Celia Rees Blood Sinister

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Blood Sinister

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Ellen's just sixteen, but she's dying and nobody knows why. So when she's sent to her Gran's house she's relieved to find a distraction in the form of her great-grandmother's diaries, written when she was Ellen's age. As Ellen reads, she becomes increasingly embroiled in the fascinating story of her life. Who is the enigmatic and seductive Count her great-grandmother was supposed to marry? And why is it that Ellen and her great-grandmother resemble each other so much that they could be twins? But Ellen's condition is worsening, and it's becoming more and more difficult for her to distinguish her own life from the nightmarish events recorded in the diaries. Is the past destroying her, or do the diaries hold the key to Ellen's survival?

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Celia Rees revisited her teen interest in gothic stories of ghosts, the supernatural, and Bram Stoker's Dracula as inspiration for Blood Sinister. Celia taught English in Coventry secondary schools for over ten years, which she says provided her with ample writing inspiration. She has published numerous teen novels, including Witch Child. The author lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Her website is www.celiarees.com.

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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 ancestors private diaries and learns that vampires are no legend. Shirley Barthelmies 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. Barthelmies pace and emotional tones enhance a novel that balances horror, mystery, and romance. J.M.S. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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