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Heaven: Stadt der Feen

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,478 ratings  ·  154 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published 2009 by Arena
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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 t
Inhalt: London – das ist seine Stadt. Über den Dächern von London – dort hat David sein zweites Zuhause gefunden. Hier oben kann er den Schatten der Vergangenheit entfliehen. Bis er eines Tages auf ein Mädchen trifft, das alles auf den Kopf stellt, woran er bisher geglaubt hat. Ihr Name ist Heaven. Sie ist wunderschön. Und sie behauptet, kein Herz mehr zu haben. Ehe David begreifen kann, woraus er sich einlässt, sind sie gemeinsam auf der Flucht. Und sie werden nur überleben, wenn sie Heavens Ge ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Jessy MelodyofBooks
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hier gehts am Mittwoch (11.02.15) zu meiner Rezension:
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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
Beauty Mango
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mein erstes Buch von Christoph Marzi und mir hat die Story wirklich gut gefallen.
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Das Buch war nicht so ganz mein Fall, ich mochte zwar den Schreibstil und die Atmosphäre von London mit diesen leicht mystischen. Allerdings wa die Story etwas seltsam und es gibt nicht wirklich eine Erklärung für die seltsamen Dinge und die seltsamen Wesen die dort auftauchen. Es sind nur einzelfiguren die mystisch sind ohne einen Hintergrund oder eine Erläuterung dazu. z.B. gibt es gleich zu anfang einen Bösewicht der Leuten die Herzen rausschneidet und Tote wiederbeleben kann die ihm bei der ...more
Rhiannon Ryder
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

Christoph Marzi. *seufz* Meine Beziehung zu diesem Autor ist kompliziert. Als Teenager habe ich seine vierteilige Reihe „Die Uralte Metropole“ gelesen und von Herzen geliebt. So sehr, dass ich sie sogar mehrfach gelesen habe. Bis heute gehören die Romane zu meinen All-Time-Favorites. Leider konnte Marzi danach meiner Meinung weder mit dem Zweiteiler „Fabula“ noch mit dem Einzelband Grimm an seine eigene Brillanz anknüpfen. Dreimal hat er mich nach „Die Uralte Metropole“ enttäuscht. Trotz dess
Claudia / BeautyButterflies
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Durch eine Challenge gerade wieder entdeckt. Gelesen vor meiner Goodreads Zeit, aber ich erinnere mich dass ich es toll fand!
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: magic, disappointing
Ich habe dieses Buch doch noch (endlich!) beendet. Ich musste mich förmlich zwingen weiter zu lesen. Dennoch hat das Buch einige gute Ansätze. Die Grundidee gefällt mir ganz gut, aber die Beziehung zwischen den Beiden geht viiiiiel zu schnell voran, denn die Geschichte (Epilog nicht mitgezählt) spielt in 3 oder 4 Tagen und sie lieben sich schon? Und da kann mir niemand was von der Liebe auf den ersten Blick oder der tiefen Verbundenheit erzählen. Die Buchhandlung 'The Owl and the Pussycat' und M ...more
Kristan (Lost Amongst the Shelves)
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-own
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
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok.
For me there was a lot of description and not enough action.
The action was over as quick as it started.
And the ending really annoyed me, for me it was a cop out...along the lines of "and it was all a dream" or "an then they died"
The last 2 chapters sort of made the rest of the book a complete waste of time as it told you everything you needed to know and resolved the story. It left me asking a lot of questions like "what was the point of...?" "why didn’t he do this instead of t
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Das Buch hat mir leider gar nicht gefallen, ich fand die ganze Geschichte einfach nur verwirrend und die Charaktere merkwürdig. Vielleicht liegt es auch daran, das ich das gekürzte Hörbuch gehört habe. Aber allein die Sprecherin hat mir gar nicht gefallen. Sie klingt wie eine 60-jährige Kettenraucherin, während der Protagonist ein 17-jähriger (?) Junge ist.
Im Nachhinein finde ich, dass der Titel ein ziemlicher Spoiler ist. Wer kam nur auf die Idee, das so zu benennen?
Das SuB-ABC: A – Bücher angefangen, beiseitegelegt und nie beendet, lies ein anfangendes Buch nun zu Ende.

Ja. Hm. Ich will nicht sagen, dass es ein schlechtes Buch ist. Ich sage nur, dass es weniger lustlose Bücher gibt, die nicht voller Plotholes und Mary-Sues sind. Das Buch ist okay, nur nichts besonderes.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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Dani C
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books
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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
sabisteb aka callisto
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Vor 20 Jahren verschwand ein Stück Himmel über den Straßen Londons. Wo Sterne sein sollten ist heute nichts, und die Welt steht vor einem Rätsel.
Als David, ein junger Ausreißer, der ein neues Zuhause als Botenjunge in einem Buchladen gefunden hat, eines Tages über den Dächern von London über die 17jährige, mysteriöse Freema Mirrlees, genannt Heaven, stolpert, sollte dies sein Leben für immer verändern.
Heaven ist ein ungewöhnliches Mädchen, reich, schön und herzlos, im wörtlichen Sinne, denn zwei
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

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
Kerstin Stutzke
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Der 17-jährige David führt ein eher unstetes Leben. Über den Dächern von London fühlt er sich Zuhause, dort ist er frei, dort kann er ohne Zwang sein. Um sein Leben zu finanzieren, liefert er seltene Bücher aus. Bei einer solchen Lieferung zieht es ihn wieder unweigerlich auf eines von Londons Dächer und dort trifft er sie: Heaven. Das Mädchen, das vor zwei Gestalten flüchtet und das behauptet, man habe ihm das Herz gestohlen.

David ist fasziniert von diesem Mädchen, doch glaubt er ihr nicht, den
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
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Yvonne Boag
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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.

Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-hard-copy, 2016
I'm just really conflicted about how I feel about it. The writing and dialogue was really clunky, especially at the start in the character introductions and extra especially in the epilogue which was, I think, a fairly unnecessary contribution to the story. But also, the clunkiness could just as easily be an issue in translation as it could be a writer's flaw. But conceptually I really liked where it was going. It follows the YA Urban Fantasy formula to the letter, but the premise was honestly r ...more
Astrid Terese
Christop Marzi har skrevet en bok full av henvisninger til andre bøker og til sanger. I tillegg minner boken meg om Neil Gaimans Stjernestøv. Heaven, hovedpersonen i boken, har en bit av himmelen i seg. Og den biten er det noen som gjerne vil ha.
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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.
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“He reached out to stroke the spines of the books, as if they might whisper their secrets to him if he touched them. But the books remained silent, as all good books tend to do when touched by people to whom they don't belong.” 8 likes
“Cuando te enamoras, la cosa siempre acaba con una pérdida, ¿no? Uno pierde al otro,en algún momento, siempre.” 3 likes
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