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Book Review: The Heavenstone Secrets
The common saying, “All that glitters isn’t gold,” is verified in this recent V.C. Andrews’ book. Semantha Heavenstone struggles with her manipulative older sister, Cassie, who insists on constantly upholding their elite “Heavenstone position” in society. Cassie swears that their Heavenstone bond grants them a closer relationship; however when tragedy strikes on the family, Semantha learns the secrets and bounds of the Heavenstone name.
“‘You’ve had a terrible, terrible day. Just remember, you’re always safe here and always loved here and always part of this great family. We might not approve of everything each of us does, but we’ll never betray or desert each other, ever.’ She leaned down and kissed me on the cheek. Then she brought her lips to my ear and whispered, ‘We’re the Heavenstones.’”
I could not stop reading this book and regretted every moment I had to take a break while reading. Cassie is the most controlling character I have ever read; I loathe her and empathize for Semantha. Throughout the novel, Semantha frequently succumbs to Cassie’s directions, and I grew increasingly frustrated with Semantha’s inability to disregard her sister. After much thought I realize that the combination of Semantha’s fragility and Cassie’s power, makes Semantha unable to see any faults in her sister. Therefore, I could not help but to feel awful for Semantha.
This novel is twisted and contains many secrets. As an outsider, some of Cassie’s behavior is predictable but it nonetheless is shocking to read. She is truly a mystery wrapped in her own manipulations. Moreover, Cassie is unbearable to read, but Semantha’s development enables her to put an end to Cassie’s games.
Overall, I’d give The Heavenstone Secrets:
5/5 stars and consider it one of my favorites!
The BookshelfBlogger, Katie
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*Please note: This novel is classified as adult fiction that contains some scenes and language that may not be suitable for a younger audience. Reader discretion is advised!*