Friday, April 19, 2013

The Grimm Legacy (2010)

The Grimm Legacy. Polly Shulman. 2010. Penguin. 325 pages.

 The Grimm Legacy has an intriguing premise. Wouldn't it be fun if fairy tales were true and there were magical artifacts gathered together in a library collection in New York? Wouldn't it be fun to work in such a library, such a collection? To be able to 'try' some of these artifacts yourself. But it isn't all fun as our heroine, Elizabeth Rew, and her fellow pages (Marc Merrit, Anjali Rao, Aaron Rosendom) learn. For someone is attempting to steal the real magical objects and replace them with fakes. And the attempt is succeeding. These four teens (Elizabeth, Marc, Anjali, and Aaron) must learn to work together--despite great personality conflict--to solve the mystery of WHO is stealing from the Grimm Collection. This fantasy novel has mystery and drama for it's a dangerous task before them.

While I liked the book well enough to keep reading, I didn't love it. I just didn't make a good connection with the characters. Some of the characters were interesting; for example, Anjali has a very spirited sister that plays an important role in the novel. But I wasn't satisfied with their development; the characters just didn't feel believable enough.

Read The Grimm Legacy
  • If you enjoy YA fantasy
  • If you enjoy fantasy 
  • If you are interested in the second novel in the series which involves time travel! It's called The Wells Bequest!
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3 comments:

JoanneMarie Faust 10:18 AM  

I read this one not that long ago. I think it was a good premise and I think I'm okay with this being the first in a series (considering that series books have a tendency to get on my nerves, in general) because I liked the characters and I look forward to seeing them get developed.

Tolana 5:55 PM  

I read this book a couple years ago. I thought the idea was fun and could make a fascinating series. I was disappointed as I thought the author missed out on a great opportunity. The story and the characters felt flat.

Kailana 9:39 AM  

I am hoping to read this book at some point just to see. I am glad you didn't hate it!

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