Arc Review: Grim Edited by: Christine Johnson

May 27, 2014 Book Reviews 1 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Arc Review: Grim Edited by: Christine JohnsonGrim by Amanda Hocking, Christine Johnson, Claudia Gray, Ellen Hopkins, Jackson Pearce, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jon Skovran, Julie Kagawa, Kimberly Derting, Malinda Lo, Myra McEntire, Rachel Hawkins, Sarah Rees Brennan, Saundra Mitchell, Shaun Hutchinson, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 25, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Sci Fi, Urban Fantasy, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley
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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 Skrovan

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading all of the stories these authors had written. I normally read only the stories from the authors I know from previous books, but seeing as I read this for review that wasn’t an option. Obviously, I liked some more than others, but for the most part, all of these stories were different even from the Grim tales we all know and love so well. And I mean different as a compliment. It took me awhile to get through all the stories because I would read them while I was putting my son down for bed each night, so I would read one or two a night and let that be it. Anthologies are incredibly hard to review since the stories are so short and there are 17 different stories to keep straight. So I’m mostly going to tell you what I liked about each.


1. THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins

This was a short and slightly frightening story. I’m thinking it was a spin-off of Bluebeard, and it was a great story to start the anthology off.

2. FIGMENT by Jeri Smith-Ready

This was one of my favorites, and I found that I was happy with the outcome of her tale. I’m not sure what tale it was a spin-off from but I enjoyed it none the less.

3. THE TWELTH GIRL by Malinda Lo

This I’m almost positive was a spin on the Twelve Dancing Princesses, I read a spin on this a few years ago and enjoyed it. This one was interesting.

4. THE RAVEN PRINCESS by Jon Skovron

I really enjoyed reading this story, it was dark, but light at the same time.

5. THINNER THAN WATER by Saundra Mitchell

Excuse my language, but this one was fucked up. This one, in my opinion was by far the grimmest story in this anthology. It was good, but reading it almost made me sick.

6. BEFORE THE ROSE BLOOMED: A Retelling of the Snow Queen by Ellen Hopkins

This was an interesting retelling of the Snow Queen, but not my favorite story in this book.

7. BEAST/BEAST by Tessa Gratton

This retelling of Beauty and the Beast was sweet, I enjoyed reading it very much.


I had high hopes for this story because it’s written by Julie Kagawa, but again this one wasn’t one of my favorites, it was good, but not the best in my opinion.

9. UNTETHERED by Sonia Gensler

This story was interesting, and sad. And isn’t what you expect it to be while reading.

10. BETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson

This was a very different story than I had expected of this anthology. It’s more Sci-Fi than any of the other stories.

11. LIGHT IT UP by Kimberly Derting

I enjoyed this story, I really enjoyed how she made the names different while still being the same, if that makes sense.

12. SHARPER THAN A SERPENT’S TONGUE by Christine Johnson

This story was really interesting, and I enjoyed it more than I expected to. Blessings. Curses. Who was to say which was which?

13. A REAL BOY by Claudia Gray

This was another story that was way more Sci-Fi than I expected of this anthology. And had a much happier ending than I expected.

14. SKIN TRADE by Myra McEntire

This story was good, it stood out among the rest in a different way. I enjoyed it, but have no idea what original story sparked it.

15. BEAUTY AND THE CHAD by Sarah Rees Brennan

This was another one of my favorites from this anthology. It was funny, light, and kind of silly in a way.

16. THE PINK: A Grimm Story by Amanda Hocking

This was by far the longest story in this book. It was okay, I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, it fell somewhere in between for me.

17. SELL OUT by Jackson Pearce

This was interesting. And not what I expected it to be, not that I had a clue what to expect, but it was good.


So all of that being said. I enjoyed reading this anthology, but after how difficult it was to write this review, I will most likely never again request one to review.


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