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Prince Charming Must Die! (The Grimm Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"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.

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  • File Size: 954 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brew City Press (January 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V4JAO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,219 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By goldmj on April 25, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 11, 2015
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There are 12 "Books" in the Grimm Chronicles series. These have been gathered into four "Volumes", (made up of three Books each). The Books are available separately, as are the four Volumes. Currently, get this, all of the Books and all of the Volumes are available as kindleunlimited freebies.

As you probably know, there are a lot, and I mean a real lot, of reimagined Grimm stories circulating at the moment. Some are hyper-violent, some are mostly romantic, a few are played strictly for laughs. There is noir-Grimm, feminist-Grimm, magical-artifact-Grimm, transgressive Grimm, bizarro Grimm. The books range in appeal from those aimed at early readers to explicitly sexual and violent versions for adults. But, there's always room on the shelf for another good series, and for me this series qualifies for space.

I like smart, feisty, independent female protagonists. They can be as snarky as they want; I don't care what their sexual preferences are; and I'm fine with attitude. These books offer a little bit of a break because we get all of that, but in a toned down package that is shot through with clever good humor. Our heroine, Alice, is certainly smart and confident. She's not a swoony romantic, but she's interested in boys. She's not snarky, but she won't be pushed around and she doesn't play clique games. She likes her parents and she isn't a mope who has a lot of imagined grievances. She's just an all around solid character.

So, when a talking rabbit tells her she's the next "hero" and that it's her job to track down and eliminate the Grimm characters who have escaped from the Grimm stories and who now populate the real world in evil and corrupted forms, she needs some persuading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Corrigan on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brianne Hawks on December 18, 2014
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Absolutely loved it!!! In a literary world of Vamps, Were's, and Fae... It's nice to get something different. I've noticed the "Alice In Wonderland" fad but this one seems completely different compared to the others but I loved it. Trying not to give any hints(except for the most obvious) away since I hate that but it deserves to be read!!! Fear ALICE!!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T Joyner on April 25, 2012
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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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nice fantasy well written and enjoyable even for a not so young adult like me!
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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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