Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness, #1)
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Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness #1)

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When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though s...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Razorbill
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Wendy Darling
Sounds fun. Just so long as the ending isn't like Strange Angels', you know?
Jul 11, 2012 Whitney marked it as wishlist
HOLY SHIIIIT. LILI DOES ANOTHER YA SERIES. *jumps around in excitement*

Khanh (Destroyer of Dreams)
I really am torn as to what rating to give this book. It's an interesting concept, I loved the writing. However, after having finished the story, I still have no idea what the big reveal is and what it means, the book is that confusing. So, excellent writing, excellent atmosphere, interesting characters, wtf-world building, and a plot that makes my head spin. This is supposed to be a retelling of Snow White; if so, there must be a pretty big wiggle room for writers' creativity. Had I not known i...more
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DNF. Mini-mini review (There are mini reviews, then there are mini mini reviews which are like 3 paragraphs long) Stopped at 31%

It has come to my great despair to not finish this book. I have heard several great thoughts and reviews of Strange Angels so I assumed this would be just as good or even better. Well..maybe not. Originally, I started to read this book about a month ago, I stopped within 5 pages due to its mind fumbling writing and slow pace. At...more
Kat Kennedy
Nameless is a bit like billowing, amazing clouds on a warm sunny day. It’s nice. Just really nice, you know? Sure, it doesn’t move fast and clouds aren’t the most gripping things to look at, but it was just really nice. God I really liked Nameless and I really like clouds. They’re so magical.

Goatse cloud
Unless they’re giving you goatse. Don’t look that up if you don’t know what it is btw.

Nameless wasn’t a perfect novel, but it was an enjoyable novel. I feel like most of the things it set out to do, it accom...more
...Okay. I need to get this out.


What promised to be a beautiful book filled with danger and excitement and a stunning world just flopped right before my eyes. I kept reading and reading, and as I crept through the book I kept thinking to myself, it has to get better by now. It has to. ONLY NOPE. Some of the descriptions were pretty. Not that they made all that much sense. The situation that Cami finds herself in had real potential to be interesting! Only for Cami to be severely underutil...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Truth be told, I opened this review with: this is not your ordinary retelling of a beloved fairy tale, then deleted it altogether because even that line seems like a tired old phrase used to describe every single retelling that's ever grazed our shelves. I also wrote, this is Snow White like you've never seen her before, but then I read the book's jacket and it has the exact same quote from someone or other.

If you ask me to give you a little rundown of this book, then I'll have to decline becaus...more
Oooh what to say? I struggled to rate this book because there were definitely aspects of it that I loved and some that I hated altogether.

I fell in love with St. Crow's Strange Angels series and have been desperately hoping that each new YA book she writes will somehow come close to that series. It seems I'm doomed to disappointment, or at least I am with this particular series and the Romances of Arquitaine series.

Unfortunately, it seems Ms. St. Crow creates a more compelling story when she is...more
Jul 18, 2012 Joie marked it as to-read
OOOH!!! Fairytale + dark retelling + Lili St. Crow= pure awesomeness!

... but it better not have an ending like Strange Angels.
No. Just NO.
3 1/2 stars

Nameless is the first book I have read by Lili St. Crow and the first two words which popped to mind after reading it was strange and unusual. It was a book which confused me but also mesmerised me, I was intrigued by the creativity and spectacular world created but also wanted and needed more in terms of explanation.

Nameless was inspired by the Brothers Grimm story, Snow White which I have always loved but it certainly didn’t depict the story in quite the same way, I really enjoyed...more
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...more
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 a...more
Maddi at megamad4books
This is a dark fairy tale retelling that has everything! It’s got witches, fairies and vampires. It’s a really cool concept! When I first received this book I was so excited to read it! The cover is amazingly cool, the synopsis sounds dark and interesting, and Lili St. Crow has a very good reputation for writing excellent young adult series. While I did really like this story and I found myself very intrigued by the world that Crow has created, at the same time there were a lot of things that I...more
I don't have a lot of thoughts on this book so I'm just gonna keep my review short. It has only a two-star rating because although the story was very dark and intriguing it had a very slow pace and I couldn't help dozing off a few times. It just didn't hold my attention.

Quick Overview
Cami was found in the snow at six years old and adopted by the well-known Vultusino Family. She stutters when she talks and only opens up to her best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and her step-brother Nico (who may or m...more
Disclaimer: This is not a review of the entire book. I decided to DNF on page 102, so you are about to read my thoughts about the portion of the book I read not as a review, but as a record-keeper if I ever decide to come back to this.

I was really looking forward to this one, so I was slightly upset once I began reading it. I've never read anything by Lili St. Crow before so I don't know if this was just a bad book for an amazing author or if her writing is normally like this. There are several...more
Up to chapter 5 and this book is just HORRIBLE. I mean I can tell there's a story under there somewhere and it might even be interesting, if I could only make an iota of sense out of anything that is written!

St Crow has set up a magical world and jumped in with terminology from the get-go with words than have no context, no explanation, no meaning with the reader. “Ellie would use her Babbage-net connection—St. Juno’s required one and logged student times, and the principal Mother Heloise knew s...more
The Twins Read
Actual Rating: 1.5/5

No matter how much money she has in her purse, or how protected she is as a Vultusino, Cami knows that she's different from everyone around her. For starters, she doesn't have fangs, and once she's dead, she's staying put in her coffin, thank you very much. Cami thinks that she is living a lie, and when the mysterious new gardener makes her question everything she's been keeping inside, Cami's not going to stay put within the Vultusino territory when she could have actual ans...more
Pavithra Mahendran
The story is a re-telling of the classic fairy tale 'Snow White", but a very different version of the original. In fact, if it wasn't for the names of the lead character Cami's two best friends Ellie and Ruby (as in Cinderella and Red Riding Hood) and some of the clues in their lives, it would have taken me much longer to figure it out. Because the story is set in a world with Fausts, Family, Twists etc... half of which i didn't clearly understand. That was a big problem for me with the book. Th...more
Rachel MacNaught

i'm going to approach this in mostly point form. i don't know how to approach this one so i'm going to do it in a choppy 'just putting thoughts on paper' way. the good, the bad and the ugly.

- the protagonist stutters! AWESOME. when i was young i had a stammer that resurfaced for a bit in my ea...more
Hannah Cobb
This is a fairy tale retelling dipped in horror, with a spattering of romance thrown in. St. Crow's writing style is dark, descriptive, and compelling, but readers expecting another Dru Anderson (St. Crows Strange Angels series) will be unpleasantly taken aback by self-conscious, stuttering Cami. This Snow White is not the sword-toting, armor-wearing princess fantasy readers have come to expect. She doesn't hunt vampires--she lives with them. In fact, Camille Vultusino was adopted by the head of...more
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I'm really not sure what to say about Nameless, halfway through I was ready to throw it aside. I still didn't get the world and was only half sure I understood what was going on. Ok I lie ... I had no idea. BUT at the same time it was strangely addictive. Have you ever had a book like that? One you wanted to put down ... but just couldn't!

Nameless is jarring, confusing, bizarre, disjointed and dark and addictive ... so I kept reading

There's the Seven Families (nudge) and Borrowing and Potential...more
Jessie Potts
What it's about: This brand new series is unique and slightly crazy. It's a sort of retelling of Snow White with some extra twistedness. I mean, the series is called Tales of Beauty and Madness and the structure and retelling follow that line of thought. Plotwise, Camille was 6 when a powerful and political man discovered her alone in the snow. She has scars but doesn't remember her past. There's a love triangle with one dark boy who has scars of his own.

Why you should read it: I enjoy twisted a...more
Ok, seriously, this a really good book! I was so surprised because I found the introduction to be a little jarring and it was hard to adjust to a different world/universe with little explanation. Eventually everything falls into place and this bizarre post-apocalyptic / futuristic magical world falls into place. This is a retelling of Snow White and the seven dwarves, who's best friends are interpretations of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood and dwarves are replaced by vampires. When you pu...more
Melissa (Book Nerd Reviews)
Unfortunately this was one I didn't finish (DNF). It wasn't for a lack of an interesting storyline, because I was into it. But for me, it was a matter of trying to accomplish too many things at once and overwhelming and confusing your reader (ie. Me).

I'm uncertain as to whether this would have made more sense to me if I'd have just pushed on, but I got to page 117 of 304, so at least a third of the way through and still was extremely confused at all the terminology being thrown around without ex...more
Camille is part of one of seven the most powerful and wealthy Families that rule over New Haven. It wasn't always that way. She was found when she was 6 years old, cold, mute, abused, scarred, and injured in the snow. The Vultisino, the leader of this particular Family, adopted her as his own daughter. Cami is now sixteen and no longer mute, although she still has a stutter that makes it difficult for her to speak. She goes to school, has two friends: Ruby and Ellie, and grew up a pampered heire...more
Hafsah Laziaf
Filled with blood, snow, and mysterious characters NAMELESS is a much much darker version of Snow White - but as a lover of fairytale retellings, the words Snow White alone were enough to pull me in.

When Camille was six, she was found in the snow by Enrico Vultusino. Now, Cami is sixteen and lives as a Vultusino heiress. But something is happening, and Cami's carefully built world is beginning to crumble. Enter Tor, a mysterious garden boy, who has scars of his own, and who seems to hold the k...more
Book Sushi
so far this book has managed to captivate me. Lili St Crow has an amazing gift in world creating, but for some reason or another, its lacking abit of explanation to certain words / phrases. She has created a whole new type of civilization but very little description as to what some of those characters might be or certain drinks ect. Otherwise we have Camille or Cami who is an orphan found on the streets but her body is full of scars that she doesnt know how they got there. She was adopted by "Pa...more
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Lili St. Crow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, in a house full of stray cats and children.

Lili St. Crow also writes as Lilith Saintcrow.
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