Friday, February 7, 2014

The Story about Grim 3

When I saw Grim on Netgalley, there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to get my hands on it.
I knew should I be refused, I would preorder the book on Amazon. I love Anthologies, for two reasons. First I like short stories. I love getting a quick fix, when I got a little bit of time or when I don't feel like committing to an entire novel
Second writing short stories is a totally different art than writing novels. I enjoy that in a good short story lots is left to the readers imagination, many things are just hinted at... Still in that short span an authors writing style does ring through and I love reading short stories of authors I don't know. It's a quick and interesting way of finding new authors I might like.
Needless to say, that I got the ARC of Grim (yeay!) and decided to read one short story a day, then write a mini review for a few of them each week.

Before the Rose bloomed by Ellen Hopkins

My least favorite Story so far- simply because it was most like the actual fairytale. It is well told, but for my taste it was too much like the old tale- though the end is more happy than the actually story. I like the goth and dark side of fairytales and found that part actually a quite disappointing.

Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton


Gratton's Retelling of Beauty and the Beast is heartbreakingly beautiful.  The story is told from Beauty's POV and it's her slowly falling in love with the Beast. Gratton's writing style is so perfect for this, that I am definitely going to read her novels. The pacing is done to perfection. Which is what makes this so good. I gulped down this story, was captivated and deeply touched. Since I don't believe in the One or love at first sight- this story rings so much more true than many other.
Well, what can I say- I am smitten. My favorite story in the book so far. By the way beauty and the beast is one of my least favorite fairytales-- so this is a double achievement in my opinion.

The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa

So I found myself with the highest expectations here. After all this is Julie Kagawa. Miss Imagination.
Kagawa did a retelling of the Three Little Piglets. (I think that's what it's called)
True to form, she added her own gothic spin to it. She took the most famous elements of the fairytale and spun another story- one that's darker and more enticing. One that questions the guilt of 'not knowing' or more accurately not wanting to know. Not asking questions and letting things go even if they dodgy. It still has a strong fairytale feel. 
So it seems sweet until the big bad wolf comes...
So why only 3,5Stars? I think I had too high expectations. Sorry, Julie but I did. So this was between good and amazing for me, but I admittedly expected to be totally blown away.

Unthethered by Sonia Gensler


To be honest, and this might be totally blasphemic, I know very little about Sonia Gensler. I never read anything by her. So I went into this really blind. Oh but what wonderful surprise! What joy!
A  fabulous, dark, spooky story with a twist, I honestly didn't expect at all! I don't know if I was plain blinded by the awesome writing or if it's just that well hidden. Because retrospective, yeah the hints were kinda there. But I really didn't see it.
I am definitely going to read more by Gensler. Untethered left me reeling and with goosebumps! Really good tale!

ARC was provided by Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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