Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mini Review: Grim by Christine Johnson

Before I get to my review I wanted to say a huge thank you to Heidi, Candace and Maja for hosting the Fire & Ice Tour, it is always such a pleasure to work with these wonderful bloggers and friends and so much too. If you haven't checked out any of the posts please make sure you do. There is a full list of all blogs that participated at the end of this post.

I also want to thank everyone that participated and made it such a success.

Title: Grim
Authors: 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
Published By: Harlequin Teen (February 25, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Anthology Horror/Paranormal
My Rating: 3 Stars!

Book Description:
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

Like with all anthologies some of the stories are amazing and some are not.

This set of anthologies was like no other that I have tried. Most of the authors are well known young adult authors and while these story were nothing short of odd they were all intriguing and fun in there own way.

We get classic retellings on old favorites, a play, fairy tales, curses and death, lots and lots of death. And while all of these don't have a happily ever after, some of them do but all of them have one thing in common, they are all all about the strange, the magical and the mystic. They are all completely unique and completely unlike anything most of these authors have ever written before.

Overall this was a good collection of short stories by a variety of popular authors that would make a good in between series read and a good read for when you don't have a lot of time for a full length novel. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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  1. I guess it's always like that with anthologies, some stories are good and some are not so good. I'm glad you enjoyed some of these stories. Great review :)

  2. This sounds different. I am glad some were good. Could you tell what tales they were a retelling of or are you unfamiliar with them?

  3. You know Kim there were a handful that I recognized and were easy right off the bat to recognize but there were way more that I didn't recognize at all or get until the very end.
    This has quite a few stories in it.

  4. so... this is just authors basically retelling the dark fairy tales of grimm brothers?

  5. You know, I saw this on NetGalley and honestly just looked at the cover without reading anything about it. I had no idea it was an anthology. It does sound good, with certain stories that you'd of course love more than others depending on personal preference and favorite authors. Thanks or the great review.

  6. I've been more into short story collections recently since my reading time is so divided, it's nice sometimes to just have a story in between bigger reads. Glad you enjoyed this for the most part. Great review!

    1. I agree,. I think I should have spaced this one out more. I might have enjoyed it more if I had.

  7. Oh sweet, Amanda Hocking has a story in it. I'm not big on anthologies, but there are some authors in there that I really like.

    1. I think you would like this one more than I did Christy.

  8. Hmmm... I'm not sure. I'm not the biggest fan of short stories, but I do like these authors. I do love the cover as well!

    1. I think you really have to like retellings to pick this one up.

  9. Ahh thanks for the sweet shout out! I am glad you had fun with the event. I was very curious about this and I am sure I would like some of the stories, but like you said, anthologies are tricky!