Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The story about Grim 1

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.
By the way: How cool is the cover?!

Grim  an Anthology

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: Hardcover, 480 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: February 25, 2014

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

The Key by Rachel Hawkins

Seriously good short story!
Hawkins constructed the MC and the side cast rather well in only a few pages. While in some ways Hawkins cleverly notches on the usuals of high school YA novels like the rich and popular kids, the eccentric bohemian mother, the handsome boy ect to bring the side characters alive, she did an impressive job on Lana. This is written from Lana's POV and I totally connected to her. 
And the ending is just how a short story should end... It left me wanting more, imagining more, pondering and excited. 
Really well written! But honesty, I don't know which story of the Grimm Brother's inspired this one? 

Figment by Jeri Smith-Ready

This is the first thing I have read by Smith-Ready and I loved it!
The story about friendship, luck and success had me captured and made me ponder afterwards. 
While one only got a glimpse of the characters - except for Fig, from whose POV this was written- I still got a good idea of who people were. Where they were coming from. 
Storyline is fun, seeing the story unfold from Fig's POV rather than from Eli's. It also had me guessing till the epilogue. 
I enjoyed Smith-Ready's writing style. It was fresh and direct. I am definitely going to read more of her works.

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

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