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February 19, 2016  
 
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Cellar, The

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368pp
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Overview

"Lily?"

My stomach dropped as a tall, dark-haired man stepped into view. Had he been hiding between the trees?

"No. Sorry." Gulping, I took a step back. "I'm not Lily."

He shook his head, a satisfied grin on his face. "No. You are Lily."

"I'm Summer. You have the wrong person." You utter freak!

I could hear my pulse crashing in my ears. How stupid to give him my real name. He continued to stare at me, smiling. It made me feel sick.

"You are Lily," he repeated.

Before I could blink, he threw his arms forward and grabbed me. I tried to shout, but he clasped his hand over my mouth, muffling my screams. My heart raced. I'm going to die.

For months Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her—and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect, pure flowers. His family. But flowers can't survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out...

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4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.6
Story held my interest 
 
4.6  (4)
Writing style 
 
4.5  (4)
Characters 
 
4.6  (4)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0

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Setting
All of The Cellar, except the beginning, takes place in this house-like cellar that only has one entrance. There are multiple rooms in this cellar but most of the story happens out in the main living room, and in the kitchen as well. There is also another room we learn about in the second half of the book but we won’t talk about that room. This setting creates a problem, all of these girls have been kidnapped and forced to live in a fake family for however long they have been kidnapped for. Summer sees Clover’s first episode when he sees that the flowers are dying. This tension continues as Violet and Lily, Summer, try to escape and when their plan doesn’t succeed, it ends with Violet getting murdered and Poppy and rose having to clean up her body. This is Clover’s 8th murder in three years.
Characters
Preston did an amazing job and being able to shape her characters into what she needed. She created Clover as if he was an insane man trying to earn a family by kidnapping helpless sixteen year old girls at night. She builds Clover as a big dude with mommy issues and she manages to show that whenever Clover gets angry he says things about how his mother is going to be disappointed in him. She also creates a character that is so beaten by Clover that she has lived there for three years and has just accepted her fate as Clover’s “wife.” this relationship alone shows the tension of living in this tiny hell of a cellar. The girl who is no older than 18 is Clover’s wife.
Good Points
The author manages to keep it interesting with new twists every chapter. When the girls tried escaping I would have never imagined violet getting stabbed and then the other girls having to clean up the body. The author was really descriptive without being overly so. She wrote about how broken Rose was and how she actually wanted to defend him even though he kidnapped her and she is being held captive. It was really scary seeing a girl stand up for a guy that just stabbed a girl that has been a captive friend for months. This book was all tension until the end. The end is where you finally let go of that breath you didn’t know you were holding, but as soon as you let it go, she gets you on a hook and then you had to wait for the second book. She didn’t do anything bad at all, when I first read this, I was able to read it as she wrote it. Chapter per chapter. I was there for all the changes of character and it was a wild ride. She was able to go back and every error she made before she was able to get it published.
Plot Summary
The Cellar is the thrilling first book in a two-book series written by Natasha Preston. This book is about a girl that gets kidnapped on her way back from a party and is forced to live with three other girls with a name that isn’t hers. She soon notices how the man who kidnapped her made all of their new names a type of flower. She breaks down when she realises there is no escape all she has pretend to be part of Clover’s messed up flower family.
Ending
The ending of the book was good. The story ended for everyone. It really put everyone in their correct places in society. Rose was the one who pulled the short straw but everyone else had an okay ending. This book made me feel like I have to be safe when I go outside and it reminded me how awful some people are. It also reminded me that there will always be people looking out for you even if the situation is bad. Friendship can be found in the unlikeliest places if everyone is willing to help each other. Preston managed to create a realistic world with characters that will never be forgotten.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
R
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story held my interest 
 
5.0
Writing style 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0

Best book I have read

User Review

Setting
This book takes place in a small town. Majority of the book does take place in a cellar.
Characters
The main character is Summer or also called Lily by the man who kidnapped her. She also lives with 3 other girls named after flowers throughout the book; Rose, Poppy, and Violet. Then there's Colin the man who kidnapped her. Then there is Lewis who is Summers boyfriend.
Good Points
The thing I really liked about this book is the fact that it kept me on edge and that I couldn't stop reading it but I also didn't want the book to end.
Bad Points
The only thing that I could say about this was that I caught a few misspellings and that was it.
Plot Summary
A young girl named Summer lived in a small town and she was going to some gig and decided to walk there. But that took a bad turn and was kidnapped by a man named Colin. She was locked in a cellar for a few months with the 3 others who have been there longer. Bad things always happened down in the cellar. But during the months that she was missing her boyfriend Lewis never gave up on looking for her.
Ending
Yes and no, in a way it ended how I wanted but then again it didn't end exactly how I wanted and some stuff was a little frustrating to me.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
R
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
3.5
Characters 
 
4.0

The Cellar

User Review

Setting
The Four girls Lily, Poppy, Violet and rose spent most of their time in the cellar. The only time they could leave the cellar to roam around any other part of the house was with permission from Clover. The cellar didn't have any windows or any natural sunlight. The girls are all named after flowers and the cellar had a flower for each girl. The cellar had the girls beds and any other things they would need that Clover was willing to give them. Clover even covered windows so that people wouldn’t become suspicious.
Characters
The four girls and clover had an interesting relationship for obvious reasons. All the girls kind of take on a different role that only the four of them knew about. Poppy was the motherly figure and she always tried to keep the girls safe and she helped them when they were sick and in need of help. Lily and Violet were the two that kept the rest of the girls hopeful and constantly came up with plans to escape. The way Clover treated the girls was terrible but it also drove them.
Good Points
What I enjoyed most about the book was the story. I loved the suspense and the insane ideas the author came up with to really show how mentally ill Clover was. I also really liked that the point of view changed; often adding clovers thoughts and summers Boyfriend’s point of view as well. The way the author wrote wasn't very challenging; the writing was straight to the point.
Bad Points
The one thing i would complain about is that the author isn’t very descriptive. I hard a hard time creating an image of what was going on in the book and even what exactly the characters looked like
Plot Summary
In the novel The cellar By Natasha preston, A girl named Summer is waiting for her friend as she approaches the club they decided to go to that night. Summer is suddenly grabbed by a man that goes by the name of Clover and told that her new name would be Lily. summer is put in the cellar with three other girls living there with her. All four girls are forced to be sisters and act as a “the perfect family”. The girls are the wives of Clover and he would rape them occasionally to show them how much he “loved” them. if they didn’t listen to him, he had no problem killing them and replacing them with another innocent girl. At one point Clover kills one of the girls in front of the other ones because tried hurting him.
Ending
The ending was kind of predictable but you just never knew when it was going to happen and how it was going to end. The ending fit the story well and it was very satisfying knowing that they were okay. I found this novel really entertaining and if you are interesting in stories about kidnappings, the book resembles a true kidnapping story. The author gave an accurate representation of how someone would act in a situation like that. I personally love reading these types of books to get a look at what a kidnapper might think and what his motives may be.. I think the main reason the author may write a book like this, is to show how twisted people can be and how real kidnappings are.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG-13
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.5

the cellar

User Review

Setting
The setting is mostly the cellar because most of the story is told through summer's point of view. The cellar one almost like a one floor house it had a living room with couch and a television, coffee table etch. It had a bathroom with a shower, and bedroom with four beds in it with a closet with cloths in it for each girl.
Characters
The main character name is summer/lily she is trying to escape from the cellar. There are four other girls in there with her but all to afraid to try and break out. She never gave up hope that her family was looking for her but its been 2 years and no one has found her.
Good Points
One of the good points is that they found and rescued the gilts before anything else happened. The author kept the story going like she never went off track. I like this book because it was a mystery.
Bad Points
In my opinion the author did nothing poorly.
Plot Summary
Summer gets kidnapped and put in a cellar. She's given a new name(lily) and has to live with four girls and a psychotic man who man has OCD and will kill if its not clean. Lewis and Harry summers boyfriend and brother try and find whoever took her. Once clover finds out that the cops are close he wants to kill the girls and himself so they can be the perfect family that will last forever.
Ending
The ending was satisfying because the cops found 3 of the girls including lily. The end did fit the story because the boyfriend and the brother led the cops to the cellar and they found them.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
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