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Author: Ellen Hopkins

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Before the Rose Bloomed by Ellen Hopkins

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Short Story Saturday: Grim – Before the Rose Bloomed by Ellen Hopkins

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Before the Rose Bloomed by Ellen HopkinsBefore the Rose Bloomed by Ellen Hopkins
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Thinner Than Water, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Short Story / Novella, Verse, Young Adult
Pages: 35
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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:  Lapland // Finland

First Line(s):
Deep in a vault beneath the Hall
of Legends is a tale of love and lust,
fire and ice.

Original Story: The Snow Queen

*le sigh*

Another story in the Grim anthology that is barely distinguishable from the original. Before the Rose Bloomed by Ellen Hopkins is told in verse, a style she favors, and as such it is a quick read. But as with the previous two stories in this anthology its a regurgitation of the original tale. Because of this I found myself wanting to skip this story in the hopes that the next one would be an actual retelling. It also doesn’t help that I’m not a huge fan of stories told in verse though Hopkins is better than others that I have read. Fans of Hopkins will probably enjoy this installment in the Anthology but I am left disappointed since its not a retelling.