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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
I really like what Cameron is doing here. Really, really like it. I plan to purchase the oncoming full books and read them with gusto.

However, I have a big issue with one aspect of his writing: nearly all the voices are the same. As in, each character reasons and speaks too similarly. At one point, the Queen says "Wuteva." I highly doubt a prestigious woman would use this mumbled abbreviation. I also expected her speech (as well as two other ancient characters whom I don't want to give away) to be more complex and elegant. It's true that they're living through the centuries and will pick up new manners of speech, but my main point is that too many of the characters have the same patterns of speech.

I know Cameron has it in him to flesh out the characters better and differentiate them more. I really hope that a beta reader somewhere has pointed this out to him. It saddens me how much it detracts from the story for me and takes me out of the picture Cameron is painting.

I think that's why my favorite character so far is Ladle. She comes across almost mentally challenged at times, if not plain off her rocker. But there's something wonderful about her innocent madness! I like her voice, and I applaud Cameron.

I also have a big issue with the editor/transcriber of the book. I found so many typos and dropped words, I nearly pulled my hair out! Again, this detracts from the story, pulling me out as I try to figure out that 'form' should be 'from', 'Bur' should be 'But', or that there's a missing 'a' in a sentence which makes for stilted descriptions. Please be more watchful in the future!

I think Cameron and Danielle will go far. They're just fresh out of the gates and need some polish.
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100 of 113 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
The Grimm Diaries Prequels by Cameron Jace are a series of short stories to set the scene for the release of his much anticipated novel, Snow White Sorrow. In these prequels, the readers gets to see the famous fairytale characters we grew up reading about in a creative new light. Each "untold" story is from a different character's perspective and each gives us a little more information about this fantastic world Cameron created. The plots are fun and inventive, and the characters are familiar, yet new and exciting at the same time. I would definitely reccomend reading these, and at such a great price for the whole series, you can't beat it!
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
I stumbled across these prequels in a search for fairy tales retold. From the very first prequel, Snow White Blood Red, I was hooked. Snow White Blood Red is a great entertaining read and fast. I didn'tlike Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder as much. Despite this, it is important to read it for the story building. I also loved Beauty Never Dies. Peter Pan is one of my favorite characters in these stories. Ladle Rat Rotten Hut was my least favorite. I had trouble staying with the story and felt a bit confused. Mary Mary Quite Contrary didn't hold my attention either. I'm the oddball of readers and preferred the prequels other folks didn't much care for. And lastly Blood Apples was my favorite by far. Such a take on the red apple and golden apple and the love story inside. At the end of Blood Apples another prequel is promised and let me just say I cannot wait for it to release. All of these prequels are must reads and guarentee once you are done you'll have to read Snow White Sorrow the book they are leading up to. Cameron is an author to watch!
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful
I first read Snow White Blood Red out of curiousity after I finished his first book of the I Am Alive series. I devoured book One of the Grimms in just under two hours and talked my husband into letting me get the rest as soon as I saw them on my kindle as available. The new releases of them in this box; I would recommend this to ANYONE who loves fairy tales, Once Upon A Time the show (and the fans of Beauty and the Beast). In fact I have already lent my Kindle to my teenage son to read since his reader won't be here till Xmas and he couldn't wait that long to read either :)
Cameron will make you question everything you thought you knew, including what children's tales we knew that are deemed fairy tales and how sometimes stories of lives become more intertwined than we realize. Can't wait for book 7 to come out so I can dig my teeth in again!

Jan 8 2013 I am ediitng my review to insert my son's review now that he has gotten through the books. He loved the plots, the twists & turns, and the dark cast to the characters. He says it is truth in advertising on the query of "What if everything you knew about fairy tales was wrong?" At 13 he is quite the avid reader and goes through books like water (and I mean books like World War Z, Patient Zero, the complete works of Mark Twain; not kiddie books) Needless to say Mr Jace has 2 diehard readers (and 1 regular fan in my husband who rarely reads) in our house & a possible one in my daughter - she is 3 but loves my son reading these out loud to her despite not liking being read things like Runaway Bunny :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Grimm Diaries are a prequel to Cameron Jace’s Snow White Sorrow series. Each prequel is a quick little story from some fairy tale character or a member of the Grimm family. And each story explains the background of the some of the fairy tales that have been misrepresented by the brothers Grimm. I loved trying to guess of Cameron Jace was going to twist and manipulate the fairy tale stories to make them his own. It was really cool to read. Throughout the book, he also adds his notes, to give you some extra info to help make sense of some of the stories. I liked this, because it didn’t take away from the flow of the story at all, since the stories were just little snippets from different characters and were not a cohesive overall story yet.
We got to meet the “evil” queen from Snow White, also known as the Queen of Sorrow, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, and Mary, who helped further explain the Queen of Sorrow. I loved all of the mini stories, and they did their job in getting me excited to reading the actual Grimm Diaries series. It looks like it is going to be so flippin’ cool! There is a war brimming, and it looks like all of your favorite fairy tale characters are going to be involved. They are all immortal and have been placed under a curse by the brothers Grimm to try and protect the world. Because of the curse, they are stuck in this dreamworld of eternal slumber. Not everything about the dream world and the curse was explained in the first 6 prequels, so I can’t wait to read the rest of them and the series to find out more about that.

Cameron Jace has a real talent for making new spins on old classics. And when he is done with them, he will have you asking just what the real version is. He makes his, different, darker versions seem completely plausible. I loved that. Sometimes, I guessed what the twist would be, and other times I didn’t see it coming. It was cool to just see little parts from each story, and to try and figure out how that character might fit into his overall storyline. I think Mary’s version was my least favorite of the 6 until the end. I thought that was probably the coolest tie in out of all of them. If you are interested in fairy tales, and new takes on them, then you should check out The Grimm Diaries Prequels. It is a great way to test out Cameron Jace’s Grimm Dairies series and see if it is something you would enjoy. I can already tell it is going to be right up my alley!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
These were some sort stories that I just happened upon by luck and I am happy to say that I am glad that I did! They were amazing little stories that for my attention and I am really ready to read the entire book series when it comes out. So excited and can not wait! If you like fairy tales and darkness please check this one out!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
Love these stories. I bought them out of curiosity and just became smitten with them. They are very well written and hold your interest. I am not a huge fan of short stories, which these basically are, but I could not get enough of them. I cannot wait to read more of the prequels and the series when it comes out. These are a great twist on the stories that I loved as a child and a neat way to look at these classic stories. I also love the sprinkling of history and mythology that appears in some of the stories. My favorite character is Jack and I cannot wait to read more about him and all of the other characters!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
I stumbled across the first volume of these and have been hooked ever since. With each new book the world gets more interesting and more complicated. I have recommended these to my sisters and niece and now they are on the edge of thier seats waiting for the next installment also.

Keep up the good work and you'll have a fan for life.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
These prequels are short and not so sweet. They go back to some of the darker themes of the Grimm fairytale(Disney this is not!). I really enjoyed all of these separately enough to recommend them to my friends and I cannot wait for the full novel to come out. The characters can be a little quirky sometimes, but the endings are what make me reread them. If I say any more I may spoil it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
Very interesting read. At first I had a hard time imagining the "good" fairy tale characters as being evil and the "evil" ones as maybe not being as evil as we always imagined. But the more I read the more intersted I got in trying to figure out where the author was going with each character. I am hooked and am looking forward to reading the next 4 prequels and then the upcoming book.
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