March 20, 2013

Book Review: Nameless by Lili St Crow

Title: Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness #1)
Author: Lili St Crow
Release Date: April 4th 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia - Razorbill
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley

When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.

My Thoughts

I must admit, I found this a hard book to get into. The unique but slightly confusing use of language and sentence structuring initially threw me off, but I quickly found my reading stride and I was pleasantly surprised.

This intense and unique re-working of the Snow White tale was an intricately woven thing of beauty - and I found myself reveling in its deliciously sweet and dark flavors.

There are lots of revelations and interesting story arcs that blend together to create this powerful and un-put-downable book; but there's not a lot more I can say without spoilers, and I hate spoilers!

Full of really great, fully fleshed out characters that I fell in love with easily and a story that is painful, sweet, satisfying, and an absolute joy to read.
An awesome 4.5 star read :]

1 comment:

  1. This is one that I am really looking forward to. I love the retelling and this is a Snow White retelling. :D Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever


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