Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness

Lili St Crow, Author
Lili St. Crow. Razorbill, $17.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-59514-357-0
Reviewed on: 04/29/2013
Release date: 04/01/2013
St. Crow (the Strange Angels series) offers a darkly stylized version of Snow White in the first in a planned trio of fairy tale adaptations. As a child, Camille is found in the snow by the rich and powerful Vultusino family, one of seven vampire families who control New Haven. Battered, scarred, and for a time voiceless, she's taken in and raised as one of their own. Turning 16, Cami hears her name whispered from mirrors and suffers nightmares spawned by her forgotten past. The men in her life (loosely parallel to the seven dwarfs) want to protect her, but when Cami's past hunts her down, she has to draw on her own resilience. St. Crow offers a busy mashup of vampires, witches, werewolves, and mutated monsters, but Cami's strange yet vulnerable nature and a sinister undercurrent of danger provide steady intrigue. The author's highly visual storytelling combines fairy tale, horror, and gangster tropes (the Vultusinos are more Corleone than Cullen), yet makes the ubiquitous feel fresh. Ages 12–up. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Apr.)
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