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Nameless : a tale of beauty and madness
2013
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Characters
Camille (Girl), Abandoned, Orphan, Mute as a child; found on the side of the road; raised in luxury; tries to hide her past from her new life;
Genre
Young adult fiction
Romance
Topics
Romantics
Love
Man-woman relationships
Teenagers
Life changes
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  Publishers Weekly Review

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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
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, and keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform only opening up to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But her past is now coming back to haunt her.
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