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The Heavenstone Secrets (Heavenstone #1)

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The Heavenstone sisters live with their mother and father in a grand old mansion in bluegrass Kentucky. Semantha, the younger and prettier one, is afraid of so many things -- darkness, strange noises, mysterious whispers in the night. But nothing frightens her more than her sister, Cassie. She is older and wiser, and always telling Semantha what

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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Gallery Books (first published 2008)
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Marissa Dobson
Alright book but the older V.C. Andrews books are much better. I think this one was just too obvisous about what was going to happen and who did what.
Z
Jul 23, 2011 Z rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of V.C. Andrews books, and I've always had high expectations of them. But, I regret to say, that this book was just a disappointment. Whoever the ghost writer is, I think they could have done a better job.

There's a common saying among us young people about girls in clichéd scary movies whom, when they sense a potential murderer in the house, go to investigate it: "Run you stupid f***ing b**ch, run!". Pardon my language, but it proves a point. That has been my feeling throughout
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Brandi
Feb 15, 2010 Brandi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I figured this book out after the first couple of chapters. There is a sequel to the book, but I don't think I'll be reading this series. I went through and read the copyright page (isn't that what it's called?). The page says that "Following the death of Virginia Andrews, the Andrews family worked with a carefully selected writer to organize and complete Virginia Andrews' stories and to create additional novels, of which this is one, inspired by her storytelling genius". I didn't realize V.C. A ...more
Danielle Miller
Oct 15, 2012 Danielle Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe under the circumstances Semantha was a very brave character the part that most people seem to forget is that Semantha was only 14-15 when this happened to her; most of us would bend over when stress put on Semantha. I think most authors try to make there characters seem more supernatural by making them almost untouchable by the stressful situation by the situation they're in . Cassie was a very influential person in Semantha's life. Cassie was a role model to her and at first you can k ...more
Unapologetic_Bookaholic
Feb 07, 2010 Unapologetic_Bookaholic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore V C Andrews fans
Cassie Heavenstone is the older sister of Semantha Heavenstone, The story is told from the POV of Semantha. A typical V C Andrews novel with
a rich family and secrets.

Semantha is 14 but seems so sheltered that she is afraid to stand up for
herself. She sees Cassie's wrong doing but does nothing to stop it. Some of what happens to her from Casssie is obvious before she makes a statement about it in the book, but it was interesting to see how Semantha and Cassie, or anyone else, would deal with it.
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Tez
Dec 05, 2013 Tez rated it liked it
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Solace Winter
This novel only works because the main character, despite being a fourteen-year-old girl in a public school in modern times, is the most naive fourteen-year-old ever. And unfortunately that also makes the book nearly unbearable.

Semantha (yes, spelled that way) is so oblivious to very obvious things that I found myself putting the book down for days without wanting to read it. What's sad is at the beginning of the novel I thought, "This is the V. C. Andrews story-telling I remember." It did not t
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Kim Smiley
Mar 28, 2010 Kim Smiley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book after reading a couple of series from Andrews that I didn't care for. In this two book series, Semantha Heavenstone is a 15 yr. old girl who feels scared of her sister Cassie, who is only 2 yrs. older than she is. And she has good reason to be scared, we all should be!

Cassie feels as though no one is good enough for her father, and she does everything in her power to please him. This girl is the most evil character V.C. Andrews has come up with in some time. THere's a lot
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Nicole
Feb 06, 2010 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lori
Feb 03, 2010 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a hard time believing someone could be so evil and no one figure it out. I really got annoyed half-way through the book, but wanted to continue just to see if anyone ever pulled head out of the sand and figured out what was going on. The ending left it open to next in series, however I think I will pass.
Angie crosby
Jan 20, 2010 Angie crosby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I used to really love VC Andrews books, But over the years have grown bored with them. They always follow the same formula, and while I get that is likely because of the writer sticking with the formula Andrews herself used while alive and writing, it makes for a predictable and boring book.

I read this cover to cover but just couldn't get into it.
Laura
This book was terrible. Yet it was terribly good!
But frustrating as..
I never wanted to hurt a character so badly before. Not Cassie, but her sister Semantha.. I wished she just argued once in a while..
This book was a little disturbing, and i don't plan to read the next one actually..
Steph
I do not recommend this at all. I like the character Semantha, but her older sister, Cassie, was a piece of work. I almost gave up on this novel a couple times because I couldn't take hearing "we're the Heavenstone sisters" or "Christmas Trees Semantha" one more time.
M Strawberry Reviews
Sigh. Where do I start? The cardboard characters? The simplistic yet contrived family secrets and insanity, the predictable sibling rivalry, or the yawn-inspiring revelations? Let's not forget the recycled TITLES (April Shadows/Girl in the Shadows ---> Secrets in the Attic/Secrets in the Shadows ---> Heavenstone Secrets/Secret Whispers) This particular book is even more disappointing after you read the synopsis for its sequel (which can be accessed at the 'Complete VCA' site - a truly fine ...more
Ashley
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Borrowed from the library.

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Aimee
Jan 05, 2015 Aimee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*This review may contain spoilers*

What's it about?

"The Heavenstone Secrets" is the first book in the Heavenstone series. The Heavenstone sisters live with their mother and father in a grand old mansion in bluegrass Kentucky. Semantha, the younger and prettier one, is afraid of so many things - darkness, strange noises, mysterious whispers in the night. But nothing frightens her more than her sister, Cassie. She is older and wiser, and always telling Semantha what to do, what to wear, and how t
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Rebecca S. Waddell
Christmas Trees, Semantha

Older sister Cassie was fond of saying, "Christmas trees, Semantha," which made no sense and was irritating to me. While I am a fan of V.C. Andrews and the ghostwriter titles, this has been my least favorite of 25-30 that I have read so far. It was the most predictable, and also had the least developed and sympathetic characters. I usually like the lead character while finding her a bit naive. Semantha is very weak and somewhat stupid; not necessarily unable to process i
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Mikella Etchegoyen
So, The Heavenstone Secrets is the first in I think just a two part series by V.C. Andrews (a.k.a. “a carefully selected writer” who worked with the Andrews family “to organize and complete Virginia Andrews’ stories and to create additional novels, of which this is one, inspired by her storytelling genius” “following the death of Virginia Andres”). Here’s the reason I have mixed feelings about it. While yes, it follows the basic formula for a V.C. Andrews novel, that actually might have been a “ ...more
Danie Williams-Rivera
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Katie
The common saying, “All that glitters isn’t gold,” is verified in this recent V.C. Andrews’ book. Semantha Heavenstone struggles with her manipulative older sister, Cassie, who insists on constantly upholding their elite “Heavenstone position” in society. Cassie swears that their Heavenstone bond grants them a closer relationship; however when tragedy strikes on the family, Semantha learns the secrets and bounds of the Heavenstone name.

“‘You’ve had a terrible, terrible day. Just remember, you’
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Sandra
Sep 07, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked me in right away with its pure evil...

Even though I knew just about everything that was going to happen before it happened, I was still drawn in by the intensity of the plot and the character of Cassie. I knew whatever Cassie was going to say next was going to be deceitful but I still hung onto every word she said. The only problem with Cassie was how redundant she was: everything she said to Semantha was ended with the phrase, "We are Heavenstones, after all." Cassie was a bit
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Mary Bey
Jul 23, 2015 Mary Bey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the books now will never beat the original VC Andrews writing, this one is still fantastic, nevertheless. It is a chillingly beautiful story, woven through with tragedy, mystery, and secrets whispered within the haunting silence.
The Heavenstones, besides being filthy rich, seem rather normal, and the oldest Cassie seems to be the dream child. She's well-behaved, hard-working, and intelligent. Cassie spends all her time cooking and cleaning and scarcely complains.
Only younger sister Semant
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A.M. Torres
This was a weird book. I could never understand Cassie's behavior. Why was she so obsessed with her father. Did she want him in her own way? She wore her mother's clothes and wanted her sister to carry a baby she wanted to take over so she could name it Asa like the baby her father wanted. Like I said very weird. I mean no motives are given for Cassie's weird behavior so I have to conclude she was insane. To do evil things for no reason would usually make you insane I think. And who the heck use ...more
Angela
Dec 30, 2012 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I have read a V.C Andrews book. I am a fan of the original writer not so much the ghost writer they have now. Beware spoilers, first of all it was predictable Cassie so desperately wants to be here mother & takes control of her sister Semantha's life and makes it miserable. But nowhere in the story does the writer explain why she wants to be Mama Heavenstone. Then there is Semantha. the character was so wimpy, she made me want to scream. Cassie was only 2 years olde ...more
Christy
Mar 06, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
. This is the story of two rich, pampered sisters living in grand mansion in Northern Kentucky. Semantha, the youngest and prettiest, is shy and a little insecure. She is afraid on many things, but nothing frightens her more than older sister Cassie, who is always telling her what to do, how to behave… that sort of thing. Big sister knows best… or so it seems. The girls’ father runs successful businesses in Lexington. The girls and their mother have the nicest of things and could not ask for mor ...more
Dana
Oct 31, 2014 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Heavenstone Secrets was truly a book that gave me the chills. I have always been a fan of V.C. Andrews, but had my doubts about this book when I first started it. The first quarter of this book was a slow read for me, I really had to push myself to not give up. However, once I got through the first quarter it all picked up. Cassie and Semantha have a relationship unusual to any typical sisters. Cassie is so caught up in having to have the perfect life, to show just how perfect the Heavenston ...more
K
May 23, 2009 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to K by: fan of author
I've alwayys been a fan of Andrews' stories, especially her early books, but have found myself disspointed in her more recent stories. The Heavenstone Secrets, though, has rewarded my dedication and patience w/ a story about a family that could match the Dollangangers. The story focuses on Semantha and her sister, Cassie, who will stop at nothing to be the only one to receive her father's love and attention.
Although I did not give it five stars, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the Heavenston
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Rhonda
Jan 14, 2010 Rhonda rated it really liked it
I have to be honest, I quit reading V.C. Andrews after the Cutler series. I was just losing intrerest. I am not even sure if I got all the way through the Cutler series. However, seeing this book come into the library, and seeing it was the first in a new series, I thought I would give it a try. I really enjoyed the book. I could see alot of similarities from the early books but there was a small twist at the end for me, that made me say hmmm, I didn't see that coming. Amazon reviewers have not ...more
Sadie
A good read but lacking. A crazy sibling is always an interesting concept and Cassie's character was developed enough but other characters, like the father on the other hand were not. He was very dull to me, I mean if she's going to be obsessed, at least make the object of her obsession more interesting. As for the main character and narrator, Semantha. I thought it was pretty dumb to call her Semantha instead of Samantha but I got used to it. She's also a weak, naïve character who often lets Ca ...more
Nicole
Apr 09, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been in love with a VC Andrews book since the DeBeers Series ended, and have been half hearted in reading them. This book, though I didn't love it as much as the earlier books, reminded me why I loved reading VC Andrews books to begin with. It was creepy and disturbing- it made me feel the same as when I read Flowers in the Attic. It was nice to get back to that feeling.

I've read all the previous books and have been reading them since I was 13- by this point literary incest doesn't pha
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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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