Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth


This is the diary of Christopher, following his life in the attic. To be honest, i didn't enjoy this book and i didn't finish it so i am unable to give you a full synopsis or review really as i haven't finished it. if anyone has read this book and has anything thoughts on it please comment in the comments sections and let me know x

Garden of Shadows

Synopsis:

This book is based on the life of Olivia, Cathy and Chris's grandmother. It starts with her living at home with her father, she is a very tall and average looking women but she is also very smart which is not expected of women in those days. One day the very handsome Malcolm Foxworth arrives and sweeps Olivia off her feet she believes she has found the one and they are married within two weeks, she accompanies him back to Foxworth Hall. From there it all goes down hill, Olivia begins to discover dark secrets about Malcolm which diminishes her love for him and eventually she begins to hate him. Malcolm flirts with every women around and then rapes Olivia, 9 months later Olivia gives birth to a son names Mal, 2 years later Olivia has another son Joel much to Malcolm's dismay who wanted a daughter. Soon after Joel's birth Malcolm's father Garland comes home with his new wife Alicia. Alicia is pregnant, this enrages Malcolm as Alicia is only nineteen, much younger than his father. Alicia gives birth to a boy and names him Christopher. On the night of Christopher's third birthday Garland catches Malcolm sneaking into Alicia's room to rape her the two fight and Garland has a heart attack and dies. Alicia confesses to Olivia that Malcolm has been sneaking into her room to rape her and threatening to throw her and Christopher out on the street penniless if she doesn't let him. She also confesses that she is pregnant and that the child is Malcolm's. Olivia at this point becomes hardened and start to become the hard and hateful women she is in flowers in the attic. Olivia decided the only thing to do is to hide Alicia away and fake a pregnancy of her own. She sacks all of the staff in the house and hires new staff who know nothing of Alicia. As the months pass, Alicia gives birth to a girl which just upsets Olivia even more knowing this was the one thing Malcolm wanted. Soon after Alicia leaves with Christopher and Olivia bring up the new baby which Malcolm has named Corrine after his mother. Over the years Corrine grows up into a happy and spoilt young women. Malcolm has no time for his two sons he has only interest in his daughter. Olivia looses both of her sons in accidents, Soon after she recieves a letter from Alicia who is dying of breast cancer and wants Christopher to come back to Foxworth Hall. Christopher comes back to Foxworth Hall and soon he and Corrine have fallen in love, Malcolm is outraged with the scandle of them being half siblings and the pair flee. 

Synopsis:

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others although it was good to get a background story as to why Olivia is the way she is and how Corrine and Christopher are connected and what made them become disowned from the Foxworth family. The book filled in many gaps in the background info which was good. When i think about it, it was a good way to end the series. 







Seeds of Yesterday

Synopsis:

This story starts fifteen years after its previous book, Christ and Cathy arrive back at Foxworth Hall, which now belongs to Bart, he had reconstructed the place to be an exact replica to the old Foxworth Hall. When Chris and Cathy arrive at Foxworth Hall they meet Joel who turns out to be Corrine's long thought dead brother. Joel has a huge and bad influence over Bart pushing radical religion on him. Jory eventually moves into Foxworth Hall with his wife Melodie, soon after they announce Melodie is pregnant. Bart and Jory's sister Cindy also arrives at the house and it soon becomes aware that Bart does not like either Jory or Cindy. There is an accident which leaves Jory paralized which is believed to be down to Bart. This takes its toll on Melodie and she leaves, leaving her twins behind with Jory. Cathy and Chris hire a nurse names Tori to care for Jory and the pair soon fall in love. But not before Bart tired to take Tori's attention away first. Bart starts pushing terrible sermons on the twins once Cathy finds out she warns Bart to stay away from the twins. Cathy and Chris talk and decide its time to leave Foxworth Hall. One night while Cathy sits at home waiting for Chris to come home,she gets a visit much like the one her mother got in the first book, Chris has died. Cathy goes into a deep depression, she goes into the attic and decorates it with flowers like they did when she was a child, she then lays down and dies. 


Review:

I enjoyed this book and read it quiet quickly, Bart becomes a very complex and interesting character in this book. Its good to see him redeem himself towards the end of the book. The character of Joel works as a great villain he has a massive influence over Bart and is able to control his behaviour and thought processes, he pushes radical religious views onto him and forces him to push them onto his family. These views become problems within the family and causes many arguments. The problems with Cindy and Jory and Then with Melodie all add to the heat of the book. The book overall is very well written and add to the series in a positive and great way. 
















Its been awhile

Hi guys,

Sorry its been awhile, I've had some health issues. This has kept me from posting it didn't however stop me from reading so i shall be writing a couple of reviews up next. 

Hope everyones been well and been enjoying reading, again any recommendations pop them in the comments section x

Reading on

Reading on. So i'm now onto the fourth book in the Flowers in the Attic series which is called Seeds of yesterday. Having slight reading block at the moment so taking a day off from reading and catching up on my tv show. Watching Nashville today. I'll be back reading tonight when i'm in bed so i'll let you all know how the book is once i'm finished.

Happy reading everyone =D

If There Be Thorns - Virginia Andrews

If There Be Thorns - Virginia Andrews

Synopsis:

This is the third book in the series. This book is told from the perspective of Cassy's two children Bert and Jory. The story is set when Cassy and Chris have moved away and are living together as a married couple, they have told their children that Chris is their stepfather and they don't know that he is in fact their uncle. The story starts with the two children playing in an empty and abandoned mansion next door to their house. This house later get renovated and an old lady moves in with her servant. Bert befriends this lady and she gives him everything he asks for. He also becomes friends with the butler in the house, a wicked old man who fill Bart's head with terrible things. It is later revealed that the old lady is in face Chris and Cassy's mother making her Bert and Jory's grandmother. Chris and Cassy adopt a little girl called Cindy who Bert doesn't like and keeps doing terrible things to. Bert becomes a very confused and violent little boy. Things get quiet bad, Christ eventually finds out it is his mother living next door and keeps it secret for fear it will send Cassy over the edge. Cassy has an accident and can no longer dance so she takes up writing a book all about what happened to her and her siblings. Cassy later discovers her mother is living next door and her and her mother are taken hostage by the Butler John. The house gets set on fire, Cassy is saved by her mother who dies and John goes to jail for everything he has done. 

Review:

Although this book was rather good i found i didn't enjoy it as much as the first two i think this may be because it was from a different perspective than the first two. The book focuses mainly on Bert and i found this at times to be rather boring. I found i didn't like Bert as a character but i suppose this was the intention. I found this book to go on a bit if you know what i mean, i think a lot was said that could be said in fewer words. 

I gave this book a 4* rating on goodreads. 

Short Stories From Hogwarts of Hardship, Heroism and Dangerous Hobbies

 Short Stories From Hogwarts of Hardship, Heroism and Dangerous Hobbies.

Synopsis:

This short book tell you the background stories of professor McGonagall, Professor Trelawney and Professor Kettleburn. It also goes into the background of Remus Lupin. The book tells you all about there parentage, what houses they were in when they attended Hogwarts and how they did at school. It then goes on to tell you how the teachers got there jobs at Hogwarts. It also tells you the part they played in the battle of Hogwarts. The book also gives you information about werewolf's and seers to backup the background information about Lupin and Trelawney. The book also gives you J K Rowling's thoughts on each matter she talks about. 

Review: 

After reading this book i felt i really knew these characters a lot better and could relate to them a lot more. I like how J K Rowling gives her thoughts on each chapter it makes the book seem more personal like she is talking to you. This book gives you a lot more background and history to backup the Harry Potter book and now when i reread the Harry Potter books i will know more information about the characters and will be able to relate to them better.

Again another 5* review on goodreads. 

what to read now??

What to read now??

While waiting to purchase the third book in the flowers in the attic series, i thought i would give. Short stories from Hogwarts of Hardship and Heroism and Dangerous Hobbies a quick read and i must say i'm not sorry i did. in One night i read 80% of the book and shall finish it today as i plan to buy let there be thorns today. Once I've finished Short stories from Hogwarts of Hardship and Heroism and Dangerous Hobbies i will of course do i review and let you all know what its like. 

Enjoying your reading and if you have any suggestions on good books leave me a comment as always 


Petals on the Wind

Petals on the Wind:

Synopsis: 

This is the second book in the series by Virginia Andrews. The book continues to follow the lives of Chris, Cassy and Carrie, who are now permanently living with the doctor Paul. Paul pays for Chris to go to college, Cassy to go to high school and have ballet classes and for Cassy to go to a private all girls school. The story is still told from Cassy's point of view. We see Cassy develop romances with Paul and a boy from ballet called Julian. *spoiler alert* Cassy then goes on to marry Julian instead of Paul, she becomes pregnant but Julian is killed in a car crash just like her father was. Cassy has her child a little baby boy who she names after her late husband but nicknames him Jory as a reminder of her late brother Cory. Cassy throughout the book seeks revenge on her mother and we later see her move back to Virginia where she confronts her mother in an evil scheme that has left her pregnant by her mothers husband who also dies and the house that kept her prisoner for so long is burnt down. At the end of the book she rushes back to Paul who has suffered a massive heart attack...Will she finally give in and admit Paul is the man shes always wanted? 

Review:

At the start of the book Cassy is back with Paul who wants to marry her and be a father to her child and still she denies him, you find yourself getting annoyed with Cassy cause you know there so right for each other, They share a few passionate moments and you think its gonna happen and she leaves to reek revenge on her mother. You feel sorry for her that she still has all this anger towards her mother but at the same time annoyed that she can't just forget it all and live happily with Paul. This book keeps you wanting to turn the pages to find out what happens next. Again i couldn't put this book down. These books where one of my mothers favorites as a child and now i totally understand why, they have certainly found there way into my favorite section in my kindle. Would defiantly recommend for someone looking for a great read, with great plot lines and something that just drags you in and makes you really feel you part of the book. Another 5* rating on goodreads. 

Time to read ...

Currently Reading Time Again.

After reading flowers in the attic i have now gone into read Petals on the Wind which is the second book in the series, so far i am 23% into the book and really enjoying it, again there is more taboo subjects as Cassy seduces her new ward in an attempt to get over her feeling for her brother.

Keep your eyes out for the review i have a feeling it wont be long till i do one another day of none stop reading and no housework i think is ahead of me.... 

Flowers in the attic - Virginia Andrews

Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews:

Synopsis:

This book follows the life of four young children Chris, Cassy and twins Cory and Carrie. When their father dies in a car accident they are forced to go and live with their grandmother however, all is not what it seems as they are made to live in secret in the attic. There mother Corrine keeps promising them they will be let out any day now, 3 years down the line and they are still locked away in the attic. *spoiler alert* When Cory dies Chris and Cassy decide its time they ran away, whilst sneaking into the house to steal money for the breakaway they find out, their being poisoned and there brother was in fact murdered. The book finishes with the 3 children now older escaping the attic and fleeing, There on a bus on there way to Florida when Cassy becomes ill from the poisoning, they meet a women named Henny who takes them to her doctor friend who seeing to Cassy and takes the 3 children in. 

Review:

I really enjoyed this book, could not put it down. Kept me enthralled throughout. Spent the whole day reading, ignoring all my daily house chores which needed doing as i just couldn't put it down. Would defiantly recommend to anyone looking for a good read. This book touches on the taboo subject of incest and also on how a mother can betray her children so much. Really gets you thinking about your own childhood and makes you thankful for the way you were brought up as well. Virginia Andrews has done a great job with this fantastic piece of writing and i shall be straight on to book 2. The book is writing from the perspective of Cassy which makes it all that more personal. 

To conclude, This is a great read, i have given it 5* on goodreads and would recommend to anyone looking for a good fictional book with taboo subjects, great characters and plots, good guys and bad guys and just a great book through out. 

Currently Reading Now!

Welcome again, 

So what am I currently reading this time, well I'm on the 6th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which is a great read so far very much enjoying it. This is my bedtime read. I read this one before going to sleep each night 

I am also currently reading Virginia Andrews, Flowers In The Attic, Interesting read so far, This is my day time read, not very far into this one only a few chapters but enjoying it so far none the less...

What are all my viewers reading at the moment?? Have any recommendations for me?? Leave them in the comments section, I'm always great full for new recommendations. On goodreads?? Add me Louise-Ellen Denham =D

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

Synopsis:

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected...

Review:

A thrilling and electrifying read from the amazing J K Rowling once again. Impossible to put down, keeps you in suspense and needing to read on. Makes you cry and laugh, Happy and Sad. Takes you on a whirlwind of emotions through out. Rowling never fails to amuse, interest and astound her readers. Another great reread as usual, another 5 * on goodreads.  

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Synopsis:

Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards.
And in his case, different can be deadly.


Review:

Well what can I say, Yet again J K Rowling has produced another amazing book into the magical world of Harry Potter. This could be harry's most tested year yet and as the reader you get so deeply involved, it makes you laugh and cry through out. I have given this book 5 * on goodreads as I enjoyed it so much. As always i love to reread these books and they never get old and certainly never get boring. Nothing better on a cold english winters night than curling up with a hot chocolate and the Harry Potter books is all I can say. 

The Sinner - Tess Gerritsen

Synopsis:

Within the walls of a cloistered convent, a scene of unspeakable carnage is discovered. On the snow lie two nuns, one dead, one critically injured - victims of a seemingly motiveless, brutally savage attack.

Medical examiner Maura Isles' autopsy of the murder victim yields a shocking surprise, but the case takes a disturbing twist. The body of another woman has been found. And someone has gone to a lot trouble to remove her face, hands and feet.

As long buried secrets are revealed so Dr Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, find themselves part of an investigation that leads to an awful, dawning realization of the killer's identity


Review:

This is the Third book in the Rizzoli and Isle series. I must say the first Two books in the series I could not put down, I found the story lines in these to books to be gripping and kept me guessing throughout. The cases they worked on were not predictable and kept me fully interested and involved within the book. This Third book however, i cannot say the same thing about. I did not finish this book which is not like me all. I just could not get into one. I found the story line didn't grab my interest and didn't get me involved within the story. I found unlike the first Two in the series i didn't want to keep turning the page. 

I'm afraid this is not a book i would recommend as it just didn't do anything for me. Better luck next time. 

Currently Reading

So I'm currently reading the fourth book in the Harry Potter Series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Currently 38% into the book, Started it last night. Review will be done once I have finished the book. So keep your eyes out for that.

Been searching the internet for some interesting reading challenges i can take up, Haven't found one that takes my fancy yet, but there is so so many out there that i'm sure I will find one. 

I've got several in mind which I might take up.

I do like the idea of A book by the Letter of the Month... So if I start in September i would need to read a book that starts with the letter S, and do this for the rest of the months of this year.

Then of course there's the Halloween Challenges, to read as many horror books as i can before October 31st ready for Halloween.


The Christmas Challenge in December, to read as many books set at Christmas time, or Christmas books as i can before 25th December ready for Christmas.

And of course i am still doing my challenge of the year that i set myself, as mentioned in a previous post where i am to read 45 books in 2016 and I am currently 27 (60%) into this challenge, currently reading book number 28. 

This Weeks Reviews

Review No. 1: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

Synopsis:

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! 

Review:

Well where do I start? I first read this book as a 13 year old girl, I am now almost 26 and I am still reading it. Harry Potter never fails to keep me captured within the story. Once I pick this book up or start the Audio Book, I can't put either of them down.  I will always continue to reread this series and I will always be in love with Harry Potter and J K Rowling. The book is full of magic and monsters, good guys and bad guys, everything you need to keep you enthralled within the story. Let your imagination run wild as you picture Hogwarts and its grounds and all the creatures and spells being cast. The obstacles Harry, Ron and Hermione have to get past to reach the philosophers stone send your mind racing with amazing imaginative images. Wizard Chess, Flying keys, Potions and so much more. This book is every child's dreams rolled into one story but this book is not only to be enjoyed by children but by people of all ages. I will enjoy this book always.

Review No. 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.


Synopsis:

All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby - who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone--or something--starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects... Harry Potter himself

Review:


Once again, I was unable to put this down, I read the book alongside the Audio Book this time so took me a little longer than usual. But i was completely lost inside the book, every time I read these book the rest of the world disappears and nothing else matter except what is happening at Hogwarts. Well done yet again to J K Rowling. Over 10 years later since I first read this book and I still return to read it over and over again. This second book lets the imagination run even wilder, with more bad guys and more creatures, More trouble for Harry, Ron and Hermione to get into. You fall more and more in love with each character you cry when they cry and laugh when they laugh. Your completely enthralled by now and can't wait for the next one in the series. You have fallen hook line and sinker for J K Rowling and her Harry Potter series.  

Review No. 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Synopsis:

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It's assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney's ghoulish predictions seriously?

Review:


Read this over the weekend, a little light reading as Hermione would say. I love to reread this series, it is always my go to series when i can't find anything else to take my fancy or if i'm just looking for a good comfort read. No matter how many times you read this book, you still get excited and nervous and happy in all the right places. The book pulls you in and your enchanted by the whole story. You find yourself loving Quidditch and loving all the school lessons, You get so involved in the story line wanting to know what Serius Black will do next and Who will win at the Quidditch games and who will win the house cup at the end of the year, the story just pulls you in that you can't help but feel like your part of the story and once you've finished your reaching for book 4 because you need to go on. 

Read-A-Thon Challenge... Goodreads

So I have just today finished my Read-A-Thon challenge on goodreads.com
The challege was:



Challenges:
We will have three challenges as usual and you can choose to do all, none or however much you like:

1. Read a book with an orange, red or yellow cover to symbolise Autumn
2. Read a book set in Asia
3. Read a book written by an author whose won an award for their book
I chose option 3 and went for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J K Rowling had won the Locus award for best fantasy novel for this book which makes it perfect for option three.
I started the Challenge Saturday Morning and Completed the Challenge Sunday Afternoon. I was listening to the Audio Book and reading the Kindle Book at the same time which is something i like to do when possible. 

So Seeing as today is Sunday and I have just started this blog, My next post will be reviews from the books I have read this week and from then on each time I read a book I will write a single review.   


Hello and Welcome

Hello and Welcome to my blog, 
This blog is going to be all about the books i'm reading and the reviews i'm giving them. I'm new to writing reviews so bear with me they will get better.
Its also going to show any reading challenges I've set myself, such as the current challenge I'm in which is for the year and its to read 45 books in 2016 and i'm proud to say i am currently 26 books into that challenge so not doing to bad.
So without further ado, Lets get this blog started x