Friday, December 16, 2011

Review: Cloudburst by V.C. Andrews

Out of a clear blue sky...

Since being taken in by wealthy Mrs. Jordan March and living in her exquisite home like a daughter, Sasha Porter's traumatic past--destitute on the streets, and the shattering accident that killed her mother--seems like a fading nightmare. Beautiful and sophisticated, as bold and daring as her "sister," Kiera March, Sasha still keeps her mother's wise words close to her heart: never fully trust anyone. Inside her privileged new world, it's advice that will prove more precious than gold.

... can anything stop the downpour?

Against the wishes of Jordan's husband, Donald, Sasha attracts the attention of Ryder Garfield, a shy, handsome athlete, and maneuvers her way into his heart. But Ryder's hidden torment soon explodes in a horrific tragedy that pulls Sasha into a flood of guilt and despair. And when someone she thought she could trust targets her vulnerability, Sasha recalls her mother's warnings--and a violent storm of dark deceptions and shocking family secrets is unleashed. Will she sink or swim?

Originality: I wouldn’t necessarily say that Cloudburst was originaly. Most of V.C. Andrews’ novels have many of the same characteristics. I mean, there was even a character with the same name as a character from a previous novel. And no, they aren’t the same person. It’s merely a “coincidence”.

Characters: I didn’t really enjoy the characters of Cloudburst as much as I’ve enjoyed those of other V.C. Andrews novels. The main character, Sasha, just seemed ungrateful. Sure, she had every right to be unhappy in her situation, but she also had a lot to be happy about.

Content: The content was good. The story as a whole is actually quite interesting. The way two characters with different backgrounds seeming to feel the same way about their lives was entertaining.

Setting: Oh, the setting was probably the best aspect of Cloudburst. It was set in a rich community in California. I just love when books portray the lives of rich people, showing they have problems just like everyone else.

Enjoyment: Just like any other V.C. Andrews novel, I enjoyed reading Cloudburst. Of course, ever since the actual V.C. Andrews passed away and a ghost writer took over, the books just haven’t been the same. However, compared to a previous novel, Daughter of Darkness, Cloudburst is a major improvement.

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