- Harlequin Teen
- Release Date
- February 2014
Young Adult Romance
Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:
Jeri Smith Ready
Shaun David Hutchinson
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Mar 02, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
104 people found the following review helpful
GRIM is a wonderful, varied collection of fairy tale retellings from talented authors, with romance, adventure, tragedy, and enough of the mythic and mystic to make you gasp with the same wonder and awe as when you were reading beloved fairy tales once upon a time (i.e. when you were younger).
The tales were as varied as there were authors. There were sixteen in all, so each story is short. Still, I have to applaud the authors for making each tale interesting and complete. Some stories I couldn't identify which fairy tale they were based on, but I love those that I could. I especially love those with twists that turn the story on its head, like The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa and Untethered by Sonia Gensler, and beautiful, romantic stories like A Real Boy by Claudia Gray. Sarah Rees Brennan's Beauty and the Chad is a fun retelling of Beauty of the Beast, providing plenty of laughs, especially with the funny Beast...er, Chad. Fans of the Disney movie will see echoes of it in the dancing teapots and the characters' dialogue. And a bit of Spiderman.
Sharper Than a Serpent's Tongue is Christine Johnson's modern take on Diamonds and Toads. Dina wasn't really evil like older daughter in the original fairy tale, but was sharp-tongued and assertive. I like that we are left with a question at the end, and also a subtle message that we are really masters of our own destiny, despite blessings or curses that are heaped upon us. However, I do think Clara (the kind daughter) is being rewarded for the wrong thing, for keeping silent when she should have spoken up, which might give girls the wrong message.
Figment by Jeri Smith-Ready, which is The Velveteen Rabbit meets Puss in Boots, is also a noteworthy addition to the anthology. I like it for the message it tries to bring across, about not forgetting the friends who helped us on our way to success
There's something for everyone, whatever it is you may like. The best thing is that these stories are short, so if you're busy, you can read a story or two for a short break, then come back to it again later. Great, too, for teens with short attention span. LOL If you love fairy tales, you have to read this and experience again the wonder of magic and myth.
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