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Celeste (Gemini #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,759 Ratings  ·  83 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
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Pocket Star (first published 2004)
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May 27, 2008 Shannon rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 17, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: age-adult, 2012
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
Jul 18, 2011 Kirsty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-read-again
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
Jun 28, 2014 Leah rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Leah by: Sister in law
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April Wood
Nov 15, 2013 April Wood rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 29, 2013 Balletdancer202 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 08, 2009 Celeste rated it it was ok
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...
May 21, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ladies-book-club
What... I just... What did I just read?! By the end I was so pissed I could hardly keep reading. but it was gooood. Recommended for people who like creepy / psychological thrillers.
Benji Young
Jun 20, 2015 Benji Young rated it liked it
Initial review was four stars, but with my growth, upon reflecting on the book some, I have realized it is really only deserving of 2.5 stars. I'm going to round it on up to 3.

As a teenager, I really did like this book. Or, I wanted to. So badly. The premise of a daughter being raised as a son intrigued me. Partly because I'm a trans*boy, partly because gender is a very interesting topic to me. This could have been a really good book. It could have even addressed the issues of gender and how we
May 01, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
May 15, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2013 Liz rated it it was ok
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
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
Apr 04, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: v-c-andrews
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Delicious Strawberry
Oct 27, 2012 Delicious Strawberry rated it did not like it
Shelves: andrew-neiderman
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
Susan Metters
Dec 28, 2014 Susan Metters rated it liked it
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
Aug 20, 2014 Jodie Angeline Lee rated it it was amazing
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
Kim Smiley
Apr 21, 2009 Kim Smiley rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 16, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
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
Anne Marie
Aug 10, 2015 Anne Marie rated it really liked it
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Sep 11, 2010 Maj rated it liked it
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
Jan 31, 2014 Tez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2014 Sadie rated it really liked it
Well I actually really liked this story and its premise. Some pretty scandalous stuff. It did have some flaws though. The biggest one for me being, that I didn't understand why the mother favored Noble since he was such a brat. So it would have been better if his character was made to be a bit more likable. A few other issues too but they weren't bad enough to take away from the story. I think this is a very amazing story once you get into it, some really interesting, semi-weird things happen (m ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Gemma rated it liked it
This has to be one of the weirdest books I have ever read!
Such a frustrating book which carries on til the last page. This is the first book from this author I have read and has put me off reading any more!
The story could have been made so much better and actually helped the poor girl!
The 'mommy' in this book is a nutjob, and Celeste/Noble's only salvation or potential to leave the crazy house, ended up being a vile pig who rapes her?
Very odd book...but once I started it, I had to finish it...
Sep 14, 2011 Redfox5 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, usa
This book has everything a typical Andrews book has.....Crazy mother, incest, the murder of a pet, rape, a baby born from that rape. Nothing new here except the spirt element. I'm not sure if they were both a bit nuts or if they really did see ghosts. But if they did see the ghosts and talk to them, why the hell were they not telling off Celeste's mother for what she was doing? Still I'm glad this book followed the normal Andrews formula because that is why I enjoy reading her books so much.
Vicki Krivak
Mar 07, 2011 Vicki Krivak rated it liked it
Celeste has a twin brother named Noble. When Noble was 8 yrs old he died in a tragic accident by the
river. Celeste's mother, who is crazy, had such a hard time dealing with the death of her son (her
favorite child), she makes Celeste into Noble. She must be known as Noble and act exactly like him.
It was a very dark and disturbing book. Nevertheless, I read it anyway.
Angel **Book Junkie**
So Flowers in the Attic is one of my favorite series ever! This one...NOT SO MUCH :( It just seems like nothing that V.C. Andrews wrote before death and definitely not something that I believe she would have published. 3 stars only because there were points in the story where I did feel connected to the characters the rest was washed up stream.
Molli Moran
Nov 14, 2008 Molli Moran rated it did not like it
This book had potential. But when it became clear that Andrew Neiderman had sunk entirely into the "pattern" that V. C. Andrews had tentatively set in motion - that he was afraid to try something new, and obviously shouldn't judging by this book - I put it down after finishing it, and have not bought another "V. C. Andrews" book since then.
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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
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