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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (March 30 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743428625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743428620
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I can't exactly remember the first time we saw our mother stop whatever she was doing, look out at the darkness, smile, nod, and softly say something like, I understand. Read the first page
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...for a "V. C. Andrews" novel of recent years to disappoint me more than the De Beers novels did. And yet "Celeste" left me both angry and sad. The legacy begun by Virginia Andrews, a truly gifted story-teller has been completely tarnished by Andrew Neiderman. I fear he has ruined her legacy beyond repair.
I honestly thought the first novel in the Gemini series would be Neiderman's redemption. I thought Virginia's ghostwriter had taken a good look at his previous three mini-series, his De Beers series, and his Broken Wings series, and had decided to try something truly different: make a real effort to produce a piece of literature, not just something to enthrall the masses of tweens that read these stories these days.
From my first glimpse of "Celeste's" cover, I was mad. The phrase "A mother's love as deady as Mommy's in FITA" caught my attention, and kept it. Andrew Neiderman has not, and will never earn the right to compare *his* V.C. A. writing to what Virginia herself wrote.
(The actual book itself was boring...an interesting concept, but horribly written.)
Virginia was a story-teller. She spun yarns. Her words...her tone...her plots...they all pulled you into the world she sought to create. By the end of one of *her* novels, you felt as though you knew each and every character personally. You rejoiced with their triumphs and ached with their sorrows. Her stories moved you...or at least, me.
No main character after Ruby Landry (aside from Rain Hudson, Brody Randolph, and Melody Logan) moved me. No series after some parts of the Hudson series, and no mini-series plot or character has ever moved me.
Neiderman's stories try to live up to V.C. Andrews and fall flat.
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By MZ on April 12 2004
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I enjoyed Celeste, much to my own surprise...
Years ago, I was addicted to the books by V.C. Andrews -- specifically the Flowers in the Attic series and the Heaven series. Andrews could spin a story with mystery, secrets, love, incest -- and all of it would work together so beautifully. Honestly, there are no authors I have found that are comparable in style to V.C. Andrews.
Consequently, I was disappointed with the books that were written "in her honor" after she had passed away. At first they were all right, as if she had outlined them to begin with. Gradually, they didn't hold my interest anymore. They were lacking...something...
Celeste brought back the old feelings that so well reminded me of the author of the spellbinding My Sweet Audrina. As if someone had studied Andrews well enough to truly mimic that style that entrances you to turn page after page.
The storyline promised much -- and made the book a quick read.
What was missing in this book, however, was that ray of light. One bad thing after another befalls Celeste Atwell. I thought by the end that there would be some glimmer of hope for Celeste. I walked away feeling dismal about the entire experience. Will I read Black Cat, the upcoming sequel? Probably. But I wish there had been some small happiness for Celeste in this book - like Heaven's Logan or Cathy's brother Chris.
Anyway, I found this book better than the past few novels in V.C. Andrews' name. The storyline carried the book for me. If you liked Flowers in the Attic, give this one a chance.
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It surprises me that so many people don't seem to know that VC Andrews passed away almost 20 years ago- that's why "her work" seems repetitive. The ghostwriter just continues to rework her themes in an attempt to stay "true" to her early works. Just a ploy for others to cash in on her name if you ask me. But I was desperate for a "beach read" and so picked this up.
Celeste is a bit tired and slow, in my opinion. VC Andrews real work was gothic, which can often mean a bit overwrought as well as dark, and this was part of their charm. This is dark (maybe), but lacks the artistry, well drawn characters, and story development.
I was a huge fan of the Dollanganger series and My Sweet Audrina. I've tried some of the ghost work, none seem interesting or compelling. Save your money, just reread the REAL VC Andrews!
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By K. Geiger on May 18 2004
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I LOVED this book!!! I am a huge VC fan. There for a time though it seemed the small series that were being put out were the same things over and over just different titles. With Celeste I was pulled back in as a HUGE fan and will anxiously await the sequel to this one! I do hope Celeste comes through this all and becomes who she was meant to be with her daughter by her side.
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By j.s. on May 15 2004
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A few years back I was a fairly dedicated V.C. Andrews fan, but then I got tired of her repetitive and familiar work. While recently browsing the bookstore I stumbled upon her latest effort, Celeste. I was quite intrigued after reading the plot's summary on the back cover. It sounded...original. Not that Andrews' work is ever bad, but lately its been a little lacking in all respects.
Celeste is about a crazed woman and her relationship with her two children, Celeste and Noble. The novel begins very slowly, attempting to give depth to the characters. It succeeds in this respect for a while, but when you hit the 100 page mark and the main conflict of the novel (Noble's death and the insane mother's attempt to turn Celeste into Noble) still hasn't begun, you start longing for more plot to chew on.
The previously mentioned plot, though, is quite riveting...as are the conflicts that arise from it. But, the novel suffers in its pacing and lack of a true climax. Andrews attempts to take the plot in two directions: one dealing with ghosts and spirituality and the other dealing with the novel's central conflict. There is almost a tug of war with the conflicts...leaving the reader wondering what is more important. And in the end, you'll feel as though the characters have not grown or changed from the moment the conflicts arose. They end back at square one and the journey you've taken with them feels pointless.
"Celeste" is more of a good idea than a good book. Yes, its premise is different and intriguing, but all of the book's filling is same old same old V.C. Andrews. Fans will probably adore it, but everyone else might get lost in Andrews' overly rich language and slow plot development. I am happy to say that, at least for now, V.C. is headed towards truly original, controversial, and memorable writing once again. This is a step in the right direction.
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