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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408314665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408314661
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,077 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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THEY'D KILL FOR HER HEART...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. A. Anderson VINE VOICE on 18 April 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HeavyMetalManitou VINE VOICE on 18 Sep 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Walker VINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty at the Overflowing Library VINE VOICE on 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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By Molly Looby on 24 July 2014
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A Spoiler Free Bit About The Book

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 cut out. Together they must discover what is really going on with Heaven and the man pursuing her, trying to finish what he started.

My Review

At the beginning, I really enjoyed this book. I found it easy to read big chunks of it at once as the information was given in such a way that I could take it in. However, as I read on, I got increasingly more bored of the characters and their plot line and didn't really want to pick the book up. Once I did, I read quite a lot but I didn't feel motivated to pick it up. It was also way too long. It felt like it took me forever to read. I would just look at my bookshelf and all the wonderful books there waiting to be read but I was stuck with 'Heaven'.

Saying this, however, it was a great decision to have David as the narrator rather than Heaven because it made it much more mysterious, even though the book was really about her. It makes a change from all the female protagonists I've read about recently.

There was also a line I loved that I feel was put there solely for other authors to read: "he'd never known how the stories would end when he began them - but who did?".

However, to counter this, there was the most redundant sentence I've ever read: "Then, after a pause that was neither long nor short". I mean, what is the point of that? What's wrong with just saying "Then, after a pause"? Or maybe just take the sentence out all together. I just wasted valuable seconds of my life on that sentence.
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