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GRIM Blog Tour: Micro Reviews of THE PINK & SELL OUT + Giveaway

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I am super excited to be a part of this amazing tour for the recently released GRIM anthology. The classic fairytales were my most favorite stories growing up and I am so excited that a number of my favorite authors today have decided to put their own spin – sometimes a darker spin – on these already grim tales. (Pun intended.)

For my stop today I get to share my thoughts on Amanda Hocking’s THE PINK: A Grimm Story and Jackson Pearce’s SELL OUT. I am also going to ramble just a little bit about My Grimm Childhood.

While I haven’t yet read all of the stories in this anthology, I do plan on reading each and every one, along with the original. But the ones I have read so far have been absolutely delightful. And by delightful I mean dark and twisty and different and enchanting. They are the perfect short bites to read when I have a spare moment.

And although some have been quite different from the original tales, they bring back fond memories of my childhood. Which was also often dark and twisty and different and enchanting.

Anyway… if you haven’t yet had a chance to take a peek at this anthology, the details are below. And if you’d like to read THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins and THE BROTHERS PIGGETT Julie Kagawa, they are currently available for free download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Harlequin Teen created a wonderful trailer for this anthology. Be sure to check it out if you have a moment.

And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of the book and be entered into the grand prize giveaway drawing, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter. Then be sure to visit all stops on the tour for additional chances to win GRIM.

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About the Book

GRIM-BY-CHRISTINE-JOHNSON

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Release date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Editor: Christine Johnson
Pages: 480
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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.

The Stories & Authors

1. THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins

2. FIGMENT by Jeri Smith-Ready

3. THE TWELTH GIRL by Malinda Lo

4. THE RAVEN PRINCESS by Jon Skovron

5. THINNER THAN WATER by Saundra Mitchell

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

7. BEAST/BEAST by Tessa Gratton

8. THE BROTHERS PIGGETT by Julie Kagawa

9. UNTETHERED by Sonia Gensler

10. BETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson

11. LIGHT IT UP by Kimberly Derting

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

13. A REAL BOY by Claudia Gray

14. SKIN TRADE by Myra McEntire

15. BEAUTY AND THE CHAD by Sarah Rees Brennan

16. THE PINK: A Grimm Story by Amanda Hocking

17. SELL OUT by Jackson Pearce

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS

The Trailer


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The Micro Reviews

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I really enjoyed reading Amanda Hocking’s version of THE PINK. It’s one of the shorter, more obscure of the Grimm’s stories, but it’s actually one I remember rather well. It involves a young prince who can make wishes come true, a queen who is framed for his death, and a young girl who puts her own life at risk to save another.

Instead of revamping the story, the author opted to stay somewhat true to its original setting and voice. It reads like a fairytale. But as the original was so quick and lacking in much detail, this author chose to expand upon it, fleshing out the story and characters a bit more, adding in her own creative and imaginative elements.

Amanda Hocking’s THE PINK retains much of the essence of the original story but is far more enchanting than the original and even a bit less grim. By giving the characters a voice, taking away some of the antiquated notions about women, and taking religion out of this tale, the author has made this modern adaptation a charming, sweet and absolutely delightful read.

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SellOut

SELL OUT is the first story I’ve read by author Jackson Pearce and it definitely won’t be my last. It is loosely based on the classic Snow White story, but with quite a few nods to the original. And as this is such a popular fairytale I don’t think I need to refresh anyone’s memory, but just in case…. It involves an envious queen, a huntsman who chooses to defy his orders, a bunch of rather greedy dwarves, a tightly-laced bodice, a poison apple, a state of suspended animation, a kiss and a happily ever after.

Jackson Pearce’s SELL OUT mixes things up a bit and adds its own grim twist. It’s a modern interpretation involving a character who can revive the dead with a kiss. There is a “wicked” stepmother, or at least a greedy one. The huntsman and the prince are combined into one character, Emmett, who is not quite as altruistic. Snow White, a.k.a. Elise Snow, isn’t nearly as innocent as she was in the original tale. But the “dwarves” in this story – free-spirited creative types – are much more kindly than their counterparts in the Brothers Grimm’s version, treating Elise more like family than like a servant.

SELL OUT is a super quick read, a lot of fun and is definitely a unique modernization of the classic. The grim twist to this story – in which no young boars were harmed (and no, taxidermy does not count) – is provided by Emmett’s job. It’s definitely worth the read and will likely leave you wondering about happily ever afters. This short story is one that I would love to see expanded into a full-length novel.

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My Grimm Childhood

I loved reading fairytales when I was a child, and my most favorite stories were those by the Brothers Grimm. Many of those fairytales, like many in this anthology, were rather grim. I still can’t get the images of what happened to Cinderella’s step-sisters, and what they were willing to do to catch a prince, out of my head. I suppose gruesome is a more befitting word.

I was given The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales when I was eight or nine. It was just over 850 pages and I devoured it cover to cover so many times that the spine first bent, then broke, then tore into sections. And still I continued to read it. I loved the magic of these stories and was fascinated by their darkness. It wasn’t until later on in life that I learned a bit more about German fairytales and bedtime stories and what their true purpose often was.

Of course I didn’t recognize how sexist these stories were, how quick to judge and punish the kings and princes were, how only the most wholesome of girls was rewarded, and how innocence and beauty went hand-in-hand. And I didn’t understand how delousing a man was not something particularly enjoyable. I was blinded to all of that by these stories that transported me to imaginary lands where happy endings were real and evil was punished.

These stories provided me an escape that was much needed and I cherished them dearly. No matter how much a few of the elements in them should offend my sensibilities, I can’t seem to get upset with them or stop loving them. They were written in a time that is so very different from today.

But I’m really excited that children today have an alternative to Hollywood’s overly cheery version of a fairytale, or ones that are filled with concepts that are a bit outdated, with such modernized versions as those offered in the GRIM anthology. And it’s absolutely wonderful to see today’s spinners of tales pay homage to their predecessors in these most beloved stories.

I’m certain that I would have happily exchanged my GRIMM Childhood for a GRIM one.

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The Giveaway

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There are a number of amazing giveaways on this tour so be sure to visit all the stops for additional chances to win!

– A copy of GRIM to ONE WINNER at each tour stop

– A GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE including the following Harlequin Teen titles: 2 copies of GRIM, a copy of WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout, THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow, THE QUEEN’S CHOICE by Cayla Kluver and an ARC of LET’S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Monday, Feb. 17th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog

Tuesday, Feb. 18th – Two Chicks on Books – Stories 1, 2 & 3

Wednesday, Feb. 19th – A Book and a Latte – Stories 4, 5 & 6

Friday, Feb. 21st – Fiction Freak – Stories 7, 8 & 9

Monday, Feb. 24th – Mundie Moms – Stories 10, 11 & 12

Wednesday, Feb. 26th – Bumbles and Fairytales – Stories 13, 14 & 15

Friday, Feb. 28th – Fiktshun – Stories 16 & 17

For more information about each of the stops on the tour just visit Kismet Book Touring’s website by clicking the image below.

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