Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nameless by Lili St. Crow Review

Title: Nameless
Author: Lili St. Crow
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Series: Tales of Beauty and Madness, book one
Star Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An attempt at a Snow White retelling, this book was confusing, hard to follow, and didn't make up its mind on its genre or what it was about--and was mediocre at best--things didn't pick up until the last one hundred pages, and as I loved the Strange Angels series, this novel was a huge disappointment to me.

Camille is an orphan, taken in by The Family, a magical group of vampires in the snowy land of New Haven, scarred by a past she cannot remember. Desperately in love with her foster brother, Nico, Cami feels she does not belong and begins to dig into the past that haunts her so thoroughly--leading her down a path of terror, identity, and darkness.

What I enjoyed:
-The valiant, if misguided, attempt at a vampire retelling of Snow White
-The structure of the Family
-The way magic tied into the foundation of the novel
-The last one hundred pages

What I didn't enjoy:
-The pacing of the novel was far too slow
-Things only picked up after the last one hundred pages
-It was way too hard to follow
-The novel seemed to try to genre-jump; it was about vampires, magic, and a fairy tale retelling--the message of the book wasn't clear
-This was a real disappointment, as St. Crow's other vampire series, Strange Angels, was wonderful

If you guys can handle a scary novel and get through it all the way, then pick up Nameless, but if you guys are looking for a cool vampire series, go for Strange Angels--Nameless isn't worth the money, at least in my opinion. Next on deck: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker!

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