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by Shirley Barthelmie,Celia Rees

  • ISBN: 1740938690
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Shirley Barthelmie,Celia Rees
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Other formats: azw doc lit mobi
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio; Unabridged edition (September 30, 2007)
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  • Rating: 4.7
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Blood Sinister by. Celia Rees (Goodreads Author), Shirley Barthelmie (Reading).

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The spellbinding diary of a teenage girl who escapes persecution as a witch-only to face new intolerance in a Puritan settlement. Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family's plantation in Jamaica. Young and beautiful Violetta may be of royal blood, but her kingdom is in shambles when she arrives in London on a mysterious mission.

Written by Celia Rees, Audiobook narrated by Shirley Barthelmie. Shirley Barthelmie gives a disquieting, captivating performance of the supernatural thriller Blood Sinister by best-selling author Celia Rees. Sixteen-year-old Ellen is dying of unknown causes. At her grandmother’s house, she discovers her great-grandmother’s enthralling diaries.

Blood Sinister MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged. It did not disappoint. by. Celia Rees (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. Celia Rees (Author), Shirley Barthelmie (Reader). The story kept me hooked from beginning to end and I really enjoyed the mystery of the book as it revealed slowly through the main characters and the ancestor's diaries.

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Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family's plantation in Jamaica. Disgusted by the treatment of the slaves and her brother's willingness to marry her off, she and one of the slaves, Minerva, run away and join a band of pirates. The free online library containing 450000+ books. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device.

Celia Rees (born 17 June 1949) is an English author. Celia Rees was born in Solihull, West Midlands and attended Tudor Grange Grammar School for Girls

Celia Rees (born 17 June 1949) is an English author. Celia Rees was born in Solihull, West Midlands and attended Tudor Grange Grammar School for Girls. She studied History and Politics at Warwick University and has a PGCE and a master's degree in Education from Birmingham University. She became a teacher after leaving university and taught English in comprehensive schools in Coventry for sixteen years and this is when she began to write.

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Ellen Forrest cannot explain why she is so pale and weak until she starts to read the diary of her great-grandmother, another Ellen, and realizes that their two lives are so entangled that the evil the first Ellen faced may be coming after her.
Reviews about Blood Sinister: Library Edition (6):
As a fan of Celia Rees I waited a while to buy this book and even longer to read this book. It did not disappoint. The story kept me hooked from beginning to end and I really enjoyed the mystery of the book as it revealed slowly through the main characters and the ancestor's diaries. It allowed the story to move at a fun and lively pace. Though it is a YA book, any fan of vampire books will want to pursue this book, even for a quick read.
This book still give me the shivers and it makes me think of all those vampire movies & books about bad vampire seek innocent women to secured for they deepest desires. Cool & Creepy.

Okay, in all honesty, I'm not quite sure where to start because I fear this review may sound like a book bashing, which isn't my intent. But there was so much about it that bugged me, I truly struggled to find anything about it that I did like. Let's take a look at the niggles:

The cover - it looks creepy, it looks sensual, it looks as though the reader is about to dive into a vampire novel, for sure, as though the main character could potentially be heading into a thrilling/terrifying adventure she will have to overcome. I don't often comment on covers in my reviews, but I have to say, what's on the outside is an extremely far throw from what's on the inside.

The MC: Ellen - um ... I have to say she was a dreary soul with little personality. Yes, she had some conflicts to overcome, but they didn't seem to do anything toward making her more endearing, I'm afraid. She also seemed totally devoid of emotion. Over everything. Even the grand finale at the end, which I'll come to further down.

The Count - I think he was supposed to be the creep factor. Unfortunately, I just found him a little irritating and pretty much hoped he'd buzz off out of the picture. The same for his sister: the Countess.

The supporting characters - Ellen's father in the diary: Yes, he's wrapped up in his work, but I find it pretty unbelievable that he would `use' his own daughter for medical purposes the way he did. Ellen's mother: what kind of mother would simply say yes to her daughter being transported to a `hospital' for treatment without fully checking it out--especially considering how ill her daughter had been; and I don't understand why Ellen was palmed off on her gran to begin--that didn't seem very well developed; also, her mother hardly visited her in the time she spent at her gran's, which seemed bizarre for someone who acted very controlling when she was around.

The flippancy - when I say this, I mean the flippancy with which the existence of vampires is accepted, the flippancy in the character's behaviours when dealing with that, and their actions toward solving it. Ellen tells a couple peeps that vampires exist, and they're pretty much `Oh, okay then' and `Hey, how shall we kill him,' and `I barely know you but I'll gladly take your place and let the vampire suck on my blood so we can act out our master plan.' Not one of these actions/reactions/behaviours were at all believable. In fact, going back up to the lack of personality in Ellen, pretty much all dialogue--bar Tom's & Andy's--also lacked personality and visual expression.

The plot - it was pretty unbelievable. Most of it, actually. I'm sure it could have been made into a decent tale if more time had been spent bringing the character's to life, and more time had been spent developing the parts that had just been slotted in without any kind of conviction or solidity to their being there, which meant things just ... happened, without any kind of explanation and the readers are just expected to accept that this is how it goes because not one of the character's question it. One prime example is whenever Ellen reached a blank spot in the diaries, she suddenly seemed to dream up what happened instead, as though she were in the original Ellen's body, and she never seemed to even question it--heck, she didn't even want to tell anybody about it. It seemed to be a case of: these pages are empty, sleep, dream herself as Ellen, oh, so that's what happened and I just dreamed up the missing pages--oh, okay then. No questions asked. It's a pity, really, that this wasn't given the depth it deserved.

The tone - I'm sorry, but it was dreary, and depressing, and pretty flat and expressionless throughout the entire read. I spent the first 75% of the book hoping it would get better and the story would redeem itself, but when I had only 50 pages to go, I began to realise there was little chance of that happening. And I was right.

The ending - this one kind of links back to the `flippancy' point I made. So there are three of them who've decided they're going to take down the count. They plot, they carry it out, yet there was not once a sense of urgency in their actions, not once did they show any emotion, and certainly no fear. I mean, the two females left poor Andy to go off after the count on his own but only noticed after HOURS had passed that he'd been gone a while, yet all they were doing was sitting in the car and waiting for him. Then there was the crypt business. Tom had spent HOURS trying to locate the count, yet when they come upon his crypt, its description makes it sound so prominent and huge, and obvious, that I had to wonder how the hell he hadn't spotted it on his own when it didn't seem to be that much of a problem with the two women helping him. Which leads to the fiasco of finding his `coffin', and going about killing him. I have to say, it was like reading an old black and white horror film, and the final paragraphs fell pretty flat. First, the trio of `slayers' are outside the crypt because the crypt chooses that exact moment to collapse despite the count obviously having slept in there for years--yes, the count, who is obviously wealthy, sleeps in a crumbling crypt that has dodgy repair jobs on it with odd pieces of wood--and not one of them is breathing heavy or acting even remotely weirded out by the fact the vampire just tried sitting up in his coffin with his red eyes glowing. Then there is the count by count (excuse the pun) description of the building crumbling around the count and what he can see, and what he can feel, and the stake through the heart and the decapitation ... but the count is no doubt already dead by this point with no witnesses of his demise. It was very odd, to say the least.

So now you're probably wondering why I read on, and why I rated it at all. Right?

Well, I give my rating wholly to the two male counterparts in the book: Tom & Andy. Because they were both pretty likeable and about the most animated in there.
This is a teen novel about a young modern day girl named Ellen suffering from a rare, undiagnosed blood disease. She discovers several diaries and delves into them with enthusiasm. The writer is an ancestor and very much like Ellen herself only living in historical times. They even share the name Ellen. Confused yet?

The book then goes back and forth between the past Ellen and the present Ellen's life which are similar in many ways. The past Ellen, at the request of her father, is pretty much forced to spend time with an ailing visiting Count. As time goes on it's pretty clear that the Count is a vampire. The more the present Ellen reads the more deeply enmeshed in the past Ellen's life she becomes. So much so that oftentimes it is unclear exactly which Ellen we are reading about. Either way both of them are in danger from the evil, old fashioned style vampires. While I found it refreshing that the vampires were sinister and weren't the glammed up sexy versions we so often find these days the story just didn't work for me.

This book had a good start and was very interesting but lost me about 2/3's of the way in because I was hopelessly confused about events. Which Ellen was which? Why was present Ellen experiencing things that the past Ellen did? Was I just confused? I have no idea. I continued to the end in somewhat of a reading fog and didn't comprehend many of the plot twists. Ah well, can't win 'em all.

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