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The Storyteller

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  4,358 ratings  ·  922 reviews
A good girl.
A bad boy.
A fairy tale that's true.
A truth that is no fairy tale.

It begins the day Anna finds the child's doll on the floor of the student lounge. When it's claimed by Abel, the school drug dealer, Anna becomes determined to learn more about this mysterious boy with the military haircut and deep blue eyes. She follows him after school and discovers a secret: Ab
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by ABRAMS (first published February 2011)
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Zemira Warner
*sees book for the first time*


*still reading*

No! What is happening? God,please don't let anything bad happen!

*reads the last line*

First I was like

Then I was

This book! Oh! This book completely destroyed me. I haven't cried like this since Forbidden(sad tears) and Jellicoe Road(happy tears). (view spoiler)

There is so much pain and suffering in this book I almost can't believe it.

*hour after finishing
Final rating: /

“Go away princess. Leave your outlaw alone. You won't change him... go away, Anna, far away, and don't ever come back. The fairy tale doesn't have a happy ending.”

I think i tried to start this one at least 4 times, and i always dropped it and read something else. I was wrong. This book was simply not what i was used to reading, it was just...captivating of sorts. And, it was beautiful, amazing and heartbreaking. Seriously.

I loved the writing, it was so beautiful, sentences
3 1/2 stars

I picked this up expecting a young adult coming of age/romance with a bit of magical realism and maybe a few darker themes about poverty and drug abuse. Okay, so here’s my little confession: I picked this up expecting Perfect Chemistry, with a side order of fairy tales and 150% more depth. One would assume (har har) that I’d learned not to make assumptions in my thirty-some years of life, and yet here we are. This book was so utterly different than what I was expecting. I didn’t read
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 04, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Hushed or Forbidden
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Isamlq
"I'm not answering any questions," he said, smiling. "I'm not one of the answering people. I'm the storyteller."

Abel Tannatek is the storyteller. He is a young man hiding an ugly reality behind pretty words and magical happenings.

In order to find out what he is hiding, we are forced to slowly watch as the layers of his true self are revealed, one ugly layer at a time. Secrets are the only method of survival in a world where you can count on no one but yourself. Secrets are the only choice yo
Just a tiny little pain
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be alright

A good girl, a bad boy, a deadly fairytale that might come true, in truth life is no fairy tale.

Anna was fascinated by Abel, school’s moody drug dealer. When she discovered Abel was actually caring for his little sister Micha, alone, trying to protect her from her abusive father, Anna was more drawn to him. In spite of friends’ warning Anna started hanging out with Abel and found herself engulfed b
Feb 20, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Sam
Shelves: books-i-own
"in love, there is no criticism. In love, there is no rationality."

This quote, to me, says it all in this story. It's a story will stay with you long after you're done. I'm still thinking and talking about it to whomever will listen.

Seventeen year old Anna finds a doll, underneath a couch in the student lounge. When Abel, the well-known drug dealer of the school, claims the doll belongs to his six-year old sister, Anna is curious, and ends up following Abel to see if it's true. When Anna see
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
I see it. Broken. Into pieces. My heart. There. On the floor.

I just need to pull myself together and then I'll write a review.
Here we go.

Just a tiny little pain,
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be alright,
Just a tiny little pain.

Have you ever read a book that you could find emotions on every single page of it? No. Well, me neither. Until now. Until this book. Everything is now changed. This book didn't only made me think about life and destiny and love, but it
crying anime

Before I start here's a request, a plea: Please check this youtube video about the book (only one minute long).. So chilling, especially if you read the book. And Micha singing at the end ... Ok, ok here's the link

Never in my entire life did I read anything like this book. It was so dark and unbelievably sad.. Hauntingly beautiful with little humor here and there sparkling like thin rays of a rainbow on an island in a fairy tale.



Oh my God, what did just happen? Is that his father? What's the point with that creepy doll? Oh, no he didn't... But why?... Can someone point me in the direction of nearest music store - I need to find Leonard Cohen! Is she crazy? I can't believe this girl... And that's her best friend? Some friend... I want to live in her house. That poem on the first page - I'll learn it by heart! God, how can she tuch him after... I don't know what I would do if I was her.

I couldn't sleep all night...
Ich kann dieses Buch nicht bewerten. Bis weit über die Hälfte war ich sehr begeistert davon, aber dann tut die Autorin etwas, was ich ihr sehr sehr übel nehme. Dieses Buch macht mich wütend und es bereitet mir Magenschmerzen. Ich denke, ich werde es sacken lassen, bevor ich eine Rezension dazu schreibe.

EDIT: Es sind einige Monate vergangen und mein Groll auf dieses Buch ist nicht kleiner geworden. Egal wie toll die Sprache, wie schön das mit der Realität verwobene Märchen ist, das reißerische, f
My child, I know youre not a child
But I see you running wild
Between those flowering trees.
Your sparkling dreams, your silver laugh
Your wishes to the stars above
Are just my memories.

And in your eyes the ocean
And in your eyes the sea
The waters frozen over
With your longing to be free.

Yesterday youd awoken
To a world incredibly old.
This is the age you are broken
Or turned into gold...

How can I possible say that I loved this book when it broke my heart into pieces and I am still trying to recover from
In a dream, in a fairy tale, nothing has to be explained, everything happens of its own accord.

Have you ever wonder, do all Fairy tales have a happy ending?
What if if it doesn't but what if it doesn't matter.

This is one of them books I can't get over with, it’s still there lingering from my memory, like it was real, like it IS real and I can hardly shake it. The worse of it all was I can't properly eat and sleep after finishing this book.

This is a story of innocence
Somebody was running towa

Este es el libro que lee un maníaco depresivo antes de saltar de la cornisa

Creo que un pedacito de mi corazón se rompió al leer esto. Este libro me ha dejado sin palabras y con un sinfín de lágrimas a punto de liberarse. Qué gran libro. No sé ni por donde comenzar a reseñar; aún estoy en mi post-depresión. Estoy feliz de haber leído esta novela, de que mi compañera en el emparejamiento haya elegido ésta como mi próxima lectura. The Storyteller es ahora mi libro favorito.

En Th
Mags~CVAddikt~Your shock-wave whisper has sealed your fate
“The wolf didn’t reply. ‘You’re shivering,’ he said. ‘Do you believe that you could spin a thread of my blood? To make clothes from?’”

Maybe that’s not the most dramatic-heart-wrenching quote of the book, but in my opinion, this quote holds the essence of the story, of Abel.

If you are looking for a New Adult book with the typical NA-Formula of

If you can stomach raw cruel realistic fiction
Kajal Nehra
Apr 10, 2012 Kajal Nehra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Just a tiny little pain,
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be all right.
Just a tiny little pain...

5 STARS!!! Hell, 10 stars!

OH MY GOSH... I'm actually in a state of shock right now. Each time that scene (please do not click on the spoiler until you've read the book or else you'll loathe me FOREVER!!!) (view spoiler)
Oh! It hurts! =(

For the record, I would like to state- for obvious dark and disturbing reasons, that this is not a Tina book.
But, I find myself in a very rare moment. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't recognize sensational writing, heart-aching characters and a powerful plot. The storyteller is a book I knew I shouldn't be reading, but the way it moves was so very enchanting that I couldn't stop myself even if I wanted too.
I would have to agree with one of my GR friends, Rachel. This book re
Melissa Veras
May 29, 2015 Melissa Veras rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
#44: A book that was originally written in a different language.



This has to be one of the WORST books I have ever read in my entire life. It's amazing how a book can be THAT BAD. I'm not going into full description of my problems with this... this... thing, because there were a lot of issues and this... thing is not worth it.

I just want to say one thing: Michaelis, I'm HORRIFIED of how lighly, badly, disrespectfully you treat such an important and delicate issue like rape. Seriously
Mar 04, 2012 Parvathy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good story
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
A good girl.
A bad boy.
A fairy tale that's true.
A truth that is no fairy tale.

Once in a while you come across a book that has a story to tell you, a story so alive that you feel you are living it with your every heart beat. A story where nothing else matter except the story itself. A story that stays with you every waking moment and makes you wish that it was just a story, You are not living it you are reading it, that makes a whole lot of difference. Why can't you come out the trance it c
Just a tiny little pain,
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be alright .
Just a tiny little pain .....

An hour and a half has passed , and the only sensible thing that i've done in that past hour is cry . Cry , because that seemed the only way to get rid of the pain . Pain , that this soul stiring , questioning your beliefs on love and forgiveness kind of feel this book leaves you with . I would be lying if i said that i've heard or read this kind of a story befo
5 STARS. (EDIT: With more details)

There are two kinds of a good book: those that you enjoy but will soon forget, and those that will linger in your memory forever. "The Storyteller" is the latter.

It's unlike anything you have ever read. Trust me.

This book is brilliantly, beautifully written by Antonia Michaelis. I'm completely mesmerized by her words and her ability to interweave magic and realism in an intricate writing. Below is just one of my favorites:

"That cloak of love you were wearing—he
Fafiliebe ♥ Prince Maxon ♥ Raffe ♥



It was Micha who ran.
She freed herself from Anna’s arms and ran up the stairs, and Anna followed her, climbing the steps very slowly. She saw him lying there, saw the blood in which he lay, so incomprehensibly red, light red—big, burst droplets of blood the color of poppies. A s
Wendy F
I can't get this book out of my head. I talk about it at random times and I think about it very often. I had to bump it up another star, because it obviously affected me deeply.

Original Review
This book started out really strong. I immediately noticed how beautiful the prose was, especially for a translated book. I really liked the characters, and I loved the way that you got snapshot POV's for other side characters. Sometimes the characters did things that I didn't like, but every single t
Spoiler y esas cosas

Me siento incapaz de reseñar este libro, de decir algo, de intentar explicarlo. No puedo. Cuando pienso en The storyteller sólo siento bronca. La narración, tan hermosa, tan descriptiva, se pierde. El misterio, la crudeza y el dolor se ve opacado. El contraste entre lo creepy e ingenuo no es suficiente. Y todo es culpa de un personaje. Abel. De sus acciones, de sus pensamientos, de su estúpido pasado oscuro. Todo es culpa de la protagonista, de su estupidez, de su obsesión, d
It’s one story in another with one mirroring the other. His story for his sister was magical and lovely. Only up close, it’s really quite a sad one because once you see who was who and what stood for what; then you could see/feel just how far removed his stories were from their reality. And their reality? Stark, depressing, and so far from even the possibility of a happily-ever-after.

If at first, like Anna, I was drawn to him, impressed by him and maybe, just, maybe slightly in love with his po
Never have I ever before read a book that made me want to scream, cry, throw up, laugh hysterically, think about life and then cry some more at the same time. Until now.
The Storyteller is absolutely one of the best and the worst books. The best because it's so unbelievably real and emotional and heartbreaking and creative.
And the worst because it's so sad and heartbreaking (I know I already said that) and kind of awful.
To be clear, when I say the worst I don't mean it is badly written or anythi
May (the lazy reviewer)
"Just a tiny little pain
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,

Everything will be alright "

This year I've read two crime-mystery-hype-ya books. The promised Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone which is similar to a middle-age supplice and the real surprise The Storyteller. Close to a masterpiece, yes. Antonia Michaelis takes her readers very seriously by writing such a strong young adult novel without fluffly romance and sweet ending, just a dark reality. Could be a poignant episode of Crim
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This is a book that completely and utterly blew me away! I admit that I was a little daunted by it at first. The premise sounded good, but I was slightly unsure about the fairy tale element of it - a lot of the time, this just doesn't work for me. This also book is reasonably thick with small font, and I always have to finish books that I start, so I really, really hoped that this was good. The Storyteller wasn't good though, it was amazing. I don't know if much was lost in translation from Germ ...more
Ivana S.


The Storyteller broke my heart. After the last sentence I just sat on my bed, unable to move. There is something about this book, something brutal and beautiful at the same time, something that makes me feel like I saw the world with new eyes for one moment.

I have to say that writing is amazing. I can't even express my admiration for the style and this unique art of putting words in such a beautiful sentences. What a talent!!! I read English translation and it was amazing, so I can
Nicky marked it as to-read
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Antonia Michaelis has lived and taught in India. She is the author of several award-winning books published in her native language German.
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