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The Grimm Curse (Once Upon A Time Is Now) (The Grimm Curse Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Carpenter
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Book Description

From the creator of NBC's hit series, GRIMM, Stephen Carpenter presents his original young adult novel, THE GRIMM CURSE (Once Upon A Time is Now).

Fifteen year-old Jake Grimm is the last living descendent of the Brothers Grimm, who wrote the famous fairy tales in the 1800's. But Jake grew up never knowing his true destiny until he ran away from his unhappy foster home, to the place of his birth--Woodland--a small town nestled deep in a Northwestern forest.

In Woodland, Jake discovers that the fairy tales are real, and they are happening today. And Jake, as the last living Grimm, is the only one who can stop the witches, big bad wolves, and evil stepmothers who are all alive and well, and about to wreak havoc in the small town of Woodland.

Because once upon a time is now.

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  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV5C4Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New take on the Brothers Grimm February 1, 2011
By bucket
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A very clever and fun read. Too bad it's only about 100 pages or so. I'm hoping for more stories in the series. Is it a series? Hope so!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Whole New Take On Brothers Grimm December 15, 2010
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I bought my 13 year old a Kindle for an early Christmas gift, and decided to buy a few fantasy books for it first, and I read The Grimm Curse and thought it was just great. My 13 year old LOVED it. It's a whole new take on the old Grimm fairy tales and I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, good read. Kids or grownups!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother April 22, 2011
By Magi
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I was expecting more from this re-imagining of the tale of the Brothers Grimm. Unfortunately, the book actually reads as if the main character, an adolescent boy, wrote it...and not in a good way. The story could've been great, but it fell so flat because of the writing style.

For instance, action was frequently emphasized by using CAPITAL LETTERS, something I found annoying and distracting. Detail was nearly nonexistent and the plot wobbled everywhere despite the fact that the entire book takes place over about three days.

This is a great idea, but please send this book back to the editor and let its true potential out!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm cursed now to want more! December 20, 2010
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Great novella! Fast-paced, clever and just grim enough to make you wince. I chuckled throughout at the young narrator's internal dialog - not unlike 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' meets 'Lord of the Rings'! Thoroughly enjoyable and fingers crossed that it's just the beginning of a great series.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Has potential, but falls short. December 29, 2011
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I really wanted to like this one, it sounds like it had so much potential and it would be a fun ride. That being said, this book isn't as good as it should have been.

The story is about a boy, named Jake, who is the last remaining member of the Grimm family. As a result, he has to take over the role of the Huntsmen because all of the Grimm Fairytales are real, and it's up to Jake to control all of the Fairytale characters. It seems that there's a rash of vanishing children, and it seems that a local witch is involved. I don't want to say to much more about Jake, because I want the reader to discover certain things about Jake.

I did have a few problems with this.

1) The writing style of the author. The author's writing style is very poor. It's as if someone in elementary school wrote this book. The action in the book isn't really thought out and is lacking excitement. The action is very poorly written and not really fleshed out as it should have been. Also the author seems to like to use caps to express emotion. Things like POW, BAM, WHAM, BANG, "You think WE should do this?" "No, I think YOU should do this!!" After a while, it was very annoying, and took away from the plot. Also, the writer wrote in both first and third person. When it was in third person, it was hard to who was telling the story. It's just a very odd mix, and that too, took away from the story.

2) The story needs an editor. There are some awkward sentences in there, and odd word combinations. Things like, "It cost $5 bucks." If you have the dollar sign, then you don't need the word "bucks". If you have the word "bucks", you don't need the dollar sign.

3) This is short story, 83 pages. I wish the author took more time to develop a full book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what the TV show GRIMM is based on. November 20, 2011
By Tara
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I, too, would like to see this book continued, but Mr Carpenter is too busy writing for the TV show GRIMM on NBC that he co-created based on this book. Instead of a teenager, the TV series is about a detective that uses his abilities as the last Grimm to solve crimes. It has several similarities to this book. Hopefully once in a while, Mr Carpenter can add books to this one and start a series because the story is very original.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Well-Written, But Short January 7, 2012
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"The Grimm Curse" was a very well-written novella by Stephen Carpenter. Although it was written for a young teen audience, I still found it to be an entertaining story. The characterization was good and the plot was definitely interesting and unique. The chills were mild for an adult but would certainly thrill a younger audience. I don't understand the negative reviews that criticize the writing quality, because this was an excellent, well-written story in every way.

As other reviewers have said, this book seems to be a prologue for a series. I received it for free, but I would have been unhappy with the length if I had paid $2.99 for it. "The Grimm Curse" is certainly worth full price in terms of quality, but I have a personal price limit on what I pay for shorter works and full-length books. For example, I paid $2.99 for Mr. Carpenter's full-length book "Killer" and and consider it to be a bargain.

I hadn't realized that this book was the basis for the television series "Grimm". As an adult, I relate better to the characters as adults, but "The Grimm Curse" would be a wonderful YA book series that would still appeal to adults. In a perfect world, Mr. Carpenter would write two series, one with a teenaged Jacob, and a parallel one with Jacob as an adult. I would be happy to read both.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Way Better Than The TV Show December 21, 2011
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I've been watching Grimm on NBC since it first aired. It's okay, but it seems to be missing something. I found out about this book a few days ago and figured I would give it a try, and I'm glad I did.

I'm a huge fan of the Dresden Files and I would put this book on the same level as that series. It's funny, smart, creative and has it's own darkness to it. However, the story line is nothing like the TV show....which is probably why I liked it so much. The only similarities that the book and show share is the character's name (Jacob Grimm), the fact that he's a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, and he can see pretty crazy stuff.

That is where all connections between the book and show end.

In the show, Jake's an adult.
In the book, Jake's a kid.
In the show, Jake's a cop.
In the book, Jake's a high school student.
In the show, Jake has an aunt.
In the book, Jake has an uncle.
In the show, the aunt had a trailor.
In the book, the uncle had a house.
In the show, Jake is engaged.
In the book, Jake doesn't even have a girlfriend.
In the show, Jake sees all these weird creatures in Portland, Oregon.
In the book, they're all confined to the town in which he was born.

So, if you're a huge fan of the show then you'll probably be disappointed in the book.

I hope that we can see more of these stories from Stephen Carpenter. As others have already noted, the book's only downfall is that it is way too short. I read it in a day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The source is better than the show!
I confess, I've purchased it because of the TV series ... But that book is just so captivating, I couldn't put it down until the end!
Published 3 months ago by McLion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I couldn't put it down once I started!!!!!
Published 4 months ago by tracey lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Grimm Lives!!! (at least in the new fairy tales)
I have followed the TV series since the very beginning and discovered the books by accident. Really liked the first one and am looking forward to the rest. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this story
Published 8 months ago by Sarah Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting and well thought out. Cute and a fast read.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I was actually pleased with this book
I was so involved with the characters Its a quick read, but I looking forward to reading the other books in the Grimm Series.
Published 11 months ago by nettie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not long enough!
I really enjoyed this and will be looking for other work from this author. Good move putting it out free initially as a taster.
Published 13 months ago by ms j davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading, interesting story line, yet the ending could be better.
Easy reading, interesting story line, yet the ending could be better. The current ending is probably quite simple and does not engage readers to follow up new episodes.
Published 14 months ago by thuytran
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but awesome
This is a solid book. Most reviews complain that it is too short but I think it is a good length for a book molding itself after the Grimm fairy tales, which were all fairly short,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kasi Smart
3.0 out of 5 stars Short story, but intriguing idea
Intriguing story, but very short. It seems more like an intro than an entire book. In this story, Jacob Grimm, a fifteen year old orphan is drawn to his grandfather's house in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by David's Wife
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Stephen Carpenter created the NBC series Grimm, and has written screenplays for Ocean's Eleven, Blue Streak, and other films. A graduate of UCLA Film School, Carpenter has also written and directed several thrillers, including Soul Survivors, starring Casey Affleck. His first novel, Killer, was a #1 Amazon Bestseller, and dubbed a "blockbuster" by Entertainment Weekly. His latest collection, The Grimm Curse Trilogy, is available now on Amazon.

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Grimm TV show
One of our favorite shows this season. Keep up the good work.
Apr 24, 2012 by K. Goss |  See all 3 posts
Mercedes - Look for it in paperback by summer, depending on how the TV ratings go on the show. I created the NBC GRIMM series but it's up to the network if they keep it running. The book is my own attempt to bring the fairy tales to a new, younger audience. I hope you like the book series and... Read More
Jan 20, 2012 by Steve Carpenter |  See all 2 posts
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