Heaven: Stadt der Feen
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Heaven: Stadt der Feen

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  813 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Feenblut fließt in den Adern von Heaven. Aber bisher weiß das Mädchen noch nichts von ihrer besonderen Abstammung. Als die Jagd auf sie beginnt, ist Heaven ist ganz auf sich gestellt. David dagegen findet sein Leben ziemlich normal. Gut, seine Ex hat ihn gerade verlassen, aber kein Grund für ein Hollywood-Drama. Doch dann trifft er hoch auf den Dächern Londons Heaven. Und...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published 2011 by Arena Verlag GmbH, Würzburg (first published January 1st 2009)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars.

The night that Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood. Forlorn, bewildered and throbbing fearfully, the heart was mirrored in the curved, silvery knife.

Heaven by Cristoph Marzi is a very unusual and refreshing modern day fairy tale. It was originally published in German in 2009, then translated to English and published by Orchard Books in 2012. If there’s one thing I love about Orchard, it’s that they’re not afraid to...more
Mar 07, 2012 Dee rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fairy tale lovers and those who like star dust by Neil Gaiman
I really enjoyed this book.
It is a charming fairy story that revolves around our protagonists David and Heaven.
Heaven is found on the rooftops of London by David, crying because her heart has been stolen. They are on a quest to escape from the thieves and retrieve her heart at the same time.
Their relationship, although develops quickly also develops realistically I thought. Especially when it came to each others reactions initially to such a strange and dreamlike situation. They each have the...more
This was completely OUT THERE.

What do I mean by that? WELL, it's just, gobsmacking.

It's nothing like I've ever read before. The idea, plot, STORY was one of a kind, unique in the fact that the concept is so original.

I enjoyed this it was new, unpredictable and FRESH. I loved and I mean LOVED the ending. The ending the crucial part of a story for me. The book can be amazing but if the ending doesn't meet my exoectations the book may as well be terrible.

I had one big cheesy monster grin on my fa...more
I've been running around this book for weeks. Always reading in the back and never buying it. So yesterday I decided I wanted to get it and it wasn't in the bookstore. It was supposed to be there, but the guy in the store didn't find it, so he ordered it. Today I went there to pick it up and was told that it wasn't in the boxes that were delivered today, but that I should ask the nice man in the fantasy section, maybe he could find one of the two missing ones for me. Instead my uncles wifes sist...more
Emily *Full-time Fangirl*
Mar 07, 2014 Emily *Full-time Fangirl* rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
Shelves: hated-it, dnf
Imagine you're for some reason climbing on a roof in the middle of the night when you stumble over a panicked teenage girl. She tells you someone attacked her and cut out her heart, though she's still alive (obviously). This is what happens to David, and guess what he does? He accepts it, because he has a feeling *facepalm*. I don't know if I should feel sorry for David or not, because he's obviously too dumb for his own good. Had a stranger tried to convince me their heart was missing, in the...more
Rhiannon Ryder
I wish this photo of the cover did it a bit more justice because it's odd and strangely beautiful, which perfectly sums up the story it enfolds.

Obviously the premise is really unusual, paranormal without any kind of power struggle or super powers per se. Fantasy, but not really. Romance, but not in the stereotypical YA way. Instead this story reads a bit like a modern fairy tale, poetic, both scary and full of unpleasantness but ultimately a beautiful tale that feels like someone is reading it t...more
I really wanted to like this book. It reminded me a little of Stardust by Neil Gaiman, plus my hardback copy has a really beautiful cover with silver detailing. Somehow it left me disappointed, though. Maybe it's because I didn't really warm to the central characters, David and Heaven. David is wandering around on rooftops when he stumbles upon Heaven, a girl who was attacked while stargazing on the roof. She says she’s had her heart cut out, but she’s clearly still alive… and the pair set out t...more
Kristan (Lost Amongst the Shelves)
This was such a thrilling story that sucks the reader into a whirlwind of mystery and fantasy that leaves you feeling for your own heartbeat. The adventure starts with page one, where the protaganist, David, discovers Heaven on the rooftops in London after she's just been attacked and had her heart cut out. From there, its a chaotic race to find the answers to what Heaven is and elude the two men who are out to finish the job. There are ghosts, hybrid creatures, whimsical fairy tales and a bloss...more
Dani (Pen to Paper)
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I was really looking forward to reading this one, and it definitely didn't disappoint me. The novel eases you in gently and so subtly, that by the time the plot begins to get a little stranger, and darker things begin to unfold, you are already accustomed to the oddity of it all, wi...more
Yvonne Boag
Firstly I have to say this book has more Doctor Who references in it then any other book I have read. David is using his preferred mode of travel across the rooftops of London when he literary stumbles across a beautiful girl named Heaven. Heaven informs him that she has just had her heart removed by two bad men. David of course doesn't believe her but takes her to the hospital because she seems unwell and that she does better in the cold then the warmth. It is at the hospital that David realise...more
Can I just say that Heaven was one of the weirdest yet interesting books I've read. Don't get me wrong. I say weird in the nicest way possible seeing as I have I really enjoyed reading Heaven. It was a fascinating read!

Let's elaborate on the 'weird' shall I? It'll probably be a tinsy winsy bit spoilery but it's only after reading this will I believe you'll really want to just get into it. So this is how it goes, exactly. It's the beginning of the story and there's this guy that's a Hunter. What...more
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
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You know when you've read something entirely different from what you always read and you can barely sort things out in your head because it's so unique? That's how I feel about Heaven.

Heaven's heart got stolen, literally. That one night she was up the roof, admiring the night sky and the stars, solving the puzzle that has turned into a mini obsession for the last few years, she bumped into David Pettyfer, courier of hard to find, obscure books. He didn't believe...more
I was really afraid to read this book ... mostly because I love the author and thought the setting (contemporary London, complete with rooftops and fairies!) incredibly fascinating, and was afraid the book wouldn't be able to live up to my expectations.
I'm pleased to report that all my fears have been laid to rest :).

I adored the writing (well, naturally ;) ), I felt like having a real connection with the two main characters (even sharing my birthday with Heaven herself <3), and thought the...more
It's an ok book, really, but I was a bit disappointed. I had thought it was a kind of Gaiman-esque novel, but it wasn't. The book has a sort of forced and stilted feel to it. It seems like Marzi is trying too hard to do something he can't quite manage. And there were way too many similies. WAY too many. At one point I counted five weird similies that made no sense at all, in the space of a page. It might have something to do with the translation, but I doubt it. They were seriously distracting.

Sometimes one comes across books by happenstance.

I spotted Christoph Marzi's Memory in Hachette Australia's teen newsletter. Liked the cover, liked the summary, and decided to look up the author. My consortium of libraries only had Heaven, a stand-alone.

It's that very odd kind of novel, with a concept I wasn't sure I'd like, but it completely won me over. Christoph Marzi is the missing link between J. K. Rowling and Holly Black, and Heaven is truly an urban fairy tale. From the rooftops of Kensi...more
If you’re ever in the mood for a fairy tale, this is a good place to start. I’d never heard of Heaven until I stumbled across it at the library. Benefits of a pretty cover, and the opening lines, printed across the back cover, helped too.

The night Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her blood.

I was intrigued. And that was before I knew they meant it literally.

Dropped in amongst the rooftops of London, we meet Heaven. A living breathing g...more
Molly Looby
A Spoiler Free Bit About The Book

David, a runaway from Cardiff desperately trying to find his way in the world stumbles across Heaven, a girl who's heart has just been cut out. Together they must discover what is really going on with Heaven and the man pursuing her, trying to finish what he started.

My Review

At the beginning, I really enjoyed this book. I found it easy to read big chunks of it at once as the information was given in such a way that I could take it in. However, as I read on, I got...more
Lee Edward
Oh gosh, where to start?

David Pettyfer works at The Owl And Pussycat bookshop in central London.

He prefers to walk on the rooftops to get to his destinations, as he likes being alone and away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of London.

One night, while on his way to deliver a very rare and valuable book to a customer, he stumbles upon a girl up on the rooftops. She looks as though she is in severe pain, and David goes over to check on her.

The girl in question says that her name...more
Andrea Schneeberger
David stolpert im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes über Heaven. Die beiden kommen miteinander ins Gespräch und David erfährt von Heaven, dass man ihr das Herz herausgeschnitten hat. Anfangs glaubt er ihr nicht, erklärt sich aber trotzdem bereit, sie ins Krankenhaus zu bringen. Im Krankenhaus überschlagen sich Ereignisse und plötzlich werden David und Heaven gejagt. Denn in Heaven schlägt noch ein anderes Herz und genau wegen diesem Herzen wird sie gesucht.

Ich hab das Buch innerhalb weniger Tage verschl...more
I found this book to be an incredibly unique story. It follows the characters David and Heaven, who are searching for Heaven apparent stolen heart.

Heaven is the daughter of a rich man who died and left her a fortune. She however doesn't want to love in the lavish mansion so she bought a house-boat and lives there. Then one night her 'heart' is stolen so she runs to find help. Scared, she meets David and begs him to help her, and then goes on a long adventure/ mystery to get her stolen heart bac...more
4.5/5 - A fantastic read!
The blurb interest me immediately. I guessed I wouldn't be able to put it down and I was right. I will admit it was not what unexpected but it was way better! I am not sure what aspect of the story grabbed my attention the most or why I thought this book was brilliant but I know I loved it. The stories of each person within the book is amazing. Getting to know the characters their secrets and past was full of many emotions. It also had many references to life in England,...more
Lauren-Anne Cameron
loved it! Absoulutely amazing!
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Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
Mi análisis empieza con esta maravillosa portada en la que vemos la ciudad de Londres en donde se sitúa toda la acción y la magia del libro.
Londres siempre me pareció una ciudad mágica por lo que comencé a leer el libro con muchas ganas.

Heaven es una guapa joven huérfana cuya pasión por el cielo le hace subir un día a los tejados de Londres donde es atacada por dos hombres que le roban el corazón.
Aquí se acabaría la historia de no haber sido porque Heaven misteriosamente sigue viva y escapa de...more
Traversing London via rooftop has become second nature for seventeen year old David Pettyfer. What’s not second nature? Chancing across a beautiful girl in distress on those rooftops who claims that someone has cut out her heart… and not in the metaphorical sense. What she, this girl named Heaven, suggests is surely impossible, and David is convinced that she must be crazy, while also recognizing that she is obviously traumatized, vulnerable and in great need of his help. Agreeing to help her to...more
My Rating: 3.5 / 5

First thoughts:
This story turned out to be as fairytale-like as expected. Christoph Marzi created a magical world that is both beautiful and imaginative and will leave its readers wanting more. While I had a few problems with the pacing, I loved the plot and the lore which is used in Heaven and that always made me want to continue reading. If you're looking for a modern fairytale, this could be the right one for you.

More detailed:
Heaven is a book that makes me curious to find m...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Heaven is a uniquely different read. It's difficult to sum up exactly what sort of book it is as it seems to me to be a little bit of everything, a love story, a thriller and a fairy-tale all wrapped up into one.

The story itself is set in London and has this magical feel to it in an almost Neil Gaiman-esque way (to be fair I haven't read an awful lot of his stuff so forgive me if I'm talking rubbish making this comparison). It's quirky and odd with heroes and villians and strange going ons but i...more
Her one thought was getting as close as she could to her name sake, as high as she could to see the stars. There were only curtain places where the sky, the stars, was visible over London for mush of the sky was missing. It wasn't a matter of simply not being able to see the sky; the sky was literally missing, gone, nonexistent. There was a vast nothingness where the sky should be, but for the moment she was consumed with going we're the sky still was, she had to see it.

Then two things happened...more
Lisa M
I read this book in two days. One reason was to find out what was happening, the other to get it finished. I thought it was an OK read.

Heaven is a girl who loves the stars. One night she is on the rooftop looking at the stars when her heart is taken from her by two evil men. David loves using the rooftops to travel around London and falls over Heaven on that night. Together they try to unravel why she is still alive without her heart, why the men are still after her and why they wanted her hear...more
London. Über den Dächern dieser Stadt fühlt sich der siebzehnjährige David Pettyfer am wohlsten. Hier kann den Schatten seiner Vergangenheit entfliehen, oben über allem schwebend.

Unterwegs, um eine nächtliche Lieferung zu einem Kunden der Buchhandlung „The Owl and the Pussycat“, für die er als Gehilfe arbeitet, begegnet David einem jungen Mädchen. Ihr Name ist Heaven und sie behauptet, kein Herz mehr zu haben. Aber ohne Herz, wie kann man da leben? Und doch steht sie hier vor David, atmet und sp...more
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Christoph Marzi (geboren 1970 in Mayen und aufgewachsen in Obermendig) lebt heute mit seiner Familie im Saarland und denkt sich dort und woanders Geschichten aus, während der Garten, der das Haus umgibt, immer wilder und seltsamer wird.
Seine Romane erscheinen bei Heyne und Arena, die vielen Kurzgeschichten fühlen sich in diversen Anthologien wohl.
Der Roman LYCIDAS wurde 2005 mit dem Deutschen Ph...more
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