Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis

Release Date: January 21st, 2012
Publisher: ABRAMS
Pages: 407 
Age Group: Young Adult (17+)
Recommended For People Who Enjoyed: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Rating: Five Stars

Anna and Abel couldn’t be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?

Award-winning author Antonia Michaelis moves in a bold new direction with her latest novel: a dark, haunting, contemporary story that is part mystery, part romance, and part melodrama.
-Summary from GoodReads

Um, okay. Okay, um. Okay, okay okay okay... wow. 

First of all, these German authors are GOOD. I've been a fan of Cornelia Funke for a while, and Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier was fun, but this-this is like if you took both and butchered it up with an ax and then served it up on a plate. It is bloody and dark and rated R and has an ending that is a thousand miles shy of happy.

I loved it.

Antonia Michaelis' writing is pure and utterly beautiful. There is an innocence that rings true through even the most difficult passages to read. My heart nearly broke into a million pieces every page.

“Just a tiny little pain,
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be alright,
Just a tiny little pain.”

A thriller, a romance, a fairy-tale: it is everything and nothing at once. Abel and Anna's relationship is raw and bitter and something passionate that knows no bounds. It's hard to keep your heart from racing as Abel tells the fairytale that has wicked parallels to real life, and yet, even as his story unravels into something wonderful, the place where the bad guys get a few points but the good guys eventually win, we all have to sob a little and cry a little and scream a little when we take a moment to realize that life is not a fairytale.

Don't go into this book expecting anything, because there are sinister and sneaky and haunting 

words hiding behind the lovely cover. Be prepared with your box of tissues.



WOw great review im so gonna read this now! sounds like a really gripping kind of read!

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