Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
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 favorite stories were:
Jon Skrovan – The raven girl, inspired by ‘The raven.’ This had a very fairytale-ish feeling, something I missed in some of the other short stories. I do have a feeling that it’s basically the same story as the original, but I haven’t read the it – yet. I hope to compare them soon. It's about a princess who is turned into a raven after an accidental wish of her mother. They are now both looking for the boy to turn her back into a human girl. Julie Kagawa – The brothers Piggett, based on ‘Three little piglets.’ I love everything she writes. She knows how to create a gripping story and I like that it's only loose based on the original story. She created something of her own. Kimberly Derting – Light it up, inspired by ‘Hansel & Gretel.’ I like how she used the modern world without losing the magical feeling. She blended them well together, by switching a witch into a cannibalistic hunter. Claudia Gray – A real boy, based on ‘Pinocchio.’ Very fun sci-fi twist that reminds me of Cinder and last Jackson Pearce, because she turns one of my least favorite princesses into something good (Snow white).
Ellen Hopkins – Before the rose bloomed, ‘The snow queen.’ This is very personal, but I don’t like this style.
Chopping lines and
doesn’t make it
I did read the entire story, because I love retellings of it, and it wasn't bad. This way of writing just doesn't seem to work for me and I'm glad I figured that out before trying one of her books. Sarah Rees Brennan – Beauty & The Chad, ‘Beauty and the beast.’ This was HORRIBLE. Ugh. She completely butchered my favorite tale. The whole modernisation was ridiculous and out of place. The beast talks about ‘dudes’ and ‘what’s up bro’ Just.. no. You don't go there with fairy tales!
The other stories were okay. Not memorable, but definitely not bad. There is a retelling of Bluebeard and I liked the subtle use. There was another Beauty and the beast retelling and I loved the concept, but it could use a longer storyline. I had a feeling some of them weren't done yet. All together, it was a fun book to read once, but I won’t purchase or re-read it.