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(Casteel #1)

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Of all the folks in the mountain shacks, the Casteels were the lowest -- the scum of the hills.
Heaven Leigh Casteel was the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, despite her ragged clothes and dirty face...despite a father meaner than ten vipers...despite her weary stepmother, who worked her like a mule. For her brother Tom and the little ones, Heaven clung to her p
Paperback, 440 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1985)
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Jia Drisdom V. C. Andrews wrote Heaven and Dark Angel. I don't know what her deal with incest is, but I love her books. Andrew Neiderman is her ghostwriter, and…moreV. C. Andrews wrote Heaven and Dark Angel. I don't know what her deal with incest is, but I love her books. Andrew Neiderman is her ghostwriter, and he sucks donkey balls.(less)
Candace Actually I thought it was set later than that, what with the preoccupation with all the modern appliances etc. I guess if I think about it, the hair…moreActually I thought it was set later than that, what with the preoccupation with all the modern appliances etc. I guess if I think about it, the hair dressing and the nail polish etc fits in with the 1960s. (less)

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Sarah Mac
Here's another book that screws with the grading curve. If you look at other 4-star reads -- Frankenstein, for example -- there's no way poor VC Andrews can measure up. Yet my verdict stands...four shiny stars, the sign of a book I plan to keep around, & I'm not ashamed to admit it. (Don't look, Mary Shelley.)

This book is loosely divided into three sections. The first is Heaven's life in the West Virginia mountains. As the blurb indicates, her Casteel family is hillbilly scum -- poor, dirty,
Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Um...I almost gave this five stars because I love V.C. and her trashy, soap opera books (but, you know, it's not beautifully written or anything so I restrained myself). I must say: I am horrified by the amount of people that I've proudly told I'm reading V.C. again, only to receive a confused or blank look in return. Is V.C. Andrews not required reading for teenagers? And let me tell you, it still holds up for us adults.

It's been a looong time since I last read Heaven, and I was expecting all
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
OK - I know it doesn't really deserve 4 stars because it has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, but it brings back such fun memories. I was about 14 when I first read this book, giggling with my girlfriends over all the dirty parts. Re-reading it as a "grown-up" cemented my love for the book - it's horrible, tasteless, trashy and loads of fun!

I see it as a poor man's Little House on the Prairie (if they had lived in West Virginia) You've got Ma, Pa and a bunch of unkempt children sharing a one b
Well, I love V.C. Andrews now. The emotion, the messages and the subtle-ness. The characters, the complexity, the gray-ness of it all. I don't think I could make a coherent review if I tried, but I loved this book, now...where did it throw my shattered heart?
Jo Scott
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Her stories might seem sensational even trashy but at least V Andrews was talking about the ugly. This and Andrews other books, made my ugly feel less lonely, it kept me company at night, when my ugly was creeping outside my bedroom door demanding a sandwich from his cooperative wife before he moved on to complete his nights work.
In an era when the misery memoir was not so present, before child-line and the wider acceptance of abuse in the home she unconsciously kept a lot of abuse victims comp
Jan 11, 2008 rated it liked it
This is the book that set me on the path to become the avid reader I am to day. My mothers co-worker told her about it. Then she started telling my sister about it, they passed it back and forth and had very interesting conversations that I could not get involved in because I did not know anything about Heaven, her father, or her "fresh" sister Franny. Finally they finished and it was just sitting there mocking me. So I picked it up. Then I was able to talk about this sad faimly. Then I read eve ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was a favorite from my early teenage years, so when I saw it on sale, I thought I'd see if the magic was still there. The answer was a resounding NO. Sad.

The first half of the book wasn't so bad. Heaven Leigh Casteel (the name should have been my first clue...) lives in the hills of West Virginia, and her family is at the bottom of the pecking order in their small town. Actually, the Casteels live out of town, up in the hills. (Seven miles away from town, to be exact. Yet it only takes them
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was almost embarrassed to admit that I read this, but whatever. Who doesn't like a fluffy book every now and again? This one was pretty damn craptastic.
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Heaven is one of my favorite V.C. Andrews novels, it's creative, vibrant and well-written, with a complex variety of characters and vivid scenery.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ebbene si, di nuovo la Andrews. Devo confessare che ho un vero e proprio debole per i suoi romanzi, non saprei nemmeno dire il perché. Forse mi piacciono le atmosfere che riesce ad evocare, i suoi personaggi sempre in bilico tra il bene e il male, non so. Il fatto è che ogni tanto adoro  rileggere qualcosa di suo ed ogni volta scopro qualcosa che mi era precedentemente sfuggito.

Il Seme dell' odio, narra le vicende di Heaven, una ragazzina che vive in povertà in una fredda casupola sulle montagne
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
OK so I went through a phase in my teens where I read and owned every VC Andrews book, as evident by the 46+ books listed here! (I just sold them on ebay when I bought my house, so I didn't have to pack them up and move them for the millionth time!) But this series, marked by Heaven Casteel was by far my favorite series and I read it many many times. I stopped reading the newer books in college, since they weren't really by VC anymore and every new book that came out seemed dumber and was writte ...more
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all girls
Sep 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
God! I had forgotten this one! I'm ashamed to say I read it and loved it! In my defense, I was only in seventh grade. From the looks of it, I'm not the only reviewer who cut their teeth on these books!
The only reason I put this on my "Best Books" shelf is for the sentimental value that this book has. This is the very first V.C. Andrews book I ever read, which was a gift from my mother who gave it to me after I got home from school one afternoon. She only said one thing about the book before handing it over; "That poor girl." Which, of course, piqued my curiosity at once. I remember getting in trouble for staying up past my bedtime to continue reading in secret when my mother went back out to ...more
Rebecca Coulby
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was 14 years old and I fell in love with it. Heaven was a wonderful passionate heroine because she rose above so many obstacles what I liked about her was she reminded me so much of myself she was shy,beautiful,smart,passionate,and courageous. I really liked the romantic aspect of it Logan was the knight in shining armor that saw something that nobody else did what made it even more passionate was the rivalry between her and her sister fanny. Kitty's character in the book ...more
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read this somewhere around the beginning of middle school, and if I had first read it as an adult it probably wouldn't have been given anywhere near 4 stars. I couldn't bring myself to rate it lower for a couple reasons: I remember absolutely loving the book, and on the "V.C. Andrews" scale of literature, it's probably her most engaging story.

I went on to read what must have been a dozen or more by Andrews during my childhood and adolescence, and I've forgotten the majority of the plot lines f
Kelly Jones
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adolescent girls who want to feel like their doing something naughty.
Recommended to Kelly by: classmate
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Like many, I became engulfed in the white trash drama of the Casteel family in the seventh grade. Ashley Anderson gave me a copy in Mr. Nelson's science class one day and from that moment on (or at least for the next year or so, until I finished the series), my life was changed. I gave the book five stars, but keep in mind, I read it over fifteen years ago. However, the impact was obviously huge. So take the reccomondation how you see fit. Also-Just for fun....Compare and contrast Heaven by VC A ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perskaičius visą man rekomenduotą “Palėpės gėlių seriją” nuo šios autorės turėjau kiek pailsėti, mat kas skaitėt žinot – skaitytojo galvą ji apkrauna neregėtu kiekiu nuolat besikeičiančių įvykių, dramų ir intrigų. Na, bet kai jau perskaičiau visą, pasipylė komentarai apie kitas Andrews serijas, ir ach... tas mano literatūrinis smalsumas! Nuėjau į biblioteką ir susirinkau visas serijos apie Kastylų šeimą dalis. Pažiūrėjus į knygų viršelius išties gali siaubas apimti – na tikrai, neskoningi ir atr ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Well written but not my kind of story. Heaven Leigh Casteel undergoes many ordeals (thankfully none too horrific for my squeamish tastes though some came close). The main reason that this isn't my kind of story is that I don't feel that I, the reader, gained anything from this harrowing of my soul that I experienced reading this. And I didn't like the ending (view spoiler) ...more
Francesca Escamilla
Drama, drama and more drama

Heaven is so dramatic and compassionate and considerate of others, it almost makes me cry to read about her continually being mistreated. Just when you honk things will look up, something happens and drags her back down. I'm ready to start reading about her finally getting something good because she is the kind of character that you keep wishing well for.
I'm disappointed in you, Andrews!

Unlike most of V.C. Andrews staples, and the precedent Flowers in the Attic set, this book lacks in the incest department. However, this has all the other hallmarks of a V.C. Andrews works- a family saga, an underprivileged girl from a distant privileged background, a doomed love story, a distant father, a complex relationship with a mother, and so on. There is some form of incest (after all, this is Andrews), but it's of the adoptive parent kind. Heaven is raped
Avon Gale
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nostalgia-ho
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Zézinha Rosado
Primeiro livro de mais uma excelente saga de V.C. Andrews que voltei a reler passados 20 anos, pois tinha lido este livro e os restantes no ano de 1995 (parece que foi há uma eternidade).
A história é dura e comovente: retrata a vida de uma família de crianças que vive em condições de pobreza extrema, com quase nada que comer e vestir, numa casa sem condições, sustentados por um pai viciado no jogo e na "má vida", que raramente aparece em casa e que quando aparece é para criar problemas.
Heaven é
Bethany Harvey
It's impossible to rate this book fairly. On the one hand, it's far from great literature. On the other, it fulfills its purpose (trashy, soap-opera fun) so well, it's hard to give it a low rating.

Plus, it's masterfully designed to hit all the sweet spots in a preteen's psyche. The fact that my classmates and I lived in the area where this book is set and loved it in spite of its insulting and ridiculous hillbilly stereotypes just goes to show the bulletproof appeal of this book to middle-school
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I first hesitated reading this book - series after Flowers in the Attic (which I loved), but I was really into it after a few pages. Heaven Leigh? How could you not like this poor, strong-willed, coureageous girl? Hated Fanny, I hope she was a real character so I could slap her! I also despised Kitty, nothing could condone her behaviour.

I can't believe Tom could still believe in his father after he sold their poor souls!! My heart broke when he and Heaven had to take separate ways AGAI
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Going through a V.C. Andrews nostalgia revisit. When I was a kid they really didn’t have a lot of YA reads so I read a lot of Stephen King and V.C. Andrews. What was I reading?!? In 8th grade?!? 😂
Edit: I re-read this again for Peter Monn's book club and enjoyed it as much as before. This time I decided to annotate as I went so it took longer for me to read (about a month!) but I had a great time getting my feelings out as I was reading. I'm going to keep my last review because even though I discover new things or feel new things with each re-read, my general thoughts haven't changed. I can't believe I never made the connection between Kitty and what she feared a hill girl like Heaven wou ...more
hannah renee.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I've never read a book quite like this. While it wasn't the worst written book I've ever encountered it definitely was a soap opera. I can't say I'm that motivated to keep reading the series. While some of the sexual descriptions kind of shocked me, it was only because the type of books I generally read don't describe such things as frankly... but even if it initially shocked me it was also humorous. Sometimes the author would add a detail where I'd just laughingly ask "why?" in my head. Why is ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a really depressing story, but that's an V.C. Andrews story at its best. At least it ended with a bit of hope for this Hill girl that is smart as a whip for her upbringing, I wonder about all the other books in this series and her family! And damn it I would be in the same boat as Heaven and never forgive her Pa for what he did (or not do) during the first book... WTF!
Amber Smith
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poor Heaven and her family. Terrible things happen to them. This is the start to what seems like a sad series. I could not put the book down. I want to read the rest of the series when I get a chance.
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