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I m going with about a 2.5 stars My actual rating was somewhere around 3 but to be honest, this really disappointed me I just felt that so many of the stories didn t fit with the theme, and weren t the dark, whimsical, magical stories I thought I was going to get from this Most of them were pretty simplistic, pretty clich , and pretty unoriginal and not at all creative I just felt that the authors could have done so muchwith this premise that they were given I like to read anthologi I m going with about a 2.5 stars My actual rating was somewhere around 3 but to be honest, this really disappointed me I just felt that so many of the stories didn t fit with the theme, and weren t the dark, whimsical, magical stories I thought I was going to get from this Most of them were pretty simplistic, pretty clich , and pretty unoriginal and not at all creative I just felt that the authors could have done so muchwith this premise that they were given I like to read anthologies because it can introduce me to knew authors who I will hopefully love, without going through the stress of reading one of their books and then potentially not liking it However, there were many in here I haven t really written any full reviews for anthologies before, but here are some basic things I took from this book Authors who I would read again Saundra Mitchell Ellen Hopkins Tessa Gratton who Ihaveread before So now, here are my thoughts on the stories The Key by Rachel Hawkins 2.5 stars This was okay but quite short Although the story was kind of interesting it wasn t really that memorable and I couldn treallysee which fairy tale it was inspired by The writing was prettymediocre I thought it was just.extremely average Figment by Jeri Smith Ready 2 stars I think this was my least favourite story in the whole anthology It was super weird and not really dark at all and didn t have much atmosphere I didn t really like the plot or the writing in general Although I can see it was inspired by Puss in Boots, I didn t fit with what I thought this anthology would be The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo 2.5 stars This was darker andinteresting plot wise, but some parts were kind of petty Like teenage girls wanting to be popular and party Plus the writing felt really young not simplistic, but the way a middle grade book is kind of written The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron 3 stars This was marginally better than the others but I still had some issues It finally did feel like a fairy tale and I loved that element of it However, the writing was kind of clunky in places and also the dialogue swung between being really old fashioned and almost modern, and I couldn t tell whether it was trying to be funny or if it was just poorly written Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell 4 stars Things picked up a bit here and I was starting to feel quite hopeful I really loved this one and I knew the fairy tale, even though it is quite an obscure one The writing was pretty and I really really adored the female empowerment aspects Before the Rose Bloomed A Retelling of the Snow Queen by Ellen Hopkins 4 stars I really loved this one too It had such beautiful poetry and I thought it was really beautiful I loved how the verse increased by a line each part The problem I had with this one though it wasn t really a twisted retelling It just was the Snow Queen With like the exact same story I wish it had taken a little detour Beast Beast by Tessa Gratton 4.5 stars Look, they put all my favourite bunched together in one place This story was everything I wanted from this whole anthology It was whimsical and dark and beautiful written and basically had the atmosphere that I expected this whole book to have THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE IT The Brothers Pigett by Julie Kagawa 3.5 stars On this one, I have mixed feelings On some scale, I enjoyed it, and the writing was pretty good quality However, I wasn t a huge fan of the story itself It went in a direction that I don t think it perhaps should have, and I really didn t like the way it ended Again, it was dark, butargh I didn t like it Untethered by Sonia Gensler 2.5 stars This one remembered literally zilch about and had to strain my brain cells to even remember what I was talking about in my notes But basically, I remember this was really really short and that I couldn t find a fairy tale in my mind that it connected to and it was just kind of pointless Better by Shaun David Hutchinson 3 stars I ve never read anything by Shaun David Hutchinson but I think people say his books are sort of weird This was It was an interesting weird, but also which fairy tale And also how does this fit in the anthology The concept was interesting, but I didn t really like the writing style Light it Up by Kimberly Derting 2.5 stars Ahhh help my brain because I remember nothing What was this even about Wow, shows how unmemorable it is I wrote down that it feltlike a fairy tale but I didn t like the writing and the story did nothing for me I m wracking my brains but I remember absolutely nothing about this at all I guess it really did nothing for me OHHH wait this was about Hansel and Gretel Yep, this one was a little weird Didn t really like it Sharper Than A Serpents Tongue by Christine Johnson 2.5 stars This had some interesting ideas but the story was kind of uncreative I saw some modern themes in there that I liked but aside from that, it was basically just the original fairy tale in a modern setting, and it was just so un creative And the writing was just average A Real Boy by Claudia Grey 3 stars Okay, buttechnicallyPinocchio isn t a fairy talebut its fine I liked this one It wasoriginal and had the beginnings of an interesting world However, I really struggle with the idea of robots having feelings because But it was fun Skin Trade by Myra McEntire 3.5 stars This was finally dark and creepy again and just great But it was really short and I just don t feel it was explained enough I loved the concept but I wish it had been longer I would love to read a full length book basedaround this concept Beauty and the Chad by Sarah Rees Brennan 3 stars This just totally ruined the atmosphere I was looking for once and for all, but at this point, I had given up At least it was funny and heart warming Just not my kind of thing More of a me, not you thing this time although why can t it be bloody and dark The Pink by Amanda Hocking 4 stars This actually surprised me because I have read other books by Amanda Hocking.and hated them This was magical though and feltlike a fairy tale than so many of the others and I really liked it It had a combination of a few fairy tales which I enjoyed Sell Out by Jackson Pearce 2.5 stars Again, don t remember It needed to be longer, apparently I liked the concept past me says so but it neededdevelopment There wasn t enough information Well, there really wasn t enough information because I REMEMBER NOTHING This whole anthology for the most part was a great big pile of ehhh It was really disappointing and honestly, this book praises these authors as being some of the best YA authors out there Half of them I ve never heard of, half of them I haven t read, and most of their stories were not something that would inspire me to give them that title My hands hurt from typing all this disappointment I hope I find a better anthology next time 2.9Buddy read with Simo and Aurora Reading one short story per day April 1, day one The key by Rachel Hawkins 3 starsA retelling of Bluebeard, The key was a quick enjoyable short story However, it was also extremely short, I would have liked to seewhen it came to the ending April 2, day two Figment by Jeri Smith Ready 4 starsI liked this short story so much, I think I m going to check out some books by this author Puss in boots was one of my favourite fairytales and this one was a g 2.9Buddy read with Simo and Aurora Reading one short story per day April 1, day one The key by Rachel Hawkins 3 starsA retelling of Bluebeard, The key was a quick enjoyable short story However, it was also extremely short, I would have liked to seewhen it came to the ending April 2, day two Figment by Jeri Smith Ready 4 starsI liked this short story so much, I think I m going to check out some books by this author Puss in boots was one of my favourite fairytales and this one was a good retelling in my opinion Extremely cute though, not creepy at all April 3, day three The twelfth girl by Malinda Lo 2 starsThis short story is my least favourite so far, I just didn t connect with it at all April 4, day four The Raven princess by Jon Skovron 3 starsI didn t love it, but I liked the ending soI guess it was enjoyable April 5, day five Thinner than water by Saundra Mitchell 3.5 starsAnother good one, finally April 6, day six Before the rose bloomed by Ellen Hopkins 1.5 starsNot my cup of tea Someone might consider it beautiful, narrating in verses, but for me it simply didn t work So, no rating for now, because I have to think about it April 7, day seven Beast Beast by Tessa Gratton 4 starsProbably one of my favourite stories in this antology, Beast Beast was quite creepy and beautiful at the same time April 8, day eight The brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa 3 starsConsidering how much I love Julie s writing and world building I was disappointed by this short story But since what I likeabout her stories is the world building and this is a short story I should have seen it coming April 10, day nine Untethered by Sonia Gensler 3 starsI probably didn t get the point of this short story April 11, day ten Better by Shaun David Hutchinson 2 starsUhm WTH April 12, day eleven Light it up by Kimberly Derting 3 starsNice retelling, though I still have problems with Derting s writing style April 13, day twelve Sharper than a Serpent s tongue by Christine Johnson 2.5 starsEh Average April 14, day thirteen A real boy by Claudia Gray 4 starsFinally another cute short storyI thought they would be creepy but I m not complaining since I like the cute ones April 16, day fourteen Skin Trade by Myra McEntire 3 starsKind of creepy, but still these short story are way too simple and the ending is always soabrupt April 17, day fifteen Beauty and The Chad by Sarah Rees Brennan 2Dude, what was that Never thought I d give Brennan s short story two stars April 18, day sixteen The pink by Amanda Hocking 3 starsPlain, simple story Nothing amazing but not bad April 19, day seventeen Sell out by Jackson Pearce 3.5 starsI ve read a book by Pearce and I remember liking it so I went into this short story knowing that it wouldn t be bad I hope it would be a little bit longer butit was okay.Overall I can t say that Grim lived up to my expectations There arebeautiful collections of short stories out there This collection of short stories is narrated by Christine Johnson and I enjoyed her narration Some stories are good and promising, some are just horrible The Key by Rachel Hawkins The psychic story is a good start but it was cut too short and ended vaguely 3.5 5 stars Figment by Jeri Smith Ready A sweet friendship between Eli and Fig I really like it 4 5 stars The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo I fell asleep on some parts So boring 1 5 stars The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron I This collection of short stories is narrated by Christine Johnson and I enjoyed her narration Some stories are good and promising, some are just horrible The Key by Rachel Hawkins The psychic story is a good start but it was cut too short and ended vaguely 3.5 5 stars Figment by Jeri Smith Ready A sweet friendship between Eli and Fig I really like it 4 5 stars The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo I fell asleep on some parts So boring 1 5 stars The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron I like this 3 5 starsThinner than Water by Saundra Mitchell The darkness of the story shook me The king married his daughter but the author s writing style is compelling which is a win for me Out of the retellings, this one stood out for me 4.5 5 stars Before the Rose Bloomed by Ellen Hopkins This Snow Queen retelling fell flat 1 5 stars Beast Beastby Tessa Gratton A great retelling ofBeauty and the Beast4 5 stars The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa This is an okay story Kinda weird 2 5 stars Untethered by Sonia Gensler 3 5 stars Good writing style but not a fan of the story Better by Shaun David Hutchinson Better than I expected Wonderful story indeed 4 5 stars Light It Up by Kimberly Derting 2 5 stars A meh retelling of Hansel and Gretel Sharper Than a Serpent s Tongue by Christine Johnson It s okay and kinda miss 2 5 stars A Real Boy by Claudia Gray 3 5 stars I m not familiar of this retelling but it s good Beauty and the Chad Sarah Rees Brennan Why are Beauty and the Beast retellings are good It s so adorable 4 5 stars The Pink by Amanda Hocking Another retelling I m not familiar with It s good but the ending was a bit boring 3 5 stars Sell Out by Jackson Pearce This can be good but the ending just 3.5 5 stars I love short stories There s no better way to find new authors than to pick up a well done anthology written by multiple authors.I also love fairy tale retellings More than I probably should Robin McKinnley s books, the recently released and super fantastic Roses by G.R Mannering, the short story collection Black Pearls by Louise HawesI love discovering retellings in all forms and fashions Grim, an anthology written by some of my favorite authors, was no exception Not only did it inc I love short stories There s no better way to find new authors than to pick up a well done anthology written by multiple authors.I also love fairy tale retellings More than I probably should Robin McKinnley s books, the recently released and super fantastic Roses by G.R Mannering, the short story collection Black Pearls by Louise HawesI love discovering retellings in all forms and fashions Grim, an anthology written by some of my favorite authors, was no exception Not only did it include some awesome fairy tales, including some lesser known ones, it also had terrific contributors Perhaps the biggest thing I would nitpick on the collection as a whole is that it does not include any information about the original tales, so I had to guess at one or two But otherwise, as a single, cohesive book, I d definitely give Grim four stars Even my least favorite stories other than oneI ll get to that are well written and enjoyable.That being said, not all stories are created equal So I ll do a brief breakdown of the short storiesThe Keyby Rachel Hawkins, based on BluebeardI wanted this story to be a book I love Rachel Hawkins already, and as I was reading, I kept wishing the story was expanded and turned into a full on novel At one point I looked up and was sad when I remembered I was reading a short story collection and NOT a new Rachel Hawkins book It was a great opener to the anthology Figment by Jeri Smith Ready, based on Puss in BootsThis is one I had to look up The tale sounded familiar, but I couldn t place the exact original Still, it was entertaining and well done As a side note, paranormal romance fans should check out Smith Ready s Shade series It s a great paranormal ghost series I m not usually a huge fan of the human sees ghost of boyfriend story, but I really enjoyed the Shade world The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo, based on the Twelve Dancing PrincessesI liked this variation of the Twelve Dancing Princesses because of the boarding school aspect, but I m not entirely certain I was a fan of it otherwise I appreciate and like how Malinda Lo s other books are often retellings that have a great LGBT theme, but her inclusion of a crush on the head dancing girl seemed forced This is one story I felt would have been better as an entire novel because it could have fleshed out the relationships and characters, but it didn t quite make it as a short storyThe Raven Princessby Jon Skovron, based on The Raven no, not Poe s This was another one I had to look up, and I was a bit sad I did The story isn t much of a retelling of the original Brothers Grimm tale It s basically the same exact narrative, with a minor twist about the mother at the end It wasn t bad, but it wasn t great, either Thinner than Water by Saundra Mitchell, based on Cat SkinThis one was disturbing, yet wickedly entertaining, and I love the ending most of all However, be warned it includes some nonconsensual incest although not very graphic , so it may be a bit of a trigger for some readers I had to look up the original, because I had no clue what it was based onBefore the Rose Bloomedby Ellen Hopkins, based on The Snow QueenThe best thing this one had going for it was that specified the original tale in the title Because I couldn t get past the first couple of lines, I really have nothing much to say about this I know some people absolutely adore Ellen Hopkins, but she s just not my cup o tea.I just don t believe thatbreaking up text like thisin the middle of a line justto make it a certain lengthmakes it a great poem Especiallyif when the words are strungtogether the sentences would bejust fine when written as prose.It makes it harder to read Beast Beast by Tessa Gratton, based on Beauty and the BeastFor some reason, I absolutely love Beauty and the Beast retellings I m obviously not alone, because it s been done often Gratton s story wasn t the worst I ve read, but it wasn t the best, either The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa, based on The Three Little PigsI never know what to expect from Julie Kagawa Sometimes I love her, and sometimes I really, really don t The Brothers Piggett was one of the better retellings in Grim, if only because it managed to deviate the most from the original tale while still remaining true to the story The twist was a bit predictable, but I loved it just the same I don t want to say much, because to say what I liked about it would spoil it, but if you read just one book from this story, I d say read this one Untethered by Sonia Gensler, based on The ShroudThis is an author I have not read before, and I enjoyed the story quite a bit It was a bit odd, and some people may have seen the twist sooner, but either because I wasn t familiar with the original I had to look it up or because I was tired, I was a bit shocked when I realized what happened This is probably the only story I felt like I had to read twice to catch the clues I missed the first time Better by Shaun David Hutchinson, based on The Pied PiperI like how this one took a scifi approach to the fairy tale So many other retellings tend to use a fantasy based approach It also had a great ending Light it Up by Kimberly Derting, based on Hansel and GretlThis is a realistic fiction retelling of a fairy tale Instead of a witch in a cottage made of candy, it s an older man who also works as a park ranger Two teens are abandoned by their step mother Otherwise, it s pretty much the same story as the original It s not bad, but it s not great, either Maybe I m just disappointed because I expected better of Kimberly Derting, another favorite author, and because I recently read the Hansel and Gretl retelling by Leigh Bardugo, which was fabulous Sharper than a Serpent s Tongue by Christine Johnson, based on Diamonds and ToadsI won t rag on it, because it wasn t a horrible story, but this short story was probably one of the weaker ones in the anthology A Real Boy by Claudia Gray, based on PinocchioAnother scifi variation Kind of meh However, it does include one of my favorite themes found in ya scifi what it means to be human See also Frozen Skinned by Robin Wasserman, The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna, The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson, among many others Skin Trade by Myra McEntire, based on The Robber BridegroomMeh But check out her book Hourglass It s good Beauty and the Chad by Sarah Rees Brennan, based on Beauty and the BeastAnother BatB retelling This one was a bitweird And very, very different Definitely not my favorite, but it had its amusing moments The Pink by Amanda Hocking, based on The Pink also known as The Carnation I had to look this one up I actually couldn t remember any of it as I was reviewing this, so I had to read it again I think that speaks to how unmemorable it was Not bad, justnot great Sell Out by Jackson Pearce, based on Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, maybe OK, so while reading this, I thoughtof the show Pushing Daisies than the story Snow White Instead of focusing on the maiden who needs to be revived by love s true kiss, this story is about a boy who can bring people back to life with a single kiss I really enjoyed this tale, and it really made me wonder why I haven t read Jackson Pearce s Fairytale Retellings series This story was a great ending to the anthology, and it reinforces my love of short story anthologies Because of Grim, I found a new author to read OK, so I knew about Pearce before, but for some reason I kept putting off reading his books This collection made me move them up in the queue Thanks to Harlequin Teen via Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 stars You can also find this review at YA Midnight Reads Grim is an anthology written by some great YA authors The short stories that make up it are all fairy tale retellings I enjoyed all of them to a point, with the exception of one Some of the stories were a little bitenjoyable and memorable than others though Therefore, I will give a quick review of each to showcase my feelings towards each story.The Key By Rachel Hawkins, a retell of BluebeardI wasn t sure of what to expect 3.5 stars You can also find this review at YA Midnight Reads Grim is an anthology written by some great YA authors The short stories that make up it are all fairy tale retellings I enjoyed all of them to a point, with the exception of one Some of the stories were a little bitenjoyable and memorable than others though Therefore, I will give a quick review of each to showcase my feelings towards each story.The Key By Rachel Hawkins, a retell of BluebeardI wasn t sure of what to expect with Rachel, her writing style is usuallyhumorous and I wasn t sure how it d fit into the fairy tale re tell However I shouldn t have doubted Rachel, she wrote this story amazingly In just the few pages she created a main character that was extremely likeable and relatable With this short story Rachel definitely put her own spin on the Bluebeard story In fact, I didn t even see the final plot twist coming It took me by surprise and I found myself reeling from the ending This would be a case where I d love to see this short story as a full length novel One of my favorites of the whole anthology.Figment by Jeri Smith Ready, a retell of Puss in BootsI really didn t know much about Puss in Boots going into this short story, other than Antonio Banderas voices him in Shrek and he has some really cute eyes Haha Joking aside, this was a very interesting short story It was told in a very interesting way, I can t tell you exactly how without spoiling things It was truly unique though and gave the story a great voice There was also an understated creepiness to this whole story which I quite enjoyed In the short time this story managed to make me invested in the characters, which is quite a feat.The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo, a retell of the Twelve Dancing PrincessesThis story didn t work for me Though it did derive enough from the original for me, I had other issues with it Writing a short story is quite difficult and you need to engage the reader from the very start, there s no room for a slow beginning There s also not much room for development, therefore you need to make the most out of what you got For me this is where the problem in this short story lied I feel like this story was too underdeveloped and could have been better explained in some points, which instead were used for other purposes that weren t exactly needed There was a romance between two girls, but for me it had no development at all and appeared out of nowhere It felt very inorganic.The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron, a retell of The RavenThis was a retell of the classic Brother s Grimm fairy tale and I recognized it almost immediately Overall there wasn t much difference between the two which was slightly disappointing There was a twist at the end which was nice though The compulsive writing style this short story had was quite nice This one wasn t bad necessarily, just not very memorable.Thinner than Water by Saundra Mitchell, a retell of DonkeyskinI never heard of this tale before I read this short story This short story was probably the most mature out of all the stories in this anthology and dealt with some pretty heavy stuff It dealt with a unwanted relationship between a beloved king and his daughter It definitely made me uncomfortable, which was the point It provoked me, made me feel disgust, anger and sadness This was amplified since I adored the main character The ending of this story was pretty open, but I really hope the main character got her deserved justice The ending also was different from the story which this was inspired by, which was nice.Before the Rose Bloomed by Ellen Hopkins, a retell of the Snow QueenThis was probably the most disappointing story out of all of them I just couldn t read it, no matter how hard I tried It was hard to get into and didn t keep my interest I feel like this was due to the fact that this was told in verse To me, it made the story clunky and it just didn t flow It bothered me, I could read the lines just as if they were told in regular prose To write it in verse seemed unnecessary When I read poetry, it needs to be written that way for a reason It needs to have a heartbeat For me Before the Rose Bloomed didn t have that If you re looking for a better retell of the Snow Queen, I d recommend watching Disney s Frozen.Beast Beast by Tessa Gratton, a retell of Beauty the BeastThis was good It featured some classic elements from the original meanwhile taking some new points and melding them together to make a solid retell The romance was quite well done and I adored the ending I don t really have much to say about this one However out of the two Beauty the Beast retellings, this one was the weak one for me It honestly wasn t that memorable , I really had to think about this one before writing this review.The Brothers Piggett by Julie Kagawa, a retell of The Three Little PigsI was most excited to read this short story, though I never expected it to be a retell of the Three Little Pigs Julie masterfully crafted this short story and spun the original on its head while also keeping major points from it I really enjoyed her darker take on things and I couldn t tear my eyes from this story It was developed so well, and I found myself holding my breath as the climax unfolded Even now I can remember specific details from this story, it was really that memorable The Brothers Piggett really was one of my favorite short stories.Untethered by Sonia Gensler, a retell of The ShroudThis one was based on a very obscure story, one that I totally never heard of before I found myself captivated by the tale and felt genuine sympathy for two of the characters The ending totally baffled me at first, I had to re read it again to fully comprehend it Yeah, the ending definitely contained a major plot twist.Better by Shaun David Hutchinson, a retell of The Pied Piper This one had a sci fi setting, which I found cool It would have been nice to have that setting described better, but I suppose this is a short story The ending was quite interesting, included a sacrifice which is always multi layered and complex.Lit it up by Kimberly Derting, a retell of Hansel GretelThis was fairly good, though the ending did seem quite rushed Even though the ending was rushed and basically the same as the original, it still managed to spook me I really felt a quick connection to the character and loved the relationship between the brother sister It felt genuine and they brought out the best in each other.Sharper than a Serpent s Tongue by Christine Johnson, a retell of Diamonds and ToadsThis one brought up a thought provoking question, especially with the very last line However it felt like not much occurred in the story itself and even for a short story it felt well short Really would have likeddevelopment in this one I feel like it had a lot of potential that wasn t met.A Real Boy By Claudia Gray, a retell of Pinocchio This was another sci fi story, but I feel like it was developed better There was also a romance in it, which I really quite enjoyed I felt it was pretty well developed for a short story and super cute It takes inspiration from the original without losing what made the original great I really believe that this would make an actually great full length novel.Skin Trade by Myra McEntire, a retell of The Robber BridegroomDidn t like this one very much It was quite mediocre and the romance felt stilted I expected a lot from this one and sadly ended up being disappointed.Beauty and the Chad by Sarah Rees Brennan, a retell of Beauty the BeastFor me this was the better retelling of Beauty of the Beast It was actually a very funny read, which surprisingly worked for me Some of the lines actually made me laugh out loud The romance between a modern day Beast and a Beauty from the past was adorable and entertaining to say the least It s a completely new and unique take on the tale, which made it one of my favorites of this collection.The Pink by Amanda Hocking, a retell of The PinkI hadn t heard of this one so I looked it up That was a mistake of mine since this retelling follows the original super closely Minus a twist at the end, this one didn t really bring anything new to the fairy tale.Sell out by Jackson Pearce, a retell of Snow White Sleeping BeautyThis one was told by a male perspective, which was very much unexpected decision It definitely made this story different from the originals For me the story was just getting interesting as it ended, I would like to see this one done as a full length novel I think it was a good story to end the collection with.Overall Grim was anthology full of fairytale retells, some better done than others I d definitely recommend it to those who enjoy new takes on classic stories Thank you Harlequin Teen for sending me this copy As some of you know, Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors for now so I m reading this because of1 Retellings Love em.2 Julie.3 The cover 0 0 Anyone want to teach me how to design covers like that Edit I rated this anthology as a whole I really like retellings and as a whole, this book was splendid I had some trouble figuring out a lot of the fairy tales though While some were shorter than others and better, I blame either the theme and or the length.4 5 stars As some of you know, Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors for now so I m reading this because of1 Retellings Love em.2 Julie.3 The cover 0 0 Anyone want to teach me how to design covers like that Edit I rated this anthology as a whole I really like retellings and as a whole, this book was splendid I had some trouble figuring out a lot of the fairy tales thoughWhile some were shorter than others and better, I blame either the theme and or the length.4 5 stars I managed to read about half of the stories, but I just can t bring myself to finish it no matter how hard I try I find anthologies SO HARD to read.Here are the ratings for the stories I actually did read The Key 4.5 starsFigment 3 starsThe Twelfth Girl 3The Raven Princess 2Thinner than water 4Before the Rose Bloomed 3Beast Beast 3 This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoThis is definitely one interesting collection of tales and I have to say, I definitely enjoyed it on the whole I ve had my ups and downs while reading this, but generally, it was pleasurable reading most of these stories Of course, there are quite a few for which I didn t know the original tale on which the retelling was based, so I wouldn t be able to compare and contrast the original with the retelling, but to me they were all unique inThis review has also been posted on The Social PotatoThis is definitely one interesting collection of tales and I have to say, I definitely enjoyed it on the whole I ve had my ups and downs while reading this, but generally, it was pleasurable reading most of these stories Of course, there are quite a few for which I didn t know the original tale on which the retelling was based, so I wouldn t be able to compare and contrast the original with the retelling, but to me they were all unique in their own ways even if not all of them were enjoyable The Key This short story wasn t as creepy as I would have imagined it to be, but it sure as hell was fun After finishing it, I was left with a lot of questions, but the open ending is also something that works for this story It was enjoyable, but I wouldn t complain if there had beento give us a better idea of what was going on Figment This one wasn t scary so much as it was sweet The characters were all interesting and I definitely enjoyed reading it I don t know what else to say in all honesty, because the story left me with such a huge smile on my face It reminded me of when I was a kid and it kind of just makes me want to give a group hug to all my soft toys I still have most of them Definitely worth it The Twelfth Girl This short story definitely had the eerie like quality to it that can make your heart beat faster and can make you want to crawl under the covers, but at the same time, I also felt something was missing I am not sure what exactly, but I felt like there could have beensomething that would have made the pieces click Overall though, fun story The Raven Princess This story was slightly different from the others, and I d say a little silly as well While I did like it, I wastempted to roll my eyes than not after finishing it It was just so childish in some ways and reminded me of the kind of fairy tales your parents read to you at bed time even if this is a retelling Thinner than Water While the story is good, I did not enjoy it I was repulsed by the idea and couldn t begin to wrap my head around it Incest makes me incredibly uncomfortable like it would most people and it was just so hard to swallow no matter the outcome so I couldn t enjoy this story I have to say though it IS grim and well written and has a great story arc considering that it s only a short story The Rose Bloomed Weird writing style aside at first I thought it was the formatting but it turns out that s how the author writes , the story was enjoyable but at the same time there was no spark to it It was fun, quick, and sweet, but it lacked something that would make it stand apart and make itthan just likeable, something that would make it memorable Sadly though, it lacked that spark and so while I enjoyed it, there wasn t much to it Beast Beast Rather incomplete, I d think When it ended my first thought was its over Already I loved reading it not surprising since I love Beauty and the Beast but I wouldn t say it was particularly grim and because of its short length it left a lot to be desired Still, I loved the author s writing style and was thoroughly engrossed in this tale The Brother s Piggett Holy guacamole This was a grim take on the Three Little Pigs I actually kind of expected that twist but at the same time I was still taken a back I have to say, this one really fits well in this collection because it is so grim In fact it s almost like everyone was a villain in their own way With that said, I cannot really find any faults in this tale, it was a short story and it worked well as one Untethered I LOVE the writing style and the weird twist in the end took me by surprise I ended up going back to read the story and wow I like I really do like I am definitely readingstuff by this author in the future I just hope it ll be as gorgeous as this short story was Better Uhh, yeah I didn t like this one It has an interesting sci fic setting so there is that, but I feel like that it wasof a drawback instead of an advantage for this fairy tale I mean it does give it a unique feel but at the same time, it feels less like a fairy tale I also didn t like the ending The ending did not work for me in the least and really bothered me Oh well Light it Up This one was SO good I really loved the relationship between Greta and Hansen and I think the author really did do a good job with this re telling In spite of its shortness, there is a well defined story arc and I felt pretty satisfied in the end Sharper than a Serpent s Tongue I found this story to be somewhat insufficient There are still some things I don t understand and I think because of the shortness of it, there are quite a few chunks that just seem to be missing It s not developed really well to be honest and I just wish there wasI think this might have beeninteresting as a full length novel A Real Boy This story was ridiculous, but I never really disliked it Not that I liked it, but I didn t dislike it either I just thought it was annoying The romance was pretty meh, and it did have an insta feel to it I mean it is a short story but at the same time, the romance really rubbed me in the wrong way So did the main character Even with a short story like this, I could not get behind the main character I did not like her in the least and I wonder if this story would have been better as a novel rather than a short story It would mean there would beroom for development which this story seems to lack in my opinion Skin Trade I don t even know how to describe this story It was just incredibly weird and not in a good way My face kind of looked like this after finishing this short story I don t even know It s less creepy andquestion mark inducing Beauty and the Chad This was the most adorable story ever It puts a twist on the original Beauty and the Beast where the beast is a modern day frat boy who has been transported to a different time and Beauty dresses up like a dude if you ve read this anthology and this story you ll get this to help Beast out with his horses I was laughing the whole time I read reading this story and I could tackle hug Sarah for writing someone so entertaining and so hilarious and SO ORIGINAL The Pink I don t actually know where to start with this one I liked the story, but I felt like it was underdeveloped Reading it left much to be desired in terms of development Some may say it s hard to achieve such with short stories, but it s hard to believe that in this case seeing the other stories in this anthology were able to grow and develop their characters Sell Out This one did not end this collection with the bang one would have hoped for I am kind of disappointed, in all honesty All that from a painting Really Or did I miss something It seemed way too rushed and therefore was a huge disappointment, considering that I ve heard tons of praise about the author s other works Overall The weird thing about this collection is that not all the stories were grim, in spite of what the title of this collection might suggest, but this didn t stop me from enjoying some of the funner ones Figment was one of my favorites if not my favorite because in spite of the lightness of it, it just made me want to be a kid again and even thinking about it brings happy tears to my eyes The Key was also another noteable one for me because there was just something about the way Hawkins wrote it that just made my heart beat faster The Brothers Piggett was one that definitely caught my attention It was bursting with originality and put such a unique spin on the original tale and I just adored it Untethered really got me in the feels though It was gorgeously written.As you can tell, this collection will make you laugh, make you feel nostalgic, scare you and perhaps gross you out It is such an interesting collection of tales and in spite of the fact I didn t love every single one of these, it s a collection worth reading 3.5 averageGrim is a collection of 17 short stories based off fairy tales collected by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm Some of the tales are better known such as Beauty and the Beast and The Snow Queen, and some are lesser known, such as The Shroud and The Robber Bridegroom.Overall Grimm was quite a good book and served to introduce me to a range of new authors, some of whom I have become instant fans Grimm is good as a taster of sorts, to try out authors without committing to a full length novel I m 3.5 averageGrim is a collection of 17 short stories based off fairy tales collected by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm Some of the tales are better known such as Beauty and the Beast and The Snow Queen, and some are lesser known, such as The Shroud and The Robber Bridegroom.Overall Grimm was quite a good book and served to introduce me to a range of new authors, some of whom I have become instant fans Grimm is good as a taster of sorts, to try out authors without committing to a full length novel I m not reviewing each individual story here for that, you can see my status updates underneath this review.The only 1 star story was Skin Trade The Robber Bridegrom by Myra McEntireI believe this one to be the most poorly written I know short stories have brevity but this missed out a whole lot of details and made me feel like I was only getting half the story I was also unsatisfied with the conclusion as it left too many threads open.The 2 star stories were okay Before the Rose Bloomed The Snow Queen by Ellen HopkinsThe Pink The Carnation by Amanda HockingThe Raven Princess The Raven by Jon Skovron 2.5 These three stories were straight retellings, just the original fables in the author s own words, with nothing unique or twisty or particularly dark about them, and sometimes didn t take full advantage of the fairy tale elements of their particular story They were written in a strangely detached way which meant I didn t care about the characters, and I wasn t impressed, although they were fine as straight retellings.I liked the 3 star stories The Key Bluebeard by Rachel HawkinsLight It Up Hansel Gretel by Kimberly DertingSharper Than a Serpent s Tongue Diamonds and Toads by Christine JohnsonSell Out Snow White by Jackson PearceThese were good stories with clever twists, but they were missing a certain oomph, often had strange or sudden endings, and in my humble opinion weren t as imaginative or as well written as the higher rated ones I also had different issues with each story and can sum it up as they simply didn t hit all my buttons.I really enjoyed the 4 star stories The Twelfth Girl 12 Dancing Princesses by Malinda LoThinner Than Water Cat Skin by Saundra Mitchell 4.5 Untethered The Shroud by Sonia GenslerA Real Boy Pinocchio by Claudia GrayBeauty and the Chad Beauty and the Beast by Sarah Rees BrennanThese stories had imaginative, unique twists and were beautifully written, and used the fairy tale elements in clever, unique ways I m going to look up the authors that I ve not read before up, because I imagine their full length novels would be just as good.The 5 star stories were amazing Figment Puss in Boots by Jeri Smith ReadyBeast Beast Beauty and the Beast by Tessa GrattonThe Brothers Piggett The Three Little Pigs by Julie KagawaBetter The Pied Piper by Shaun David HutchinsonThese stories made me instant fans of the authors I want each in a full length novel Not only were they beautifully written, but the fairy tale elements were used in a unique, imaginative way to assist in the amazing world building, and I had ALL THE FEELS while reading these stories They made my heart sing with love I ve not read any of these authors before but I am for sure going to get my grubby little mitts on their books, because anyone who can create that level of emotion in me with just a short story deserves all their books to be read Thanks to HarlequinTeen and Netgalley for providing this review copy for an honest review. ^EPUB ☙ Grim ☋ 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 Ellen Hopkins Amanda Hocking Julie Kagawa Claudia Gray Rachel Hawkins Kimberly Derting Myra McEntire Malinda Lo Sarah Rees Brennan Jackson Pearce Christine Johnson Jeri Smith Ready Shaun David Hutchinson Saundra Mitchell Sonia Gensler Tessa Gratton Jon Skrovon