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The Fairy Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm Series #1)

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25 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

AWESOMEST SERIES EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have read every book in this series, think exactly what the title says, and I would love for Mr. Buckley to come out with the 8th book. This book is docoiusaliexpeisticfragicalirepus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

posted by Book-Lover568 on June 24, 2009

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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

the premise offers little compensation for having to deal with Sabrina

Michael Buckley begins this children's series with a compelling premise: The stories of the brothers Grimm and other fairy tale originators (Hans Christian Andersen, etc.) are all true. In a Tolkien-style spin, fairy tale creatures (called "Everafters") used to coexist ...
Michael Buckley begins this children's series with a compelling premise: The stories of the brothers Grimm and other fairy tale originators (Hans Christian Andersen, etc.) are all true. In a Tolkien-style spin, fairy tale creatures (called "Everafters") used to coexist with humans, but since then they have been exiled to a small town near the suburbs of NYC. The Grimm family is still around, monitoring the Everafters and suspicious crimes in the area.



Unfortunately, this premise offers little compensation for having to deal with Sabrina Grimm during the first half of the novel. Recently orphaned under odd circumstances, Sabrina (age 11) and her younger sister are sent to their mysterious grandmother whom the girls were told had died years ago. This all occurs in the first chapter. From there to the halfway point, readers are privy to Sabrina's numerous railings against Granny Grimm proclaiming her as a fraud and a lunatic.



After the halfway point, when the author finally lets Sabrina be an effective character instead of her previous killjoy self, the story picks up. Sabrina also becomes tolerable to read about. At times Buckley seems to forget that he is writing a children's novel--perhaps hoping to imitate Jasper Fforde's more effective integration of fictional-characters-as-real-people into his popular Thursday Next novels. This creates scenes that seem incongruously gory, some characters even seeming vicious, especially when, at other points, Buckley seems to be at pains to avoid writing about violence (particularly with the circumstances of the girls' being orphaned). Buckley seems uncertain of his audience and his own style--which changes throughout the narrative.



Overall, the story reads more like a setup for future books rather than an actual story that can stand alone. Hopefully, now that Sabrina is out of her funk and the premise is in place, the sisters' future adventures will be more enjoyable to follow.

posted by MissPrint on February 16, 2012

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    the premise offers little compensation for having to deal with Sabrina

    Michael Buckley begins this children's series with a compelling premise: The stories of the brothers Grimm and other fairy tale originators (Hans Christian Andersen, etc.) are all true. In a Tolkien-style spin, fairy tale creatures (called "Everafters") used to coexist with humans, but since then they have been exiled to a small town near the suburbs of NYC. The Grimm family is still around, monitoring the Everafters and suspicious crimes in the area.



    Unfortunately, this premise offers little compensation for having to deal with Sabrina Grimm during the first half of the novel. Recently orphaned under odd circumstances, Sabrina (age 11) and her younger sister are sent to their mysterious grandmother whom the girls were told had died years ago. This all occurs in the first chapter. From there to the halfway point, readers are privy to Sabrina's numerous railings against Granny Grimm proclaiming her as a fraud and a lunatic.



    After the halfway point, when the author finally lets Sabrina be an effective character instead of her previous killjoy self, the story picks up. Sabrina also becomes tolerable to read about. At times Buckley seems to forget that he is writing a children's novel--perhaps hoping to imitate Jasper Fforde's more effective integration of fictional-characters-as-real-people into his popular Thursday Next novels. This creates scenes that seem incongruously gory, some characters even seeming vicious, especially when, at other points, Buckley seems to be at pains to avoid writing about violence (particularly with the circumstances of the girls' being orphaned). Buckley seems uncertain of his audience and his own style--which changes throughout the narrative.



    Overall, the story reads more like a setup for future books rather than an actual story that can stand alone. Hopefully, now that Sabrina is out of her funk and the premise is in place, the sisters' future adventures will be more enjoyable to follow.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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