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 Skrovan
Given that GRIM is a collection of short stories inspired by classic fairytales I don’t think you need be familiar with those classics to read these. I for one have not read a ton of classic fairytales so my perspective on this does not compare them to whatever fairy tale might have inspired them. Some I recognized but most I really wasn’t even trying to figure out what story might have inspired them. So I definitely went in hoping that the stories would speak for themselves and possibly turn me onto a few new authors – which I did find a few authors I will now check out.
I wasn’t blown away by this collection overall but I do think I know a few young teen girls who would adore it. Half of what I read is young adult fiction so sometimes I can be a bit of a hit or miss when it comes to enjoyment. Ultimately, I had a few favorites but most others herein were just ok. Perhaps an avid lover of fairy tales might appreciate it more for being able to recognize which story had inspired it?? I’m always up for reading short fiction collections because I have never walked away from one where I haven’t immensely enjoyed one of the stories.
Keep in mind these are a mix of sci-fi and fantasy toned stories. I personally like both genres, though I’ve always been an avid lover of fantasy stories in this collection I seemed to lean towards a few of the sci-fi ones!
Honorable mentions to these in the collection:
The Raven Princess by Jon Skrovan I read his book MAN MADE BOY last year and seriously enjoyed it. This was one of the ones in the collection that I felt captured a certain fantasy feeling for me. There is a princess obviously, a terrible curse and the man that must save her.
Thinner than Water – Saundra Mitchell I recently read her book MISTWALKER and absolutely adored it so I was excited to see she was in this collection. Anyways this one is twisted! Father’s wife dies and she has a strange request…and he has a very bad idea about fulfilling it…with his daughter. Don’t be scared it’s so deliciously creepy.
Untethered by Sonia Gensler I’m surprised I liked this one as much as I did because sometimes stories dealing with the loss of a loved one can have oddball effects on me. Luckily I enjoyed this one.
Better by Shawn David Hutchinson Space drama! How can you run from a disease you can’t escape…yeah I was totally loving the sci-fi in this one.
A Real Boy by Claudia Gray Another sci-fi tale, I even recognized this as a Pinocchio story which was so neat to see it done in such a way. This definitely makes me want to check to see if this author has written anything that might appeal to me.
You can also read a guest post from one of the author’s Saundra Mitchell – on how she created her legend of The Grey Man for her book MISTWALKER!
Grim (edited by Christine Johnson)
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