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Heaven [Paperback]

Christoph Marzi
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2 Feb 2012

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...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408314665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408314661
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christoph Marzi, born in 1970, grew up in Obermending near the Eifel, studied in Mainz and now lives with his family in the Saarland. With the sensational success in the German market with his Ancient Metropolis trilogy, he has firmly established himself as a German fantasy writer.

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Fresh and original. (Bookbag)

An original and unsettling tale, part fairy-tale, part love story and part thriller. (booktrust)

An original fantasy story with echoes of Edgar Allen Poe... filled with vivid descriptions of London... I thoroughly recommend this book for those teens who enjoy their stories dark, but full of heart! (Carousel)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fairytale which blesses us with its magic 18 April 2012
By Ms. C. A. Anderson VINE VOICE
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I really like this book, it is completely unique and full of unexpected surprises.

We delve in feet first, meeting our main character Heaven in one of the most horrible circumstances anyone could ever imagine; having your heart cut out of you. What you would think would be murder in the first few pages turns into us learning that Heavens heart has not only been cut from her body but that she is still alive.

Alone and on the rooftops of busy London, an ironic setting being that what happened to her is on the rooftops, plain for anyone to see. Then along comes rooftop jumper David, who listens to Heavens story but of course doesn't believe it, who would.

What unravels next becomes a complex and compelling fairy tale like story which has a love story at its heart and some mysteries to solve about Heaven along the way. The anti begins to rise when the man with many names who was hired by someone to steal a heart learns that there is something special about Heaven and why she is still alive and he is out to get it. Constantly looking over their shoulders and danger always lurking we increasingly warm to David and Heaven just as they are beginning to do to each other.

An ending you won't see coming but that clears the mystery of the the hole in the sky, Heaven's very existence and gives you a sense of happiness, this book is a unique translation on a beautiful German fairytale which finally blesses us with its magic.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Tale but Incomplete 18 Sep 2012
By HeavyMetalMonty VINE VOICE
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Heaven is a young-adult story rich in promise, but incomplete in delivery. The main male character, David, discovers a girl named Heaven bleeding on a London rooftop. She tells him that two men stole her heart, an implausible story that David puts down to shock and disorientation. Feeling protective of Heaven, David takes her under a wing as the two go on the run from pursuers bent on killing Heaven at any cost. The adventures that unravel attempt to explain the links between: Heaven's mysterious survival without her heart; the true identities of her mother and father; the dark, starless area of sky above London; the pursuers and their motives. The author's attempt to tie together the story strands leaves several loose ends flapping. Another piece of constructive criticism: the author uses adverbs too frequently. The perceived need for an adverb usually means that the verb is not strong enough. For teens, especially teenage girls, this may be an enjoyable read. The plot ideas are strong, but they could have been fleshed out more thoroughly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Tale 2 July 2012
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I found the start of this book rather interesting. David, a young man living in London, is on the roof of a building late one night when he comes across a murder victim. The problems start when he finds that although someone has stolen her heart she doesn't seem to be dead. She, of course, is called Heaven. So far, so good.
The blurb on the back of the book describes it as an "urban fairy tale" and that's what this is. It seems that Heaven's mother was not your ordinary mortal. Now she and David have to solve the puzzle of her birth, find out why there is a missing part of the sky and try to restore her stolen heart.(Hey, it's a fairy story!)
The story plods along at a reasonable pace, but I found it hard to care very much about the characters. The creation of a well-dressed villain who calls himself Mr Drood or Mr Scrooge and has a strong desire to hurt people with knives is reasonably chilling, but at no time did I feel really engaged by the book. At over 400 pages it's quite long and at times I became bored with some of the rather wordy descriptions. Still, if you like this sort of thing it's well enough written, I guess.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Horror-lite for pre-teens 20 Jun 2012
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There is the germ of a really cracking story here: an alternative London lived among the rooftops, a beautiful girl whose heart is ripped out but does not die, a young hero with a mysterious past, a pursuit by the simulacrum of one or more of Dickens' nastier characters accompanied by a corpse, the missing sky . . . With such ingredients what could go wrong?

Sadly something has. I think it is the combination of two things.

Firstly the truly dreadful prose that it is written in. I don't know whether it is the fault of the original author or the translator, but it is awful - leaden and clunky, it sucks the life out of the story and the characters.

Secondly, the book is described as for children, but the plot is more suitable for an adult or young adult audience, being the stuff of horror with some potentially quite complicated philosophical riddles. To make it suitable for children it has been dumbed down. Nasty things do happen but the real horror has been extracted and replaced by horror-lite, removing almost all the drama and tension from the story and taking our engagement and empathy with the characters away with it.

I think quite young children (eight to eleven) might enjoy it, but looking at the plot, parents would shy away from buying it. The teen audience would be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fab 18 Mar 2012
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Heaven is a uniquely different read. It's difficult to sum up exactly what sort of book it is as it seems to me to be a little bit of everything, a love story, a thriller and a fairy-tale all wrapped up into one.

The story itself is set in London and has this magical feel to it in an almost Neil Gaiman-esque way (to be fair I haven't read an awful lot of his stuff so forgive me if I'm talking rubbish making this comparison). It's quirky and odd with heroes and villians and strange going ons but it works.

I loved the relationship between the two main characters David and Heaven. Heaven is this strange character who you don't quite understand at first. David mostly thinks she is mad but as time goes on he gets more and more captivated by her and her unique ways. I liked seeing how the relationship between the two develops as the story goes on.

The story starts quite slowly but later on picks up pace to break-neck speed as the adventure really kicks off and is quite chlling at times when you see what the main villians are capable of.

An enjoyable and quirky read set in a wintry cold London with awesome characters which you will love.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Non-Spectacular
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David, a runaway from Cardiff desperately trying to find his way in the world stumbles across Heaven, a girl who's heart has just been... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Molly Looby
5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant book from Marzi
i have read many authors of this genre, but Marzi is one of the best. His writing style is so poetic, but straight forward at the same time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I absolutely loved this modern gothic novel about a girl called Heaven who claims that her heart has been stolen by evil men. Read more
Published 9 months ago by H. Eaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilly but charming
Sometimes one comes across books by happenstance.

I spotted Christoph Marzi's MEMORY in Hachette Australia's teen newsletter. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tez Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Fanatical Frantic Fantasy
Young adult fiction is stretched to its fantasy limits by `Heaven' which is a frantically paced novel that is part horror, part thriller, part sci-fi, part fairy story and part... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars good
i find this a hard book to reveiw yes i liked it not loved it it had me wanting to keep reading to find out what happend.over all for me just an ok read.
Published 15 months ago by Ms. B. E. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh New Idea
This book is a new wonder a beautiful twisted fairy tale with a dark secret. Lies and Fakes. The love that runs through this book keeps the readers heart pounding as Heaven races... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Miriam Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame it took so long to get going!
I nearly gave up on this book around 100 pages as it was just so slow! Not much happens for quite a while and I got bogged down in the descriptions that don't help move the story... Read more
Published 18 months ago by DaisyDaisy
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly gritty fairytale
I found this story to be extremely unusual and yet compelling. A completely original tale with an easy writing style that holds the interest of the reader right through to the last... Read more
Published 18 months ago by SCS
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
I bought this book a while back and have only just got round to reading it. I really enjoyed it and at night found it hard to put it down to go to sleep! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Iona
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