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A Dark Retelling Of Snow White: A Review of NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow

Posted by on April 26, 2013
Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness, #1) 
Lili St. Crow
304 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: April 4th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

    Filled with blood, snow, and mysterious characters NAMELESS is a much much darker version of Snow White – but as a lover of fairytale retellings, the words Snow White alone were enough to pull me in.

   When Camille was six, she was found in the snow by Enrico Vultusino. Now, Cami is sixteen and lives as a Vultusino heiress. But something is happening, and Cami’s carefully built world is beginning to crumble. Enter Tor, a mysterious garden boy, who has scars of his own, and who seems to hold the keys to her mysterious past. A past that is springing to life once again.

   I wouldn’t say that I loved NAMELESS. Although the author created a fantastic story, she didn’t really explain anything, and the world building? I’m not even going to begin to explain. So yeah, that part could’ve been improved. But still NAMELESS was pretty good. You could see where Lili St. Crow mixed her imagination with various fairy tales. The confusion won’t really matter, because by the time you turn the last page, you’ll be dying for more.

    I loved the characters and plot. NAMELESS isn’t exactly a retelling, but you can see bits and pieces of Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella. And like I said, I love retellings.

   Lili St. Crow did a great job in wrapping up the story, only after I checked Goodreads, I found out that there would be a second book. It’s kind of difficult to not love NAMELESS, and like I said, the beginning might be confusing, but it gets better, with lots of action. So all in all, I’d say I really liked this book, as opposed to loved. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to the second book!

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  1. Great review. I had put this one aside as a DNF recently, I couldn't get past that confusing beginning. But since you say it gets better, I may decide to pick this one back up and give it another try soon. I do love a good fairy tale retelling!

  2. I'm a huge myth retelling fan! This one sounds really interesting as it's not a straight up retelling. Great review and I'll keep Nameless in mind :)

    Allison @ Abibliophobic

  3. There is hope yet!! I started out loving the Strange Angels series, then it just ended….rather abruptly. I'll give this author another chance….but I have a slight reservation. But I adore this Fairy Tale so much.

  4. First off, that cover is beautiful! And I love Lili St. Crow, so I knew when I heard of this that I would be reading it. No doubt. I love the Snow White references. The apple on the cover. I am just excited about. That stinks, about the world-building, but it seems like other parts of the story make up for it.

  5. I just bought this one. I am s sucker for fairytale retellings and couldn't resist even though I knew very little about the book or author.

    Glad you basically enjoyed it, and recommend buying it, because, you know, I already did :)

  6. I love fairytale retelling, I like that this story seems to have a mix of a couple of different fairy tales.I will definitely give this book a shot. Great review :)

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