Book review - Petals on the wind by Virginia Andrews

First ever book reviwy sort of thing, so why don't we just dive straight into it.
Petals in the wind is a follow up of the initial book "flowers in the attic" which is basically about 4 children who's father die and leave them in a whole lotttaa debt, so in order to get money their mother moves them to their grandmother's house, she says they're meant to stay in the hidden attic (hence the title) for 3 days, but low and behold! they end up staying for 3 years, the plan was for their granddad to die, the mother gets the inheritance and they all live happily ever after, but obviously their granddad didn't want to die........or did he?*spoiler alert*

The granddad actually dies a year before they escape, but their mother chooses to hide this from them because she's a selfish bitch, who only looks out for herself, she does this so she can keep the inheritance because her granddad states that as a term of the inheritance if she has had any children from her marriage before (which she has) the money will no longer be hers.Ok, so that's basically an extremely basic of basicness go over of the story, if I were to go in depth I would be here for a while. 

Now for the review part

I found flowers in the attic really interesting because the writer did a great job in fully exploring the mind state of what it would be like staying hidden with only your brothers and sisters and never communicating with the outside world, and she puts all of the characters in a position when you can really empathize with them and infact you start to look over anything they do wrong and take it as a result of their situation, you start to think "well I can't blame them, they've been trapped in an attic, it's not their fault", I couldn't help feeling like this through out the whole of the first book, but I read on to the second book (the one I'm actually meant to be talking about) my sympathy kind of began to disappear for one character which was the eldest girl Cathy. Cathy was the, all boys/men want me, all girls/women want to be me, kinda girl and she used it to her advantage very well... so she thought.

I felt a sense of betrayal as I continued to read Petals on the wind, not from the characters, but from myself, I felt because the first book put me in the shoes of Cathy and was really intimate,  I was betraying her by not supporting her decision in this book. She kinda went a bit bonkers and blamed everything in her life on her mother and in the long run hurt everyone around her because she never actually enjoyed what was right in front if her, instead she used it as a step ladder to get closer to her mother due to her never ending need for revenge. It really pissed me off because I loved Cathy in the first book although it did kinda foreshadow what was going to happen, you could tell she was going to go down a very very cynical spiral.  Fact is, as she continued to be a bitch, she grew more and more like her mother by trying too hard to be nothing like her mother, but at the same time trying to be her mother? makes too much sense..
I really recommend this book,

I like the whole tetralogy

which are :-Flowers in the attic

Petals on the wind

If there be thorns

Seeds of yesterday

This is my second time of reading these books, trust me they are reaallly good, but Flowers in the attic is my favourite, because they're is more innocence in it, I like innocence..sometimes
This is quite short for a book review, but thought I'd start off short and steady then see how it goes, if it goes well I may do like one or two a month, because obviously I can't read too many books, because I think I have a social life..which I don't. :/x

Abby's Photography

My brother Abby, doing some amazing photography for his friend Jyoti's fashion project
check out some more of his work on his flickr at


with all my beautiful friends being beautiful
and everyone being forever happy!
and dancing the night away, there was no stopping us!
what I would give to re-live that night
I miss year 11
love them all!

Hope you all enjoy your prom, or whatever celebrations you have coming up