Genre: Urban Fairytale
First Impression: Great blurb.
Synopsis: The night that Heaven lost her heart was cold and moonless. But the blade that sliced it out was warm with her dark blood…
David Pettyfer is taking a shortcut over the dark rooftops of London’s brooding houses, when he literally stumbles across Heaven: a strange, beautiful, distraught girl who says that bad men have stolen her heart. Yet she’s still alive…
And so begins David and Heaven’s wild, exciting and mysterious adventure – to find Heaven’s heart, and to discover the incredible truth about her origins.
Part thriller, part love story and part fairy tale, this brilliantly original novel from a bestselling German author will take your breath away…
200 words (or less) review: This is SO different and SO good. The narration is truly beautiful, vivid, descriptive and enticing. It is like reading a fairytale, only this one is set in a slightly alternative modern London.
Both Heaven and David a well-rounded characters that you care about. Miss Trodwood owner of The Owl and The Pussycat (this is actually a real bookshop) is very sensible but supportive in a way adults rarely are in other books. Add Mr Scrooge, the Raggedy Man and a wide awry of imaginative characters and you have a book that will win you over even if the story were lacking. But it’s not. Heaven’s story is on par with the characters it follows.
That said it is really the writing that makes this book. Christoph Marzi is truly outstanding and I fully understand the comparison to Neil Gaiman.