity about a lot of things that were going on around her and her life. Once she found the diary however, it seemed she didn’t really care about other trivial teenage things any longer. She became really obsessed with the diary and finding out more about the Dollanganger children; I knew that “Kristin” knew that she had a distant tie to the family, but she wasn’t really sure how far back. I was surprised to read at the end of the book that they were distant cousins of hers, but because it was at the very end of the book it just made me end up having more questions. I especially wanted to know that if “Christopher” and his siblings were distant cousins to “Kristin” then who was her mother to them and how far back this distance was between them.

     I would really like to see at least one more book be made about this part of the series and explain to family dynamics or to even introduce possible relatives directly related to the Dollanganger siblings. I liked how “Kristin” found a guy who wanted to explore things like this with her and who cared about the same things as her only because of how important it was to her.

     I loved how Ms. Andrews family brought the main series back into play after so many years; I think a lot of older fans of the books and newer fans will enjoy this book and this story. I give Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth a “9” and Ms. Andrews and her family a “10.” 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Tiffany

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