Blood Sinister

Blood Sinister Ellen Forrest is sick she feels as if the life is being sucked out of her The doctors think that she is suffering from a disease of the blood and she has been sent to her grandmother s house to rest

  • Title: Blood Sinister
  • Author: Celia Rees
  • ISBN: 9780439982313
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ellen Forrest is sick, she feels as if the life is being sucked out of her The doctors think that she is suffering from a disease of the blood, and she has been sent to her grandmother s house to rest, but she seems to be getting worse, not better Can it have anything to do with the diaries she has found in the attic Diaries written in Victorian times by her great greatEllen Forrest is sick, she feels as if the life is being sucked out of her The doctors think that she is suffering from a disease of the blood, and she has been sent to her grandmother s house to rest, but she seems to be getting worse, not better Can it have anything to do with the diaries she has found in the attic Diaries written in Victorian times by her great great grandmother Diaries that describe an encounter with a handsome young Count who comes from the Land Beyond the Forest Ellen likes a vampire story, who doesn t The difference is that this one just happens to be true

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    1. A fairly obscure mid-90s paranormal YA book. you can definitely tell that it's from another era -- this is the first vampire book I have read in a bajillion years where vampires are creepy, not sexy. here, the vampire is a surprisingly subtle metaphor for an abuser -- a being that targets the vulnerable (primarily young women), manipulates them into feeling that they did something wrong that they should remain silent about, is incredibly charming to the people who have power over potential victi [...]

    2. I usually love horror novels but Blood Sinister was just very boring to me. Forget that it uses the same tired old vampire stuff. This one revolves around a girl who spends a large amount of her time in bed, doing nothing else. On top of that, the vocabulary, imagery and everything else a book needs to build it up, seemed to be largely absent. :(

    3. Celia Rees is quite well-know over here in Ireland and the UK; I'm not sure how popular she is in the US, though she deserves to be! This is a very well-written take on vampires, similar to the Dracula myth but not. Ellen is smart and sensible, a good heroine. While I wasn't entirely convinced at the beginning of the romantic subplot, it carried on well through the book that I forgave its dubious beginning. The book was originally published in the '90s, so it feels a bit dated, but this is not i [...]

    4. I was really excited to read this book. The beginning was kinda broing but I thought that it would get better.Boy, was I wrong. It just got broinger, and boringer and boringer. At the end, I was in a dark pit of boringenessOMG! I don't even wish it were better. Books this boring don't need to get better. Blehy. That is what thios book was.BLEHY! I say, BLEHY!!!!!!!!!The ending kinda suckedis book was such a waste of my times. Bleh I am ashamed of myself for even finishing the entire book.

    5. 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 for [...]

    6. Sabrina SmithHorrorEllen is very sick. When she stays with her grandmother to be closer to the specialist treating her, she discovers the diaries of her great-great-grandmother in the attic. The diaries were written by her great-great-grandmother when she was about the same age, and tell the story of a mysterious man and his sister who became involved in her life. Ellen begins to think the man was a vampire, and things get stranger still when she begins to vividly dream what happens next before [...]

    7. Suitably gothic and creepy without being too graphic, this is the kind of non-sparkly vampire fic I would happily give to a YA reader. The women in it are strong and very much a part of the solution, not dolls to be carried around. Nobody sparkles. There's also a good plot line, plenty of action and suspense, and it's fun.

    8. Una interesante historia sobre misterios familiares y un vampiro, inspirada en las antiguas historias clásicas de vampiros y en entornos un tanto más góticos, como cementerios abandonados. Me ha gustado mucho, era fácil de leer y me intrigaba, aunque hacia el final me parecía un poco precipitada y fácil.

    9. 3.5 starsThis review can also be found at fortheloveofbooksreviewssEllen is a teenage girl with a mysterious illness. A strange disease or ailment of the blood plagues her, and has her returning to hospitals time and time again. She fears that she may not have much time left.She moves in with her grandmother, and comes across a series of diaries written by one of her ancestors, a female doctor also named Ellen. As she reads entry after entry, it becomes obvious that the older Ellen had come acro [...]

    10. 2 Stars.Celia Rees was the first author to whet my appetite for historical fiction during my early teens, and I’ve been lucky enough to meet her more than once through Litfest. It was during a Litfest event all about Gothic YA Fiction that I first came across Blood Sinister.Both our protagonists in Blood Sinister share the name Ellen. In the 1990's we have Ellen Forrest, a sixteen year old who is very ill with a blood disease her doctors have been unable to diagnose and are struggling to treat [...]

    11. I have previously read "Witch Child" and "Sorceress" by Celia Rees and was impressed. When I saw she had a vampire book out, it became one of the many books on my "to-read" list.I really enjoyed this book! It is not your typical vegan vampire, pretty girl falls in love with, they live happily ever after book. This book comes closer to the classical vampire story.Ellen suffers from a rare blood disease, she is dying. She moves to London with her grandmother to be closer to the specialists that wi [...]

    12. This book was a last minute addition during my time at the book sale. I didn't even know why I thought I wanted it but i bought it. And then *cues in eerie music* it blew my mind for it was neither a) slow or b) boring.As you can see from the cover there are two punctured holes on a young girl's neck. So one can assume with ease that this is about vampires. YES, but what one does not realize that this is a classic from the Count Dracula's time (None of that Twilight or Uninvited nonsense).The fl [...]

    13. Finally, a YA vampire story that doesn't involve brooding vampire boyfriends. Ellen's illness has doctors stumped and while she convalesces at home, she discovers the diaries her great-great grandmother, a pioneering female doctor, kept as a young woman. Ellen is immediately drawn in to her grandmother's story, in which she becomes an unwilling companion to a patient/family friend of her father's who suffers from some sort of blood disease. The book switches between modern day and Victorian time [...]

    14. This was a fairly interesting read, it's different from the vampire books that have been coming out lately. There is no girl falling in love with a vampire, or wanting to be a vampire. There is very little in terms of romance in this novel, which is ok. Overall it is a good read, I didn't love it, but I liked it.The story revolves around Ellen, who is dying of a blood disease that no doctor can figure out. She is living with her grandmother because it's closer to the hospital and her doctors. Sh [...]

    15. With vampires being very popular among young adults, I would have to say that this is a good read. The story takes place with Ellen, a sixteen year old girl, who goes to stay with her grandmother because she has a bad blood condition and her mother fears that she is going to die soon. While Ellen is staying with her grandmother she stumbles upon her great, great grandmother Elyn's diaries that she wrote when she was sixteen years old. As Ellen begins reading the diaries she is overcome by her dr [...]

    16. I love Celia Rees books.cially Pirates and the two witch books. And this is no different to those. I particularly like the way the book combined the present and the past. It was very well written and although it is a young adult book i think, like me, they can be enjoyed by those older also. I hadn't read one of her books for quite a few years and now that i have I'm tempted to even buy one of her books that i haven't got!

    17. Another book I would be more interested in purchasing if the cover artwork was the same as the foreign edition!

    18. I was reasonably young when I read this but I do remember quite enjoying it. I liked the storyline and found it to be a quick read.

    19. *Read in under 2 hours*This was a really nice quick read about vampires and the life of two girls both named Ellen. Celia Rees' writing is as intriguing and compelling as her other book that I've read as I urged myself to continue reading until I finished.I can't wait to pick up other books by her!

    20. I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the fact that it included an ancestors diary. I’ve always enjoyed that in a book. However, later in the book, when it’d switch between the two Ellens, it were a little more confusing because it weren’t in a diary entry. It was a nice little read but I probably wouldn’t read it again, honestly.

    21. i loved this book as a kid so when i was clearing out some books i reread it and still love it the only issue i have with it is the Ellen age and Andys age because it makes it they be together forever

    22. This is technically a 3.5 star rating, but I didn't want to round it up as while I really enjoyed it the writing style is too simplistic due to being written for a younger YA audience. I am however keeping it, it was that good.First off, this is part of my Point Horror project though the edition I got hold of was a later printing (2000 or thereabouts). In a way I was glad as I didn't find the Point Horror Unleashed cover artwork that appealing. It's a bit unusual to find Point Horror books with [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. When I first joined I starred as many of my childhood books as I could. This was one of them and based off my memory of reading this book as a teenager I rated it 4 stars. Now, three years on from my memory grading I've re-read the book (in an effort to clear space I *may* be donating some of my old books - shock horror I know) and honestly this isn't a book that holds up well to the 27 year old me!I must have first read this when I was 13 ish. I do recall it being the first vampire book I read [...]

    25. OMG!LOVED LOVEDthis although it was a short quick read it transported me to those old school80's/90's Point Horror Books that i loved reading so much when i was younger.The writing style of Celia Rees reminded me so much like R.L Stine, Caroline B. Cooney and other authors within that Middle Grade horror genre.Ellen our protagonist, suffers from a rare blood illness that even doctors cant determine whats wrong with her. Due to the rarity of her case she's then sent to stay with her grandma, who [...]

    26. (3.5)Quando comecei a ler Blood Sinister não tinha grandes expectativas uma vez que o comprei porque estava uma pechincha (2€) e a sinopse pareceu-me algo interessante. E como sou viciadona em vampiros, why not? E ainda bem que segui o meu instinto porque foi uma surpresa tremendamente boa.O inicio não me estava a inspirar grandes emoções e até estava a achar algo aborrecido, uma vez que não havia grande desenvolvimento da narrativa. Era Ellen, uma jovem com uma doença muito rara no san [...]

    27. I really enjoyed the way the mystery of the book was revealed slowly through the main character Ellen Reading her ancestor's diaries. It allowed the story and the characters to be revealed at a steady pace. The use of Ellen's illness managed to create a sense of anticipation for the next clue. Overall the story was quite tame for a vampire tale. While I like the characters and the relationship between Ellen and Her grandmother, the relationship between Ellen and Andy could've used more depth And [...]

    28. SYNOPSIS:Ellen Forrest is sick, she feels as if the life is being sucked out of her. The doctors think that she is suffering from a disease of the blood, and she has been sent to her grandmother's house to rest, but she seems to be getting worse, not better. Can it have anything to do with the diaries she has found in the attic? Diaries written in Victorian times by her great great grandmother. Diaries that describe an encounter with a handsome young Count who comes from the Land Beyond the Fore [...]

    29. A good, creepy, read. Ellen Forrest has a strange illness which makes her weak and pale. While staying with her grandmother, Ellen discovers the diaries of her great-great grandmother, also named Ellen. The diaries , from 1878, tell an increasingly frightening tale of a mysterious Count and Countess who are friends of Ellen's doctor father. The Count has a strange 'disease of the blood'. But then savage murders start occurring, and the locals talk of a 'monster' that leaves not one drop of blood [...]

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