Monday, 10 March 2014

Review: Grim by Christine Johnson


Title: Grim
Editor: Christine Johnson
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 25th February 2014

Tell Me About It
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 Hopkins, 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
My Thoughts
When I saw this on netgalley I didn't initially pick up a copy, after making my way through a few netgalley books I decided I could pick this up and spent the night reading through it. One thing I love about anthologies is that we get to sample stories from authors that we wouldn't really have read. Grim has a lot of authors that I have read before, but a lot of them I know of and either have copies on my shelves of their books that I received at blogger events, or authors that I have not read or have any of their books.

When I began reading Grim I quickly found stories that I instantly liked, and they were by authors that I had not read before, so of course this means I will have to see what other books they have written. While I knew Grim was a twist on fairy tales, I will admit that I didn't know a lot for the original books these stories were based on, a few of them I instantly made the connection and I really loved how the authors have put a creepier spin on the old stores we grew up reading..

  • The key by Rachel Hawkins is the first book I have read by Rachel, I have no idea what fairy tale this story is based on, but I did live the psychic powers in it and how it runs in the family. This was a very quick read and I really wanted to keep reading and find out what happens next. It ended far too soon for me.
  • Tessa Gratton's story Beast/Beast is twist on Beauty and the Beast and I loved the concept of this and how Beauty was physically unable to escape. I read the original story years ago and I can't remember exactly how creepy the beast is, but Tessa certainly knows how to add the extra creep factor.
  • Untethered is by Sonia Gensler, who is someone I have not heard of before, but absolutely fell in love with the story. I read it with my answers in my mind over what was happening, and when the truth was revealed I wondered how I didn't see it before hand, and I had to read it again to try to spot the clues.
  • Light It Up by Kimberley Derting was twist on Hansel and Gretel, which I got the minute I started reading, and just confirmed my suspicions when the characters names were revealed. I loved this modern twist on the story and could read this one a few times over.
  • Sell Out by Jackson Pearce is a revised story of the work first published by The Merry Fates. When the story began I didn't really know what was going on, but as it continued I felt sorry for the protagonist having to kiss people (you will know why if you read it yourself)
Grim was a quick read for me, and while I did enjoy all the stories in the book, the above list are the ones that really stood out for me. I also need to mention how fabulous the cover looks.

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