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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; New Edition edition (3 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407115502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407115504
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 959,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celia Rees was born in Solihull, West Midlands, UK. She studied History and Politics at Warwick University and then went on to teach English in city comprehensive schools for seventeen years. She now divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, and teaching creative writing.

She has written over twenty books for older children and teenagers, and has become a leading writer for Young Adults with an international reputation. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and she has been short listed for the Guardian, Whitbread and W.H. Smith Children's Book Awards, as well as numerous regional awards in the UK and America. Witch Child won the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France in 2003, and the Di Cento Prize in Italy, 2001. Her latest book, The Fool's Girl, is published, April 2010.

Celia lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with her husband, Terry. Her daughter, Catrin, now lives and works in London.

Celia has a Fan Page on Facebook and her own website: www.celiarees.com

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"Rees knows how to make your blood curdle." (South China Sunday Post)

"Had me hooked from page one." (Amazon)

"Ellen has been ill for months, and no amount of testing can diagnose her illness. As she stays with her grandmother and reconnects with a childhood friend, this plucky, if sickly, teen discovers her ancestor's private diaries and learns that vampires are no legend. Shirley Barthelmie's narration is strong enough to articulate the flashbacks between present-day England and the Victorian era, so the listener can easily follow both story lines. Her Transylvanian accent is thick yet clear and falls just short of campy – which is perfectly appropriate for the story. Barthelmie's pace and emotional tones enhance a novel that balances horror, mystery, and romance." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A gripping supernatural thriller from the acclaimed author of The Vanished. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jocasta on 12 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is probably one of my favourite fictional books. Celia Rees shares her incredible talent for writing in this dark, mysterious and intriguing novel, which I had to admit, had me hooked from page one. The plot is complex but is one that leaves you thinking... It's a brilliant all-round book with some wonderful and enigmatic characters. I STRONGLY recommend this book to ALL vampire fans - it's a book I guarantee you will not regret reading if you get the chance. If you're in to dark fictional novels like Dracula or are simply a fan of fantasy-fiction horror in general, you must buy this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 2 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
This was a re-read. I originally read it a long time ago when it was still being advertised as part of the Point Horror Unleashed series. I loved it back then and would have given it five stars.

After re-reading it though I guess my reading tastes have matured and now I find it to be missing in explanations and down-right unbelievable in parts. I guess it should be unbelievable as it's a vampire story but how do you explain it when the main characters nurse suddenly becomes her best friend and willing to die for her after a short conversation about vampires.
It's a very good plot that would have worked well if the book was maybe an extra 200 pages long. At only 200 pages there just wasn't enough room for the development that was so sorely needed.
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Blood Sinister had an excellent beginning which drew me in from the first chapter. I enjoyed the alternation between the present and the past, as Ellen of today reads a diary written by her great, great, grandmother (also named Ellen). Unfortunately, the story moves from one of intrigue to cliche when by the end there are three young teenagers running around trying to stake a vampire. The story that promised so much at the start ended up being a disappointment.

When Andy, a childhood friend that Ellen hasn't seen in years, turns up again, their friendship just continues from where it left off. As with all the other friendships it happened too quickly, so everything they did together seemed unrealistic. This was especially true when Jenny, a nurse Ellen befriended while in hospital, was introduced near the end of the book, who was willing to die for Ellen although they had only been friends for a day or two.

There were other aspects of the story that didn't make sense. Why were both characters from past and present named Ellen? What is the significance of Andy finding a photograph of Ellen in the past who looks exactly like Ellen in the present? Why is Ellen of the past forced by her father to spend so much time with the count? Was he hypnotised into offering up his daughter this way? And when Ellen begins to dream as though she is Ellen from the past it's as if she almost becomes her, but for what reason? Why? What are the reasons behind them all? They are never explained and therefore just confusing, pointless additions to the story.

However, it was refreshing to read a young adult novel with vampires that are just evil and sinister and nothing more, unlike the sexy, romantic vampires we read so much about today.
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This book is possibly one of the best books I have ever read! I finished it within a few days and can't wait to read it again. The story focuses on illness and supernatural, entwining the two areas with family and the possibility of a past life! It was amazing, and I think Celia Rees is one of the best authors of her time!
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By Artemis on 27 July 2009
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Ellen is sick and is sent to her grandmother's house. She discovers the diaries of her great grand mother and reading them, she becomes convinced that she knew a vampire.

I was disappointed by this book. Though the story was nice enough it never captivated me.
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