The Storyteller (UK edition)
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. Praise for The Storyteller STARRED REVIEW "Michaelis crafts a beautifully written, carefully constructed mystery and love story that will capture the both the reader's imagination and heart from the first page. The novel weaves a sad and loving spell...this suspenseful, often violent, read will haunt readers long after its final page is turned." -Booklist, starred review "The fairy tale is beautifully woven in and out of the contemporary scenes and the characters are well composed. -School Library Journal Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
- Paperback | 416 pages
- 140 x 209 x 28mm | 440g
- 17 Jan 2012
- Amulet Books
- New York, United States
- w. 400 col. ill.
About Antonia Michaelis
Antonia Michaelis is the author of Tiger Moon and Dragons of Darkness, and has received a total of four stars for her Amulet novels. She has lived and taught in India. She is the author of several other award-winning books published in her native Germany.
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I must admit i expected much more. This book got really high praises from some of my book friends so i was ,before even starting the book, so sure this must be a "masterpiece" . I was very glad to got this book recommended ,because as a fantasy lover i very rarely come across of non-fantasy books that i like. So i thought: Cool! That's the one i will love..! Cause i didn't read anything worth mentioning after Forbidden so it was about time to add some more titles on my contemporary none-fantasy shelve . Well..ok back to the book. This is a love story about teenagers.He is poor and she is rich. Ok..nothing new here. He is a nice guy,a knight in shiny armor ...not really.He is a bad boy. But girls do fall for that kind of boys.. He has a little sister and with all his means he tries to keep her with him,because his mother is gone,he is not an adult yet and the social services are lurking close to tear the kids apart.. There are few problems i had with this story . First of all ,the Storytelling . The boy is telling his sister a long story through the whole book. The story is actually a fantasy version of there real life. The thing is ,the story never felt like it came from a 17 years old boys mouth...how ever he is talented. It was totally out of character. And for me,this storytelling was very boring.Like reading the Little Prince over and over again .I understand the story is meant to be full of symbolism and second meanings,but it gave up to much, it was full of spoilers about the real events,given away to early... Then there is my problem with the love story it self. I never felt in anyway that the boy cared for the girl. He cared only for his little sister,everything else was just a mean to keep her save. He would never come to my list of all favorite book crushes.There was no chemistry between them.Just a stupid girl falling in love with a bad boy...Things that he did to her ...well that would be a spoiler.But even if there probably are disturbed teenagers who can forgive such a thing i doubt anyone would forgive just so without a reason for why he did that.. The characters are good and deep described its just there actions considering the love between them ,that was to plastic and not believable at all. It didn't stir any emotions in me (if you wanna cry rather read Forbidden) and i am afraid it will be soon forgotten . On the other hand this book could be interesting for the younger people with not so much reading and life experience. The writer is very talented ,she has a nice melancholic style ,she uses very beautiful words describing the nature and the surroundings ,i could easy imagine my self being in some places so vivid they where described. But it just wasn't enough for me,because i was yearning for an epic love story and this i didn't got.show moreby Olga Una Svircevic
Anna discovers a doll at school and everything changes. she begins a relationship with Abel, fascinated by the story he tells to his sister. The story is a tale about a little queen and her journey to gain freedom and keep herself safe. This story is mixed with the real story and the characters in one reflects the characters of the other. The prose is very beautiful, almost lyrical, though the story is really hard; and the reader wishes for a happy ending though he/she knows it\'s impossible. It will break your heart, but it will be worth it.show moreby julia
This is a book that completely and utterly blew me away! I admit that I was a little daunted by it at first. The premise sounded good, but I was slightly unsure about the fairy tale element of it - a lot of the time, this just doesn't work for me. This also book is reasonably thick with small font, and I always have to finish books that I start, so I really, really hoped that this was good. The Storyteller wasn't good though, it was amazing. I don't know if much was lost in translation from German to English, but the result was still beautiful. This book seems to have a little something for everyone. I'd class it as Young Adult, but it is bordering on being adult fiction. There is a contemporary, somewhat coming of age aspect to this book. There are mysteries, at points it becomes a thriller with crimes that we are wanting to solve. There is a fantasy aspect, as The Storyteller tells us a fairy tale - but it's also very much real, the events in the story reflecting real-life. The fairytale is a form of escapism against the harsh reality and a form of communication between our three main characters. This is a very vivid and dark novel. I wouldn't say that it's sinister as such, but there is something about it that is haunting and disturbing. It deals with a whole lot of very difficult subjects. The setting feels stark, cold and true to life. The pace is quite relaxed from the beginning until the last quarter of the book, where things really speed up. Although the pace was relaxed, I never became bored. Reading about both the fairy tale world and the real world was equally fascinating. There was always something that I wanted to know more about, especially when we were given not one, but two murder mysteries. We are introduced to a lot of different characters in this story but, thankfully, it doesn't become confusing. Every character plays an important part and have strong foundations. Our main characters are Anna, a girl from a well-to-do family and an intriguing boy whom she meets at her school, Abel, who lives with his young sister, Micha, in a prison-like tower block. All three of these characters are unbelievably complex and watching their relationships develop and change is very interesting. Their worlds are very different, but seeing how they work together and the contrast of their lives has a very strong effect. Anna and Abel's relationship was hesitant but natural. They certainly worked well together and the chemistry was there. Abel does everything he can to protect his little sister, Micha - he is more of a father figure to her. This protectiveness is admirable and understandable. It really made me warm to Abel, despite some uncertainty that I did have about him. He is such a well developed character and I really did sympathise with him. At points I adored him and at points I simply hated his choices. There is a lot of different layers to him and towards the end, when I was discovering more and more about him, it actually became a little painful. It was heart and gut wrenching. During the last quarter of the book, my emotions were thrown around a lot, with Michaelis revealing so many secrets and some of the answers to questions that were in the back of my mind from the start. I can imagine that a lot of people will be displeased with what happens nearing the end as it is shocking and very raw - the author doesn't hold anything back. There is a lot more to this book than I can mention in a review, especially without including spoilers. I would recommend this to anyone who is aged 16+ who feels as though they could deal with some dark issues and that want a thrilling, enthralling read. Prepare to have your emotions tested and to have story stay with you for a long time after finishing it. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another book by Michaelis, this was very different and truly fantastic. A book that certainly makes an impact.show moreby Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page)