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Grim: An Anthology edited by Christine Johnson

Grim (an anthology)
edited by Christine Johnson
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Format: Kindle, ARC
Published: Feb. 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, fantasy/ sci-fi/ adventure & more

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"CLAIRE DE LUNE and NOCTURNE author Christine Johnson, ed.’s GRIM, an anthology of dark fairy tale retellings, featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Julie Kagawa, and others, to Natashya Wilson at HarlequinTeen, in a nice deal, for publication in Winter 2014, by Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World)" -goodreads

This is an anthology done wonderfully! So far, it’s the best anthology I’ve read, and I am in awe of the diversity of the tales. Perhaps reviewing an anthology is a bit difficult, when you have so many authors, styles and plots to consider, but I am very pleased with the overall tone and feel of the book.

Reading Grim really gave me a nice snapshot at different author’s writing styles and thought processes, as they take on fairy tale re-tellings, or original concepts of their own. I’ve found some new authors that I like and I am definitely looking forward to seeking out their works. I also came in contact with some authors of whom’s work I am already acquainted with, and it was exciting to see this new dark side of them. 

The stories themselves, offer a great variety on the take of the term ‘grim.’ You get your kicks in the fashion of mysteries, fantasies, sci-fi, adventures, contemporary and historical. There’s something for everyone in this book! Now, while I absolutely fell in love with stories like “The Key,” “Figment,” and “Better,” I found one to be on the perverse side, and a couple others to be on the just okay side. The majority of the anthology is absolutely wonderful, so the latter didn’t detract that much from the overall glamor.

This is a very successful anthology that feeds to people of all genres. You’ll be captivated with the very first story, and taken through a series of imaginative minds. Some stories are finished, others leave you wanting more, some stories have a happy ending, and others end in gore! I would recommend Grim to everyone teen and up, because they’ll be sure to find a tale or two that amazes them.

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