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- Publisher: Chanda Hahn; 5 edition (November 26, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 26, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ROK1UM
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Generations of Grimms have fought against the fae, trying to overcome the story, complete the tales, and ride the human world (and their family) of the fae curse. Mina, sheltered and unaware of the family curse due to her mother's constant vigilance, moving, and even going as far as changing their family name and cutting ties with all known relations, has now stumbled into her family curse. The storybook fairy tales and the family curse have finally caught up with her and her family and Mina realizes if her family is ever going to be free or able to live their lives (and further more if she wants to protect her 8 year-old mute brother from inheriting the curse in her place) she has to fulfill the family curse and somehow beat what not other Grimm has been able to before.
A well-written first book to a series with a twist on the traditional fairy tales from the Grimm brothers. The main character, descendant of the brothers, sees how things can change over the years and just like when playing telephone with friends, things can get lost over time and details can slip away or become skewed. Mina, a high-school student who is clumsy, not well off, doesn't feel particularly beautiful or special, gets thrown into the world of fae and magic, death-defying stunts, and impossible monsters. Her only hope of surviving or protecting her family is to beat what no one before has ever been able to do, even the two Grimm brothers, and they were grown men, she's just a teenager. Among her first quests are "Hansel and Gretel" and "Little Red Riding Hood."
Good book recommend for females, teenage age, high school level. Deals with subjects of magic, fantasy, fitting in, communication, and understanding others differences.
I did like Mina's little brother Charles & I feel like the author missed an opportunity there to flesh out his & Mina's relationship. The only reason Mina is willing to try as hard as she does to overcome the curse is so it doesn't end up passing to her little brother (Hunger Games anyone?), and yet there's not that much interaction between them or a very clear picture of his character. I get it, he's young & he's more of an ancillary character, but then why make him a driving force for Mina's actions?
Finally, I would've given this book 3 stars but I felt like there was one giant, insurmountable flaw to the story. Every time Mina's mom noticed the curse activating she would pack up her family & move, & go so far as to change their last name. Which makes me wonder what kind of magical curse can be evaded just by moving & changing your name? Made no sense to me at all. Does the curse use public records to find you? And if so, how? I mean it's a curse. It's intangible. I'm sure it's not going around doing Google searches & hiring private investigators to track Mina down. It really bugged me.
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But I wanted to know how the Story worked out and I fighted through, mainly by skipping huge passages and by the end, the so far rather unintelligent Mina suddenly figures out the Story. But I hugely doubt she would be able to finish over 200 stories.
The only reason for giving 3 stars is that the story itself had an interesting plot.
The real problems come with the characters rather than the plot. Wilhelmina Grimes is a major pain in the proverbial. Yes, I get that the whole clumsy, socially inept shtick is there to juxtapose against who she really is and what she will have to become to beat The Story at it's own game. Unfortunately, this means that she comes across as alternately arrogant, rude, obnoxious and very, very needy. Not exactly personality traits that you want in your protagonist. Maybe the intention was to make her a strong, modern teenage girl but she comes across as the one you would actively avoid because she is toxic.
There's a lot of peril thrown in, but most of it in places where it would make no sense for Mina to be written out of the story so it loses it's impetus and just seems to be a way to get her together with that holy grail of teenage girl existence BOYS. Yes, there is a lot of Mina mooning over boys. I get it puberty makes you dumb and those raging hormones make your preferred gender all but irresistible but it does start getting very old, very fast.
So, why did I scrape up the 3 Stars for something I clearly have issues with large parts of? Quite simply the whole premise of the book is a strangely good one and the explanation behind how the Grimms came to be cursed and what that means for their descendants is really well thought through and explained. The balance between the Fae World and the Human World is excellently handled and there are some quite chilling moments when they intersect - I don't think these are necessarily where, or what, the author intended but more happy coincidences.
At the time of reviewing this book there are another 4 in the series. Would I rush to read them? Sadly, no. Inititally I did think that this could be a wonderfully immersive series but by the end of the first book I have lot patience with Mina completely and the thought of voluntarily subjecting myself to more of her shenanigans is a non-starter.
Just when I thought I couldn't find a good young adult book to read this popped up just like the "grimoire".
I love a good fairy tale twist and this was exactly that, I cannot wait to read the next book.
However this book is the sort only you as a reader can appreciate if you try to retell It to someone it will spin like a standard story. Definitely worth it!!
This book was fairly enjoyable and the characters were all fairly relatable, being very clumsy and not part of the popular crowd. However Mina did seem slightly weak and it would have been nice to see her grow when the curse was thrust upon her or some improvement and not relying on everyone else in the book. Her best friend, Nan, has a very unhealthy obsession with technology to the point that she never seems to not be tweeting or texting. As a result we never really got to see the real Nan and it would have been nice to develop her character slightly more. Jared was another character introduced about halfway through the story and seemed a little bit O.P (overpowered) and just kind of saved Mina from most of the trouble, leaving her not really doing much herself. Also when Brody seemed to take an interest in her just because she saved his life was slightly strange, i mean, i understand you'd want to thank the person. But you don't start trying to stalk them and dump your girlfriend and friends just for her.
Don't get me wrong, the paragraph above may sound like i had lots of problems with the book. And i did, however there were also other parts of the story that i loved and i would not let the above put me off recommending the book to people that want to read a really interesting retake of The Brother's Grimm Tales. I really like the way that the tales have been incorporated in the story and the way that Mina has to battle her way through them in order to save her family. I wish some of the tales were explained or maybe referenced in a bit more detail however they are fun to read and this is definitely a book that those that love reading fairy tale retellings should check out!
Mina is likeable because of her shyness. I think most women or girls reading this story would be able to relate to her when it comes to her speaking to Brody, her crush. I know I've been there, many times. nan, her best friend, is also a great and likeable character. Let's face it, we all knew a Nan and wished we could be her.
The pace of the story is great as Hahn mixes up the history of Mina's family and working it into the present day story. As a reader, I never felt rushed or struggled to keep up with the information provided. Hahn was able to weave everything up nicely. Even the addition of new characters, such as Jared, was seamless and enhanced the flow of the story.
I first though that the story was a modern retelling of a fairy tale, which isn't something I usually enjoy, but it's not that at all. Its a new take on the history of the borthers Grimm and their tales which was very well thought out and executed. I will definitely read more in this series once I can afford to buy the books as I want to know more about Mina (and Jared!)
Mina is a bit overwhelmed and gets quite whiny but in the circumstances can you blame her - after all she just wanted a quiet life! Her friend Nan is a good contrast, more happy go lucky than Mina, Brody is a real gentleman, but with the memory loss at the end of the book will he and Mina ever get together again? I will look forward to seeing how the characters develop over the next book.
I'm not in the teen age group this is targeted at but I loved it none-the-same.
I really felt for poor clumsy Mina, and was with her every step of the way.
Really good ending too; definitely going to read the next book.
I really liked the way the fairytales were brought into the modern world without making them cringey (which could have easily happened). Felt really up-to-date. Romantic without sex too; tricky but executed well here. I would usually find this disappointing, but the book really didn't need it.
Mina has moved schools and states throughout her childhood with no reason other than she drew attention to herself. She's settled and even has a normal life but her mothers ready to jump ship again when she saves a student and it's all over the news but she's tired of running and wants some answers.
The characters were fun, the story engaging and detail filled and you were really drawn into the story and Mina's personal struggles.
Bought book 2 straight away
Add into the mix a big splash of Grimms fairy tales with a very modern vent!! Yeah, I watch the TV series Grimm too, and although I can see similarities, this is really sooo different!!
I found it quick and easy to read, if containing a few typos. Have downloaded the next in the series to see which fairy tales Mina battles through!!
A young girl dealing with an age-old family curse with only her single friend to turn to for support the story flows along nicely and I am sure it will be enjoyed by anyone who chooses to give it a chance.