Book - 2014 | First U.S. edition
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"When boarding-school student Oscar Drai meets Marina, she promises him a mystery and takes him to a secret graveyard deep in Barcelona, where they witness a woman dressed in black lay a single rose atop a gravestone etched with a black butterfly. Their curiosity leads them down a dangerous path, and they discover a decades-old conspiracy that puts their lives in the hands of forces more sinister and mystical than they could have believed possible"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Little Brown & Co 2014
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780316044714
Branch Call Number: TEEN
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Graves, Lucia - Translator


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May 19, 2019

The book itself is good but the e-book format is nightmarish. I'd recommend against checking out the e-book and somehow wait or pay money for the actual book.

Jul 14, 2018

Gorgeously Gothic!

May 17, 2018

This book was suspenseful, creepy, and romantic. Parts of it had a similar feel to the classic books Frankenstein and The Phantom of the Opera, but it was completely original. I loved the tragic romance of Eva Irinova and Mijail Kolvenik. Kolvenik was a really frightening villain, but I liked how he wasn't just pure evil. His motives were understandable to me, and I felt so bad for him, as well as being creeped out by him. I felt so sorry for his wife, Eva, as well. Their sad love story sort of mirrored that of Oscar and Marina, which was interesting. All the characters were so fascinating and the plot was so dark and disturbing and intricate and suspenseful(It WAS super dark, so don't read it if you aren't into that kind of thing)... I really want to say more about it, but I don't want to give spoilers, so... just read the book. It might rob you of a good night's sleep or two, but you won't regret it!
My only issues with this book are that the ending kind of dragged and it was so emotional that it kind of diminished the sadness. I read somewhere that making your characters cry doesn't mean your reader does, and I think the author of this book could benefit from that advice. Also, you have to suspend disbelief a little for this book to make sense, but it's a good book.

ArapahoeJillK Dec 12, 2017

Masterfully written Gothic, suspense, horror tale featuring the enchanting and haunting city of Barcelona, young love, and a surprise ending. P.S. It's pretty creepy in parts!

ArapahoeDaniel Dec 28, 2016

Wonderful story told from a child's perspective. Beautifully poetic and imaginative. Sci-fi, horro and fantasy all wrapped into one. A great read for anyone who appreciates an active imagination.

Oct 29, 2016

An excellent Gothic mystery and love story. Two teens of Barcelona discover within its ancient alleyways a story of love, betrayal and the pursuit to thwart mother nature at great cost to those involved.

Oct 17, 2016

Great read! Creative use of a common creature with an incredible application to save a romance that transcends time.

PimaLib_BrennaW Jul 13, 2016

It was so enjoyable to jump into Carlos Ruiz Zafon's imagination. As with his Cemetery of Forgotten books cycle, he brings Barcelona to life.

LMcShaneCLE Jul 02, 2015

This is a spooky romance - I highly recommend for a summer read that will haunt your dreams. Makes me want to visit Barcelona.

May 28, 2015

Great book! Nicely written with lots of touching details.

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