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NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow

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NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow

What is Nameless about?

>>> An eerie, darkly atmospheric retelling of Snow White <<<

A battered child is found alone in the snow by the godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopts the girl, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.

Now sixteen, Camille keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform. She opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino princess, she knows that she is not really Family. She is merely mortal, with a buried, uneasy past.

And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth—and of the mysterious white-robed woman who calls from beneath New Haven’s twisted streets.

 

Source of blurb: blurb on book’s cover
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Series: A Tale of Beauty and Madness
Other popular series by Lili St. Crow: Strange Angels Series

 

My Thoughts:

As a Snow White fan, I felt that Nameless was everything I wanted from a Snow White retelling and more. I can’t picture anybody doing a better job of it than Lili St. Crow. I’m sure I will be comparing every future Snow White retelling I read to Nameless.

What an awesome idea it was to replace the seven dwarfs with the Seven—powerful vampire families that rule the city. And then St. Crow gave Snow White aka Camille a rebellious vampire brother (brother through adoption) and gave them a yummy, complicated relationship. Every time I came across a scene with Nico and Camille, I felt a thrill of excitement.

St. Crow also did a great job of world building. She came up with this alternate version of history to explain why the Nameless world looks so different from our own. In her version of history there was this magic revolution that happened after World War I that brought all the magical creatures out of hiding. But I will refrain from saying anything more about that and rather leave St. Crow to explain the Nameless world to you when you read the book for yourself.

Unfortunately, there were a few things that brought my rating slightly down. When I started reading the prologue, it was written from first person perspective, but then chapter one switched to third person perspective, which threw me off a bit. As for personal preferences, I don’t like books that contain too much bad language or crude jokes. This book had a little, but not as much as some other books I’ve come across.

There was also a lot of new terminology used, which was invented for this new world. There were some foreign terms mentioned in the prologue and in chapter one, but the book only starts to unpack these terms in chapter two. I found it intriguing, but also a little frustrating sometimes, when you don’t know what they are referring to yet. And even after they had explained what all the terms meant, I sometimes found myself having to pause in the story and try to remember what a word means, which slowed down my reading slightly at times. I think a glossary would have been helpful (well, at least for me and my bad memory, anyway).

For some reason, I thought the entire series was a Snow White retelling, but turns out I was wrong. The second book in the series is a retelling of Cinderella told from Ellie’s—one of Camille’s friends—perspective. The ending of Camille’s story left me feeling 95% satisfied. There was one thing missing at the end of the story that I was kinda waiting for, which I would have liked to see St. Crow include. It would have been the perfect way to wrap up Camille’s story, before they moved on to the next book and before the focus shifts to a new character. But honestly, I don’t know if Camille’s story continues to some extent in the next book or not, so maybe St. Crow was saving something for later. But either way, I still really enjoyed Nameless, and I hope you will too.

 

Happy Reading!

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