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Celeste (Gemini #1)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  2,464 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Pocket Star (first published 2004)
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Shannon
Seriously. This guy has got to quit writing this crap. If he's going to continue writing it, he should use his own name. This more recent stuff bears no resemblance to Flowers in the Attic or Heaven, and probably has V. C. rolling in her grave.
Kate
I came across this title as I was cleaning up the V.C. Andrews' Goodreads page. A V.C. Andrews series that was not five books long? The premise also sounded very different from her other sagas.

Celeste and Noble are twins whose mother believes she can speak to spirits. After their father dies, their mother keeps them isolated on their farm and homeschools them, until the day Noble has a terrible accident and dies. Celeste believes it was her own fault and tries to appease her mother when she tel
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Kirsty
I started to read Virginia Andrews books about 10 years ago when I was a teen, I can remember stealing them off my mother's bookshelf and reading them within a day! However, I've found that the newer books that have been ghostwritten after Andrew's death are mainly a disappointment compared to the older books she wrote herself.

Celeste had a good start as I liked the angle of supernatural powers being passed down through generations, but I found that many pages would rattle on with the same hope
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A Well Read Woman (April)
When I saw Celeste by V.C. Andrews on my local libraries book shelf, nostalgia flooded my heart. I haven't read her books since I was a pre-teen. Most people don't know, but Andrews died in 1986... A ghost writer, who Andrews selected prior to her death, has written 40+ novels under her name since, all in the style of Andrews writing. Celeste, like her other novels, did not disappoint.

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Celeste and her twin brother Noble share everything, including a new-age obsessed superstitious mother who has
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Susan Metters
I hadn't read a V.C. Andrews book since I was a teen, so when I picked up Celeste I was really looking forward to diving into one of her books again. Years ago when I read the Flowers in the Attic series I was so engaged I could hardly put it down; I expected the same from this book, but it didn't deliver. While Celeste has the type of creepy storyline you would expect from V.C. Andrews, it doesn't contain nearly the same level of suspense and excitement. Come to find out this book was written b ...more
Jodie Angeline Lee
I've had this book for years but only just got around to reading it. I have to say it is probably one of the most bizarre Virginia Andrews books I have read so far.

**Spoiler Alert**

Celeste Atwell lives in an isolated home with her father, mother and twin brother. Tragedy strikes twice and she ends up alone with her mother and things go from strange to downright bizarre. When her brother dies her mother forces Celeste to dress and act like a boy and essentially become her brother. She even manag
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Nicole
Since my college days, I have pretty much read all of V.C. Andrew's books, even those that the ghostwriter penned. While many of them are not as good as Andrews' own penned novels, many of his earlier books are great quick reads and this is one of them. The book revolves around our main character Celeste, the identical twin to her brother Noble who lives with their wealthy parents just on the outskirts of town. After her brother's death, things take a turn for the Gothic and the supernatural obs ...more
Leah Tucker
Jun 28, 2014 Leah Tucker rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Leah by: Sister in law
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Celeste
I read this book because the title was my name.
I was very angry when I found out that the "handsome boy next door" turned out to be a perverted freak. Well, this book was slightly more disturbing than I was hoping for...
Joseph
I wanted to read Flowers In The Attic but decided to read this book instead.

Celeste is definitely a different book, and I just found it very entertaining.

What interesting characters Mommy and Celeste are. I expected Mommy to be a lot worse than she is. Obviously she did some pretty messed up things, but nothing that terrible. At two points in the book (view spoiler) I was thinking w
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Alyssa
This book doesn't really deserve a full on critical review as all of VC Andrew's books are pretty trashy. So this review will be brief.

This book pretty much had the same plot line as all of her other books - full of drama and betrayals. But there is something about all the drama that is so damn addicting. I finished this book within two days, I was just sucked into the drama and the mystery and couldn't put the book down. I did feel like this book did drag at times, and I wasn't expecting this b
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Liz
I found the idea of the novel to be interesting, but the execution has gone downhill the more books come out. The ghostwriter might just need to stop with V.C. Andrews. I don't want to be mean about it but I think it might be time for him to throw in the towel.
As the series continue to be published, I notice more and more typos. And its like does he not have an editor? I don't know, but it's been getting on my nerves, it also happened in the De Beers series a lot.
The back of the book claims th
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Ren
Fucked up. Those are two words that I had to have thought at least a dozen times while reading this book; and not necessarily in a bad way either... It starts innocent enough. A family living on the edge of a town near some woods and a creek. The father is a hard working man and the mother is a former school teacher with an eye for the supernatual. While her husband works all day, she home schools her two twin children: her son, Noble, and her daughter, Celeste. Everything seems fine up to this ...more
Emily
Celeste, the first novel in Andrews' Gemini Series starts out quite a bit different than her previous novels, with a family of four whose mother who believes she literally sees and speaks with the spirits of her deceased ancestors. However, soon the familiar conventions we've come to expect from this author rear their tiresome heads. Daddy dies and Mommy gets crazy(er). The twins are kept at home, never attending school or making any friends, forced to focus almost all their time on trying to se ...more
Kelly
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Delicious Strawberry
This series made no sense to me. The premise of twins with 'gifts' was a interesting one, but it was not written well for what is supposed to be a VCA book.

This book/series bothered me in so many ways. NO reason is given for Mom's obsessive preference over Noble. She doesn't explain or give any indication as to why Noble is her valued child, even though his 'gifts' are apparently lacking. The preference for Noble is so obvious, and when Celeste is forced to assume his role, that really goes too
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Kim Smiley
A haunting book that makes you root for the main character Celeste. In review of this book, Celeste has a twin brother Noble, who dies at the age of 8 in a tragic accident by the river. Celeste's "crazy" mother, has such a hard time dealing with the death of her favorite child, she decides that Celeste should've been the one to die, therefore, Celeste would now be known as Noble and act exactly like him. The mother is crazy, she believes her dead relatives walk the house they live in and the lan ...more
Leah
Celeste was my first ghostwriter version of VC Andrews that I've read. And I wasn't all that impressed. While the book wasn't exactly horrible, it wasn't great. I felt like the entire book was one giant repetition. The same thing happens day after day. While it was a bit creepy and strange, it was also just a little boring. I got tired of reading the same thing in every chapter basically. Mother acts crazy, talks to spirits... Celeste misses herself, wants to be more of a girl, has a curiosity o ...more
A.M. Torres
This book was just okay to me. The story of a girl pretending to be her brother was an intriguing one, but it dragged after a while. I would have liked it so much better, if the handsome boy next door would have became concerned and caring, rather than a pervert who took advantage of her situation. I kept hoping he'd be the one to eventually give her the courage to fight back even as he fell in love with her. He could have stood by her and helped face anything against that crazy mother who shoul ...more
Jeanette
Not great, even for VC Andrews. Her ghostwriter didn't do himself proud this time. Aside from the spelling and grammatical errors everywhere (you're a writer. know the right your/you're to use), the story was more repetitive than usual.
Brittany
This book was good. The premise of the book was interesting, and it was different from most of her other books. However, I found myself constantly yelling at the book. Yelling at Celeste and how she blindly obeys her mother and just screaming "How are you this weak and pathetic?". I found it hard to understand, but that was an interesting challenge for me.

I tried to understand the characters, and how they have such a strong belief in each other and these 'spirits'. I found that at the end of it
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Nico
one of the best, most loved series/authors of all time. V.C. Andrews books are something so easily recognizable and new books continue to evolve to go with the times and bring in a whole new generation of loving readers
Nikki Marie
v.c. andrews books are all absolutely amazing and very easily distinguishable from any other authors. i love the darkeness, secrets, lies, very addicting, i have almost every single book!
Danielle
All throughout the book, I kept thinking this mother is pyscho and as I kept reading I kept thinking "wow she can´t get any more pyscho" but then she did!!! I just thought the book was ok because I really hated all the characters. The mother was pyscho, the father was oblivious, Noble was selfish and favored by the pyscho mother, and Celeste wouldn't stick up for herself. Then to have the spiritual beings tied into the story didn't really do much except make me think the mother was more pyscho. ...more
Donald Krage
this book was awful no surprises at all i think this guy needs to stop writing as miss Andrews this is one the worst books i have ever read
Jodie
It was a good book but I didn't like it... Virginia Andrews just frustrates me and makes me.uncomfortable with her characters. It's hard to explain because it's a good book and the writing was good but I hated the characters!
Angel
I don't think I can get past how messed up the mother was to even pick up the second book.
Maj
disturbing/chilling. Celeste's twin brother Noble dies when they were young. Her mother couldn't handle the death of her favorite and made Celeste take on her brother's life and as far as outsiders were concerned the family only had a son Noble (and Celeste is home schooled, reducing the chances of people finding out). I had hoped that new neighbors would have been Celeste's cavalry instead things get much worse ( in a sickening but I have to finish the book way). I did finish it but Celeste's s ...more
Tez
Perpetuates the stereotype that spiritualists are bonkers. Are there really ghosts, or shared delusions? Probably the former. Sarah Atwell is hella manipulative. Moral of the story: Parents play favourites, and chances are you're not it. Still don't get why Celeste has to assume Noble's identity - is Sarah that screwed up that she can't function without a male figure in her household? Is it rape between Elliott and Celeste, or forced seduction? The first time's rape; not so sure about the other ...more
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Books published under the following names - Virginia Andrews, V. Andrews, Virginia C. Andrews & V.C. Endrius. Books since her death ghost written by Andrew Neiderman, but still attributed to the V.C. Andrews name

Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man w
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