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Celeste [Mass Market Paperback]

V.C. Andrews
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March 30 2004 Gemini (Book 1)
He was her mirror image. Now the mirror has cracked.
Celeste and her twin brother, Noble, are as close as can be -- until a tragic accident takes Noble's life. It's a loss that pushes their mother, a woman obsessed with New Age superstitions, over the edge....
Desperate to keep her son "alive," Celeste's mother forces her to cut her hair, wear boys' clothes, and take on Noble's identity. Celeste has virtually disappeared -- until a handsome boy moves in next door, and Celeste will risk her mother's wrath to let herself come back to life.

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One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of the spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began the renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in nearly twenty bestselling series. V.C. Andrews’s novels have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two foreign languages.

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1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think it was possible... June 20 2004
By Molli
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...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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3.0 out of 5 stars Closer to VC Andrews Pen April 12 2004
By MZ
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Ghostwriter needs to give up the ghost May 23 2004
By Lisa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars VC is BACK :) May 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag... May 15 2004
By j.s.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This book was great I could not put it down! And yes this kinda stuff still happens! And if you are a fan of this author and her ghost writer you would know that this seems to have... Read more
Published on May 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Mommy creates twisted sister...
Why do abused people put up with the abuse? As brilliantly portrayed in the latest V.C. Andrews' first in a series "Celeste" they often believe they find the love they... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Lynn Barry
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her better efforts...
What do you get when you combine the best elements of the Dollanganger series, the Cutler series, and "My Sweet Audrina"? Amazingly, a very difficult read. Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Jeanie Schneider
1.0 out of 5 stars Different, yes, but still trash.
The ghostwriter promised us that Celeste would be different from any Andrews novel he had written before - and it was.
Worse than any other one, I might add. Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by ellie
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptable
I have been reading V.C. Andrews books since I was in eighth grade. I am now a freshman in college and continue to purchase and read every single V.C. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Cally
2.0 out of 5 stars All Too Familiar
Honestly, I very much enjoyed the book. I found the character Celeste "Nobel" very interesting and found the homosexual under tones appealing as well. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by BADASSGIRLHEAD
3.0 out of 5 stars It's an improvement
Don't be so harsh. Personally, I found Celeste to be much more of a novel than the latest books prior to this one. The GW seemed to have spent more time writing Celeste. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Gerdie
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizzare...
This is by far one of the strangest VC andrews ever. Normaly, they are realistic fiction. ZThis one was SO fantasy. I mean really, seeing spirits? How stupid. Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Anya
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