Wednesday 13 March 2013

Nameless by Lili St. Crow - Book Review

Title: Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness # 1)  
Author: Lili St. Crow 
Publisher: Penguin Australia 
Publication Date: 20th March 2013 
Pages: 336 
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

This book was a mixed bag for me. The take on the Snow White story and the general plot idea was excellent and it could have been amazing. But, for me, something just fell a little flat.

The characters were fine and, for the most part, their interactions worked well and felt believable. But I could only give this three stars and not four as the prose was a bit dull, especially towards the middle, and, while I liked the characters in a general sense, I never found myself that attached to them. This was particular true of Camille, who I couldn't completely warm to.

But for the storyline alone, this is a fun read and I know this author has a bit of a following already, so no doubt fans will be pleased with this new offering.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm...not sure if I'll read this one or not. I wasn't a fan of the ending off her Strange Angels series, the last book didn't feel like an ending. If this one fell a little flat I think I'll stay away.