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Prince Charming Must Die! (The Grimm Chronicles Book 1) by [Fontaine, Isabella, Brosky, Ken]
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Book 1 of the award-winning Young Adult adventure!

On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.

Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.

With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their fairy tale characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose's spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller's boy found true love.

Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.

Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.

As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret.

This book also contains the following original Brothers Grimm fairy tales:
- Snow White
- The White Snake
- The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Cat
- The Godfather

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. Like Katniss from The Hunger Games or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice must use more than her fists if she wants to survive!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 954 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
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  • Publisher: Brew City Press (Jan. 3 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V4JAO0
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So to start, it was the name of this book that got me to download it. I love fairy tale retellings and I love it even more when it's brought into modern times. This book does a twist, as it takes the original tales and creates a world where these stories have been brought to life through magic. It tells us how all our most beloved characters are trapped in our world, and how they are turning evil (corrupted) because they didn't know what the hell to do once their stories had ended.

I like this twist and how its takes us away from what we knew growing up. It's letting us see that the so called happy-ever-after, wasn’t all peaches and cream. There is an ugly side, and now because of the dark magic that brought them forth, the ugly has turned evil, and more then bath-shit-crazy. (Lots of physio’s and bloody killing sprees)

Now as for this story itself. It started out shaky for me, and god d***, why the hell is the Author using Gawd instead of god!? For f*** sakes, it's driving my mental. All the other words are find, all for gawd aka god. I'm annoyed just writing it. There is no d**** need for it. It makes Alice, our fearless hero, sound like a bratty bimbo, who couldn’t fight we way through the push section in Toys-R-Us. It needs to be removed, the girl is 18 for crying out loud, it’s time to start acting like it.

Okay rant over.

Other than that one black smug, I am quite pleased with the way this story unfolded. As I start to say before a stupid made-up word invaded my love of the English language, the beginning was shaky. There was some unnecessary over explaining, I really don't care if Edward stops at all the stops signs or uses his turn singles. I get it, the first 20 times you side he was too prefect, I can fill in the blanks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of a Potentially Intriguing Series April 30 2012
By Elizabeth Corrigan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
(cross-posted from the blog Wading Through Electronic Ink)

The Plot
Alice was looking forward to a relaxing summer volunteering at the library. Until one day she goes down to the basement and finds a note written to her. With a magic fountain pen. That can kill snakes. And may or may not be related to the talking brown rabbit in a suit who says that it is her destiny to kill corrupted characters from Grimms' Fairy Tales. Now she only has to decide if she is hallucinating or in possession of a very strange new skill set. But she had better decide fast, because if the rabbit is telling the truth, then Alice's boyfriend Edward is probably not as charming as he seems...

The Good

I was really excited when I got the e-mail asking me to review Prince Charming Must Die! Fantasy related to fairy tales is one of my favorite genres, and The Grimm Chronicles is sufficiently original to capture my attention. Plus, a new installment of the series is going to be released every two months, which is especially appealing to people like me who devour young adult fantasy novels at a rapacious pace. (And how badly does it date me to say that it brings me back to the days when I was YA age-appropriate and had a new Sweet Valley High book out every month?)

The story is based around Grimms' Fairy Tales, which are included at the end of the book for people who want to be reminded that the original stories are far more gruesome than their more familiar Disney counterparts. But we also get imagery from other stories as well. Alice going through magic doors and meeting with a talking rabbit is certainly reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's stories, and the rabbit himself is from the traditional southern tales of Br'er Rabbit. Presumably the magic pen that created these creatures has passed through many hands in the last hundred years or so, and we can anticipate that we may see characters from any number of other stories as well.

The Bad

One thing about retellings of fairy tales - you pretty much know what the ending is going to be long before you get there. Apparently that can also be true when you're dealing with stories about having to kill fairy tale creatures. If you think you know from the title and the first line of the story what the ending is going to be, then, well, you are absolutely right. Sure, there are a few times where it might be implied that the ending is going in a new and novel direction. But mostly that's just trying to make it even remotely believable that Alice is forestalling the ending. I know that no one wants to accept that her boyfriend is evil, but, seriously, better to just stab him
early on than to wait until he decides to suck out your soul. After all, if he ISN'T evil, stabbing him with a fountain pen will just make him say "wtf?" So, really, foolproof experiment.

The Romance

Alice does not have much in the way of successful romance. I mean, sure, for most of the book, she has "perfect" boyfriend, but we know pretty early on that the relationship is going nowhere good. Like, from the first line. And the title. But I have already harped on the predictability of the story. Regardless, we can hope that Alice meets a better love interest in future stories. Because right now the only other being in the know is Br'er Rabbit, and I'm pretty sure he's not a love interest. At least, I sincerely hope not. Cuz, yeah, that would be disturbing.

Will I read more?

I was disappointed by the lack of twists and turns in this first story, but that might at least partially be due to the difficulties of introducing a mythology. So I will probably tune in for a few more episodes to see whether it goes somewhere interesting. I'd like to learn more about who has had the pen over the years, and how other fairy tale creatures are hiding in the real world.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grimm Re-Imagined With a Lighter, (at least for Grimm), Touch Jan. 11 2015
By Pop Bop - Published on
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There are 12 "Books" in the Grimm Chronicles series. These have been gathered into four "Volumes", (made up of three Books each). The Books are available separately, as are the four Volumes. Currently, get this, all of the Books and all of the Volumes are available as kindleunlimited freebies.

As you probably know, there are a lot, and I mean a real lot, of reimagined Grimm stories circulating at the moment. Some are hyper-violent, some are mostly romantic, a few are played strictly for laughs. There is noir-Grimm, feminist-Grimm, magical-artifact-Grimm, transgressive Grimm, bizarro Grimm. The books range in appeal from those aimed at early readers to explicitly sexual and violent versions for adults. But, there's always room on the shelf for another good series, and for me this series qualifies for space.

I like smart, feisty, independent female protagonists. They can be as snarky as they want; I don't care what their sexual preferences are; and I'm fine with attitude. These books offer a little bit of a break because we get all of that, but in a toned down package that is shot through with clever good humor. Our heroine, Alice, is certainly smart and confident. She's not a swoony romantic, but she's interested in boys. She's not snarky, but she won't be pushed around and she doesn't play clique games. She likes her parents and she isn't a mope who has a lot of imagined grievances. She's just an all around solid character.

So, when a talking rabbit tells her she's the next "hero" and that it's her job to track down and eliminate the Grimm characters who have escaped from the Grimm stories and who now populate the real world in evil and corrupted forms, she needs some persuading. But not too much persuading, because where's the fun in that compared to creature hunting? And so, off we go.

This Book 1 is a great place to start the series. It's relatively short, it sets up the premise and introduces the main characters, and it is enough to allow you to determine if the larger series is for you or not.

The writing is sort of in-between. It isn't middle grade simple, but it also isn't overwrought or overdone. The story telling is direct, dialogue is to the point, the patter is snappy, (especially between Alice and her Rabbit counselor/guide), and the pacing keeps the book screaming along. There are references to teen sex and there are some gripping moments that probably move this to the tween/early teen level. Then again, the original Grimm stories, (and the pertinent ones are reproduced in an appendix so you can refamiliarize yourself with them), were more gruesome than this book.

So, the upshot is that we get an appealing heroine, a well crafted series, some funny bits, some good-humored bits, and some fast-paced action. That's good for me.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative April 25 2012
By goldmj - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very imaginative use of the backstory of Grimm's Fairy Tales to weave an entirely new and modern adventure. I love that the protagonist is a young woman who must find the hero inside herself and save the day.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and Curiouser!!! Dec 18 2014
By Brianne Hawks - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Absolutely loved it!!! In a literary world of Vamps, Were's, and Fae... It's nice to get something different. I've noticed the "Alice In Wonderland" fad but this one seems completely different compared to the others but I loved it. Trying not to give any hints(except for the most obvious) away since I hate that but it deserves to be read!!! Fear ALICE!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Likable hero, great start to the series Jan. 24 2014
By E. Lackey - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book, for all that you know the ending right from the start. (The title might be a slight clue, but in case you missed it, Alice gives you another one on about page 1. Of course, if you missed the title, you might miss Alice's clue too. But that's not Alice's fault.)

The story is a quick and easy read, definitely a long short story, not a short novel. The authors pretty much take the short route to the ending, and the story does not have any twists or unexpected corners. One does find oneself wondering why it takes Alice so long to pluck up whatever it takes to stab the guy with a pen. I mean, sure, she doesn't want to kill him if he's just a normal guy, but then again, if you want to kill a normal guy you have to take a different approach.

I would definitely recommend reading the whole of volume 1 before making a decision about the series. I went back and forth about how many stars to give. I would give the series a definite and unqualified 5 stars, but each story on its own only a 4.

So why do I like it so much? Because I like Alice. I like the authors' approach to her. She's an admirable hero. She's smart, quick-thinking (most of the time), and intelligent. She works hard. She volunteers at the library. She has a boyfriend but she doesn't sleep with him. (NOT everybody does, and I like a story that indicates that without making a big deal out of why.) She has friends besides the boyfriend. She's not part of the "cool" clique, nor yet one of the "untouchables". She makes mistakes and tries to correct them. She has a good-but-not-perfect relationship with her parents. She seems to me the sort of person the audience can relate to.