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Friday, October 19, 2012

Grimm Diaries Prequels by Cameron Jace

 
Snow White Blood Red; Ashes to Ashes Cinder to Cinder (didn't read this one); Beauty Never Dies; Ladle Rat Rotten Hut; Mary Mary Quite Contrary: by Cameron Jace, YA, 2012, Kindle ebook editions, rating=4
Source: purchased individually for free

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Book description of Snow White Blood Red: A Grimm Diaries Prequel as told by the Snow White Queen:

I have always wondered why you never asked about my name. Was I so superficial to you? So stereotypical and mundane? Why did you treat me as if I were just the monster of the week? You know what I think? You never had the time to really hate me. You wanted to hate me, long before you even met me. You wanted to scrape my existence and avenge your childhood princess by laying all blame on me. What if they didn’t call me the Evil Queen, what if I told you the real story from my point of view instead of hers, would you ever think of me as an angel? Could I ever make you care? I know that deep inside of you, you adore me,but you’re just scared, afraid to admit how much you love the Snow White Queen.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series.

*Reviewing the prequels as a whole instead of individually*
 
I lucked out and discovered these prequels during the one-prequel-a-day freebie promotion (bummer, I missed the second book, I must have been having sex that day).  What gems!  They were strange yet fantastic twists to classic fairy tales.  They were quick and enjoyable reads.  The storytelling was imaginative with a touch of humor.  I truly got a kick out of the takes and I think those who especially like fairy tale re-tellings will do too.  Furthermore, these prequels did their job, now I'm pumped for Grimm Diaries!

This author is a gem as well.  Apparently, the initial publication had many writing errors.  He took these critiques (some quite harsh) and made the necessary changes.  What a trooper.  Certainly a sign of a great author in my book.  Well done, Mr. Jace! 


4 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of these, but free books- win! That's fantastic that they ended up being really great as well. And it's also great that the author took peoples advice and corrected any errors. :)

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  2. I just had to comment to say that in case I haven't told you before - I absolutely LOVE your blog header/banner! <3

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  3. --Yes Candance, these were a winning find! Thanks for stoppin' by.

    --Mary: Thanks ..it's free too! Call me queen of freebies!! ;)

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  4. thanks for sharing.

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