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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  3,919 ratings  ·  547 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
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Published April 4th 2013 by Razorbill
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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? ...more
Jul 11, 2012 marked it as wishlist
HOLY SHIIIIT. LILI DOES ANOTHER YA SERIES. *jumps around in excitement*

Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Somewhere in an alternative reality, there's a fifteen-year-old version of me wearing all black and listening to Evanescence on a CD player while reading this book. ...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
Apr 11, 2013 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
Dec 18, 2012 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
Trigger warnings: childhood trauma, death of a parent, abusive step-parent. The main character has a lot of scars from her childhood and she can't remember how she got them.

Soooo I picked this one up at work on a whim a month or so ago, and was intrigued by the cover and the fact that it's billed as a dark retelling of Snow White. And, like, it IS a dark retelling of Snow White. That's not the problem (one of the problems) that I had with it.

I'm just going to break this down into a list of iss
Mar 07, 2014 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
Apr 07, 2013 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
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
Tichana  (The Book Hobbit)
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, young-adult
I couldn't finish this book which bugs me so much cause I like to finish every book I read no matter how bad it is. It enables me to criticize it fairly.

However, lately I have this new "theory" or "belief" that says life is too short to waste time on reading books you don't enjoy.
Books bring me joy and bad books bring stress and sadness lol.
I can't explain the plot unfortunately since it was all mixed up and I didn't know much about any character really, such as their backgrounds or their fa
May 26, 2013 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
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
This book is a glorious fever dream.

I can barely even describe what it's about. There's sixteen-year-old Camille, who was adopted by the powerful Vultusino family when she was found abandoned in the snow at age six. The Vultusino are vampires, and she has to deal with the fact that her adoptive Papa is about transition into Undeath while his son, her adoptive brother Nico, is running wild. There's a new gardener's boy at home too and he knows far more about Cami than he should. Everything is
Jul 18, 2012 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.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Completely Melanie
Sep 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unhauled
After getting about halfway through this book after multiple attempts to read it, I decided to DNF it. I was just not a fan. This is a Snow White retelling but instead of 7 dwarfs, they are a "family" of vampires that are kind of like a mafia. It was weird. ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of potential. The world building and the whole magical element would have been great if only the author would have explained things better. I don't really need a word-by-word description of every strange thing, but give me something! It was very frustrating to have to keep guessing and trying to imagine what everything was and even looked like. I would have still given this book a better rating except I got really annoyed with the MC. She kept doing all the obviously wrong th ...more
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
Chelsea Moreen
Mar 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-not-buying
I much prefer this authors strange angels series by a ridiculous amount. This was a quick and easy read that is an interesting take on Snow White. However the world building was a mess, the magic system confusing and the romance was pretty messy, I’m personally not into controlling boys ://
Just not good.
Rachel MacNaught
Feb 21, 2014 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
Jay G
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Cami grew up in New Haven. She is considered royalty, a daughter to Papa Vultusino one of the most powerful of the seven Families that rule the city. Cami knows she is not really Family and when a mysterious garden boy named Tor enters her life, she soon discovers who she really is.

Honestly, I was just confused for most of this story. Nothing was really explained very well and I had so
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wasn't for me im sorry. ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 23, 2013 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
Sep 05, 2012 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
The Twins Read
Oct 01, 2013 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
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
Hafsah Faizal
Aug 08, 2012 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
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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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