Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review: Grim

Grim by Christine Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fairy tales take a dark and twisted path when a group of young adult authors compile short stories in the guise of classic tales. Variations on Hansel and Gretel, The Snow Queen, and Beauty and the Beast are easily recognized, but stories with the hint of a tale remembered and others that should have an age old story retold are intermixed. Many short story collections have great stories with duds included, but Grim surpasses all preconceived notions about anthologies with winner after winner till the very end. Johnson was able to select and arrange these fairy tales into a book that can be savored story by story or devoured in a few sittings (like I did). Whether the reader chooses this book because of Ellen Hopkins, Claudia Gray, Sarah Rees-Brennan or the many other great YA authors represented, they will not be disappointed. Grim refreshes my view on short story collections and I will make sure to pick them up more often.

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