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Heaven: Stadt der Feen

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,602 ratings  ·  163 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
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Emily
Sep 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
Shelves: 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
Dee
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
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Kathrin
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
Marie
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
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Kirsty
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
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
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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
Tez
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
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Toni
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
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Regina Cattus
Kinda interesting concept, decent characters, but somehow the stuff around the concept seemed very shallow, like all the ends were tied up but Marzi had more planned out but ended up removing it.
Jenna
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heaven was a unique and interesting novel. Though the writing occassionally let it down, it was an enjoyable read.
Dani C
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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, withou
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Kai
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 belie
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Mina
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
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Eirin
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.

T
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ellie
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
Lauren-Anne Cameron
loved it! Absoulutely amazing!
Jovi Underland
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ordinarily when I choose a book from the library, or anywhere else for that matter, I do a little research first. Like most people, I look at the cover. Does is grab my attention? Does it fit my mood? Then I go to the back of the book. Does it sound interesting? Is there an actual plot, or does it just seem like fluffy romance with no "meat"? Then I go to Goodreads for a rating. Sometimes, I admit to reading/skimming a review or two, but generally I try to refrain from doing so. I like to form m ...more
Beth
Apr 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I thought the concept sounded interesting.
This is probably one of the most boring/bad books I've ever read in my life. At first it was kinda okay, but as I got further into the book, the problems started to pile up. First of all, I thought the plot was bad and boring. I did not like the writing style, some things did not make sense, I thought many things in this book were unnessesary ect. I don't feel connected to the characters or the story whatsoever. I know that
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Amber
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adventurous Poetry

I recommend reading this book, not just for the mystery or the adventure, but for the meaning of it all! This book is for pretty much any type of reader. I am sure you will not be disappointed. 🌃
Corina
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting , different and kinda gripping story. For sure I didn't read something like this before. Light read . Really enjoyed this book.
Ingerid Marie
DNF at 31% I was really bored and none of the characters were interesting. This book was not for me.
EJ
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, could not put it down
Ma La
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, especially if you love London ;)
Dani
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Naomi Bray
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This had a very interesting concept and was a joy to read. It was wonderfully written and kept me guessing throughout.
Lee Edward
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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