I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings
Series: Grimm Tales #1
Published by Patchwork Press on January 20th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
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Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of folktales with the challenges of the modern world.
The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi… until the birds start to talk and elves answer doors. Whisked out of her world along with three strangers, Andi finds herself the reluctant guest of Mr. Jackson, a perplexing millionaire who claims to be able to help them get home. The secrets he harbors, however, make it difficult to know just who to trust.
When the group of teenagers discover that in this new world, fiction is anything but, and that they all have unexpected family ties to this fairy tale land, they must learn to rely on each other. The only way to survive evil fairies and giants intent on keeping them in Elorium is to rely on each other.
Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent toward treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick, and Dylan are forced to play their parts in unfinished fairy tales. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.
I’ll start, as usual, with the issues. The first one I noticed were the occasional errors, like words or punctuation omitted. But it’s an advanced copy so I’ll overlook those. It was still mostly easy to figure out what was meant.
The second issue was the time jumps. There were quite a few places, more towards the beginning, where I wasn’t sure how we’d gotten to that point. It wasn’t explained well or at all. Just- suddenly we’re here now. There were also transitions where several line spaces would have been appropriate to set them off rather than just a new paragraph.
But aside from general confusion at times, the plot was great and there certainly was attention to detail. This was among the first few fairytale retellings I’ve read and I loved that aspect of it. It was so cool to see stories come to life, even if some were modernized and some characters had ulterior motives. Aside from the main fairy tales, there were a few minor ones that didn’t really serve much of a purpose in the story, like Rumplestiltskin and Little Red Riding Hood. And some were only hinted at, like Snow White. But the way they were woven into the main story was really neat.
So were the characters. It was easy to guess that Andi was Cinderella, and later that Quinn was Rapunzel, but Dylan’s and Fredrick’s were pretty hard to guess. The whole idea that they were supposed to fill in their parts in stories was really cool and unexpected. Whoops. I hope that’s not a spoiler.
And the budding romances between the kids was adorable. I can’t wait to see if they develop in the next books.
The ending was pretty exciting, but it definitely gave me the expectant feeling like there were more adventures ahead. And I’m sure there are.
- time jumps