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Grim (Harlequin Teen) [Kindle Edition]

Ellen Hopkins , Julie Kagawa , Amanda Hocking , Claudia Gray , Rachel Hawkins , Christine Johnson
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Book Description

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 Skrovron

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Johnson’s anthology of retold fairy tales, most based on Grimm, should be wildly popular as the 17 authors include such well-known names as Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking, and Malinda Lo. Many authors bring the tone and focus back to the original Grimm tales, and graphic gore abounds. Sometimes the violence feels gratuitous, but often it’s completely appropriate. Rachel Hawkins’ opening story sets Bluebeard in a trailer park, with truly creepy foreshadowing from the heroine’s alcoholic mother. Jon Skovron’s “Raven Princess” has delightful contemporary touches, such as a same-sex giant couple rearing an infant, and a Shrek-like ending. Readers are bound to like some stories more than others, but the diversity of tone and treatment should please most fans of the genre. For many of the authors, the retold fairy tale is something new to their body of work. Hopefully, readers drawn by Ellen Hopkins’ novels on contemporary issues will discover the appeal and relevance of “tales as old as time,” such as Sarah Rees Brennan’s charming treatment of Beauty and the Beast. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton

About the Author

A native of Michigan, Christine Johnson has lived in every corner of the state’s lower peninsula. She holds multiple degrees from the University of Michigan but prefers small-town life. After a decade as a librarian, she plunged into writing novels and never looked back. She and her husband now split their time between Michigan and the Florida Keys. You can read more about Christine at

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.

Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1008 KB
  • Print Length: 459 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373211082
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (February 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FBZL2P6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for All Fairy Tale Lovers! February 25, 2014
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Grim is the ultimate anthology for all fairy tale lovers! Even better if you like YA, because this is written by YA authors! There was only a small handful of authors in this one that I already enjoyed, but overall I loved this anthology! The fairy tales retold or totally imagined in the fairy tale world were all enjoyable on some level. A few were about tales that I didn't know, so it sometimes made it harder to grasp the story, but overall, this was an incredible anthology!

Since anthologies are always hard to review, I'll just say a few things about each of the stories. And I already reviewed Julie Kagawa and Rachel Hawkins' stories earlier since they were free reads from Amazon!

Figment by Jeri Smith-Ready was an intriguing tale. I am not quite sure what creature it was that was involved. But it was a nice story that dealt with good luck and what an inspiring musician does with it when it falls into his lap. 4/5 stars

The Twelfth Girl by Malina Lo is a retelling/spin on The Twelve Dancing Princesses! One of my favorite fairy tales! True to the story, in some sense twelve girls go to a magical place and dance the night away. But Liv, the newest girl was unaware of the cost that was paid in order for them to go there. 3.5/5 stars

The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron is a story much in the sense of classic fairy tale telling. I am not sure if this one already exists, but it was just beautifully told. A princess was cursed to be a raven and then a young man is determined to do everything possible to help her break the curse so that she may be human again. It was quite the tale and had some twists I didn't expect! 5/5 stars

Thinner than Water by Saundra Mitchell was a Princess in Disguise retelling, yet another fave of mine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of dark fairy tale retellings February 25, 2014
I got a copy of this to review through NetGalley, thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for giving me the opportunity to review this book. I love fairy tale retellings, so I was very excited to see what these stories were all about.

Below you can find brief recaps of each story in the anthology and my rating of it. All of these fairy tale retellings are supposed to be dark fairy tale retellings. Some of the retellings were of more obscure Grimm fairy tales that I had never heard of before. For example the Grimm Brothers The Robber Bridegroom, The Pink, Cat Skin, and The Shroud. It was interesting to read retellings of some less known fairy tales.

My favorites in the book were Figment by Jeri Smith-Ready (a Puss in Boots retelling), The Twelfth-Girl by Malinda Lo (retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses), The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa (retelling of The Three Little Pigs), Better by Shaun David Hutchinson (wonderful sci-fi retelling of The Pied Piper), and A Real Boy by Claudia Gray (Pinocchio retelling).

I have read most of these authors before but was introduced to a couple new authors I would love to read more from. I absolutely adored Shaun David Hutchinson’s retelling and will be checking to see what else he has written. I have never read anything by Sarah Rees Brennan, but her story of The Beauty and the Chad was hilarious and really well done.

Overall a decent collection of fairy tale retellings. Like most anthologies it is a bit hit and miss, however if you enjoy fairy tale retellings I definitely recommend picking this up. There are some retellings of some more obscure fairy tales and it was fun to read and learn about those. See below for list of stories and story ratings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection of Stories... April 3, 2014
Grim is an extremely unique collection of short stories, edited by Christine Johnson. The stories are twists on the fairy tales that many of us grew up with, such as The Snow Queen and Beauty and the Beast. Several authors contributed to Grim including Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank and many other young adult novels, Amanda Hocking, author of The Hollows series, and Julie Kagawa, author of the Iron Fey series.

Since Grim is a collection of short stories, I can’t really get into plot and characters, but I can tell you that all of the stories wove really well together. There are some stories that are obviously based on fairy tales, such as “Beauty and the Chad” which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast written by Sarah Rees Brennan, while other stories didn’t strike me as strictly being from any specific fairy tale such as “Figment” a story that is told from the point of view of a good luck charm, written by Jeri Smith-Ready. Whether they were original, or a retelling of an older tale, all of the stories were written extremely well and had interesting plots that kept me reading.

One of my favorites was “A Real Boy” by Claudia Gray, author of the Evernight series. It’s an adaptation of Pinocchio, but set in a futuristic society where we create robots that are designed to do certain jobs. So rather than it being a wooden boy, it’s a robot boy. There are no fairies involved; instead our main character is a girl who goes by the nickname Blue. Modern twists on classic fairy tales such as this are found throughout the entire collection, and I found them all to be really good adaptations.

One thing that kind of bothered me a little (and it is a little) is that there are two adaptations of Beauty and the Beast.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars She loves this book and was very happy to get it
I bought this as a gift for my child. She loves this book and was very happy to get it. She loves reading this book.
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Whatever you do, get the hardcopy!
This took me only 10months to read... well, I read at first one story a week... wrote reviews for each.. then I kinda put it aside and never got back into it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Deniz
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good stories
I enjoyed most of the stories in this short collection but be warned- almost every time a story ended, I would flip the pages back and forth and go, that's it? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melissa Cesark
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile reading
This book is fun. Although "Grim" is not scary, the anticipation I felt for the outcomes took me back to the YA scary short story books I read when I was younger. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C'est Moi
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a keeper
My daughter loved this book. She read it from the library and begged for her own copy. Short stories that are gripping to read. She devoured the book!
Published 2 months ago by Cara Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars An Anthology of Contemporary YA Authors
There are some really great reviews on here that give summaries of each story in this anthology, so I'm not going to follow suit and type out a play-by-play. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jessica L.
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, Disappointed in the Stories

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I was really disappointed by this book. There are some big name authors in here, a lot of whom I haven't read yet, but I feel like I was let... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stacey B.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Enjoyabel Retold Collection
I love the outside of this book, the cover the purple foil inlay and the fact that it comes with a ribbon bookmark. It entirely appeals to its primary audience. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anne-Marie G
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Retellings
I have read many, many fairy tale retellings over the years, many of which have blended together or disappeared from my memory banks. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heidi Anne Heiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of fairy tales
Grim is a collection of short stories inspired by fairy tales, all written by young adult authors. I've read other works by a few of the authors, which encouraged me to read this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by schmettajames
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