Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: The Grimm Chronicles vol. 1 by Isabella Fontaine & Ken Brosky

The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1
Title: The Grimm Chronicles vol. 1
Authors: Isabella Fontaine & Ken Brosky
Number of Pages: 386
Published:  August 3rd 2012 by Createspace
Source: Authors / Paperback
Genre: Fantasy > Fairy Tale Retellings
Reading Level: Young Adult

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200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally. Now the characters of the Grimms’ stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.

This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series: 

Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!

Episode 2: Happily Never After

Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats

Like most children we grew up hearing fairy tales read by our Mom or Dad or other family. We wish we could jump into stories like Cinderella or Snow White and be saved by the handsome prince. Deep down we believed they were real and someday our prince will come. But what if the very stories we love to read are in fact REAL! 

Once upon a Time.... there was a girl named Alice. Alice loves to read, she volunteers at her local library, and is dating a "to good to be true" boy name Edward. Life if good. On her first day volunteering at the library she is asked to re-shelve books. While doing so, Alice comes upon a very old and tattered looking book with the author, Grimm. She is temped to just take a peak at what lies inside. While reading she is suddenly cut by a part of the book that looks like it has been glued together many years ago. To her surprise, Alice find a silver pen and a old note stuff between the pages. When Alice reads the note she find out it has been addressed to her. *insert shocked face here* 

The message: 
 Alice, Go to the far wall. Use the pen to draw a door. Don't forget to draw a doorknob!

Now Alice must choose whether she does what the note says or turns around and leaves. Her choice will change her life forever! 

Soon Alice learns that the characters in The Grimm fairy tales are in fact real and they walk among us. But this is a whole new kind of story....one where these once kind and harmless characters are PURE EVIL. 

Now the world needs a hero, someone who can stop them from taking over. 


The Grimm Chronicles Vol.1  is a brilliant read. Like most of you I too love fairy tales. I grew up reading ones like Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven dwarfs, Rumpelstiltskin and many more. This book took me back to when I was a child and truly believed it fairy tale magic. What really got me into the book was the idea of these sweet and kind fairy tale characters also have a dark side. You learn that somehow (I wont say) they make their way into our world and  soon wanting to take over. Year by year they become more and more mean and evil. It was so interesting to read The Grimm tales being told this way. I found Alice to be a very strong lead character in the book. She was very likable and down to earth. The books pacing was fast and easy to read. Middle-Grade and YA readers are most suited for this book but I think adults will love it as well. (I know I did)  The one thing that didn't go over well with me is how thick the book is and how long the story was. If you like a good chucker then this book would be a good choice but for those who don't like a long story then this book may not be what your looking for. Although the story reads quite fast and captured your attention most of the way through....or it did for me.

I look forward to reading the next installment in The Grimm Chronicles. I can't wait to see what happens next to Alice....as she saves the world one fairy tale creature at a time.

 Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.

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1 comment :

  1. I really enjoyed this book also.It had the right dose of familiar characters with new surprise twists. It kept me on my toes.


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