Sunday, 4 March 2012

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis

From Goodreads : 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.

My rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts :
Just a tiny little pain
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be alright

A good girl, a bad boy, a deadly fairytale that might come true, in truth life is no fairy tale.

Anna was fascinated by Abel, school’s moody drug dealer. When she discovered Abel was actually caring for his little sister Micha, alone, trying to protect her from her abusive father, Anna was more drawn to him. In spite of friends’ warning Anna started hanging out with Abel and found herself engulfed by the fairytale Able used to tell Micha.
A fairytale about a little orphan cliff queen with heart of pure diamond, hunted by the hunter who wants possess her diamond heart.
A foretold fairytale, woven the characters from real life and when the characters turned up dead in real, who knew a fairytale might come true.
Was Anna in love with a murderer?

Story unlike anything I have read, characters unlike any one I have ever seen, The Storyteller stole my heart.
Not many books had made me cry, neither had I crowned many books with the title of “All time favorite”, but The Storyteller was spellbound.
A parallel journey of a fairytale and truth of reality, both were mirror image of each other. Experience of reading The Storyteller will always be alive in my memory.

When I was finished with the book, I was speechless; my heart was shattered with pain, I couldn’t sleep that night. It took me several days to collect my thoughts and brought them together in a piece of paper, though I’m afraid I’ll not be able to express my feeling in few words.

The Storyteller

Abel, my storyteller, you were the heart of the book, without you the story has no existence. His character was layered like black and white aligning the lighter and dark shades of Abel’s life.

I was lost into his blue eyes, immersed in his ravishing fairytale just like Anna. Initially I thought him to be another bad boy but I immediately found myself attached to him from the very moment he ran to Micha, hold her in his arm and spin her around in the air, I found a passionate and caring boy living inside his rough shell. Abel is a character worthy of notice, very remarkable and a brilliant narrator of an enchanting fairytale.

The Rosegirl

“Part of her—unreasonable Anna—still loved him. Maybe she would never stop loving him.”

If Abel was the heart, Anna was his heart beat. The kind and selfless girl, soft like a rose petal, but her path to Abel’s life was a path of thrones. I felt emphasized with her, adapted her love, her pain and her concerns as my own. Experiencing the story from Anna’s point felt like I was physically present here but mentally I was with her watching Abel, suffering for him and falling for him more and more.

Love Is Red, So Is Blood

'He pulled her close and held her for a moment, so tight she could feel every single bone in his body. And somewhere between them, she felt his heart beating, fast and nervous. Hunted.

The storyteller was a wistful love story without the three words “I love you”. The affection and warmth between Anna and Abel made my heart beat fast and I stared to bite my nails off to the ultimate point of love, a heartrending bitter sweet romance that will haunt your thoughts.

“All you saw and felt was your love for him. You were wearing this love like a cloak, safe and warm, you thought … and he tore it apart.”

With presence of warm feelings and wet kisses in winter, The Storyteller is painful yet very touching romance mingled with series of murder and mysteries. Moving in a slow pace yet tense, the author was successful to hold me hypnotized.

Slowly unfolding the mysteries, when the book led me to the unexpected ultimate revelation, my heart sank deeper and deeper; I found my thoughts bleeding and murmuring under my breath why this have to end like this, there should have been other ways but I understood the "easy way out".

The writing was lyrical and mesmerizing, with wonderful words. I had my attention fixated on the pages as though by a spell, The Storyteller was truly a different and beautiful example of traditional writing style in modern literature.

Only I can say reading The Storyteller was wonderful journey for me. A heart wrenching love, secrets and deaths, The Storyteller is one of most extraordinarily great novel of the year.

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  1. TAG! You are IT!

    By the way, this book looks great, I added it to my To-Read list!

  2. I'm glad that you have added it in your to read list.