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The Cellar Paperback – January 1, 2014
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- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Lexile measure : HL570L
- Paperback : 368 pages
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492600978
- ISBN-10 : 1492600970
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire (January 1, 2014)
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is told from the perspective of three characters: Summer/Lily, Colin/Clover, and Lewis. The timeline also bounces around quite a bit, but it's easy to follow as everything is clearly titled. The differing perspective definitely gives the book some depth, but again, it just never quite came together for me.
I felt like it dragged on and on and on, with certain things--important things-- glossed over. The ending was so abrupt, I actually thought I was missing pages.
I'll probably read the sequel since it's free on Wattpad, but overall, I found this to be a very average story. It's a shame because there is so much potential. It just never fulminated.
The Cellar by Natasha Preston
This was a creepy good read. Summer is kidnapped by a man who calls himself "Clover". He renames Summer as Lily to go with his other "flowers": Rose, Poppy and Violet--three more girls he has kidnapped and keeps in his cellar. His goal is to keep his "family" together forever. Sometimes, he brings girls off the streets into the cellar to kill them to rid the world of some evil. Summer's family and boyfriend continue to look for her in the hopes of finding her alive. Will they do so in time? A sequel to this book, which I already ordered, is coming out next year. High school and adult readers alike will enjoy this gripping thriller.
I truly loved how the author told the story from different characters, and gave us insight to what each one was doing and why they were doing it. I think the book would have been even better if she had told the story from some of the other flowers as well. I wanted more of the flowers background's and to explain their situation. I wanted to sympathize for the other flowers, but I couldn't because of this reason.
I appreciate how the ending was not your typical sunshine and rose's (no pun intended), but rather a more realistic approach as to what would happen. I was truly disappointed in the fact that there could have been more elaboration on how we go to the ending. It kind just happens all at once. We get a follow-up from the main-character, but none of the others and I would have really liked to have known how they were feeling since we were with them throughout the book.
Over all, if you like a good thriller, I would definitely recommend giving this book a shot!
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Summer is a teenager who finds herself kidnapped on her way to a party. Imprisoned in a cellar by Colin/Clover she finds there are three other girls with her that have been held for varying lengths of time – Rose, Poppy and Violet, and Summer herself is renamed Lily. Clover is obsessed with flowers, and that’s exactly what he calls the girls, Flowers.
The Cellar flicks through multiple perspectives – Summer, her boyfriend Lewis and Clover himself. I don’t think it was in any particular order, and the length/frequency of them varies as the story progresses – sometimes short and sometimes long, it was actually one of the best multiple perspectives I’ve read in a while – I was interested in all sides of the story.
The Cellar doesn’t get REALLY dark – it does get pretty grim and in your face, but it’s not the kind of book that had me checking around at night to make sure there wasn’t a kidnapper under my bed or hiding in the garden. Which also makes it odd, because there are some very intense scenes, and Clover is completely insane.
What I’m not quite sure of is how I felt about Summer – at times shes strong and determined, a little impulsive and pretty up-front, but she also focuses completely on missing her boyfriend, not her family or other things about being outside the cellar, like, well blue sky for example, or sunshine. That’s the part that really didn’t ring true, I felt like there was just too much focus on her and Lewis, rather than all the other things she was being deprived of.
One other thing that I found a little jarring, was that the book is set in England but the language is very Americanised. I don’t mean it’s necessarily a BAD thing, and I can understand why English authors Americanise their language and terminology to make it more marketable, but it feels contradictory and like it doesn’t quite fit. I love English terminology and slang – and I’ll Google them if I don’t understand them.
The ending however, I really liked – I thought it was strong, gutsy and not over too fast in comparison to the rest of the book. The only other thing I wanted to know was more of Clover’s story – there are some very strong hints as to perhaps why he was crazy, but not all of the detail was fully explained, and I would have loved to know more.
The Cellar was an enthralling, quick read, but it didn’t feel completely polished in places, but the idea, and most of the execution was very well done.
So 16 year old Summer is ready for a night out at a gig with friends.. when she leaves her family behind at home alongside her loving boyfriend Lewis and her worst fears happen when she's walking at night all by herself.... she meets Clover!
Clover is unhinged... psychotic... and has his mind set on having the perfect family that hes ever dreamed of!
He just wants his flowers to be safe happy and healthy.. so what happens when they go against him when down in the cellar?
This book was fast paced.. drama filled.. emotional and hard hitting all the way through. Would loved to have know more about Clovers background but I devoured this book so fast!