Celeste Mass Market Paperback – Mar 30 2004
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About the Author
One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, first in the renowned Dollanganger family series which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. The family saga continues with Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth, Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger, and Secret Brother. V.C. Andrews has written more than seventy novels, which have sold more than 106 million copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five foreign languages.
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Take the age old sibling rivalry for Mommy's attention together with New Age mindsets and add the isolation of homeschooling and the combination is just right for abuse and the tolerance of abuse.
V.C.Andrews'family did the right thing by continuing the legacy of works about rich people with tragic tales to tell;and certainly chose the right author to do the job. The story picture is filled in with well researched details and believable dialogue as well as enlightening the reader --without knowing it-- about great vocabulary words and interesting tidbits of trivia on a host of practical as well as engaging topics.
I could say that reading this latest offering reminded me of early VC books or was something like "Rosemary's Baby" and "Mommy Dearest" rolled into one but I think this brand of storytelling stands on its own without readers feeling the need to compare it to other works.
I look forward to the next dark soap opera installment in the Gemini series coming out in October. Can't wait!
This book took me a while to read because I never found time to read it all at once, but once I did I was hardly satisfied.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Lisa
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. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by K. Geiger
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 morePublished on May 10 2004
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 morePublished on April 20 2004 by Jeanie Schneider
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
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 morePublished on April 15 2004 by Cally
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 morePublished on April 15 2004 by BADASSGIRLHEAD
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 morePublished on April 14 2004 by Anya