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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo

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Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Twelfth Girl by Malinda LoThe Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Fantasy, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 35
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Also by this author: Good Girl


Short Story Saturday is a new feature that I am doing here on Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. One of the anthologies that I am focusing on now is Grim edited by Christine Johnson which is described as: “In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious.”

Place(s) Traveled To: Middlebury, Massachusetts // AARU // Magh Meall

First Line(s): Harley was the kind of girl who could get away with anything.

Original Story: Twelve Dancing Princesses

I really liked the writing in The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo and for much of the story I though it was going to be you typical Twelve Dancing Princesses story. Because of that this one dragged a bit for me and it just felt long. Where The Twelfth Girl gets interesting though is at the very end. There is this twist that has you sitting up and taking note and then the story just ends. This is the point where I wish that the story could have gone on for longer and maybe revised some of what came before to make it a wee bit more interesting. For me, Liv just seemed to be this passive character and the more interesting one was Harley. I think if The Twelfth Girl had been told from her POV I would have enjoyed it more.

Liv is just the girl who sits off to the side yearning to be a part of the popular crowd. She does nothing extraordinary to stand out or even try to make friends and yet magically she is chosen by Harley to be part of her circle. Then Liv is told of dangers, which she ignores, until its almost too late when a quick flash of insight saves the day. And yet, her part of the story doesn’t seem to have concluded. There are many questions left unanswered and its just overall a so-so story. Whereas Harley’s story is still filled with mystery and that’s the one I want to know more about. But alas, tis not to be.