“That would’ve been helpful to know before I disenchanted a stadium full of women.”

What is this book about?
4 American teenagers are minding their own business when suddenly they are pulled out of their own lives and placed into a strange world. Put together as a foursome, they find out they are in a world called Elorium, which is based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales. Quinn, Andi, Dylan and Frederick slowly find that their families are an integral part of the stories that are playing out in Elorium and they find that every fairy tale creature is trying to keep them from going home.

Why is it boring?

The premise has some promise to it, if put in the right hands. There are plenty of fairy tale retellings out there, so if you are taking on the entirety of the Grimm stories, you’d better be packing a punch. Unfortunately, A Grimm Legacy doesn’t really subvert the fairy tales beyond making most of the cutesy characters evil.

Who would you recommend it to?

Die-hard fairy tale lovers. You have to really love everything related to the Grimm Brothers, will this be for you.

Why should I read it if it’s boring?!

The writing isn’t very interesting and none of the four kids really stand out. Although the story is somewhat exciting, this is mostly gained by putting the kids from danger to danger, never giving them time to breath or reflect on what is happening. I felt like A Grimm Legacy was trying to deconstruct the genre a bit, by adding guns and all kinds of modern clothing and technology, but Jennings doesn’t really put it to use. And even though all four of the children are kidnapped and threatened with murder, I never once felt like they were in actual danger. Maybe Jennings should have taken a page from George R.R. Martin’s books and really shocked me into caring by killing someone off. A Grimm Legacy is a somewhat bland fantasy YA series, and unfortunately one in many.

Rating: 1,5/5

Review Copy attained through Netgalley with special thanks to the publisher Patchwork Press.


Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She's one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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