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Posts Tagged: Series: Grim

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Light It Up by Kimberly Derting

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Light It Up by Kimberly Derting

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Light It Up by Kimberly DertingLight It Up by Kimberly Derting
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
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Abduction, Anthology, Family, Short Story / Novella, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 26
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Goodreads
five-stars

 

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: The Woods

First Line(s): I drop my sleeping bag and sit down hard on the slime-covered boulder, refusing to take one more step.

Original Story: Hansel and Gretal

Anthologies are always a grab bag of good things and not so good things so as with every other story in Grim, I was a bit uncertain at the start of Light it Up by Kimberly Derting. Though in the end Light it Up has been one of my favorite stories (so far) in this anthology. Its true to the original story and modernizes it for a new audience. I thought that it was well written and I hated for the story to end. I would have liked to have seen this one go on for a few more pages to see what happened next. The story was fast paced and it kept me engaged and it makes me want to go back and read all things Kimberly Derting.

irishdarkblue

five-stars
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

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

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

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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Goodreads
three-stars

 

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.

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell

Posted by Irish in 2.5 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell

Short Story Saturday: Grim – Thinner Than Water by Saundra MitchellThinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, The Raven Princess, Before the Rose Bloomed, Beast/Beast, The Brothers Piggett, Untethered, Better, Light It Up
Published by Harlequin Teen on 25 February 2014
Genres: Anthology, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Pages: 28
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
two-half-stars

 

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: Flamen // Lycea

First Line(s): I live in a kingdom surrounded by many lands.

Original Story: Cat-Skin

Though beautifully written Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell falls into the same trap that the previous story, The Raven Princess inthat it doesn’t re-tell a fairy tale. Instead, Thinner Than Water takes the original story and just re-writes it slightly but essentially its the same story. The difference with Thinner Than Water though is that Mitchell changes the ending. In the original, the Princess leaves her kingdom to hide out in another and she eventually marries the Prince (or King in some variations of the tale) and they live happily ever after. In Thinner Than Water, the story ends not long after the Princess leaves and of the two stories I do like Mitchell’s ending best.

Where this story loses me is with the squick factor and so there was a lot of unease while reading the story. In some ways this is a good thing thing as an incestuous story should make the reader feel uncomfortable and Mitchell certainly succeeds in that. But for me, I wish I had skipped this story or that Mitchell had choosen another fairy tale to try to recreate. Overall, this installment in the anthology just wasn’t for me and I hope that the next one is actually more of a retelling and not just a regurgitation of the original.

irishdarkblue

two-half-stars
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult1 Comment

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Raven Princess by Jon SkovronThe Raven Princess by Jon Skovron
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: The Key, Figment, 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: 29
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Summer Days and Summer Nights

 

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: Stromberg // Unknown Locations

First Line(s): The Princess wouldn’t stop crying.

Original Story: The Raven

At first reading The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron is among my favorite in the Grim anthology so far. However, it is also the most literal telling that I’ve read so far. The Raven Princess is almost word for word identical to the original story and as such it loses a little something in my eyes. The whole idea of this anthology is for authors to put their own spin on a classic fairy tale  and in this Skovron fails. Yet even though The Raven Princess as original as some of the others that I have I do still think that it is a worthwhile read. Skovron is a good writer I just expected something more from this story than what I got.

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

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

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Short Story Saturday, Young Adult0 Comments

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
Goodreads
three-stars
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.

irishdarkblue

 

three-stars
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Key by Rachel Hawkins

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Short Story Saturday0 Comments

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Key by Rachel Hawkins

Short Story Saturday: Grim – The Key by Rachel HawkinsThe Key by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Grim,
Also in this series: 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: 21
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars

 

Short Story Saturday is a new thing that I am going to be trying out here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. I’m going to kick off part 2 of Short Story Saturday with Grim which the book synopsis describes 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: Near Auburn, Alabama

First Line(s):  High school is hard enough without having a psychic for a mom.

Original Story: Bluebeard

The Key by Rachel Hawkins is the first story in the Grim Anthology which will be released by Harlequin Teen in February. This anthology is all about fairy tale retellings and as that is one of my favorite story concepts I just had to have this book. The Key is a quick story and one where that seems to end before it begins. This is always the problem with short stories and many novellas as they just don’t always have the time to tell a complete story. In The Key we meet Lana who is the daughter of a psychic and she herself has some powers too. And as most books that involve psychics have shown it often happens that something is seen that can not be unseen. This is the pivotal moment in the story and the one that sets the readers heart racing and quickly turning the pages until you see what happens.

The Key does a splendid job of creating all the suspense of a full length novel and this is one that I really hated to end. I am so curious to know what happens next and wish that this was some sort of prequel to a larger story. You can be sure that if Rachel Hawkins ever decided to expand this story I would read it in a heart beat. But then I pretty much would devour anything that Hawkins wrote her writing is just that good. While I hated how short this one was I did love all the emotions that Hawkins was able to make me feel in the few pages that she had to tell this story.

irishdarkblue

four-stars
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