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Blood Sinister (Point Horror Unleashed)

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Sent to rest at her grandmother's house, Ellen Forrest finds an old diary that is at first a diversion, to take her mind off her mysterious illness. But the bizarre history that unfolds is so compelling that resting proves impossible.
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Published by Not Avail (first published September 20th 1996)
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Liz
Sep 22, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly obscure mid-90s paranormal YA book. you can definitely tell that it's from another era -- this is the first vampire book I have read in a bajillion years where vampires are creepy, not sexy. here, the vampire is a surprisingly subtle metaphor for an abuser -- a being that targets the vulnerable (primarily young women), manipulates them into feeling that they did something wrong that they should remain silent about, is incredibly charming to the people who have power over potential victi ...more
Michelle. D.
Jan 12, 2011 Michelle. D. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: was-awful
I was really excited to read this book. The beginning was kinda broing but I thought that it would get better.
Boy, was I wrong. It just got broinger, and boringer and boringer. At the end, I was in a dark pit of boringeness...
OMG! I don't even wish it were better. Books this boring don't need to get better. Blehy. That is what thios book was.
BLEHY! I say, BLEHY!!!!!!!!!

The ending kinda sucked.
THis book was such a waste of my times. Bleh... I am ashamed of myself for even finishing the entire boo
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Sabrina
Apr 07, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sabrina Smith
Horror

Ellen is very sick. When she stays with her grandmother to be closer to the specialist treating her, she discovers the diaries of her great-great-grandmother in the attic. The diaries were written by her great-great-grandmother when she was about the same age, and tell the story of a mysterious man and his sister who became involved in her life. Ellen begins to think the man was a vampire, and things get stranger still when she begins to vividly dream what happens next before
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Helen Corcoran
Apr 21, 2009 Helen Corcoran rated it it was amazing
Celia Rees is quite well-know over here in Ireland and the UK; I'm not sure how popular she is in the US, though she deserves to be! This is a very well-written take on vampires, similar to the Dracula myth but not. Ellen is smart and sensible, a good heroine. While I wasn't entirely convinced at the beginning of the romantic subplot, it carried on well through the book that I forgave its dubious beginning. The book was originally published in the '90s, so it feels a bit dated, but this is not i ...more
Nimue Brown
Sep 03, 2012 Nimue Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suitably gothic and creepy without being too graphic, this is the kind of non-sparkly vampire fic I would happily give to a YA reader. The women in it are strong and very much a part of the solution, not dolls to be carried around. Nobody sparkles. There's also a good plot line, plenty of action and suspense, and it's fun.
Jess
2 Stars.

Celia Rees was the first author to whet my appetite for historical fiction during my early teens, and I’ve been lucky enough to meet her more than once through Litfest. It was during a Litfest event all about Gothic YA Fiction that I first came across Blood Sinister.

Both our protagonists in Blood Sinister share the name Ellen. In the 1990's we have Ellen Forrest, a sixteen year old who is very ill with a blood disease her doctors have been unable to diagnose and are struggling to treat,
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Bark's Book Nonsense
This is a teen novel about a young modern day girl named Ellen suffering from a rare, undiagnosed blood disease. She discovers several diaries and delves into them with enthusiasm. The writer is an ancestor and very much like Ellen herself only living in historical times. They even share the name Ellen. Confused yet?

The book then goes back and forth between the past Ellen and the present Ellen's life which are similar in many ways. The past Ellen, at the request of her father, is pretty much for
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Michelle Jenkins
Finally, a YA vampire story that doesn't involve brooding vampire boyfriends.

Ellen's illness has doctors stumped and while she convalesces at home, she discovers the diaries her great-great grandmother, a pioneering female doctor, kept as a young woman. Ellen is immediately drawn in to her grandmother's story, in which she becomes an unwilling companion to a patient/family friend of her father's who suffers from some sort of blood disease.

The book switches between modern day and Victorian time
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Jennifer
Feb 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
This was a fairly interesting read, it's different from the vampire books that have been coming out lately. There is no girl falling in love with a vampire, or wanting to be a vampire. There is very little in terms of romance in this novel, which is ok. Overall it is a good read, I didn't love it, but I liked it.

The story revolves around Ellen, who is dying of a blood disease that no doctor can figure out. She is living with her grandmother because it's closer to the hospital and her doctors. Sh
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Airaology
May 30, 2012 Airaology rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a last minute addition during my time at the book sale. I didn't even know why I thought I wanted it but i bought it. And then *cues in eerie music* it blew my mind for it was neither a) slow or b) boring.

As you can see from the cover there are two punctured holes on a young girl's neck. So one can assume with ease that this is about vampires. YES, but what one does not realize that this is a classic from the Count Dracula's time (None of that Twilight or Uninvited nonsense).
The fl
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I have previously read "Witch Child" and "Sorceress" by Celia Rees and was impressed. When I saw she had a vampire book out, it became one of the many books on my "to-read" list.

I really enjoyed this book! It is not your typical vegan vampire, pretty girl falls in love with, they live happily ever after book. This book comes closer to the classical vampire story.

Ellen suffers from a rare blood disease, she is dying. She moves to London with her grandmother to be closer to the specialists that wi
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Elizabeth
Oct 06, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Celia Rees books...especially Pirates and the two witch books. And this is no different to those. I particularly like the way the book combined the present and the past. It was very well written and although it is a young adult book i think, like me, they can be enjoyed by those older also. I hadn't read one of her books for quite a few years and now that i have I'm tempted to even buy one of her books that i haven't got!
Rhonda
With vampires being very popular among young adults, I would have to say that this is a good read.
The story takes place with Ellen, a sixteen year old girl, who goes to stay with her grandmother because she has a bad blood condition and her mother fears that she is going to die soon. While Ellen is staying with her grandmother she stumbles upon her great, great grandmother Elyn's diaries that she wrote when she was sixteen years old. As Ellen begins reading the diaries she is overcome by her dr
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Georgie
Feb 10, 2015 Georgie rated it really liked it
A good, creepy, read. Ellen Forrest has a strange illness which makes her weak and pale. While staying with her grandmother, Ellen discovers the diaries of her great-great grandmother, also named Ellen. The diaries , from 1878, tell an increasingly frightening tale of a mysterious Count and Countess who are friends of Ellen's doctor father. The Count has a strange 'disease of the blood'. But then savage murders start occurring, and the locals talk of a 'monster' that leaves not one drop of blood ...more
Viridiana Ruiz
Mar 18, 2014 Viridiana Ruiz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, teenagers.
SYNOPSIS:

Ellen Forrest is sick, she feels as if the life is being sucked out of her. The doctors think that she is suffering from a disease of the blood, and she has been sent to her grandmother's house to rest, but she seems to be getting worse, not better. Can it have anything to do with the diaries she has found in the attic? Diaries written in Victorian times by her great great grandmother. Diaries that describe an encounter with a handsome young Count who comes from the Land Beyond the Fore
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Michael Fierce
Another book I would be more interested in purchasing if the cover artwork was the same as the foreign edition!
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I was reasonably young when I read this but I do remember quite enjoying it. I liked the storyline and found it to be a quick read.
Kylie
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Kiwie
The good:
- vampires are not romantic heroes.
- Science-y approach!
- Mixed the past and the present pretty well/liked both Ellens and how current Ellen's "sickness" affected her mind. Interesting!

The bad:
- Predictable.
- The science part was about blood transfusions and blood types,and a bit hazy (which I guess it will have to be given that it is made-up) and I wanted that part to either be more detailed or less.
- The Ellens were two of a kind, which was a plot point of course, but still: a little
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Carolyn  Storer
Blood Sinister had an excellent beginning which drew me in from the first chapter. I enjoyed the alternation between the present and the past, as Ellen of today reads a diary written by her great, great, grandmother (also named Ellen). Unfortunately, the story moves from one of intrigue to cliche when by the end there are three young teenagers running around trying to stake a vampire. The story that promised so much at the start ended up being a disappointment.

When Andy, a childhood friend that
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Carla D.
May 17, 2012 Carla D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5)

Quando comecei a ler Blood Sinister não tinha grandes expectativas uma vez que o comprei porque estava uma pechincha (2) e a sinopse pareceu-me algo interessante. E como sou viciadona em vampiros, why not? E ainda bem que segui o meu instinto porque foi uma surpresa tremendamente boa.
O inicio não me estava a inspirar grandes emoções e até estava a achar algo aborrecido, uma vez que não havia grande desenvolvimento da narrativa. Era Ellen, uma jovem com uma doença muito rara no sangue, fecha
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AbsentLibrarian

I really enjoyed the way the mystery of the book was revealed slowly through the main character Ellen Reading her ancestor's diaries. It allowed the story and the characters to be revealed at a steady pace. The use of Ellen's illness managed to create a sense of anticipation for the next clue. Overall the story was quite tame for a vampire tale. While I like the characters and the relationship between Ellen and Her grandmother, the relationship between Ellen and Andy could've used more depth And
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Kate
Mar 13, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ellen has a mystery illness and is staying at her grandmothers house so that she is nearer the hospital. In the attic she discovers some diaries written by her great-great-grandmother (also named Ellen) and reading them leads to some frightening revelations.

It took a while for me to get into this story and even when I did I wasn’t blown away, for me this book just didn’t have the wow factor. However, I did enjoy the diary entries, they were well written and I found I was more interested in the E
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Sophie
Nov 08, 2012 Sophie rated it really liked it
Blood Sinister by Celia Rees

OMG! LOVED LOVED this although it was a short quick read it transported me to those old school 80's/90's Point Horror Books that i loved reading so much when i was younger.The writing style of Celia Rees reminded me so much like R.L Stine, Caroline B. Cooney and other authors within that Middle Grade horror genre.

Ellen our protagonist, suffers from a rare blood illness that even doctors cant determine whats wrong with her. Due to the rarity of her case she's then sent to stay with her gran
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Rachel Brand
My review at age 11:

"Vampires! Really good. Interesting too, as it switches between times."

I went through a horror phase when I was 11 and 12 (intersperced with Meg Cabot and Sweet Valley) and this was probably one of the better books which I read. I recall being completely gripped by this book and rather scared. I think this is probably one of the first books I read where the book wasn't all told from one character's point of view, and in the present time, hence my amazement at "it switches bet
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Hannah
Jul 13, 2010 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, people who like real vampires, celia rees fans
The first time I read this book, I was more than a little bit confused. There were plenty of "What?" moments. On the second read through, I understood it a lot more and actually enjoyed it.

The vampire thing was obvious from the start. There was no mystery to his identity. This made an already complex story simpler than it might have turned out to be. I was really glad about that, I was already rereading at least one page per chapter.The story was actually really good but, because it takes a whil
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Clare
Jun 08, 2012 Clare rated it liked it
When I first read this I was about thirteen and completely enthralled with vampire mythology and fiction. I never did get the twilight saga due to hatred of the writing style or lack of it and the pretty boring characters. Though I did find Ellen to be a touch boring I also realised that her being a recluse due to her illness was some thing I could relate to, as every young adult thinks the world is against them and they are all alone.

The storyline set in the past is more the kind of plot I pref
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Rina Ann Lautier
Sep 18, 2013 Rina Ann Lautier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rina Ann by: school teachers
This I read about to years ago, it is an amzing story.

And I really love the basis of it. The whole family curse and vampire story is really great and it keeps to the original legends of Darcula. So that is great too.

The only thing I don't like is in the end the Vampire dies. Ok he was the bad guy and in some ways he was an ass, but this it was far for him to die that way and then they just leave him there. Sorry I just love vampire and don't think anyone should be left to die alone. Mortal or I
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Nicola Muzsla
This was a re-read. I originally read it a long time ago when it was still being advertised as part of the Point Horror Unleashed series. I loved it back then and would have given it five stars. After re-reading it though I guess my reading tastes have matured and now I find it to be missing in explanations and down-right unbelievable in parts. I guess it should be unbelievable as it's a vampire story but how do you explain it when the main characters nurse suddenly becomes her best friend and w ...more
Clarabel
Le début est assez remarquable : une jeune fille de seize ans, en convalescence chez sa grand-mère, découvre les journaux intimes d'une aieule portant le même prénom qu'elle, Ellen. Au fil de sa lecture, elle découvre que son ancêtre a rencontré un vampire, qui va chercher à la kidnapper. Plus d'un siècle après, la même créature semble vouloir se venger sur Ellen alors que son état de santé s'aggrave et qu'elle est hospitalisée en urgence. La construction de l'histoire est habile et tient la rou ...more
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Celia Rees (born 1949) is an English author of children's literature, including some horror and fantasy books.

She was born in 1949 in Solihull, West Midlands but now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and teenage daughter. Rees attended University of Warwick and earned a degree in History of Politics. After university, she taught English in Coventry secondary schools for seventeen years, dur
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