"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."

- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blog Tour and Harlequin TEEN Giveaway: Mini-Review of GRIM, A Collection of Dark and Twisted Fairy Tales edited by Christine Johnson (YA)

I am SO super excited to be a part of the GRIM blog tour today!
I am a huge lover of fairy-tale retellings, and I am really excited to share my three mini-reviews with you... 

I will be reviewing 3 of the short stories:
A REAL BOY by Claudia Gray, 
SKIN TRADE by Myra McEntire, and
BEAUTY AND THE CHAD by Sarah Rees-Brennan. 

GRIM blog tour by Kismet Book Tours

A Collection of Dark and Twisted Fairy Tales
Edited by Christine Johnson
Release date: February 25th, 2014
Published by: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: Young Adult Fairy Tale Retellings
Format: Hardback, eBook


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: 

1. THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins
2. FIGMENT by Jeri Smith Ready
3. THE TWELFTH GIRL by Malinda Lo 
4. THE RAVEN PRINCESS by Jon Skrovan
5. THINNER THAN WATER by Saundra Mitchell
6. BEFORE THE ROSE BLOOMED: A Retelling of the Snow Queen by Ellen Hopkins
7. BEAST / BEAST by Tessa Gratton
9. UNTETHERED by Sonia Gensler
10. BETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson
11. LIGHT IT UP by Kimberly Derting
12. SHARPER THAN A SERPENT'S TONGUE by Christine Johnson
*13. A REAL BOY by Claudia Gray
*14. SKIN TRADE by Myra McEntire
*15. BEAUTY AND THE CHAD by Sarah Rees-Brennan
16. THE PINK: A GRIMM STORY by Amanda Hocking
17. SELL IT OUT by Jackson Pearce 

BOOK TRAILER - Grim by Various YA Authors

An ARC was received for an honest review.

A REAL BOY is a dystopian retelling of... I really wanted to say Pinocchio, but because it's suppose to be based on a Grimm story, I am going to have to go with Little Red Riding Hood... 

In this future world, the rules have changed - humans can no longer go outside without breathing filters and the risk of being severely burned within 20 minutes of being exposed; they must get a license to pro-create by medical standards and they're babies are raised in a "c" until they are 5 years old, which is when they can go home to be with their families. At 12 years of age, all humans must take an assessment test to decipher their future. Meanwhile, there are robots all around being programmed to do most things that humans can no longer do. As perfect and near human that they look, they are still stiff in movement and lack personality and compassion. And Blue has no problem working with them and lacking in making any connections with anyone, including the humans around her. 

For the last 5 years, Blue has been working as a cybernetics apprentice for Professor Jafet and is determined to work as hard as she can to get ahead in her career; she agrees to work with the Professor on a new "experiment".  
Imagine her surprise when the Professor's experiment is named Rowan. A robot like no other; and no human comes close to what he is either. 

"You don't realize how selfish a feeling love can be until it calls you to do something selfless."
- Blue, GRIM (ARC, page 351)

At first, because of the set up and the characters names, I had a strong feeling that the story was based on Pinocchio - The Professor being Geppetto (she created Rowan), Rowan is Pinocchio (robots aren't suppose to tell lies) and Blue, "the conscious" (struggling with what is right/wrong or following her heart). 
But, I also feel that this story could be a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Blue being Little Red, The Professor being the Grandmother, and Rowan the Wolf. The forbidden love between Blue and Rowan mimicking Little Red and the Wolf because of society not accepting what Rowan/Wolf is and the indecision of Blue/Little Red with doing what is right and following her heart. 

I hope that Claudia Gray decides to expand on this short story sometime in the near future! Rowan is definitely someone (something?) that I would like to see more of!


 * * *  

SKIN TRADE is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel... Locke and Britt.
Oh my, this one is dark. So very dark, it made knots in my stomach. 
It's a bit gory. There is blood and other stuff; not too graphic, but definitely enough for my over-active imagination... I really don't want to say more, if I do, I will definitely give the story away. 

"Strip the marrow from the bones."
- Doris, SKIN TRADE (ARC, page 394)

And if you like twisted, dark tales - you would buy this book just to read this one!

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Myra McEntire

    * * * 

    BEAUTY AND THE CHAD is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in the most comical way! The author has flipped their personalities making the Beast easy-going, witty, sincere and quite funny. He was transformed by some "broad" while at his fraternity, and he misses his Xbox most of all. He speaks like a 'surfer dude' and is very eager to do most things himself. He does not care for magic or whimsical beauty.
    Beauty, is straight-forward, a rule follower and does not understand a word that the Beast speaks of, saying things like 'high five' and referring to her as a dude. She is surprised by the Beasts ways, and even more surprised over his willingness to share his exact feelings with her.
    Can this Beauty tame the unruly Beast and help him learn his lesson???

    "This whole 'Beast' deal? Kinda hurtful," said the Beast
    "Call me Chad."
    - The Beast aka Chad, GRIM (ARC page 406)

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Sarah Rees-Brennan

    * * * 

    ABOUT THE EDITOR/AUTHOR - Christine Johnson



    Monday, February 17th - Harlequin Paranormal Blog 
    Tuesday, February 18th - Stories 1, 2 and 3 - Two Chicks on Books
    Wednesday, February 19th - Stories 4, 5 and 6 - Book and A Latte
    Friday, February 21st - Stories 7, 8 and 9 - Fiction Freak

     Monday, February 24th - Stories 10, 11 and 12 - Mundie Moms
    Wednesday, February 26th - Stories 13, 14 and 15 - Bumbles and Fairytales
    Friday, February 28th - Stories 16 and 17 - Fiktshun


  1. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE Pinocchio! It's an awesome fairy tale, and I love the scifi twist here:)

    Thank you:)

  2. Growing up, I can remember being really into reading and watching fairy tale movies. The favorites were always Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and occasionally Little Red Riding Hood. I'm glad I got to grow up with those stories. They shaped my literary world and creativity pretty well :)

  3. Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood...I love fairy tale retellings! :)

  4. There are some really great authors in this anthology, and I can't wait to read these stories. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. Thank you for the giveaway. I love the original Grimm fairy tales. Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood would have to be my favorites. I can't wait to read the twists that all of these authors place on the original tales.

  6. I've never read this series so it's all new to me!! The old Grimm's fairytales were all good!

  7. With such a great group of authors together I can't wait to read their take on these fairy tales!

  8. (This is Darith L)

    Can’t wait to read this! I love fairytales!

  9. I'm really enjoying following the tour! Thanks for being a part of it! I love fairytale retellings. :)

  10. Re-reading fairytales will never get old for me. It is my timeless indulgence to read the originals and the modernized version of them.

  11. I love fairy tale retellings, the darker the better, even though I’m a huge Disney fan. :)

    I’ve enjoyed the few episodes of the Grimm television series that I’ve seen, so much that I recently checked out the DVD of Season One from my local library. I’ve also really liked the anthologies of fairy tale retellings for adults that are edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

    This anthology, though written for the YA market, is of great interest to me. Several authors within it have written other YA stories that I’ve enjoyed, and I’m excited to read their stories in Grim and the stories of the other, new-to-me, authors. :)

  12. I read an ARC of this, and whoa! It was flippin' fantastic! Some of theme were so clever. Beauty and the Chad was one of my favorites because it was just so funny and unexpected.

  13. I can't put this book down. I'm even reading it during commercials when watching my favourite shows.

  14. I would love to read Grim's fairy tales! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. So much love for this concept....I adore fairytale retellings. The grittier, the better! :D


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