Monday, January 27, 2014

The Story about Grim 2

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.

Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo

Beautiful haunting story.
A goth fairytale set in our time.

So this should be right down my alley
But funny enough it's my least favorite so far. For some reason I wasn't a fan of the writing style, though I couldn't point a finger at what I actually don't like about it.
Some how it just wasn't for me.

Still the story itself is captivating and well constructed. Loved the end!

The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron

Oh fairytale galore!!
I loved this!

In fact this would have been one of my favorite fairy tales as a child. It's full of quests, mystery and adventure. In fact I am pretty sure this is based on a favorite Grim fairytale of mine.
And now?
Well, it's your typical fairytale with a twist. A twist that's oh so sublte. Because there is a hero but he is too soft. There is a curse, but it's source is very different. And the end? Let's just say it. I am smitten!

Fairytales, usually, have a message. This one has one as well, though it's not one of the brave, ruthless rescuing prince with a HEA.
It's about kindness, perseverance, generosity, finding adventure and companionship.
Well, now you know why I love this; What else is there to seek in a companion?

Thinner than Water by Saundra Mitchell

Intense, haunting and fascinating with a touch of Game of Thrones.

This starts like so many fairytales- then it take a turn to shocking. And after that I was torn between horror and hope.
This seems like a dark fairytale at first- but once done it touches a reality, that is beyond devastating. After reading this, I spent a good while thinking about the theme. So many parallels made became clear, so close to reality to a reality so many young girls are in... heartbreaking.
I loved the end.
And we have to make sure that girls in the same situation  as Merula know that they aren't alone, and more importantly make them heard!
Surprisingly deep, beautiful and disturbing.
My favorite story so far.

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

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