A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings

How did I get the book?  Netgalley, thank you @ Patchwork Press

Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Synopsis: Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of generations old folktales with the challenges of the modern world.
The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi Grace, until birds start talking and elves answer doors. Along with three others, Andi has been whisked out of her world and finds herself the reluctant guest of the perplexing millionaire, Mr. Jackson—a stranger willing to help get them home, but who’s keeping secrets of his own.
Discovering unexpected family connections to this fairy tale land, the group must rely on each other as they dodge evil fairies and battle giants, intent on keeping them in Elorium.
Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick and Dylan are forced into fairy tale roles to find the way home. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.

200words (or less) review: A Grimm Legacy is a great idea. I love fairy tales, especially Grimm stories and will always seek books out that try a new spin on these. Having read A Grimm Legacy I still think the idea is good but the execution didn’t work as well as I hoped.

I’m not sure if it’s because my copy was a review ARC but there are some really odd sentences, not so much the spelling but the word order. On top of that I have some major issues with the German.

One of the biggest problems is “Herrchen”. He is the master of Elorium and such to be feared; at least I’m assuming that was the plan. The problem is that “Herrchen” is normally only used by dog owners when calling their pets or when pandering to a small child. If Janna Jennings was using this term this deliberately (as in “Herrchen” views his subjects as pets) then this needs to be highlighted somewhere in the story, otherwise it just looks like a bad case of online translation.

I think there is a lot of potential in A Grimm Legacy but it needs some polishing first.

Recommend it?

Not sure

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