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Grimm Memories (Grimm Tales) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 12, 2014
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While in elorium they see things aren't the same. It's more dark and dreadful. Andi and Dylan still razz each other and like each other but don't do anything about it. Frederick still likes quinn and she likes him but he is too shy that is until the end. So cute those two. Meanwhile Max is complaining and giving Frederick the protective evil eye as they go from one adventure that Andi gets them into to the next.
Soon they are face to face with Herrchen again and boy is that a treat.
The characters are as likeable and engaging as they were in the first in the series except now they volunteer to enter Elorium. Dylan is as fun loving and sweet. Frederick as shy and protective of Quinn. Andi as daring and stubborn and Quinn is the logical one. even Max meets someone but is disappointed in the end sadly by her.
The writing has you engaged in their tales from the beginning as again we get this great twist on our fairy tales but now with some darker dangerous things going on. As you read the twist you feel bad for the characters that felt this was their only way out. I loved the ending how Frederick and Quinn are together, Dylan and Andi on their way, Jack with a new beginning, and harland with his resort. And the little open door to mystery about the man with no memory in the docs office. This is a gateway to more adventure and danger.
A fun fast paced story that has you engaged from the beginning with the new darker twist to the grimm fairy tales we know and love.
So, Grimm Memories, being the sequel, takes place about half a year later. The four are reunited, and because Andi and Dylan are having strange dreams, they sneak back to Elorium, aka fairy-tale world. Only this time, Quinn's brother manages to come along (he was sent to make sure she didn't go back to Elorium. I guess he failed pretty badly). But the Elorium they go back to is in turmoil. What is happening? That's what the four has to find out. Characters from the first book make their appearance, as do new characters, and the plot twists and turns in very unexpected ways.
I must say, I don't quite understand the ending - how did they figure out things so neatly? Then again, I should add that I was rushing through the book in order to find out what happened, so I may have missed some pertinent detail.
Apart from that, I really don't have any complaints about the book. If you've read the first book, you'll adore how the characters and their relationships with each other continue to grow. I hope that if there are future books, we get to see him in normal earth a little more - I'd like to know how this experience has changed how they interact with others. There are hints here, and if they're developed, it could be a really interesting story.
To be honest, I'm not sure which book I like better. The first book referenced many, many fairy-tales, while this book has more original ideas. It really all goes down to personal preference, but if you enjoyed the first book, you'll probably enjoy this one too.
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review.
This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile (http://allsortsofbooks.blogspot.jp/2015/01/grimm-memories-by-janna-jennings.html)
This story had many flaws that were impossible for me to ignore. I didn't like the writing style and the changing view perspectives. It happened too often and left me feeling lost and not sure who's perspective I was reading at times. I have to say that honestly, I skim read the whole first and middle half, so this book could be amazing, I just didn't take the time to care.
The characters were as charming as ever and as brave as ever. You learn quite a few new things about the characters of Elorium.
"Harland closed the distance to Cob, but still didn't touch him. "My name is Andrew Erickson. In 1903, I was in a mining accident that left me crippled. I wallowed in self-pity and grief for months before a man approached me with an offer." Harland paused and swallowed hard before going on, his vioce dertermined. "He said he could make me whole again. He said I wouldn't even remember the accident." Harland passed a hand over his eyes. "I left my wife and infant son that day," and then lapsed into silence like he was waiting for judgment to be passed.
Cob studied his face a moment before extending his hand and grasping Harland's. "Nelson Rawson. Cowardly drunk. I thought it would be easier to exchange my life for another than to sober up."
I'm not sure if I will continue on with this series but for people who like to read adaptations of The Grimm Fairy Tales this is a good one.