Genres: paranormal, retellings, young adult
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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 Skrovron
When I first heard of Grim I knew I had to have it. What promised to be a gripping anthology full of twisted fairy tale retellings delivered 100%. I’ll be up front though – there were a couple stories I skipped over because I knew the author’s previous books didn’t work for me. So I didn’t read stories by Ellen Hopkins, Julia Kagawa, Kimberly Derting, or Sarah Rees Brennan. I’m just not a fan of any of those authors, so I knew I wouldn’t enjoy those stories. I did skim them, though, and it turned out I was right.
There were two stories that really stuck out to me and the first was “Thinner Than Water” by Saundra Mitchell. It tells the story of a princess whose father is a disgusting, incesty monster and how she is able to rise above the abuse he inflicts upon her, outsmart him, and eventually forge her own destiny. I loved the main character, Merula. She could have been impossibly broken by her father’s actions and the abandonment from the people she most trusted, but instead she turned that anger into determination and totally fucked shit up. She ended up being a pretty kick-ass character by the end, which I really enjoyed.
My second favorite story was “Untethered” by Sonia Gensler. This one was a haunting ghost story that ended with a fantastic twist.
Almost every story in this collection ends with a twist ending. I loved getting to the end of each story because I knew a surprise was coming. I was pleasantly surprised by quite a few of these authors whose work I’d never read before, particularly Claudia Gray and Jeri Smith Ready.
The stories Grim features are not your average fairy tale retellings. These authors came up with refreshing ways to turn our beloved stories on their heads, and they also dug up some old fairy tales that I had trouble identifying. I absolutely recommend Grim to any fairy tale lover – these stories were fresh and exciting, and even sometimes haunting.