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Dark Angel (Casteel #2)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  13,464 ratings  ·  137 reviews
At last, Heaven would find the happiness she longed for...free from the scorn and contempt of her past!

In her grandmother's fine, rich Boston house, Heaven Leigh Casteel dreamed of a wonderful new life of new friends, the best schools, beautiful clothes and most important, love. The pearls of culture, wisdom and breeding would now be hers. Soon she would make the Casteel

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Paperback, 488 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1986)
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Shae
Possibly the book I have read the most in my life. Troy, the man I hold all men up to, hence my horrible track record. Sigh... I love me a tragic hottie!
Erin
This is one of the most romantic stories I have ever read. the character of Troy keeps me coming back to this book again and again. I love the characters, I love the setting, I just really love this book. Best in the series.
Jeni
I will shamelessly always adore this book. Troy was my teen-aged self's ideal man. It oozed romance, intrigue, and drama that sucked me in then and continues to bring me back. Tony, Jillian, The Casteel family, even Rye Whiskey and Curtis all hold a special place in my heart.

Novels that were truly written by Ms. Andrews were Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, My Sweet Audrina, Heaven, and Dark Angel. When Virginia became seriously ill while writing
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Michelle
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Amanda
Pretty darn trashy. I read it when I was very young though, so I loved it. Troy and Heaven were awesome, even with the weird incest twist and dramatics. Still, it made my pre-teen heart flutter.

I was a weird child, but it wasn't that unusual -- there were a lot of us under-aged V.C. Andrews readers back in the day.
Kelly
****SPOILERS, YA'LL****

Sweet baby Jesus, Heaven Leigh Casteel... you cannot catch a break, can you, girl?!? I first read Dark Angel in the early 1990s (when I was a teenager). Loved it then, and hot damn, I loved it again last night when I finished it pretty much in one sitting.

You know who was sort of a douche in this book? Everyone. Yup, everyone. Even Heaven. It wouldn't be a VC Andrews book unless something bad/wrong/terrible happened every page. Sometimes twice a page. Even after Heaven lan
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Kelli
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Jenny
when i first started reading the heaven series i believe i was like 13, and i fell in love with it. its 5 years after and i really wanted these books on my shelf to let my children read it when they're older so i went on a treasure hunt looking for the whole series. i finally found the whole series in the old, small seondhand book store i adored! im sooooo HAPPY to add this book in my collection. oh and if i were to have the perfect husband Troy would be #1 pick... <3 <3 <3 <3 My fav ...more
Felicia Woods
The Heaven series is definitely my favorite from VC Andrews.
Karen Cheng
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Darrell
May 29, 2012 Darrell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who like romantic novels
Recommended to Darrell by: a friend of mine
Being unloved by her father. Heaven decided too move in with her unearthy beautiful grandmother and her step grandfather too live in their home, knowing that they were wealthy but Heaven couldn't help but be amazed by the sized of their mansion, at that moment she now know that her dreams of going to college and becaming successful had became more clear to her, but sadly she had no one to share it with, her grandmother thought only of her beauty, her step grandfather been busy with his company a ...more
Jill the Ripper
Melodrama that I would tear a book in half for is... so much enjoyable in a VCA novel. I'm not sure why, I think it's because it's so over the top that it's just... amazing. I love it, I loved this. I loved Heaven's burning need to prove herself, the fact that she wasn't perfect, for all that she's worshipped by others. Her struggle with her upbringing and her father and her love for Troy were all very touching. And that's the thing with VCA's originals, no matter how ridiculous they can be, the ...more
Sadie
Despite the fact I did enjoy reading this book, I consider it my least favorite of V.C's books. This was written by VCA herself and I felt she could of done so much better. The first book, Heaven, was amazing but Dark Angel wasn't nearly as good or satisfying. Everything here felt rushed, Troy was way too angsty for my taste and the circus thing seemed completely random. With all that said, it's still a good book just lacking V.C just wasn't at her best with this one in my opinion.
Leigh
The sequel to Heaven in which she at last meets her mother's family. This book was also the last one Andrews wrote herself so it was a bittersweet read. Life certainly doesn't get easy for Heaven this time around. She might have money but she still feels lonely like she has no one to love her. Her grandmother Jillian is in love with herself, her step-grandfather Tony is cold and distant wanting to control her whole life, and she runs into bullies at her new school. In the midst of this she meets ...more
Mackenzie Beck
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Kimberly
VC Andrews has always been a favorite of mine since my childhood days. I have read (and re-read) all of her books, and although I am much older now and find that some of her work is better than others, I still enjoy the twists and turns, strangeness and mystery that continues to captivate my interest.
Sandra Durand
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Chris
another one of my favorites. For some reason, I loved the Heaven/Troy relationship so much (minus the incest) that I wrote a couple stories about them!! How embarrassing :) Anyway, another book that I will never forget.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
When I read these novels back in the day I would have given them 3-3.5 STARS and now would say about one Star


I started reading VC Andrews books in the 1991 and stopped about 2003.

I have read:
-Dollanganger Series
-Casteel Series
-Cutler Series
-Landry Series
-Logan Series
-Orphans Series
-Wildflowers Series
-Hudson Series
-Shooting Stars Series
-DeBeers Series
-Broken Wings Series

As a preteen reading these novels was a rebellion and the gothic theme also seemed cool. I stopped reading this author because
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gina velasquez
I was about 13 years old when I first read this book. I read this book in one day and I fell in love with the character Troy.
Carolyn
Jul 07, 2010 Carolyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I loved this book, especially Troy. Tony was a bit creepy though.
Rossy
I still like Heaven in this second book, I can't believe everything that happens to her or around her! This book is filled with drama! I didn't care for some of the characters, I still wanted to slap Fanny or erase her altogether from the book, and Logan? MEEEEEH!
Poor Heaven AGAIN, just wanting someone to love her and when she finally gets it, well you know how that ended. I think she's been through so much that she's becoming so cold, I'd hate to find out I'm right in the next book (which i'm
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Iolanda
I can officially say that I have read every novel that V.C Andrews has written by herself (excluding My Sweet Audrina as it'll be read properly in the near future). But I can say that I was a little let down with the Casteel series. I'm aware that there's more books but Andrews was dead by the time the others were going to be published, she handed the pen over to Andrew Neiderman which was a bad mistake, the guy hasn't got the same gothic feel or style as Andrews and lacks the strength to c ...more
V H
There were some mistakes in this book, a few things that didn’t correspond with what had been written in book one “Heaven”, and there was some historical mistakes (it seems Andrews couldn’t quite decide in what time period she wanted the saga to be set in and so the math doesn’t really add up), but other than those faults it was a good book. Like the first book, I think I can also read this one over and over again.

Heaven goes back to her dead mother’s childhood home, but it’s not like she expect
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Kim Smiley
This was better than the first in the series. We come to Heaven leaving the Willies and flying off to Boston to meet her dead mother's parents. Here she is dressed with the finest clothes, goes to the finest school for her senior year, and befriends her step-grandfather's brother, Troy. Troy is off-limits to her says Tony, her step-grandfather, due to his strange behaviors.

Needless to say, Heaven does try and contact all of her brothers and sisters, only to find that they really don't need her.
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Victoria
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Delicious Strawberry
At 4.5/5 stars, Dark Angel serves as an excellent follow-up to 'Heaven' - a book that I have read at least 8 times already - and is a good chronicle of Heaven's further adventures. I am just sad that Kitty destroyed Leigh's doll in the previous book, but Heaven should have confronted Tony about it, it wouldn't have hurt to press the issue (especially after finding out what Tony and Leigh had done) More of the doll's origins are revealed in the fifth Casteel book, 'Web of Dreams', but it still wo ...more
Nicole Rhaven
I didn't really like this one as much as the first one.
Heaven finally meets her mother's mother, and basically, Heaven just lives in her own little bubble.
She wants to go to college and will basically do whatever it takes, or use anyone it takes, to get there.
She is still quite naive. Completely oblivious to anyone other than herself and her needs or wants.
She doesn't know how to forgive or let go of anything.
In the first book she was pretty much likeable in the second she was mostly petty and
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Seymour Library
"My guilty pleasure read. :) This is the second book in the Casteel series (#1 is Heaven) and one of V.C. Andrews' final works (she does have a ghost writer who continues to write under her name to this day). I'm including this book on my recommended reads because it is tragic, melodramatic, romantic, and brilliant." -Mary
Casey Reilly
I first read this as a teen after devouring Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind. Back then I fancied myself totally in love with Troy. Re-reading this as an adult, I still found myself attracted to Troy, but viewed him as a bit of a coward and weak person. Hmmm.
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Casteel (5 books)
  • Heaven (Casteel, #1)
  • Fallen Hearts (Casteel, #3)
  • Gates of Paradise (Casteel, #4)
  • Web of Dreams (Casteel, #5)
Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1) Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2) If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3) Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4) Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger, #5)

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