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, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though 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 heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. 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... to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.
This had such potential!!! I don't really know how or where exactly it went wrong! The author had a cool idea but somehow the execution started off good and just died. But I couldn't exactly tell you where it went wrong. The writing style is dark, descriptive and compelling so it wasn't that...
This Snow White fairy tale retelling is dipped in some horror mixed with some mystery and add some romance to sprinkle on top. This retelling of Snow White is with vampires. She doesn't hunt them, No, she lives with them! HA! interested now aren't you!?
Cami is found nearly dead and almost run over by a powerful family named the Vultusinos. She is then adopted into that family and they just happen to be....vampires... Cami is a very compelling character surrounded by mystery. Where she came from, why she was found they way she was. Cami's past is even locked away to her. All she has to haunt her are nightmares that leave her scared and unable to breath. Her adoptive brother Nico is the only one who can help her through these nightmares. Things from these nightmares start to come to real life and she starts to learn the truth about her past.
Nico, the love interest and adopted brother (a little weird) actually was a great, yet, confusing character and at times I didn't like him! It started off as if he was in love with her but had to keep his distance, which added tension and I liked that, but then when things progressed it seemed to become a very unhealthy relationship-if you can even call it that-Cami is scared of him yet at the same time pines for him and loves him and feels like she can't survive without him....WHAT?! yeah sounds unhealthy and creepy to me. Regarless of the fact that they were "brother/sister" it didn't really bother me because they were obviously NOT related...at all, just pretty much grew up together. But, the romance was very lacking and they barely interact with each other and when they do it's melodramatic! What's up with that?!
So another male character comes along and to add to the mystery carries the same scars that Cami has yet can't speak about it. Then things happen that you can kind of see coming, in regards to this character but you're hoping you are wrong. whatever. It was all cool and great and yet...something was just....OFF. Maybe it was the lack of world building, maybe it was Cami as a character and her lack of strength in personality or anything.
Sexual Content: moderate (a female was sweaty and took off her shirt to lay next to a male character-nothing happens)
Violence: moderate (an understanding that children were abused, horribly)