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by Antonia Michaelis
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Literature & Fiction
  • Author:
    Antonia Michaelis
  • ISBN:
    1419700472
  • ISBN13:
    978-1419700477
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  • Publisher:
    Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Pages:
    416 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Literature & Fiction
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  • Rating:
    4.9
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    708
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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

Darksinger
"But beneath his words, Anna sensed the darkness that lurked in the shadows, the ancient darkness of fairy tales."

This book is very hard to review. It was beautifully written. I just felt like there was no hope in the words, like you couldn't feel the silver lining. I would say that this book was kind of dark but that doesn't feel right, maybe more like gray.

"Our ship is called Hope."
"And now we're leaving her behind."

I felt really bad for Abel, like he was broken and drowning and
there was no turning back.

"Maybe the responsibility for Micha is more of an anchor than a burden. A lifeboat. A wooden plank to hold onto so you don't drown."

"Keep my mind for me. See to it that nobody steals it."

Anna was a strong, forgiving character. She made some bad choices but I still really liked her. Even as horrible as this may sound I think I may have like her a little bit more when she didn't give up on Abel.

"If we lose each other in this endless icy winter, where will we find each other?"
"Where it's spring."

"I am staying with the storyteller."

I'm not sure what more I can say about this book. Would l recommend it? Yes. Also I feel this was an emotional read. I cried reading this book and I don't do that for many books, and I have read a lot of them.

A couple more of my favorite quotes.

"I'm not one if the answering people. I'm the storyteller."

"But everybody...everybody knows everything, Abel murmured. Now. No, everybody knows nothing. Nobody knows anything. Nobody knows everything..."

"The world is turning the wrong way around, and they don't notice"
DarK-LiGht
I usually avoid books that do not have HEA endings but I read this knowing that it didn't. I disliked the ending but I liked the story. It was unique including the fact that the hero was a storyteller. I liked the hero as well even though he did bad things. I could not help but feel sorry for him and his sister. Depending on how you feel about the hero will color how you feel about the ending. To me it it a tragic ending.
HelloBoB:D
When I finished, I didn't know whether I should go into a chaotic rage and trash my bedroom, or sit in a stunned silence over the amazingness of this book.
This also meant, I didn't know HOW to rate this book.
So I sat on it for a few days.
And I couldn't get it off my mind....
So this book, filled with secrets, stories, romance, and some more secrets became a top read for me.

Anna runs in a different crowd than Abel.
Her family's rich. He has only his sister.
He sits back, quietly in his own world. Completely aloof to the people around him.
But Anna is curious about him. It's her curiosity that strings her closer to Abel, and his sister Micha. The closer she becomes to them though, the more in deep she becomes to the dangers that surrounds Abel and his family.

At first, for me, I thought the story started off slowly. (For maybe the first Two pages.) *BUT* Let's keep in mind that this book was originally published in Germany, and translated into English.
The flow of words, descriptions, and story was easy to catch onto. It didn't take long for me to enjoy Anna AND Abel.

Anna is a shy character. And before you pull away and say, "Ahh. No thanks!" I need to clarify. She is has more guts and knowledge to her than anyone realizes. They think she's a "innocent little lamb", when simply she's watching their actions. Learning from them.

Abel. One word for this guy.
Tragic.
And yet, I can understand what drew Anna to this German hottie.
Who doesn't love the quiet, tortured male character?
He has a lot of heavy baggage in his past, and is very mistrustful of people. When Anna starts WANTING to be around him and his sister, he doesn't know how to take her. But eventually, Anna is allowed to hear the story that he creates for his sister, Micha. Telling her tid bits of this story, allows him and Micha to escape their own messed up life.

Listening to Abel's "fairy tale" is like watching CSI or maybe Coldcase. You're watching the story connect, and a few times you are convinced you know who the villain is, and who's not. But at last minute, you are taken for a huge turn.

The whole book will have you reeling. And even though you'll be itching to read the last page JUST to see what happens, you won't... Believe me, you won't. Why waste such an amazing story?

As much as I LOVED this book. It was a darker book, that deals with the cold reality of our world.

I think it's angled more towards Mature Adult. And simply anyone who loves just a great book, and a looot of mystery!
Ffleg
I wasn't going to write a review, because even though I adored this book,more than I could ever explain with mere words. I am no good at reviews, but I cannot get this story out of my head and for me it deserves more than five stars. I felt that I had to do my best to get people to read this story.

This book was the best book I have ever read. Not often, but sometimes, I say that about a book. This time I TRULY mean it. It is a book that you will not soon forget. A story that is heartbreaking and beautiful , hopeless, hopeful... The writing is just beautiful and flawless.

The fairytale being told by the storyteller made me feel like Alice who feel down the rabbit hole. There was magic in the fairytale. I felt like the fairytale came off the pages and that I could see it right there in front of me.

This story at times is hard to read because it is so heartbreaking and you just want everything to work out,but many times it does not look like it will. There were many times that I teared up, but never really cried. I thought I was going to make it to the end with out shedding a tear. Well, the end came and boy was I wrong. At a certain part I was crying my eyes out and couldn't make out the words anymore.

I have put this book on a pedestal and I don't think any book I read from now on will make it fall.

You NEED to read this book. It will change you, you will never be the same again.