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Nameless (Tales of Beauty & Madness #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,236 Ratings  ·  445 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Razorbill
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Khanh (the Grinch)
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
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*

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
Apr 11, 2013 Paradoxical rated it did not like it
...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
Mar 31, 2013 Melanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: come-back-to
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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
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
Apr 15, 2013 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 19, 2013 Lili rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointing, dnf
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
Jul 29, 2014 Skyden rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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
Melissa (Book Nerd Reviews)
Mar 23, 2013 Melissa (Book Nerd Reviews) rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-finish
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
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
Stuti T
2.5 stars. Read the review on my blog here.

I’m going to try and frame my thoughts about Nameless in a coherent manner, because I really liked it up until the climax. Then I was raging as I read to the end. I so so badly wanted to like it, because Lili St Crow has a way of writing addictive stories and this was no exception. Just… THAT ENDING. I feel like it would have sat better with me any way except the way it actually went.

I’m not gonna lie, this book is very slow going. Little to n
Rachel MacNaught
Feb 23, 2014 Rachel MacNaught rated it really liked it

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
Mar 03, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another 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 a ...more
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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
Hafsah Faizal
May 02, 2013 Hafsah Faizal rated it really liked it
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
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
The Twins Read
Oct 01, 2013 The Twins Read rated it it was ok
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
Pavithra Mahendran
Mar 16, 2014 Pavithra Mahendran rated it liked it
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
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Jul 01, 2014 Bekah AwesomeBookNut rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-addiction
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This had such potential!!! I don't really know how or where exactly it went wrong! The author had a cool idea but somehow the execution started off good and just died. But I couldn't exactly tell you where it went wrong. The writing style is dark, descriptive and compelling so it wasn't that...

This Snow White fairy tale retelling is dipped in some horror mixed with some mystery and add some romance to sprinkle on top. This retelling of Sno
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
First off, she had a thing with her brother, Nico. I know she was adopted, but EW and WHY is what went through my mind.

I didn't finish it because 1, I was really confused. The author didn't explain anything or use it in a context that made me comprehend it.

Secondly, the MC, Cami, was very stupid. I just didn't understand her logic, or lack thereof. She cried at every given moment, as long as she wasn't being the damsel in distress and waiting for others to save her, or crushing on her adoptive b
Nov 27, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: twisted-tales
Nameless is a strange, beautiful adaptation of Snow White.

The Things I Liked:

The world the author created was absolutely fascinating. It was confusing at times, but still fascinating. Set in an alternate universe similar to our own present day, it was full of magic and supernatural creepy crawlies.

The seven dwarves who shelter and protect Snow White are represented by vampires in this version. Seven powerful vampire clans that operated much like the mob. I imagine they whacked a few “Twists” whe
I don't think I've ever been so confused about a book as this one. The world building was seriously lacking to the point where I had to stop, put down the book for a minute and do quick search online to see if I'm actually reading the 1st book in the series (which I was). Nothing about this world is really explained, there are different creatures in the book (at least I think they're creatures) called Twisted and Jacks and there are Potentials (which I think are human, kind of like witches...I t ...more
May 31, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok
2.5 stars really...for what it could have been.
If I could use one word to describe this book, I would use potential.
It has an intriguing premise. The characters might easily have been something worthwhile. The familiar yet unique way of approaching the story of Snow White is both haunting and comfortable.
Oh yes, this could have been something good.
Yet I would is not. It is confusing. The characters are not properly developed, important plot points not explained. I really liked the
Hannah Cobb
Apr 17, 2013 Hannah Cobb rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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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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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