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Virginia Andrews
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6 May 2008 Shadows 2
April Taylor isn't a little girl anymore - but who is she really? The home she once shared with her parents and her elder sister Brenda might have been filled with turmoil - but it was the only home she'd ever known. Now, with nowhere to go in the wake of losing her mother and father, April has to grow up fast as she embarks on an odyssey of heartbreak and betrayal. It's mere chance that leads her to the secluded home of a kindly elderly woman and her deaf teenage granddaughter, Echo. Here, April finds a refuge from her mixed-up life and from the confusion that severed her relationship with Brenda. But when a dangerous couple arrives with greedy intentions, April discovers that they will take advantage of her very special relationship with Echo to get what they want. Now, April's survival depends on being true to the one person she's never fully accepted: herself.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847390277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847390271
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the publication of her first novel, FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, Virginia Andrews became a bestselling phenomenon. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than forty novels in the Virginia Andrews' series. Her novels have sold over 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into 22 languages.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably enjoyable read 27 July 2008
Format:Paperback
In recent years, a lot of Virgina Andrews novels have followed a similar template, young woman goes to stay in new place, usually with family, experiences some turmoil in her life, has a relationship with a man, then the turmoil is resolved in the end.

'Girl In The Shadows', refreshingly, does not stick rigidly to that template and is the first V.A. book in a long time not to do so. It does admittedly feature a young woman named April who goes to live in a new place, but with people who are initially complete strangers. Plus, the turmoil she experiences there, and the characters she meets, are somewhat different to the usual V.A. fare. These include a young deaf woman named echo, her tutor and Echo's grandmother, who has raised her. As the story progresses, April matures into a thoughtful young woman who helps Echo and her grandmother a great deal, whilst learning a lot about herself.

The theme of sexuality plays a part, as is usual with V.A. novels, but this time around, bisexuality is touched on. The story is generally well-plotted, the characters are interesting and engaging to read about, and this book is a definite page-turner.

Really, Virginia Andrews fans and those new to her will enjoy reading this. It's an engaging, vivid and enjoyable read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Meh 24 Jan 2011
By M
Format:Paperback
This has to stop, seriously. When Neiderman first ghostwrote for VCA, he did a decent job. I liked the Cutler series, and he did a good job of finishing up the books that VCA had started but didn't finish for the Dollanganger and Casteel series. The Landry and Logan series, while not the best, were still very decent, and I enjoyed them. However, it all started to go downhill with Orphans. That was not what VCA would have written. I endured the Hudson and DeBeers series with disgust. Broken Wings and Gemini were intolerable.

April wasn't a real heroine. There were no horrible, dark secrets (her father's secret was laughable) and no real family secrets at all. This book focused a lot her stumbling (and unrealistic) explorations of her own sexuality as well as her struggle with weight. It seems as if the ghostwriter is venting his dislike of fat people because April is obsessed about her weight and everyone else makes fun of her, and in this book the struggle continues and is contrived and predictable in many places. The scene where she was in the bath with the young deaf girl was creepy.

It also seems that Neiderman has a problem with deaf characters, as in the Logan series, May was portrayed as weak and fragile and helpless, and the deaf girl in this book is portrayed the same way, in a unfunny and unsympathetic caricature. Disappointing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No More 24 April 2008
By M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This has to stop, seriously. When Neiderman first ghostwrote for VCA, he did a decent job. I liked the Cutler series, and he did a good job of finishing up the books that VCA had started but didn't finish for the Dollanganger and Casteel series. The Landry and Logan series, while not the best, were still very decent, and I enjoyed them. However, it all started to go downhill with Orphans. That was not what VCA would have written. I endured the Hudson and DeBeers series with disgust. Broken Wings and Gemini were intolerable.

April wasn't a real heroine. There were no horrible, dark secrets (her father's secret was laughable) and no real family secrets at all. This book focused a lot her stumbling (and unrealistic) explorations of her own sexuality as well as her struggle with weight. It seems as if the ghostwriter is venting his dislike of fat people because April is obsessed about her weight and everyone else makes fun of her, and in this book the struggle continues and is contrived and predictable in many places. The scene where she was in the bath with the young deaf girl was creepy.

It also seems that Neiderman has a problem with deaf characters, as in the Logan series, May was portrayed as weak and fragile and helpless, and the deaf girl in this book is portrayed the same way, in a unfunny and unsympathetic caricature. Disappointing.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, a little slow in places 8 Mar 2006
By Justice - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall I've enjoyed this "Shadows" series-the two books are intriguing stories with lots of twists and turns, and an ultimately positive message of an adolescent girl finding self-esteem, strength, and resilience in the wake of successive tragedies. She also learns compassion and there's a lot of sensitivity in the character portraits in the book. I really grew to like April, and the plot was pretty exciting, but some parts of the book were just too repetitive and boring-I had to skip them.

And I must renew my original objection to the series, which is that there is no romance in it. That seems to actually be a pattern as of late with the ghostwriter; beginning with Willow, whose only really passionate love interest ends up being callously uninterested in her, I feel the VC Andrews franchise has begun to neglect to provide our heroines with a faithful, utterly devoted lover. What happened to Christopher from "Flowers in the Attic", Troy from "Heaven" etc. etc.? VC NEVER had a heroine who didn't have some man who was obsessed with her. April's relationship with Tyler is depressing and unfulfilling both for her and us.

The voyeurism Tyler seems to want to experience with Destiny, April's ventriloquist "dummy", follows with creepy VC tradition, but the plot is not really developed. I just think that if Tyler was going to be that dysfunctional, then a better lover should have shown up at the end. These later books don't have much real passion in them; just a lot of "hook-ups".

This isn't what VC readers want. And as intriguing as April was, and as much as I congratulate the author's willingness to create a character that went against VC "type" (i.e., chubby and of ambiguous sexual orientation), I just felt the series story could have had more emotional resonance if it had allowed April one more book to truly find herself, resolve her family issues, work out her relationship with Brenda and find meaningful intimacy with someone. Ultimately the book just didn't have the romantic magic outerworldly element that we need from VC books.

Still, I recommend it as an entertaining few hours. Just don't expect to be swept away the way you were with early V.C...but then again you probably already knew that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good! 25 Feb 2012
By Foger - Published on Amazon.com
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April is a chubby sexually confused girl. After her uncle died in book one, she got taken in by a nice elderly woman. April provides company to the woman and her deaf granddaughtar. Just as April begins to enjoy her new life, the deaf girls greedy mom returns wanting money and even hoping her own mother dies. With a aging Grandma, and a deaf daughtar, only April can stand in her way.

I really enjoyed this. It's slow paced, but very good. Strong characters started in book one continue and get even better. April is ever battling her weight, and Destiny a doll returns to steal the show. This is similar to a lot of other V.C Andrews books and predictable, but there are surprises too. It has all the nastiness you expect including a sick bathtub scene, and a attempted rape scene that actually has you laughing your head off. That sounds bad but, you have to read it to see. It's not as harsh as some and not many secrets, but we don't need them. Also it has a good ending that doesn't leave you sick and depressed. I love April and hope this series never ends.
5.0 out of 5 stars vc andrews 2 April 2014
By Brandy - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book and passed it on to my friends and so far we all loved it looking forward in buying more books.
5.0 out of 5 stars April so sweet 26 Mar 2014
By richard - Published on Amazon.com
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this book was really good both books actually. it took m forever t read the series before this. but this series was done in less then two weeks. love vc andrews books

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