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Prince Charming Must Die! (The Grimm Chronicles, episode 1) [Kindle Edition]

Isabella Fontaine , Ken Brosky , Dagny Holt , Chris Smith
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book 1 of the award-winning Young Adult adventure!

On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.

Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.

With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their fairy tale characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose's spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller's boy found true love.

Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.

Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.

As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret.

This book also contains the following original Brothers Grimm fairy tales:
- Snow White
- The White Snake
- The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Cat
- The Godfather

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. Like Katniss from The Hunger Games or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice must use more than her fists if she wants to survive!

Editorial Reviews


"I really enjoy reading books that borrow inspiration from fairy tales and I really like it when they can do it in an original way. This book was definitely original. Alice is a strong female lead. I have been reading plenty of YA books with whiny female leads and this was a nice change. She was written with realistic emotions. I liked the sub characters and the detail with which they were told as well. Very unique characters that I will definitely remember." ~ Cuzinlogic Book Reviews

"The writing is clear and to the point, without over-simplifying the story, and I hold a particular fondness for the talking rabbit (I want one of my own!) ...
Prince Charming Must Die is the first part of a series focusing on different fairy-tales and I'm really looking forward to the next installment, and seeing Alice develop along the way!" ~The Aussie Book Zombie

"This was a really good book! It was easy to read, and hard to put down ... Can't wait for the next book in the series!" ~The Bookworm

"Quite honestly, I can't wait for the next instalment in the series. I think you'd enjoy this book if you like fantasy YA in general, too, and that you'd really love it if you like fairy tales and folklore at all. Why not give it a shot?" ~Stories of My Life

From the Author

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. The goal is to provide Young Adult readers with a strong, charismatic young woman in the role of the hero and provide readers with a positive protagonist who uses her brain to overcome obstacles life throws in her way. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Katniss Everdeen, we like our female heroes tough and smart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 285 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brew City Press (January 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V4JAO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative April 25, 2012
By goldmj
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very imaginative use of the backstory of Grimm's Fairy Tales to weave an entirely new and modern adventure. I love that the protagonist is a young woman who must find the hero inside herself and save the day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of a Potentially Intriguing Series April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
(cross-posted from the blog Wading Through Electronic Ink)

The Plot
Alice was looking forward to a relaxing summer volunteering at the library. Until one day she goes down to the basement and finds a note written to her. With a magic fountain pen. That can kill snakes. And may or may not be related to the talking brown rabbit in a suit who says that it is her destiny to kill corrupted characters from Grimms' Fairy Tales. Now she only has to decide if she is hallucinating or in possession of a very strange new skill set. But she had better decide fast, because if the rabbit is telling the truth, then Alice's boyfriend Edward is probably not as charming as he seems...

The Good

I was really excited when I got the e-mail asking me to review Prince Charming Must Die! Fantasy related to fairy tales is one of my favorite genres, and The Grimm Chronicles is sufficiently original to capture my attention. Plus, a new installment of the series is going to be released every two months, which is especially appealing to people like me who devour young adult fantasy novels at a rapacious pace. (And how badly does it date me to say that it brings me back to the days when I was YA age-appropriate and had a new Sweet Valley High book out every month?)

The story is based around Grimms' Fairy Tales, which are included at the end of the book for people who want to be reminded that the original stories are far more gruesome than their more familiar Disney counterparts. But we also get imagery from other stories as well. Alice going through magic doors and meeting with a talking rabbit is certainly reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's stories, and the rabbit himself is from the traditional southern tales of Br'er Rabbit.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy read April 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a really good book! It was easy to read, and hard to put down. The book is about a teenager who gets caught in the land of fairy tales. I don't want to give to much away, because it would ruin the element of surprise. If you enjoy fairy tales, this is a great book. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars bed time stories revisited July 8, 2014
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nice fantasy well written and enjoyable even for a not so young adult like me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Likable hero, great start to the series January 24, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book, for all that you know the ending right from the start. (The title might be a slight clue, but in case you missed it, Alice gives you another one on about page 1. Of course, if you missed the title, you might miss Alice's clue too. But that's not Alice's fault.)

The story is a quick and easy read, definitely a long short story, not a short novel. The authors pretty much take the short route to the ending, and the story does not have any twists or unexpected corners. One does find oneself wondering why it takes Alice so long to pluck up whatever it takes to stab the guy with a pen. I mean, sure, she doesn't want to kill him if he's just a normal guy, but then again, if you want to kill a normal guy you have to take a different approach.

I would definitely recommend reading the whole of volume 1 before making a decision about the series. I went back and forth about how many stars to give. I would give the series a definite and unqualified 5 stars, but each story on its own only a 4.

So why do I like it so much? Because I like Alice. I like the authors' approach to her. She's an admirable hero. She's smart, quick-thinking (most of the time), and intelligent. She works hard. She volunteers at the library. She has a boyfriend but she doesn't sleep with him. (NOT everybody does, and I like a story that indicates that without making a big deal out of why.) She has friends besides the boyfriend. She's not part of the "cool" clique, nor yet one of the "untouchables". She makes mistakes and tries to correct them. She has a good-but-not-perfect relationship with her parents. She seems to me the sort of person the audience can relate to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KPOW May 3, 2013
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Sad ending but amazing book! I just love this take on the Grimm stories. READ IT!!! READ IT!! READ IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! April 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is such a good story with a really interesting take on the Grimm Fairy Tales. The main character is worth cheering for and I often found myself doing just that. The Grimm characters met along the way are also an incredibly good read. They are fleshed out and interesting, a good take on already wonderful and often terrifying stories. Definitely worth the time to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book! April 17, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. The stories center around the fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm. The idea is, the brothers imbued their parchment with a mixture of white and black magick. As a result, any characters they wrote about on the imbued parchment would magically appear in our world, from theirs. The longer the characters spend in our world, the corrupt and evil they become. They're referred to as the Corrupted. Throughout the years that this has been ocurring there have been heroes. It is the hero's job to end or kill the characters and rid our world of their evil ways.

I've really enjoyed reading this book and have moved straight onto the next one. I look forward to reading the rest.

Review by Sarah, Owner/Manager of Fae Books
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince Charming must die!
Prince Charming must die is a fabulous book. I like how the author makes the characters come to life. One other thing, it takes place in my favorite place, the library!!!!! ;)
Published 7 days ago by Kathryn Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting way to go with Grimm
I must say, this book was better than most of the other "based on a previous fairytale" type books I've read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ionia Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a promising series
Prince Charming Must Die is a short book, but it packs a lot of action and character development into 91 pages. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different
A new spin on the Grim Fairy tales that is now becoming so popular. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published 20 months ago by Jeni
5.0 out of 5 stars a complete re-working of the whole fairy tale reality
So my daughter and I loved this story. My daughter is really in to fan fiction, particularly "dark winning" stories because, after all, who doesn't love a good villain. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mindy K. Wall
3.0 out of 5 stars Katniss Everdeen she is not. I was a little dissappointed.
Although I really liked the premise of evil fairy tale characters that need to be killed by a hero with a magic pen (or an item drawn by the pen) I found the writing slightly... Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by LCB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ebook
I'm 19 and I was just going to college and I thought that this was be a good book for my kindle it had a great amount of imagination and it was very easy to read and was very funny... Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by D. J. Hughes
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More About the Author

I received my MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I've had over a dozen short stories published.

In addition to regularly contributing literary fiction to various journals and magazines, my current project is a Young Adult series called The Grimm Chronicles. Maybe you've heard of it? No? Really? Well ...

My co-author Isabella Fontaine and I devised 3 "rules" for this Young Adult series. They're important to us.

1. There are no love triangles. We've set this as an explicit rule. Our main character might find love, but she won't be hounded by topless boys and she certainly will never spend her time deciding who to spend the rest of her life with.

2. Our hero, Alice, must use her brain to overcome her obstacles. That doesn't mean she can't kick some butt (she definitely can!), but she does have to rely on her knowledge to win the day.

3. Alice will never commit an act of violence against another human being without there being consequences. Sure, she can do battle with evil monsters ... but violence against human beings has real consequences. Too often our heroes of today cause physical pain to people around them in order to achieve victory. Alice is different. Alice respects nonviolence to solve real-world problems, and only uses violence to rid the world of the evil Corrupted.

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