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Celeste

(Gemini #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  3,347 ratings  ·  112 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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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published (first published 2004)
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Shannon
May 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Leah
Sep 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Leah by: Sister in law
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Kate
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, age-adult
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
Jul 18, 2011 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
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Britt
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I. Am. PISSED.
This book went from a solid 3-star to a 1-star real fast.
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"How?" you ask.
Well, it started out kinda decent
It's a "VC Andrews" book but it's really the ghost writer that writes under her name (a man). Basically, the MC is a twin and when her brother dies, her mother makes her take over her brother's life and pretty much tries to erase the fact that she ever had a daughter. The character has to wear binding for her breasts, cut her hair short, etc. They live that way for years.
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Benji
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nikkia Knight
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

This was a good and original story! Good job, ghostwriters for keeping it as true as Virginia would have! Must read!
Balletdancer202
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kelly
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: v-c-andrews
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April Wood
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 h
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
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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Marika Chunyk
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book keeps you reading to know what happens next. V.C. Andrews knows how to tell a story with mother's that are evil. Death and tragedy make this girl grow up with horrible secrets and follow all of mother's orders. The ending definitely has you wanting to read the next book in this series. If you enjoyed flowers in the attic you will enjoy this series. ...more
Celeste
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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...
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Amanda
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Amanda
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trigger warning: Depictions of sexual assault and child abuse.

I have tried repeatedly in the past to read and enjoy V.C. Andrews' books, and I have always failed. I've just never seen the appeal. I saw the trend repeating itself when I started this one, but as I got into it I actually found it fascinating. It's definitely not really an enjoyable read because it's fairly brutal, but the story definitely pulled me in and kept me needing to know what was going to happen. The ending seemed abrupt a
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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
Liz
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Emily
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole
May 07, 2014 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
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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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
Kim Smiley
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brittany
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Dani
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, v-c-andrews
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
Joseph
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wtf,
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Anne Marie
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kim
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Typical trifecta in a V.C. Andrews book; violent death, tragedy at every turn and mental disorders that go undiagnosed. Being ghostwritten, I was hoping that it was going to be different somehow, just this once. Flowers in the Attic lite, since there wasn't incest with the twins. Maybe because the boy died before they were old enough, otherwise that probably would have come about too.

Also, it irritated me beyond measure that the boy/girl never stopped calling the mother "Mommy" no matter how ol
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Maj
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 who
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