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A Grimm Curse: A Grimm Tales Novella (Volume 3) Paperback – October 23, 2015
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Janna is the Colorado based YA author of the Grimm Tales series. She’s married to her own real life Prince Charming, and will usually admit to being mom of three larger-than-life personalities. Besides wrangling her kids she can be found doing some therapeutic baking, whining about her sore kickboxing muscles, dreaming of the ocean, and of course, curling up with a good fairy tale.
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This was a wonderful twist on Cinderella mixed with the Frog Prince while throwing in a dash of several other tales. I enjoyed how the story followed the original stories in several ways, but still managed to weave out a completely new plot of it's own. It never felt forced into a certain mold (like these sort of stories sometimes do) but gave the characters distinct personalities, presented unexpected turns and still held the magic which makes these types of books so enchanting. The twirling in of various other fairy tales swung seamless with new additions, creating a world which feels familiar while offering all sorts of undiscovered territory.
Cynthia, the main character, is caring and under the finger of her step-mother and step-sisters, but has bite. Her lack of perfection gives her a wonderful strength while offering the right amount of edges and corners to give her a more realistic feel. The naive perfection that one gets in the original fairy tales isn't her thing, and some of her actions did make me wonder, but as the history behind everything began to be uncovered, her personality fits to her predicament. By the end, I was rooting for her.
The writing flows well, and I had no trouble getting lost in Cynthia's world. It was easy to hate or like the other characters, and I even wanted to punch a few of them in their noses. There are others which grew on me, and I hope to see them again. Although Cynthia stands in the center, the other characters aren't neglected. Their own stories and predicaments hooked me in, and I'm hoping to see where their stories end up too. There are several unanswered questions and some of the logic seemed to be missing, but I'm assuming some of this is covered in the other books.
Although this is offered as a Young Adult book, I personally believe that kids and teens ages 10 up to the younger end of the teens will appreciate this story the most.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Cynthia escapes her evil step-mother and her awful daughters to try to find a way back to where she belongs. With her cousin, the Prince's cooks son, Jack, a stolen goose, and a fisherman Cynthia has to make it out of this fairy tale land because her happily ever after lies somewhere else.
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
A Grimm Curse is a prequel that ties into the series Grimm Tales by Janna Jennings. It's cute, original enough to be considered fresh, but stays close enough to it's Grimm roots to still be considered a solid fairy tale retelling. The story is fun, the characters are relatable, and the cover is realistic with a little hint of magic.
I have yet to read the other books in this series, so the main characters in this book, Cynthia and Remi, are the only characters I am familiar with. My lack of familiarity with the series wasn't a problem at all, this book can be read as a stand alone.
I love Cynthia. She is a loose retelling of Cinderella, except with ten times more spunk and a dash of imperfection. Remi is charming, and Janna Jennings did a great job of making the frog prince a believable character, even as a frog.
Overall this book is adorable with a bittersweet ending. How refreshing to read a YA book revolving around fairy tales that possesses such a different sort of end.
The only negative about this book is a few seemingly inconsistencies in the world and the big "reveal" about what the world really is. I won't spoil it for you, but let's say the world is a bit dreamy. While the concept was great, the pacing of the reveal is slightly off to me.
Overall I give this book four stars. If you are looking for a fun, enchanting read with just enough realistic humanity to keep your feet on the ground, read this little tale. Thanks NetGalley for the review copy, and thanks Janna Jennings for writing it! I'd love to read the rest of the series too. A Grimm Curse definitely hooked me!