Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Shelf: Grim by Christine Johnson and Various Authors

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Ellen Hopkins
Amanda Hocking
Julie Kagawa
Claudia Gray
Rachel Hawkins
Kimberly Derting
Myra McEntire
Malinda Lo
Sarah Rees-Brennan
Jackson Pearce
Christine Johnson
Jeri Smith Ready
Shaun David Hutchinson
Saundra Mitchell
Sonia Gensler
Tessa Gratton
Jon Skrovon

More info on Goodreads......


Edited by Christine Johnson, Grim is a collection of short stories by some of the biggest names in today’s Young Adult genre and sees some of our favorite authors give a unique twist on some of the most classic of fairytales in their own retellings.

By nature, I’m not the biggest fans of short stories. Usually by the time I feel truly invested in the story it’s naturally coming to its ends and I normally feel writers rush in their haste to compact so much information into such a short story. Grim however I did enjoy, and I certainly appreciated some of the different retellings.

It was interesting seeing such a vast array of writing styles come together in one book and it really highlighted how very different all these authors are. Not that that’s a bad thing! Different tones and different styles made for different tales; some were more traditional while others really twisted things up.

Personally I found the stories by Rachel Hawkins, Shaun David Hutchinson and Claudia Gray to be the highlights for me in the overall book, although I think each author did a good job.

A great way to discover new authors while reading more from those you already love, Grim is definitely worth a read!

Source: Sent for review by HarlequinTEEN Australia (Thank you guys!)
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: If you're a fan of fairytales or want to read something by any of these authors, this is worth a read.
Cover: It doesn't really do anything for the novel if you ask me.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: This is a stand alone, but I'll read more by many of these authors......

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