Nameless by Lili St. Crow

Dark and extraordinary. 

Nameless by Lili St. Crow
Razorbill | Hardcover, 328 pages
Truth be told, I opened this review with: this is not your ordinary retelling of a beloved fairy tale, then deleted it altogether because even that line seems like a tired old phrase used to describe every single retelling that’s ever grazed our shelves. I also wrote, this is Snow White like you’ve never seen her before, but then I read the book’s jacket and it has the exact same quote from someone or other.

If you ask me to give you a little rundown of this book, then I’ll have to decline because it’s beyond me. Complicated, dark and gothic, shockingly beautiful and irrevocably unique. But I must warn you that the writing takes a bit of getting used to. There was a wide-spread usage of jargons that are entirely intrinsic to the novel as a whole. And yet, I didn’t question it nor did I complain about it. The author substituted words that have been used and misused in every paranormal YA I’ve ever read. Words like: vampires, sucking blood and the process of which vampires die in a way that almost gives them the benefit of a soul is unheard of. Then I find myself thinking, how do you even know the Seven Families are vampires? It could be another species of mythical creatures altogether, for all I know. That’s the beauty of this imagined world though, it’s wide open to interpretation and pliable enough to cater every reader’s imagination.

The romance. Oh the romance. There were two boys. It was weird. That’s all I’m going to say about that. I think if I say any more, I would ruin it. But the second I realized the love triangle was impossible, I kind of wished it was. And that’s saying a lot because love triangles fill me with abhorrence and disgust. But not here. I look forward to Camille’s interactions with both boys on every page.

The world building is insane; a dichotomy of old world and the future, an ambiance that was romantic and dark, lush and forbidden – hard to explain and even harder to paint. It’s a twisted world perfectly immortalized by the author’s words.

Nameless may be a retelling of Snow White but St. Crow stripped it off anything that may deemed it fairy tale. Prince charming does not exist and the Princess was a stuttering mess. Bring your patience and an appreciation for the weird if you’re thinking of reading this book.