Title: The Grimm Chronicles Volume 2
Authors: Isabella Fontaine, Ken Brosky
Series: The Grimm Chronicles (Episodes 4-6: The Orphanage of Doom, Blood and Thunder, The Order of the Golden Dragon)
Summary: 200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm changed everything.
With the help of a little magic, fairy tales were made real, manifesting all over the world. Charming princes. Gold-hunting dwarfs. Terrible step-mothers. Heroic animals.
Then, slowly, they began to change. Everyone—from Prince Charming to the old miller—grew more evil. Corrupted. A hero was chosen to stop them, hunting them down one by one and destroying them with the help of a magic pen and a special rabbit assistant.
For 200 years, the hero’s magic pen has been passed on from generation to generation. The newest hero is Alice Goodenough, an 18-year-old junior from Washington High School. While her friends spent their summer working and having fun, Alice found herself doing battle with creatures most human beings don’t even realize exist. A giant snake. A blood-sucking prince. A terrifying half-man, half-hedgehog. Dastardly dwarfs intent on mind-controlling everyone who uses a cell phone.
Now, senior year has begun. With it comes a new challenge at school, where bullies have grown bolder and classes more challenging. As if that’s not enough, Alice must face off against a collection of Corrupted who all share a terrible secret, one that might awaken a creature capable of doing untold damage. To uncover the secret, Alice will have to face off against a man-eating lizard, a bloodthirsty sea captain, and a mysterious wizard who can see into the future …
Bonus material for this edition includes The Lost Journal of Eugene Washington, assorted fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, and A Legacy of Red (a mini-story featuring Alice Goodenough).
My Thoughts: In case you missed it last month, I absolutely loved The Grimm Chronicles Vol. 1 by Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine. It exceeded my expectations – by far. Very far. My only complaints were minor errors that needed fixing (mostly typos) and some things I found annoying about Alice. I am happy to say that both were much improved. I liked Alice even more than I did last time. She’s a hero, but she’s not perfect. She’s still human. Real. I like that. A lot. And she said gawd a LOT less than she did in the first volume. She said it little enough that I didn’t find it annoying this time around. As for the errors and such, this second volume is much cleaner (meaning it has fewer errors/typos). There were still a few things here and there, but not nearly as many as before.
These new stories are just as unique and exciting as the ones in the first volume. Extra bonus, we have some Melville thrown in there for good measure. As a lit. major, I loved that added in there! My only question is how his characters were able to appear in Alice’s adventures. Had Melville once had possession of the magic pen and paper? If not, how was it possible for his characters (and, really, largely his story) to have become real? That is one thing that maybe should be explained. Still, I loved seeing a classic American author’s work show up!
As with the first volume, I loved all of the extras. A Legacy of Red was probably my favorite of the extras. It’s a great little story (although a little gruesome). The Grimms’ tales at the end were quite helpful to me in better understanding the Corrupted encountered by Alice. Most of these tales are ones with which I’m not familiar, so it was nice to be able to read them after seeing the characters in the book. They’re actually done in such a way that you could easily read the related tale before encountering the corresponding Corrupted, but I’m not a fan of trying to jump around on my Kindle so I just waited until the end. I think this is one set of books I’d prefer to have a physical copy of in order to make flipping around easier.
Overall, if you are a fan of fairy tales, I highly encourage you to give these books a try. Unless you’re a rigid purist, I’m confident saying you’ll be glad you did. I am very much looking forward to Volume 3!
Source: Received an ebook as part of a blog tour hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. (Click the button below for more tour stops.)
Read It: Get your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
About the Authors: Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also teaches English at Madison College. This is his first Young Adult series.
Isabella Fontaine owns a farm in Wisconsin and enjoys reading weird books like House of Leaves. This is her first Young Adult series.
Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.