Author: various authors including Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa and Amanda Hocking
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Step into a world of dark and twisted fairytales, with stories by Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking and more:
In the days when fairytales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairytales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.
Grim features some of today’s best young adult authors, sharing their own, unique retellings of classic fairytales from around the world. These talented writers, many of them New York Times bestsellers or award-winners, have put their spin on these magical worlds…
Prepare to open a treasure box of the unusual and the macabre.
I’m going to do this review a little different to my normal review way as this is an anthology so would be hard to write a different review for each different story within, so I’m just going to review them on a whole.
I was so excited to receive Grim to review and couldn’t wait to read it. It had some of my all-time favourite authors such as Claudia Gray (author of the Evernight series), Rachel Hawkins (author the of Hex Hall series) and Kimberly Derting (author of the Body Finder series). There are also other authors (as mentioned above) that a lot of people love and then there are also some authors who I had never heard of before. There were two stories that I really liked and they were Light it Up which was a modern day take on the Hansel and Gretel story and Beauty and the Chad which was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but with a bit of a twist. Overall it is a fantastically put together book and will appeal to not only fans of the authors but also people who love dark fairytales.
Below I have listed the stories that are told and which Grimm story they relate too (I think):
The Key by Rachel Hawkins is Bluebeard
Figment by Jerri Smith-Ready is Puss in Boots
The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo is 12 Dancing Princes
The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron is The Raven
Thinner than water by Saundra Mitchell is Cat Skin
Before the Rose Bloomed: A Retelling of the Snow Queen by Amanda Hopkins is The Snow Queen
Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton is Beauty and the Beast
The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa is the 3 Little Pigs
Untethered by Sonia Gensler is The Shroud
Better by Shaun David Hutchinson is The Pied Piper
Light it Up by Kimberly Derting is Hansel and Gretel
Sharper than a Serpent’s Tongue by Christine Johnson is Diamonds and Toads
A Real Boy by Claudia Gray is Pinocchio
Skin Trade by Myra McEntire is The Robber Bridegroom
Beauty and the Chad by Sarah Rees Brennan is Beauty and the Beast
The Pink: A Grim story by Amanda Hocking is The Carnation
Sell Out by Jackson Pearce is Snow White