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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tales of Beauty and Madness
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (April 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595143572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595143570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

Lili St. Crow is the author of the Strange Angels series for young adults and the Dante Valentine series, among others, for adults. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her family. Visit lilistcrow.com to find out more.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kate on March 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Camille Vultusino should want for nothing. Her papa, Enrico Vultusino, is one of the living Seven Families and gives her nothing but the best. Enrico's son, Nico, would give his life to protect Cami from anything that tried to harm her. But Cami doesn't know who she is. Found bloody and abandoned in the middle of the snow when she was six years old, Cami has no recollection of her parents, her home or anything in her life before Papa found her. Now ten years on, Cami has two best friends (Ruby and Ellie), loyal fey maid and servants to cater to her every whim.

But Papa's mortality is leaving him and Nico is unstable and getting in fights left and right. Girls are going missing by the dozens all over the city and Cami is scared. One of the garden boys, Torin Beale, comes into her life and offers her comfort when her emotional security is fading away. But not everything is as it seems. Mirrors hide their secrets and when is an apple more than just fruit? Cami's past is coming to haunt her and her only hope is remembering who she was before it is too late.

Growing up I only knew the Disney version of fairy tales. My mother was traumatized by the Grimm Brother's versions as a child and forbid us to read them. It's only now, as an adult, that I've read the morbid tale in its original state.

Lili St. Crow had done an incredible job at weaving the traditional story in with a new dystopian version of Snow White. She has used so many of the elements found in the Grimm tale in Nameless whilst creating a unique dystopian world for her retelling to be set. Blood-sucking families representing the dwarfs? Somewhat ingenious.

Whilst the character of Snow White has never been one of my favourites I thought that St.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K.Rose on April 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The description of this book led me to believe I was in for a traditional fantasy novel but I found myself reading a decidedly young adult book, plonked in a fantasy world. Once I realised this I adjusted my expectations accordingly and once I worked out some of the varieties of different species (which wasn't entirely explained and very confusing at first) I began to enjoy the world.The rich mythology surrounding 'the family' was obviously well planned and explained well.

However, I didn't like the main character. She is weak and makes obviously stupid decisions, deliberately throwing herself in harms way for no clearly given reason. I don't know any adolescence that stupid. Then all her friends miraculously swoop in to her rescue at an extremely timely moment. Coincidence is a very weak plot device.

I did think that the heroines struggle with the barrier of her stutter was very well written with the contrast between what she thought and what she could actually say, and I did empathize with her. The relationship with Nico was well drawn, and her best friends were also strongly defined, so the characterisation was solid.

The story was well paced and the writing was immediate and engaging with some beautiful dreamy pieces of prose, but well-written prose alone doesn't make a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cecelia Larsen on October 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of fairy tale retellings. One of the first young adult fantasies I ever fell in love with was Robin McKinley's Beauty, a classic reimagining of the story of Beauty and the Beast. I know there's some fairy tale fatigue within the YA world, but as long as publishers release books that might have the potential to enchant me the way McKinley's did, I'll keep on reading new fairy tales. Lili St. Crow's Nameless is an inventive take on Snow White, and the first standalone in the new series Tales of Beauty and Madness.

Camille Vultusino mysteriously appeared in the snow ten years ago, and ever since she's been both blessed by those who found her and wary of accepting that she truly belongs. The Vultusinos are one of the Seven ruling Families of New Haven, and as the adopted Vultusino daughter Cami could take whatever her world has to offer - if she could forget the unknowns in her past or the fact that she's full-human. Cami's identity crisis comes to a head when a growing number of mysterious disappearances, family change and the appearance of a gardener named Tor (with scars like her own) converge during the darkest season of the year. This is Snow White, with a bloody bite.

Cami is a privileged girl with a charmed life - if you don't count the missing memory from her early years, a pronounced stutter, feeling like an outsider, and the unsettled state of her adopted family. Still, she has friends, supporters, and Nico, her brother-who-has-become-something-more. It might be enough, if sudden changes and dangers didn't upset the careful balance. When they do, Cami's constant brushes with sinister magic build tension and mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Wade on October 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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Lili St. Crow is the YA pen name for Lilith Saintcrow. Lili lives in Vancouver, WA, with children, cats, a dog, and a host of other strays. You can find her at http://www.lilistcrow.com.

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