GRIM edited by Christine Johnson

How did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Synopsis: 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:

  • Ellen Hopkinscover40452-medium
  • Amanda Hocking
  • Julie Kagawa
  • Claudia Gray
  • Rachel Hawkins
  • Kimberly Derting
  • Myra McEntire
  • Malinda Lo
  • Sarah Rees-Brennan
  • Jackson Pearce
  • Christine Johnson
  • Jeri Smith Ready
  • Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Saundra Mitchell
  • Sonia Gensler
  • Tessa Gratton
  • Jon Skrovan

200words (or less) review: I was so excited to read GRIM, I adore retellings and the cover is gorgeous. There are some wonderful gems within this book:

Thinner than Water by Saundra Mitchell is a retelling of Allerleirauh/Donkeyskin which has always been one of my favourite Grimm stories. I thought Saundra Mitchell version was good and liked the new ending.

Other storied I liked were; Beast / Beast by Tessa Gratton, The Key by Rachel Hawkins and the ending of The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa (though the story itself was a bit more mixed).

Better by Shaun David Hutchinson was another highlight. At the beginning I wasn’t so sure but by the end it was one of my favourites.

As with any collection there will always be stories that speak to you more and some you don’t like. Despite a few very enjoyable tales I felt that a book with the title “GRIM” didn’t actually contain stories near as grim as the originals. So that was a bit of a let-down.

Recommend it?

Yes

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