Book Review: Nameless By Lili St.Crowd

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Tittle: Nameless  (Tales of beauty and madness #1)

Author: Lili St.Crowd

Length: 328 pages

Publisher: Razorbill

Published Date: April 4th. 2013.

Gender: Young Adult , Fantasy, Fary Tales ,Fiction and Romance

Rating:  ★★★★ (4 OUT OF 5)

Synopsis

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

Snow White + Vampires+ White Robe Woman+Ruby+Ellie?

GIVE ME  MORE!

Black as night. Blue as sky. Red as blood. White as snow”

I have never read a re-telling of farytales. I haven’t even read farytales before, i have watch the Disney versions but i was never interesting in the real deal. And let me tell you, This was the real deal. So Nameless is the first book by Lili St.Crowd that i had read and i enjoyed it, too much really. I noticed this book, because of the beautiful cover, and name. when i found out it was about snow-white i was sold.

“You are Nobody”

“You are Nobody “

 and it was true.

So we have Camille “Cami”  who was found almost dying on the side of the road at age 6  by one of the most influential man on the land, New Heaven. He takes her into his house and raises her as part of the “Family” alongside his son Nico. they treat her with special care and the is pampered in any way. but still she knows or at least thinks she doesn’t belong with them. And there lays her inter struggle Where is she from? who’s her dad? her mom? who does she looks like? what is her real name? These are questions that she has been scared to ask and are thrown under the rug. Until the dreams become more real and Nico is not there to chase them off.

“i w-w-wish i b-belonged” she whispered against his shoulder

“You do.” he whispered back “With me…”

She lives her life struggling to hide her scars and only speak, that is stutter, withe two best friends and Nico. She doesn’t pay attention to things going on around her until she meets the wooden skin man and his too similar eyes and the garden boy, Tor. What is he? she doesn’t know. but she feels a connection to him that she hasn’t felt with anyone, not even Nico who is the love of her life.  After Papa, vultusino passes to be part of the seven her care is handed to Nico who is ever gone. Now Cami has all the time in the world to herself and not even Crazy Ruby and sweet Ellie can keep her mind off the matter. so she decides to take matters in into her hands.

“We are foreigners,” Papa’s voice whispered in her memory. “Always, we are strangers in all lands”

One of things that caught my attention was the world in which they lived, it was so interesting  but the lack of world building was so lacking ( That is why it a 4 rating :() that it made it so had to understand what was going on in a lot of moments. i can see people having a lot and i do mean a lot of problems with this. At some point we did get some background but it was confusing as hell, i started thing about this and i figured (HOPEFULLY) that the reason Lili St. Crowd did do more character description and world building was because she wanted us to make it up on our own with the little snippets of info she gave? Like i say that is hopefully it. Even though there was no world building when i half way throw the book i was familiar with it.

“Book. Candle. Nico”

Another great thing was how strong and likable the characters were, Ruby is by far my favorite and Ellie just made me ache. Cami was fantastic, her personal growth and insecurities where relatable when they shouldn’t have been , she was powerful and just a good person. Her relationship with Nico was so cute, even thought we don’t see any declaration of love, i saw how protective of her he was , even when there were times i wanted to smack him in the face. Tor was just … i don’t know what to say. i thought something and he would make me change my mind on the next page.

“Pierrot did not follow the Moon , after all.”

I think Lili St.Crowd made a beautifully haunting Story that made me fall in love with Fary tales. and i wont forget it any time soon. Her prose and plot where beautiful and charming. i cant wait to get the next one on the series , because YES, there are more! it was a great book about finding what what and who home is. and how we can find it in the place were we are loved by choice no matter how it happened.

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