A Tale of Beauty and Madness

Book - 2013
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Raised in luxury as the pampered, adopted heiress of Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven -- the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven -- Camille knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. Then she meets the mysterious Tor and begins to uncover the secrets of her birth ... to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, 2013
ISBN: 9781595143570
Branch Call Number: / FICTION ST.CROW LILI
Characteristics: pages ; cm


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Jan 26, 2019

This book had such potential. However, there was zero world building. There was little to no explanation of well, anything. When the author used certain words or terms, I just had to come up with my own explanation of what they were. I found the writing style bizarre and confusing. Although I liked the concept of the book, I didn't really enjoy it, and had a hard time making it to the end.

Jan 09, 2016

I really enjoyed this book but I did find the plot a little bit confusing. Overall 4 stars!!

Oct 16, 2013

Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness is truly, truly creepy. It's also not like the usual fairytale retelling YA stories that I've been dabbling in. It's truly dark (more madness than beauty) and starts in media res.

We the reader aren't given a handy cheat-sheet about the world- Lili St. Crow clearly just assumes we can keep up, read between the lines, and figure out the riddles contained within.

Man, I love when an author assumes I'm intelligent.

This one is a relatively quick read, set in a contemporary-with-magic-and-mutations world. Cami is a unique voice, a girl who is suffering from PTSD without knowing it (or why). I love that she stutters, and you can feel her frustration with this difficulty communicating.

I recommend it for fans of fairytale retellings, dark fantasy stories, unique YA books, old-world Grimm-style fairytales, and poetic narratives.


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Jan 09, 2016

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