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10 thoughts on “Shooting Stars (Shooting Stars, #1-4)

  1. says:

    Compared to Orphans and Wildflowers, this series was pretty bland and trashy Neiderman takes previously used tropes cliches and amps them up to 11, resulting in some pretty cardboard characters and ridiculous stories.Crazy domineering grandmother Check Mentally ill relatives Check Absent enabler parent or spouse Check and check Cheating spouses Check check check Teen drama Check Attempted rape and or murder Check Stereotypes, showing lack of understanding research Check Hypocrites who criticize others for what they themselves engage in CHEEEEEEEEEEEEECK.This series could have been all right though, if not for the sheer retardedness of Falling Stars.

  2. says:

    Let me do something different with this review by talking about metaphors here There are 112 metaphors in Ice and 124 in Rose Those might not seem like large numbers, you might think, because readers don t normally take note of how many metaphors there are in stories But it s impossible not to become aware of them in V.C Andrews books The worst examples aren t from the two novellas I mentioned above, but I collected the worst from the other two Honey has the smallest metaphor count, at 67 metaphors total, but this awful metaphor makes up for that Her lips softened and spread like two strips of butter in a frying pan Cinnamon, the first of these novellas, ends up with about 114 metaphors, and also the most laughable Take, for example, this one mixed metaphor that s actually painful to read her eyes glittering like little knives, her wry lips squirming back and into the corners of her cheeks like worms in pain Mixed metaphors are the absolute worst The following one takes the cake You ll end up looking like my sister Lucille who popped children out like a rabbit and ended up looking like a baby elephant Yes, who could forget great aunt Lucille, the rabbit baby elephant hybrid There s one character who gets the honor of receiving the most metaphorical descriptions in this novellaCinnamon s Grandmother Beverly Reading them all put together really brings out the ridiculousness of the metaphors 1 Grandmother nagged and nipped at her like a yapping poodle 2 her snipping words coming at her from every direction like a pack of hyenas 3 She was a spider weaving its web 4 She always fixed herself on her purpose or destination as if she were a guided missile 5 Grandmother Beverly could spread droplets of poison frustration on everyone around her like a lawn sprinkler 6 She paused finally and turned to me, hoisiting those small shoulders like a cobra prepearing for a deadly strike 7 I spat and left her glaring out at me like some owl in the darkness waiting for easier prey. So from those seven sentences, we ve gathered that Grandmother Beverly is a yapping poodle, a pack of hyenas, a spider, a guided missile, a lawn sprinkler, a cobra, AND an owl What an interesting woman I really think Neiderman, the V.C Andrews ghostwriter, has a ready list of awful metaphors next to him for when he s writing.The awfulness of the metaphors aside, this omnibus of novellas is one of the best books released under the ghostwriter V.C Andrews s original done books blow the posthumous ones out of the water , which is probably saying something not so good It still retains some of the formulaic V.C Andrews characteristicsbeautiful protagonists, all of them gifted, who have to go through some family tragedy And there s the usual love interest for each of them This book s a bit different, though, in that the conflicts are resolved with everyone being happyother V.C Andrews books wouldn t end without something awful happening which can t be overcome or undone.Of all the novellas inside, my favorite is Ice s story She s different than the usual V.C Andrews protagonists because she s very introverted no matter whether other protagonists, including the one in Honey, maintain that they re shythey aren t , and her love interest is a chubby guy, unlike the other generic love interests that the other protag s have.The story I dislike most is probably Cinnamon s The way she seduces that boy is so unrealistic I know guys would love an excuse to get it on with a girl, but even if she s acting like a total kook by saying all of a sudden that they re both reincarnations of people who ve lived in the past, and insisting they pretend they ARE those same people while they re having sex What That s really out there and random I know she liked the idea of the house having ghosts, but her character didn t seem so obsessed with the spiritual world to do something like thatand I think most guys in that situation would step back with their hands up saying, haha, okaaay crazy girlI m out of here.

  3. says:

    I originally reviewed this back in 2011 almost four years to do the date started June 19 , though I was all over this books bar Honey s, as I never managed to get a copy when it was released in 2001 I m going to review each of these books separately, which I didn t do the first time round.CinnamonSo Cinnamon is apparently a gothic styled girl, who lives with her mother, father and grandmother Her mother is expecting a baby, which starts off all the drama Cinnamon is also a would be actress who, up until this point, has apparently never taken an acting class or stepped onstage Right.Cinnamon was always my least favourite novella in this series She was just weird You know the general cliche, of 14 year old weaboo otherkin creatures who live in their own fantasy world That s what I felt Cinnamon was, just in the days before Myspace, Tumblr and what have you She starts off sane enough, when she talks about the stories her mother and her made up about the previous owners of the house But she suddenly believes it s all real, and her and her boyfriend, Clarence have sex as all the girls experiment with are possessed and act out the previous tenants actions Look, I know the boy wants to get his dick wet, but, uh, I d have gone with Grandmother Beverly in this case.I find it a little hard to swallow that the school would accept a girl with no formal training to the school No Stanislavsky, no Meisner, none of it Sure, there s naturally gifted actors, but on her resume, it would appear that she hasn t had any real interest in acting up until the school play in her graduating year This did rub me the wrong that In saying that, I found this less grating than Rose s story There s also a trend of C based names in this series Here we have Cinnamon, Clarence, Carlson surname and Carolyne.Rating for super weird girl 2 5IceIce s story is, without a doubt, my favourite which isn t saying much While I wouldn t say her story is the most relatable the elective mutism is a bit hard to swallow , it s the most engaging in my opinion Unlike Cinnamon, Ice has had some formal training in her artistic pursuit singing While all the girls claim they re shy and or withdrawn, I also fully believe it with Ice.Ice s boyfriend in this book bucks the trend in that he s initially overweight He s also genuinely sweet, and seems bewildered that Ice wants to spend any time with him I did find the subplot involving his father a bit over the top which is saying something for these books , and him giving Ice money in front of Balwin a little ridiculous.Continuing the trend for C based names, Ice s father is named Cameron Rating for super silent girl 3 5RoseAhh, Rose The book that, while I don t dislike the most, is certainly the book I want to rant about the most.First off, something I picked up while reading this the third time, is that everyone comments on how weird her name is Yes, because it s so strange, compared to Cinnamon, Ice and Honey Yes, ROSE is the name that s the strangest OBVIOUSLY You d think her name was HerptyDerptyDoo Please, tell me about how unusual her name is.Secondly, her dancing When it s initially mentioned that she came second in a beauty competition her picture on the front cover strikes me as her being very average , it s said that her talent was a hula dance, which she memorised from a video Okay, that I can deal with, because this was a small town Everybody else s talents probably involved them skinning a squirrel or something But she had no formal training otherwise, until she moved schools and their phys ed topic that term was, drum roll please, dancing Who d a thunk it And this is the only formal training she receives, and it s by a phys ed teacher who wants to be a choreographer There s absolutely no mention on the style of dance she s learning, so if it s anything like the dancing I did in high school, it s probably a mishmash of the Hucklebuck and ballroom.That s right, Rose gets into this highly regarded performing arts school by doing the Hucklebuck.This was so frustrating to read for someone who loves dancing I studied ballet, and it was hard work I m not expecting Rose is doing ballet here most likely modern or contemporary but it shows Neiderman s like of understanding about the complexities of dance here I know acting requires just as much skill and there s extensive training involved, but it s one thing to learn how to act, and another to learn to dance I ve done both, and dancing is harder in my opinion.The rest of the story I don t have much of a problem with, though I kept expecting, even now, for Evan to become unhealthily obsessed with Rose and there to be the old VC Andrews incest at play For C based names in this part of the novel, we have Charles, Charlotte, Carol and Curtis surname.Rating for the girl with no training 2 5HoneyAnd Honey, the book I ve only read twice I never know who has the stranger name Honey or Ice I can take Cinnamon as a name that was actually to be my sister s name While there s a movie with the main character called Honey, I feel like Ice would be a suitable name Honey just strikes me as a pet name.Incidentally, like Ice, Honey is the other girl with formal training on her 45 million dollar violin Okay, I have a beautiful instrument, and it cost 2000 Why the fuck does she have a 45,000,000 instrument Where did they get the money Who has that much money lying around Once again, Neiderman shows his lack of understanding Further, Honey didn t start playing until she was 10 Okay, that happens I started playing the flute at 10 But I had been playing the violin since I was 5 They make her out to be a prodigy, but she doesn t have any other signs of being a child prodigy Honey s story doesn t bother me all that much aside from this huge hurdle to cross 45mil If they d left out that small detail about the name of her instrument, I d be okay Hell, maybe her uncle just told her that, and really it s a cheap ass block from down the street, and cost 45 I can handle that.I did find it a little odd, though, that Honey s mother, who was a mail order bride from Russia, spoke such good English Did she learn in Russia, or did she just pick it up quickly once she got to America Does she have a thick accent It s never explained.This story is old school VC Andrews There s no incest, but it s a family saga in 150 pages In this way, it s quite different to the other girls stories.List of C based names Chandler, Clarence.Rating for the 45 million dollar violin 3 5So I ve reduced my rating from 4 5 to 2 5 That s what I break will do to you, I suppose Will I read Falling Stars Eh, maybe, if I find it for cheap at a second hand store I m keeping my first review up for posterity Ahhh, gotta love me a VC Andrews book I started reading the Shooting Stars series when I was twelve, but I never got around to finishing the last book Honey It had been nagging on my mind for a while, and eventually I caved and bought a cheap copy I m glad I did it s just as engrossing and slightly bad as I remembered.These books are very formulaic, and reading each of these in succession really brings it out Rose s story is the only one that veers off the track a bit as her artistic ability dancing isn t something she s every really worked on and it s not discussed in as great detail as the other three girls There threatening grandmother older female relative that each Andrews book has is also rife in this series Cinnamon s grandmother, Ice s mother, Rose s half brother s aunt Honey s grandfather fits the bill, too.It bugs me a little that Rose didn t need much dance training to get into the school She received no formal education in her early youth, and most of her dancing was limited to a few months at her new school, and I m supposed to believe she ll become a professional dancer Also, what s with Honey s Stradivarius violin Seriously Anyway, for a little bit of mindless reading, I did like these.

  4. says:

    This book follows a similar style to Wildflowers, but these girls have a specific music acting talent that eventually gets them admitted to a special talent school Not as good as Wildflowers, but still a fairly compelling read.

  5. says:

    The only good thing I can say about this book is that I m glad it was free For the first time ever, I could not finish a book After reading the first 2 stories, I was so miserable I just left the book sitting there for an entire day, debating with myself whether I could actually continue I found other, enjoyable things to do instead Like folding the laundry And cleaning the bathrooms And vacuuming This morning I decided to dig in and try again, since the house was clean and I d already gone grocery and school supply shopping Reading this book was now a chore and I managed to crawl through the third story with no interest and major effort Maybe that 4th story was the pi ce de r sistance I guess I ll never know.I read VC Andrews when I was a 13 or 14 years old The series with Heaven in it I thought it was fantastic It was the first book I d ever read that provoked an emotional response I have no idea if that series is actually good or not or if it was just my reaction to something completely different from what I d ever read In any case, when I saw this book sitting on a free pile, I remembered reading VC Andrews 20 years before, let nostalgia and curiosity guide my hand, and snatched it up So disappointing I m not a critic just a girl who reads a lot A whole lot Most books I read, I enjoy, although they don t always measure up But this was just awful I don t even know how to explain why it was so bad, but I ll give it a shot The characters were flat, nothing to make them remotely interesting, with the exception of one remarkable talent that made them so darn exceptional, they just had to be chosen for some ultra exclusive academy The agent of this academy would just happen to available in some laughable fit of plot convenience at whatever small random venue at which these girls happened to be performing Then, there was the romantic interest, because we couldn t have a VC Andrews story without that But, Jesus They seemed like they were added in just so that box could be checked off the Andrews formula list The names I know I m just kind of being an asshole now, but the names of the characters just irritate me And I understand that the names are part of that which makes VC Andrews distinctive and truth be told, I m not even sure they would have bothered me at all if I wasn t already so irritated just with the writing The metaphors Oh, the metaphors Wow Not even good ones Mixed metaphors that don t make any sense Just enough to boost that word count The writing sucked I m not saying I could write a better book I could write a better book , but I m not a writer, and I ve never had anything published So VC Andrews ghost writer clearly wins the one up But I am a reader, and I read enough to recognize when something is of such poor quality that I can t even make myself waste my time finishing it I never even thought that could happen I once powered through a 12 book series that was so terrible I wanted to burn them during the reading not really I would never burn books but I actually read them all with the hope they d eventually get better Giving up on a book or books just seems like I M failing, so I just power on through And that really doesn t happen that often Most books have already passed enough rigorous inspection by the time they get published that I feel it s fair to give them a shot Not this book So awful So awful I m absolutely dumbfounded by the good reviews it has received I m not judging I m just confused Maybe they ve never read anything better than this How is that possible Just about everything available to read is better than this I ve never read anything WORSE than this If they ve actually never read anything better than this, I feel so, so bad for them That is a tragedy 3.86 stars Out of 5 Even out of 10 I would question that high of a rating I guess at least now I have something to judge other books by I can always say, We ll, at least it wasn t THAT bad.

  6. says:

    This was a surprisingly good book And all of the stories ended happily That rarely happens completely in VC Andrews books This book is 4 short stories in 1 big book Cinnamon A gothic dressing girl who has hopes of becoming a famous actress Ice A very quiet girl who is very soft spoken She does however possess the ability to sing, and sing well enough to mesmerize all that hear her lovely voice.Rose A girl with the ability to dance It comes by quite a surprise in a way, along with the long lost half brother she never even knew existed.Honey The girl with the golden violin From a corn farm in Ohio, this girl can play the violin like no other.Each girl overcomes some type of family tragedy and is picked to continue their schooling after graduation at a performing arts school in New York The four girls meet in the sequel to this book, Fallen Stars, which I am currently reading I d recommend this book to all VC Andrews lovers It was entertaining and as I said before, all four stories ended happily, which makes me eager to believe that tragedy will befall these four in the sequel.

  7. says:

    This is a 4 series book, all wrapped up in one It was about four different girls Cinnamon, Ice, Rose, and Honey, who came from dysfunctional who doesn t families and their talents were their way out In the end of each stories, their unique acting or musical talents had gotten them a spot in a prestige musical and performing school in New York City That is where everyone eventually ended up in the 5th book, which I will start today.I noticed that there were patterns in V.C Andrews writing that there were always some kind of poor rich thing, and nearly every teenager had their sexual experience, family secrets which carried through generations, and their talents were their way out like with Ruby and her paintings in the Landry family series.

  8. says:

    None of the stories are really remarkable, and the romance parts progress too quickly Cinnamon and Honey are my favorites, probably because they deal with strict and mentally unstable grandparents, something I have experience with Nonetheless Cinnamon probably has the most realistic end of them all, and also the most emotional one Not a book to die for, but a decent collection of stories to pass the time.

  9. says:

    I love V.C Andrews I mean, let s face it, this is literary genius, but it s oh so fun to read However, these short stories were a little bit of a let down They seemed to have a common theme, but there just wasn t enoughhow do I say it.soap opera drama that is in her other stories The stories came off as a little bland and some of the plots were just down right stupid.

  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book, but it was the first of V.C s shorter stories I d read and it left me wanting from the girls stories I m excited to read the last book with all of them together, but as a rule I seem to like her longer novels better.

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