WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD I am giving this one an extra star than it deserves simply because of the sheer entertainment value All That Glitters is the third book in the Landry Saga By now, we re firmly entrenched in silly, soap like shenanigans Ruby is married to her half brother Paul, Giselle is still a bitch and is now married to Beau and Daphne conveniently falls off a horse and dies, so we don t have to worry too much about her any The first half of the novel builds up to an affair between Ruby and Beau why on earth she would want him back after he ditched her when she got pregnant and then married her sister is anyone s guess, but whatever, and then the pair try to work out a way that they can be together, forever obviously divorce or elopement isn t an option here, they have no idea what is to be done and then Hey Presto Giselle contracts a deadly disease She and Ruby trade places, everyone thinks that Ruby is dead and the real Ruby can return to New Orleans with Beau and pretend to be Giselle And then Paul goes mad with grief, believing that his wife sister is dead and drowns And if that wasn t bad enough, Paul s mother wants custody of Ruby s child Actually, I don t really blame the formidable Gladys Tate for this For one, at this point, she doesn t know that Giselle is actually Ruby And for another why would anyone trust an irresponsible prick who never wanted his child before now anyway, and an unstable, spoiled brat like Giselle to look after a child This is a child, for heaven s sake But needless to say, there is a court trial, Ruby reveals her true identity, wins Pearl back and they all live happily ever after.As I stated before, this book has some great entertainment value It s stilly, unbelievable and unpredictable, but it is still a damn sight entertaining than some of the later V.C Andrews novels that would follow. I don t even have a proper way to begin this review So I ll just put about as much effort into this as Andrew Neiderman did.This book sucked Honestly, Ruby is about as likable as Christina Aguilera s character in Burlesque She Is Awful Once again we have a Mary Sue that is just so damn sweet that nothing can taint her aura of perfection And trust me, in this book she does plenty that would cause uproar in any other universe.I guess the best place to start is with Ruby, who at this point is unbearably Mary Sue like, except less perfect but still acts as though she is, and the author writes her as though she s flawless In the last book I gave Ruby a break because she was still a victim of her circumstances, but in All That Glitters she actually does some shitty stuff with hardly any repercussions and somehow we re still supposed to feel sorry for her She marries her half brother childhood sweetheart Paul but then has a secret affair with her baby s father once he comes back into the story, then for some reason decides to inform Paul that she would like to switch places with her comatose twin so that she and Beau can be together, which ultimately leads Paul to drown in a drunken stupor But Ruby s the victim, right Everything about this plot was stupid, selfish, and unnecessarily difficult.Then there s the affair Now I just hate the whole troupe leading up to it because it follows yet another troupe of bad communication causing problems for idiots To sum it up, Ruby s been told by Gisselle that Beau s moved to Europe with his new fiance, and since her chances of being with him are clearly out the window she decides to marry Paul upon that basis Little does she know that Beau broke off the engagement and came back to for her Since common sense doesn t exist in this series and Beau can t just seek Ruby out in the most obvious place she would flock to Beau decides that if he can t marry Ruby then he ll simply marry someone that looks like Ruby Yeah, that says so much about what he really appreciates about Ruby her looks Eventually even fucking a Ruby lookalike isn t enough for him so Beau and Ruby start hooking up again Never mind the fact that Beau pretty much abandoned Ruby and her baby and then decides to take Ruby away to take care of her sexually while allowing Paul to continue taking care of her in every other aspect, but it s okay He weakly assumes that his own wife has a bunch of her own boyfriends, so that totally justifies his own infidelity Why doesn t Ruby and Beau simply divorce their spouses and marry each other Because that would give other people even bad reasons to dislike our precious Ruby, and our ghost writer s ego is just too fragile to have his main character be purposely unlikable.I ll end my rant with Paul s mother, Gladys, who is supposed to be kind of a co antagonist in this book simply due to the fact that she doesn t adore the crap that comes out of Ruby s ass And really she is just an awful person First of, she s completely against the son that she s loved as her own marrying his half sister because what s the worst that can happen there And when her son dies in a drunken stupor she takes revenge against Ruby by selfishly taking away the baby she already abandoned as her own by taking on Gisselle s identity Honestly, I was on Gladys side in this book Paul was driven to his death because Ruby wanted to have everything with no consequences, and all Gladys did was show her that even she wasn t above reproach Ruby almost lost her daughter because getting her one true love without anyone hating her for it was the most important thing in the world, and she really didn t think about any consequences when making the decision to switch places with her twin Does it totally justify what Gladys did No In a well written book with a realistically likable protagonist, trying to take custody of someone s child beyond the grounds of unsafe living environments would have been borderline evil But given that Gladys did have her reasons to hate Ruby I ll give her a pass in this review At least someone had the balls and the backup to let Ruby know she wasn t a ray of sunshine on everyone s lives.Everything that I hated about the way Andrew Neiderman wrote Ruby was exacerbated in this book Ruby is written as the most perfect, beautiful human on the planet, her mistakes and flaws are obvious than ever, and Neiderman relies even on other characters liking her to justify those flaws I can t even finish the series now thanks to All That Glitters it was that hard to get through I don t care any what happens to Pearl, and I could care even less about what happened to Ruby s mother I m so done with this red haired devil from the depths of her mother s supposed perfection. Contains Spoilers Did you ever watch Days of Our Lives in the early 90 s If you did, you ll know what I m talking about, if you didn t that s okay too, this will still make sense The plot lines in this are so ridiculous they are reminiscent of Stefano kidnapping Marlena and keeping her in a giant bird cage yes they are that ridiculous Ruby goes back to the Bayou to have her baby Pearl, and her half brother is still in love with her even though he knows they are half siblings She agrees to marry him so that he can take care of them since he is a rich oil tycoon now My question is why does she have to marry him Why can t they just live together as brother and sister Makes no sense Then her twin sister falls sick and Beau comes up with a plan to switch identities so that Beau and Ruby can be back together again Seriously Why is this even a thing Of course the truth comes out in the end because her half brother s mom fights for custody of her baby even though she has no blood relation and all the family secrets come out in court Talk about a soap opera I will say though as ridiculous as V.C Andrews gets I can t help but devour the books The story kept me turning the pages and wanting It s so trashy, yet it s so good Por esta altura, Ruby quase que j fazia parte da minha vida e sei que estava ansiosa por ler o volume 4. The lies that started before Ruby Dumas was born seemed to have one impact after another on Ruby, her life, and people around her With her baby Pearl, Ruby was driven back to the bayou, and to her original roots She was contended living in the old shack she used to share with her Grandmere However, her old flame Paul was stubborn and he had built an empire for her and her baby If you know the secret, you would know why Ruby was so resistant, but of course, providing security for her daughter Pearl was high on Ruby s list, so she relented, against the wish of Paul s parents, Mr and Mrs Tate Ruby also thought she had no other choice, for the love of her life, and the father of Pearl, Beau, had moved on with her twin sister, Giselle Fate struck the family once again Giselle was stricken with a disease, and Beau came up with the idea of switching the twins, so he could be with Ruby, and for Paul to take care of Giselle After some persuading, Ruby had agreed, especially that Paul was willing to play along, for he loved her so much and was willing to put up with anything to make Ruby happy.Paul fell into a deep depression, and Giselle passed away Soon, Paul followed Mrs Tate was beyond herself with grief and blamed Ruby for killing her son She decided to take revenge by taking custody of Pearl By then, everyone had thought Ruby was the one who had died, instead of Giselle This series s a great series to show how one lie after another could really mess up lives, especially destinies The original lie started before Ruby was born, and has continued into the third book of the series. Totally ridiculous and over the top story line but I loved every page of it Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby What were you thinking How was it ever a good idea to marry your half brother for security when he is still madly in love with you You went on and on about how lives shouldn t be based on lies and then go about creating the biggest lie for yourself You only had to wait a year ONE YEAR before you would have been given your trust money and then you could have lived a happy lie free life with pleanty of money In the meantime Gisselle marries Beau after convincing him that she s like Ruby Why would you waste your time on someone who didn t even love you Just because she delights in tormenting Ruby with this BUT THEN..WAIT FOR IT Gisselle becomes paralysed and goes into a coma so Beau comes up with this brilliant plan that Ruby and Gisselle can switch places He gets to live with the women he loves and Paul gets to look after a sick Gisselle Yay Everyones happy Well except Paul, trust him to put a downer on the whole thing Goes of the rails and then ends up getting himself killed I really didn t understand why Ruby would have been so selfish to do this She never should have married him in the first place but switching places with her sister was just pure selfish madness I lost some respect for her after this After Paul dies, his parents take Pearl, resulting in a courtcase where the truth is revealed and everything is okay Sooooo why did they not just tell the truth in the first place And why were they not punished for pretending to be someone who was dead Is that not a pretty big crime I don t know, the whole thing is incredibly stupid but so compelling Must keep reading Landry saga.. 1.5 stars, It really pissed me off I spent the first two books kind of liking the main character, who always tried to do what was right or at least would not hurt people But towards the end of this book she makes a very stupid desion that didn t not fit with her character and in general it was a very stupid idea, that could not work It wasn t even a intresting stupid that I want to watch and see what happens Instead I spent the last part of the book skimming.Honestly I m not sure if I m going to read the 4th book because this one had me so mad, but I might read the 5th for the back story. Driven From The Dumas Mansion Back To Her Beloved Bayou, Ruby S Only Hope Is That Fate Will Let Her Begin Anew Living Again In A Humble Shack, Ruby Is Determined To Make A Secure And Happy Home For Her Precious Infant Daughter, Pearl Paul Tate Her First Love, Whom She Was Forced To Abandon Is At Her Side Once , Now A Man Of Dazzling Wealth When He Whisks Her Into His Grand House, It Seems Their Future Is Assured As Mistress Of Cypress Woods, Ruby Can Forget Even The Shocking Reason She And Paul Must Wed In A Secret Ceremony And Remain Husband And Wife In Name Alone But The Thick, Expensive Walls Of Cypress Woods Cannot Shut Out The Terrible Memories That Have Woven Their Fabric Over Her Destiny, Or The Cold Eyes Of Paul S Mother, Gladys, Reminding Ruby Of The Secret She Must Keep To Give Pearl A Loving Father Then Her Venomous Twin Sister, Gisselle, Arrives To Taunt Her With News Of Beau Andreas, The True Father Pearl Has Never Met, And The Only Man Ruby Will Ever Long For With All Her Body And Soul, Desperate To Find The Complete, Fulfilling Life She Craves, Ruby Builds A Precarious New Existence, A Flimsy Shanty Of Hope That The First Flood Washes Away Only When The Storm Exposes The Very Blackest Evils Of The Past Will She Glimpse The Rainbow S Fragile Promise, A Morning Of Sunshine And Laughter With A Family Of Her Own This book ended a lot better than I thought it would For once, a VC Andrews book had an ending that was completely happy I admit, some of the characters didn t turn out exactly as I thought they would, and mid book I was irate with the characters because things weren t going the way I wanted them to, but it ended very well On to the next book in the series. LIKED HOW DAPHENE HAD DIED, DID NOT LIKE HOW GISSEL DIED, WANTED HER TO EVENTUALLY BE THE KIND OF SISER RUBY WOULD HAVE WANTED I WISH THAT PAUL WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND SOME ONE TO TRUELY LOVE.
Virginia Andrews, V Andrews,
- 352 pages
- All That Glitters (Landry, #3)
- V.C. Andrews
- 24 October 2019 V.C. Andrews