Nameless (Tales of Beauty and Madness Series)

Nameless (Tales of Beauty and Madness Series)

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by Lili St. Crow
     
 

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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.

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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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
St. Crow (the Strange Angels series) offers a darkly stylized version of Snow White in the first in a planned trio of fairy tale adaptations. As a child, Camille is found in the snow by the rich and powerful Vultusino family, one of seven vampire families who control New Haven. Battered, scarred, and for a time voiceless, she's taken in and raised as one of their own. Turning 16, Cami hears her name whispered from mirrors and suffers nightmares spawned by her forgotten past. The men in her life (loosely parallel to the seven dwarfs) want to protect her, but when Cami's past hunts her down, she has to draw on her own resilience. St. Crow offers a busy mashup of vampires, witches, werewolves, and mutated monsters, but Cami's strange yet vulnerable nature and a sinister undercurrent of danger provide steady intrigue. The author's highly visual storytelling combines fairy tale, horror, and gangster tropes (the Vultusinos are more Corleone than Cullen), yet makes the ubiquitous feel fresh. Ages 12–up. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"St. Crow delivers a beautifully romantic yet creepy tale. . . . The world-building is amazingly detailed, and she has built layers in both her characters and in the society they occupy. This story defies type as it’s not merely a twisted fairy tale, nor is it simply another vampire love story. . . . it is purely "other" and new."—School Library Journal

"The ambitious worldbuilding and alternate history are fully thought out and well-realized, sure to enchant readers. . . . A delicious treat for fairy-tale fans."—Kirkus

Praise for Lili St. Crow's Strange Angels series:

"Dark, dangerous, and sexy!"—Richelle Mead, author of Vampire Academy

"Will mesmerize readers."—Publishers Weekly

"Sets hearts beating loudly and never lets go."—Kirkus

"Teens will devour this suspenseful and action-packed read."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
As a small child, the girl later known as Cami Vultuino, had run away from many beatings and abuse and been hit by Papa Vultusino's car on a snowy New Haven night. This is a different city than what the reader knows; inhabited instead by vampire Mafiosi and werewolves and other beasties. Basically, this is a story of a teen girl finding her place in the scheme of things. She feels like a misfit and has mixed feelings for her foster brother, Nico, heir apparent to the Vultusino Family business. She seems to be the only one capable of keeping Nico from constantly exploding with rage. The book jacket blurb alludes to this being a retelling of "Snow White," but the connection is certainly not clear. Cami is a likeable girl, but the whole story is too sketchily told and it is hard to visualize the various groups of creatures. Not much in the way of classroom discussion in this book. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
VOYA - Dianna Geers
Cami was a nameless, beaten, and scarred six-year-old human when the Vultusino family of Seven found her abandoned on the side of a snowy road. Enrico Vultusino adopted this young girl into his powerful, magical family, where she grew up in love and luxury. Part one begins as Cami nears sixteen and begins struggling with her identity. Even though she is a welcome part of her family, she is not really one of them—she is mortal, and they are not. She has a dark past, with visible scars she is able to hide, but she cannot forget that she came from another place. When Tor enters her life, Cami notices similarities between them, and those similarities become part of a mystery that puts them both very much in danger. This deeper, darker version of Snow White stays true to the bones of the original classic but is a completely unique story of its own. Readers will admire the strong but sometimes self-doubting female protagonist. Many layers of conflicts add to the depth of this story; however, readers may be a bit overwhelmed by the amount of terminology used as part of the fantasy setting. Real-world conflicts, such as peer issues and family, help balance the story. Fans of fairy tales and alternative versions will appreciate this mysterious tale. Nameless could also appeal to fans of Twilight, fantasy, and books with epic battles. Reviewer: Dianna Geers
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Nameless is a twist on the Snow White story, but in an alternate world that is vaguely steampunk mixed with a bit of paranormalcy (vampires, fey, and other creatures) brought out by the incredible amount of blood spilled in World War I. A child is found at age six when she falls into the street in front of a car. She remembers nothing of where she was before that. Her rescuer is Family (vampiric mob), and Papa adopts her and names her Camille. She grows up wishing she knew her true heritage but feeling loved by the Vultusinos. She is scarred and still has nightmares, but never remembers the details. Her stutter encourages her silence. Nico, the son of the man who found her, has become her champion and best friend over the years. Her friends and her own strength will be needed as she turns 16 and begins to be hunted as well as haunted by those who tortured her as a child. St. Crow delivers a beautifully romantic yet creepy tale. The bits of the "Snow White" legend along with hints of other familiar tales are here, but only in their vaguest forms, allowing the author to paint an entirely new picture. The world-building is amazingly detailed, and she has built layers in both her characters and in the society they occupy. This story defies type as it's not merely a twisted fairy tale, nor is it simply another vampire love story… it is purely "other" and new.—Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
A "Snow White" retelling set in a relatively modern world bursts at the seams with magic and supernatural creatures. Cami, the pampered 16-year-old daughter of the Vultusino clan, isn't true Family, but a human girl adopted at a young age when Papa Vultusino rescued the badly abused child. She lives between worlds, going to school with other humans while socially involved in the world of the Seven, the most powerful and influential Families. Along with having no true place or past, her terrible stutter and passive, introspective nature deprive Cami of a true voice. Just as she comes to realize that her nightmares might be memories, Cami befriends the Vultusinos' new gardener, Tor, a boy with the same scars she bears. She unravels the dangerous mystery of her past to make peace with who she is. Fairy-tale motifs are not limited to Cami--her best friends Ellie and Ruby reference Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. This ambitious work makes a couple missteps: The prose aims for lush but sometimes stumbles into decadent, and the love interest is generically dark and sexy. More than compensating, the ambitious worldbuilding and alternate history are fully thought out and well-realized, sure to enchant readers patient enough to let them coalesce. A delicious treat for fairy-tale fans. (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101604175
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/04/2013
Series:
Tales of Beauty and Madness Series
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
126,225
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"St. Crow delivers a beautifully romantic yet creepy tale. . . . The world-building is amazingly detailed, and she has built layers in both her characters and in the society they occupy. This story defies type as it’s not merely a twisted fairy tale, nor is it simply another vampire love story. . . . it is purely "other" and new."—School Library Journal

"The ambitious worldbuilding and alternate history are fully thought out and well-realized, sure to enchant readers. . . . A delicious treat for fairy-tale fans."—Kirkus

Praise for Lili St. Crow's Strange Angels series:

"Dark, dangerous, and sexy!"—Richelle Mead, author of Vampire Academy

"Will mesmerize readers."—Publishers Weekly

"Sets hearts beating loudly and never lets go."—Kirkus

"Teens will devour this suspenseful and action-packed read."—Booklist
 

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