Portraits of Celina

 
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Portraits of Celina
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Release Date
April 01, 2015
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978-1630790240
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Make him pay, Bayley. Make him pay. "It’s as if the wooden chest is luring me, urging me to open it – daring me almost. Open me up. Look inside. Come on, just for a second; it won’t hurt." Celina O’Malley was sixteen years old when she disappeared. Now, almost forty years later, Bayley is sleeping in Celina’s room, wearing her clothes, hearing her voice. What does Celina want? And who will suffer because of it? A ghost story. A love story. A story of revenge.

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Revenge at any cost
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What I Loved:
PORTRAITS OF CELINA is a layered story: there's a ghost out for revenge, an unsolved mystery of the past, and a family dealing with heartbreaking grief. All of these elements blend seamlessly together into a story about a girl determined to keep her family together while also facing her own struggle to move on with her life.

My favorite character was unexpectedly the ghost herself, Celina O'Malley. I loved the way that the author made her seem one way through the observations and memories of other characters and then slowly revealed who Celina actually was through her interactions with Bayley. Celina is a complex and unlikeable character who had something horrific and unforgivable happen to her, and she definitely makes the reader feel conflicted at times.

I also appreciated the contrast between the supernatural and the mundane. Bayley struggles with acknowledging that she's actually being haunted with a ghost while also dealing with a difficult family life. Her sister is acting out, her mother is absent, and her little brother needs help understanding their father's death. Bayley is the glue that holds keeps the family going, and as she deals with this unbelievable and impossible problem by herself, she finds herself feeling bitter about the weight of her role in the family.

What Left Me Wanting More:
The identity of the murderer was pretty easy to guess early on. That said, even though I knew who was responsible, how it would all play out kept me turning the pages.

The Final Verdict:
PORTRAITS OF CELINA is a creepy, tense story of revenge that readers will want to enjoy with the lights on.
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Wow, um. Okay. This book surprised the heck out of me! It was a slow start and painful. Through most of the book I just wanted someone to slap the fire out of the mother and oldest daughter. I know teens go through this "oh my gosh, you are ruining me life!" phase, BUT this chick is almost 18! Time to grow the heck up. The mother.... that woman was off her meds I swear. If she wasn't checked out, she was hysterical for no reason. I'm like geez lady, I know you lost your husband but SHEESH! You got 3 kids to take care of! Get your crap together!
That's just my thoughts personally. But I must say, almost everything this book makes you think; flips it completely and makes you go "wowzers! Didn't see that coming."
Loved the ending. I mean loved loved loved it. I think that is the perfect ending to this book. It could not have been better!
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