Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Australia on February 25, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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Step into a world of dark and twisted fairy tales, with stories by Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking and more...
In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious. Prepare to open a treasure box of the unusual and the macabre.
Grim features some of today’s best young adult authors, sharing their own, unique retellings of classic fairy tales from around the world. These talented writers, many of them New York Times bestsellers or award-winners, put their own spin on these magical worlds.
I’ve never read the original Grim fairy tales, but know they are dark, twisted and shocking stories which serve as cautionary tales. This Grim anthology is a refreshing YA twist to many of these stories, recognisable even if you haven’t read the source material, such as the Beauty and the Beast retellings, The Twelfth Princess, and Hansel and Gretel.
I loved the journey that the YA authors took us on throughout the book – stories set in the present, others based on the original fantasy setting, and even sci-fi ones set in the future. With robots, kings and queens, magic, princesses and even a “dude” frat boy, Grim is just bursting at the seams with stories to tell and adventures to take us on. All which are dark, mysterious and even disturbing.
My favourite stories were Thinner than Water, the one about a princess who gets molested by the King, Better, the story of a robot who needs to save a dying boy, and Beast/Beast, a retelling of my favourite fairy tale. All of the stories were creative and enjoyable, and I was enveloped in these short and sweet adventures. Some left me disturbed, others left me in awe, and still others made me cringe. All I knew is that I wanted to keep on reading and discovering the dark and magical adventures held within the anthology.
The only story that I didn’t love was The Beauty and Chad, where the Beast is a dude bro who exhibits a low IQ and makes me cringe by his stupid comments, such as “No homo? Dumbass interfering furniture.” I suspect it was there for some comedic relief, but I didn’t find it fitting to the rest of the book.
Grim captures the essence of fairy tales through creative, indulgent and disturbing retellings. It serves as a perfect introduction into this wonderfully dark world of twisted fairy tales, and I was totally absorbed into the stories which disturbed, intrigued and totally freaked me out. Isn’t that cover absolutely gorgeous as well?
Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Rating: 4 out of 5
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