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Coming to this book with the thought that it was a fractured fai
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Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received an
I received an eBook copy of this book from NetGalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. I've been struggling all day with what to say here. Much as I struggled to get to the end of this ...
I received an eBook copy of this book from NetGalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. I've been struggling all day with what to say here. Much as I struggled to get to the end of this book. To be completely honest I probably shouldn't have started it. I don't even remember putting in the request and was thrown when I received an approval email. It really isn't my type of book but I figured it was there why not give it a go?
I think my biggest problem was the narration. The book is narrated by none other than Jacob Grimm. Yes one half of the infamous Brothers Grimm. Well, his ghost to be more specific. Sometimes I felt like he was just talking to hear himself speak, like it had absolutely nothing to do with the story. And the frequent bursts of German, yeah that got old fast. I found myself often having to reread things to try to make sense of them.
I didn't care much for a good portion of the other characters who made appearances in the book either. Jeremy Johnson Johnson was...alright, I'm still sort of on the fence about him. He had his moments when he made me smile possibly even laugh but they were too few and far between. On the other hand, for the most part I liked Ginger Boultinghouse. She was mischievous and funny.
It was extremely slow paced. Around 60%-ish it sort of took a turn for the creepy and I was hoping it would pick up, but it just didn't get any better for me. I gave it a shot but it just wasn't the right fit for me. And on that note I really don't feel it's very Middle Grade either. But maybe that's just me.
Thanks to Knopf Books for Young Readers for approving me to read and review this book even though it wasn't right for me. :)
posted by Sheri_B1975 on June 12, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2013
This was probably not a book I'd normally read, but with all the
This was probably not a book I'd normally read, but with all the remakes of fairy tales these days in TV and movies, I thought, "Why not try it?" Plus, there was a ghost. It was unlike anything I've ever read, and I'm glad I took a chance on this book.
The plot was well-paced and took me in unexpected directions. As with fairy tales, especially Grimm, there were some very dark moments, but it was also a wonderful tale of adventure, fantasy, mystery, a little romance and comedy.
The characters were odd, quirky, imperfect, and hilarious. I laughed out loud more than once and although ambivalent at first, I quickly added Ginger Boultinghouse to my list of favorite characters. She was straightforward, sometimes inappropriate, mischievous, and although misguided at times, attempts to do the right thing. The relationship between Jeremy and Jacob was heartwarming. Jacob came at a time when Jeremy very much needed someone in his life and although a ghost, Jacob acted as both a friend and paternal figure.
This was an entertaining read and I would highly recommend it to 10+ age middle grade and adults who love fairy tales.
This review was based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley
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Posted October 23, 2013
"If I fretted about getting a little mud on my paws, would I be a Clan-cat?" She murmured, "I don't mind mud, and I love anything that can help me with understanding the beauty of things. Swimming, is one thing. I can use it to my advantage in cleaning, and it has a good food source. But it also represents beauty." Hawkdapple's voice lowered softly, "And climbing, I can see the riches of the forest. The way that the sky curves with the horizon. It's all made in beauty, and some don't take time to see these things. Running is another way. We don't have all this territory to sit around, but I do love basking in the sunlight." The chocolate furred feline blinked softly, resting her tail with Cheetahsun's, and taking in the sight of the sunsetting, and the pink glow illuminating on the soft white of the clouds. •|-|awkdapple•Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2013
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