Series: Tales of Beauty & Madness #1
Published by Razorbill Australia on April 4th 2013
Genres: Paranormal Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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.
New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow thrilled legions of fans with her dark paranormal series Strange Angels. Now she has crafted an evocative update of Snow White, set in a vividly imagined world and populated by unforgettable new characters.
Nameless is a bit like billowing, amazing clouds on a warm sunny day. It’s nice. Just really nice, you know? Sure, it doesn’t move fast and clouds aren’t the most gripping things to look at, but it was just really nice. God I really liked Nameless and I really like clouds. They’re so magical.
Unless they’re giving you goatse. Don’t look that up if you don’t know what it is btw.
Nameless wasn’t a perfect novel, but it was an enjoyable novel. I feel like most of the things it set out to do, it accomplished.
Things like creating, nurturing and building the relationship between Nico and Cami. Book, candle, Nico *cue heart melt* (you’d get it if you read the book). There felt like a depth of years to their relationship and that’s a hard thing to manufacture in a few hundred pages.
Nameless was a pretty ambitious story, which worked out for me because I’m a pretty ambitious reader, but it’s not going to float everyone’s boats. And that’s because it’s ODD. It’s just a really odd book.
Like Harley Quinn – twisted but in a really, really good way
Firstly, nameless is an alternate reality world with a whole slew of different rules and supernatural… things happening. And St Crow doesn’t hold no hands when she tells this story. She doesn’t sit you down and say, “Now children, this is a twist. It’s a person who has twisted in bad way due to emotions…” Nuh-uh. She just starts throwing this lore at you and expects you to catch up. You have to pay attention or you’re not going to know what’s happening.
And her lore isn’t simplistic. It’s a complicated world. Add to that, the fact that there’s so much going on. Camille isn’t just dealing with figuring out who she is and avoiding being turned into a heartless shish-ka-bob. She’s dealing with Nico learning to take responsibility for his temper and his life, helping her friends, developing a friendship with the mysterious gardener, finding a home and identity for herself and, most of all, trying to get people to damn well shut their mouths and let her express herself.
Which is hard, because she has a significant stutter all throughout the book. This had the potential to be frustrating for the reader. But I think St Crow really pulled it off. Instead of feeling frustrated, I felt HER frustration. That people wouldn’t wait to hear what she had to say, would assume what she was thinking because they were too lazy to wait for her to say what she really wanted, etc.
But, the thing with Nameless is that it’s a really slow burn. Just so slow. And since so much of it is internal, emotional issues being worked through, it sometimes felt like it was dragging.
There were some elements to the story telling that I wanted to be tighter. Stronger. The Snow White myth felt really lost in the story. Rather like it was grossly outweighed by all the other elements until, sometimes, it became easy to forget that this was a Snow White retelling. This is an issue because Nameless could easily have been a standalone novel with no ties to Snow White. I would have liked it still and wouldn’t have felt a little cheated on the fairy tale retelling aspects that felt largely shoe-horned in at the end to justify the label.
Mostly though, if you’re a fan of Lili St Crow, or YA Paranormal romances with a touch of thriller to them, then you’re really going to like this one.
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