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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"--
Publisher: New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780316044714
Branch Call Number: YA RUIZZAF
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Graves, Lucia


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A woman shrouded in a dark cloak leads Oscar and Marina on a journey that transports them to forgotten postwar Barcelona where a secret waits in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city. MS

A young man who likes to explore his school's surroundings in Spain finds more than he bargained for when he visits a house playing lovely music. The author weaves together the stories of three different eras and individual’s stories into one very intriguing and lovely tale. You become very inves... Read More »

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AL_JILLK 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!

AL_DANIEL 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.

eferry Dec 15, 2014

"Marina" catches you in its web and holds on until the end- I couldn't put it down!

It has some horror in it- there were scenes that made me look up and make sure that no one was in my room with me. But these scenes are tempered by the main character, Oscar, who searches without fear for the answers to the mysteries he discovers.

Heartwarming and heartbreaking.

multcolib_susannel Oct 10, 2014

Shrouded woman. Black butterfly. Red Rose. Tombstone with no name. Why?

Dec 15, 2013

a gothic tale set in the back alleys of Barcelona. Intriguing with numerous twists in the plot , not enough to get confusing, more to draw one into the underworld of darkness, revenge, love lost and leave you at the end actually feeling a degree of sympathy for some of the characters.


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