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The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1
     

The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1

4.5 12
by Isabella Fontaine
 
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.

Literally.

Now the characters of the Grimms' stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to

Overview

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.

Literally.

Now the characters of the Grimms' stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.

This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series:

Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!

Episode 2: Happily Never After

Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats

Additional features for the print edition:

- An introduction

- Two special "Lost Diaries"

- A behind-the-scenes interview

- A collection of original Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. The goal is to provide Young Adult readers with a strong, charismatic young woman in the role of the hero and provide readers with a positive protagonist who uses her brain to overcome obstacles life throws in her way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781478288633
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/03/2012
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Ken Brosky received his Master's Degree in writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In addition to writing The Grimm Chronicles, he also writes literary fiction and has been published Gargoyle, Barcelona Review, and Predicate Literary Journal.

This is Isabella Fontaine's first work. There. That's more than enough for you to know.

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The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
In the past several months, I have read several books based on fairy tales. While I am not an true fan of fantasy fiction, I have often been pleasantly surprised at the ingenuity of fiction based on Grimm fairy tales on the like. And this is another such book that puts forth a similar idea--what if the Grimm fairy tales were real? What is the Grimm brothers had magic? The premise of the book is intriguing. The actual writing of the book, the characterization, and even the details in the book are quite interesting and well-written. For this, I commend the author. I have to admit that some things in this book give me pause, and I have to be somewhat critical because this is put forth as a young adult book. I come in contact with young adults as I teach on a regular basis, and before long, my daughter will be one. I feel that if a book is marketed as a young adult book, it should teach appropriate young adult lessons and contain appropriate words and scenes for young adults. If any negative messages are introduced, I believe it is imperative to show these negative behaviors for what they are. I don't wish to be critical in any way, but I have to admit that I was somewhat concerned with the language used by the characters. I always find it ironic when young adult books contain words that most teenagers are not supposed to use in high schools most places. But I can excuse the language. I am pleased that there are no bedroom scenes, however, I was quite concerned in the first story when it was assumed that the main character would do it and was even expected to do it. The outcome of that story was what concerned me most since it had all sorts of somewhat graphic violence. I understand the reason for the violence, but I would not want my daughter reading this as a teenager. I didn't feel that all the detail was necessary. And the fairy tale characters are so frighteningly evil and "crazy," that I felt it was just too much for a young adult novel--especially a fantasy. One other thing that concerned me was the underage drinking. I don't know why the message of avoiding alcohol and drugs was not more srongly encouraged. I didn't see too many consequences for these individuals involved. Now, don't get me wrong. The book is fine, and for many young adults, this would not be an issue. Most parents would figure that I am going to a ridiculous extreme. I know my standards are high, but I struggled to find any redeeming messages in the book. And perhaps that was the wrong thing to consider, but it is just my opinion. I would say that if you are a die-hard fantasy novel fan, this may be just the book for you. My opinion is just that. And maybe I will enjoy the second installment of this series even more. I have to admit that I like Briar! He gave a good comic relief, and he was quite a character. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
Imagine if the fairy tales you know and love were real? What if the character stepped out of the pages and lived among us? Meet Alice Goodenough an 18 year old high school student who is thrust into the world of the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers Grimm have unleashed their fairy tales into the world and over the years, they have all become Corrupted. With the help of a magic pen and her new friend Br’er Rabbit, Alice must fight the Corrupted to save the world. I loved this book, what a great twist on the fairy tale characters that I know and love. The book also introduced some characters to me that I hadn’t known about. The authors have included the fairy tales at the back of the book, so that you can have a quick refresher. It was like being a kid again, reading fairy tales only with a twist. I never imagined that these characters had a dark side. Alice is the main character and unlike so many other female leads who faint and cry at the drop of a hat, Alice is strong and likeable. Not only can she kick your butt three ways from Sunday, she is also smart knowing that knowledge is power. The more she knows, the more her magic pen can ultimately help her. This book is compilation of three novella’s: Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die! Episode 2: Happily Never After Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats I’m looking forward to reading more of the Grimm Chronicles and would recommend this to anyone who loves fairy tales with a “twist”. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
To keep things as spoiler-free as possible <i>(which is hard when you consider the fact that the first two volumes of</i> The Grimm Chronicles <i>spans 6 of the 12 novellas making up the series)</i> , the series revolves around Alice, a girl who finds out that she's a hero.  A hero is someone who comes along once in a generation <i>(this reminds me of the way the Slayer is constantly reborn in</i> Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and is gifted with a magic pen and the ability to rid the world of fairy tale creatures gone wrong.  The pen is more than it appears<i> (Sort of think Riptide, Percy Jackson's pen that becomes a sword)</i> , infused with magical ink that allows its heroic bearer to create tools able to vanquish the Corrupted.  It's the very same pen used by the Brothers Grimm when creating their now-famous stories.  The only problem?  The same magic used to bring the stories to life and into the real world was dark, and over time, the characters have become corrupted.  From minor characters we barely remember to the heroes, heroines, and villains of each tale, no one is exempt.  It is Alice's destiny to rid the world of these characters; a hero can't rest until no character remains. It was a lot of fun to see which fairy tales and characters were going to make an appearance in <i>The Grimm Chronicles</i> next.  Sometimes, I was guessing for a while; there's definitely a factor of mystery involved as readers discover who the Corrupted are alongside Alice.  Not every character we meet is evil, either, creating a complex, shadowed nuance not often seen. There's a lot of gray space and little black and white, which makes Alice's trials even more burdensome.  The stories interconnect in arcs, and I liked seeing fairy tale characters pop up in earlier volumes only to come back in big ways later on.  I also enjoyed the small nod to non-Grimm tales in the series, such as the way Alice (to me at least) pays tribute to Lewis Carroll, and while she is aided by a rabbit, it's the lesser-known Br'er Rabbit, which was a fun addition for me.  Alice is a strong heroine who evolves and goes through a lot of character development as the series progresses. I'd recommend buying the stories as compilations if you're starting out.  There are a lot of fun goodies thrown in such as short stories, &quot;lost&quot; diaries from former heroes, and the referenced Brothers Grimm tales.  While at time, sentences and dialogue felt very formal against the light, easy tone of Alice's voice as a narrator, the series was still easy to read and engaging.  I like the formula Fontaine and Brosky are using and find the use of novella story arcs to be solid and easy to follow.  While readers could jump into later volumes without having read earlier ones, it's encouraged to read from the beginning for a full understanding of the world of <i>The Grimm Chronicles.</i>
Asand More than 1 year ago
The  Brothers Grimm fables are so fun to read and then to have someone elaborate on them and make them into something so much more was very enjoyable for me.   Alice, our lead character, is tough but with this really naive side to her that is heartwarming.  I like the fact that she isn't all gun ho on killing a lot of bad guys, and instead tries to think through each situation, trying to determine if they should really die.  Alice is truly a great female protagonist because she exhibits many positive traits that young ladies nowadays could really look up to and the fact that she is such a lover of books is also a plus for me!  The writing is wonderful too!  The original Brothers Grimm stories are so versatile that the authors really used some creativity to come up with the plot lines for The Grimm Chronicles to be so additive.  In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I know that seems weird but Alice is a pretty kick butt hero and she has to juggle work, high school, family and her magical ability to slay evil book characters all in a day's time.  I had a blast reading this story.  It is fun and I love Alice's weapon.  In an another way I also got a Harold and the Purple Crayon feel to it but definitely geared more for young adults.  There are so many different magical characters you meet through these stories it's like a taking a trip down fairytale lane but with a more modern twist.  Also, Alice's sidekick, Br'er Rabbit, was the perfect addition.  I have always been a huge fan of those folk tales and I am so happy that authors included him in the stories.  I think I did a happy dance when I seen his appearance in the book!  All in all, The Grimm Chronicles Vol. 1 are an amazing story to dive into, no matter what age you are.  I think if you like a lot of action mixed in with lots of magic and still have that young adult feel to it then this is the book you need to be reading!  It's a great story and I give it five hearts!
Jetches More than 1 year ago
I adore retellings of fairy tales, and I really enjoyed this new twist on the tales we were told as children before bed-time! I absolute loved Alice. I found her entertaining, independent (and the fact that she as volunteering in a library didn&rsquo;t hurt her cause. The rabbit on the other hand was a little confusing. I&rsquo;ll admit its not a tale that I am familiar with, but I don&rsquo;t think I should have been that confused as to his purpose. I loved the added Grimm Brothers Tales at the back of the book it helped as a refresher, and the added lost diary was pretty cool, making it feel like Alice isn&rsquo;t the only one. Good: Alice&mdash;Independent, determined, strong Bad:  Briar Rabbit&mdash;I&rsquo;m thinking things may change in the upcoming episodes, but as of right now&hellip;I&rsquo;m not feeling him Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall it was an interesting read. It was pretty easy to follow, but I will admit that sometimes I found my attention wondering  This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
OH MY FREAKING HOLY HECK! I absolutely loved this book! No, let me rephrase that, I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! Nope, that doesn't even do it justice. Vol. 1 has the first three stories from the 12 that will ultimately make up the chronicles. But since it is the volume set and not the individual stories, it also has BONUS MATERIAL! Woot! Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. Alice is a freaking awesome female character. I love the fact that she is a strong one. Literature today in the YA genre tends to let the girls fall by the side of the road and wait for some jerk in a Benz to come and save them. Not Alice. Or Grace for that matter. Oh, and of course there is the loveable sidekick Briar rabbit! The stories are based on some of Grimm's tales, but the way these authors craft the plot is out of this world. I read the book in 3 nights, 3 long nights of me not wanting to close the damn thing! Then of course, I had to spend one of those nights with the light on after I was done because I was sure that if I turned it off a Corrupted would find its way into my house! Even with my huge dogs sleeping on the bed. LOL. Yes, the book got to me that much! My only problem with it, the other 9 aren't out yet! PLEASE OH PLEASE KEN AND ISABELLA FINISH THE REST OF THE SERIES INSTANTLY!
Nevellie More than 1 year ago
My automatic response to this book when I saw it on 'Innovative Online Book Tours' was Oh my God I have to read this! It seriously was. I am a huge fan of fairytales and retelling of them. Not to mention the twists and turns along the way. Why else would I be a huge fan of 'Once Upon A Time', 'Grimm' and 'Cinder'? They're retelling with twists and turns of beloved fairytales. So yes, I requested to be a part of this tour and loved it. Alright so, the title was alright, since it's another retelling of the Grimm books, so it's fitting. Though the individual titles for each episode are way better! I thought those were quite creative. The cover needed a few more touches, though it wasn't bad either, but the synopsis is the best of the three. Episode One: Prince Charming Must Die Alice has the perfect life. She's got great friends, good grades, amazing books to keep her busy, and the perfect boyfriend. She even does fencing, and is the best at it - aside from her mega-awesome boyfriend. But when Alice starts her job at the local library near where she lives and discovers something really weird, her life changes. Armed with a pen she can now draw anything she knows, but not only that, she's a hero chosen to fight the 'corrupted'. The Corrupted are Grimm story characters that had come to life, and Alice's job is to find them and kill them. Little does she know that the first hit is so close to home. With a pen for protection, notes from the previous hero as tips and a rabbit for guidance, would things go smoothly? Episode Two: Happily Never After After having killed one Corrupted and took the life of another that seemed to seek it, Alice is on the way to getting the hang of the whole process. Though she complains about the fact that she has no superpowers to help her with her job. This time around, even though there's Corrupted nearby, he's apparently not the immediate danger and Alice needs a trip to Chicago to get the one there first. A lot of sewers were involved and animal chases in the midst as Alice works her way to fight the next Corrupted in her dreams. Episode Three: Revenge of the Castle Cats Alice's encounter with the frog from the last episode has her poisoned. Briar - her helper rabbit- is berating himself that he didn't try to take her to the hospital straight after the encounter with the frog and her injury. As she's recovering she finds almost everyone obsessed with a new game 'Castle Cats', and worse, it seems to control them, making them eat awful candy and have them tranced. Alice needs her friend Seth's help to get the code for the game, which means it's inevitable that he knows her secret. This has got to be one of my favorite Grimm interpretations until now! The book is amazing, and it reminded me so much of 'Grimm' the series, but in a great way. The quotes from the book were a great touch. I loved the writing, the style, the storylines and the different ways the Grimm characters were involved. I enjoyed everything about this book and cannot wait to read more episodes! Rating: 4.5/5
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
I love fairy tales and jumped at the chance to review &quot;The Grimm Chronicles&quot;....I was not disappointed at all!! The authors created a modern day tale of old with action, emotion, and magic. Highly recommended for all who love fairy tales and the YA genre. This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Grimm Chronicles is a refreshing set of books that were a great read. The books revolve around Alice Goodenough, a high school student that volunteers at the library during Summer. Alice finds out she is the hero that fights against the Corrupted. The Corrupted are characters that the Brothers Grimm wrote about and came to life. With Briar Rabbit at her side, she has information and the back up she needs. The characters are ones we all know, but they have a twist since they are Corrupted which makes the story unique. A few that make appearances are Prince Charming, Cinderella, Frog Prince and quite a few more. Each story leads into the next so make sure to read the books in order. The 3rd Episode was a little bit different from the rest. A Corrupted actively seeks out Alice, and her life quickly changes. All in all the books were excellent, I recommend them and will be on the lookout for more.
becx More than 1 year ago
Brew City Press asked me to read and review &ldquo;The Grimm Chronicles: Volume 1&rdquo; by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky. This volume contains the first 3 episodes of the series; &ldquo;Prince Charming Must Die&rdquo;, &ldquo;Happily Never After&rdquo; and &ldquo;Revenge of the Castle Cats&rdquo; plus a couple lost diary entries, an interview with the creators and the original Grimm tales for reference. Let me start by saying I love the Grimm&rsquo;s fairy tales. They are so much better than any of the politically correct, let&rsquo;s all be nice, mumbo jumbo that&rsquo;s out there for kids to read nowadays. That being said, I haven&rsquo;t read all the Grimm&rsquo;s stories and one of the best things about this book was getting to experience some of the tales I&rsquo;ve never heard before. When the book ends, readers will get the added bonus of being able to read the actual Grimm versions that inspired the chapters. I absolutely LOVED the concept for this series. Taking all the characters we know so well, good and bad, from those famous stories and morphing them into Corrupted beings was fabulous. Those tales are already dark and intense but Isabella and Ken upped those factors. I enjoyed all the characters and, if I&rsquo;m being honest, kept rooting for Alice to kill them =) Speaking of Alice, I thought she was a nice diversion from most YA heroines. She&rsquo;s witty, smart, responsible, and not at all the sullen, moody teenager. I didn&rsquo;t care for her last name &lsquo;Goodenough&rsquo;, it sounded rather cheesy to me. I also thought it took her longer than it should have to come to the conclusion of who Cinderella was. For such a smart character she should have figured that one out sooner. I loved her sidekick Br&rsquo;er (Briar) Rabbit. He was such a fun and charming character, even for a giant talking rabbit. The only bad thing I can say about the story was that it needed more editing. There were quite a few words with missing letters, added letters, and fragmented sentences that caught my attention. Even with the editing issues I still give &ldquo;The Grimm Chronicles: Volume 1&rdquo; 5/5 stars. This is an original storyline that has been wonderfully executed. The best thing the authors put in the introduction to hook my attention was this little number&hellip;&rdquo;And there&rsquo;s NOT going to be a love triangle.&rdquo; SOLD, I&rsquo;ll continue reading!!! You have no idea how bored I&rsquo;ve become with the YA love triangles. Isabella and Ken, well done and thank you for giving me something unique to read.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
So my daughter and I loved this story. My daughter is really in to fan fiction, particularly &ldquo;dark winning&rdquo; stories because, after all, who doesn&rsquo;t love a good villain. Our favorite Disney movies are &ldquo;The Princess and the Frog&rdquo; and &ldquo;Mulan&rdquo; where the princess is the one kicking butt and taking names, not just sitting around waiting for her handsome prince to rescue her. It fits really well with my strong willed daughter&rsquo;s personality. This is more than just a retelling of a fairy tale. This is a complete re-working of the whole fairy tale reality into a darker version. It is also filled with graphic sexual descriptions and language that is inappropriate for younger readers. Parents, you will want to read this first to determine is if acceptable for your child. I loved the humor and the darkness of this book. Both were just in the right amounts for me to appreciate both equally. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds and a chili pepper rating of 7 due to the graphic nature of the language. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I was given an eBook from the authors for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. Let&rsquo;s start with the simple things. There are two ways to read this book. Since the authors have very kindly footnoted the stories with the actual Grimm&rsquo;s Faerie Tales, you can read the story when the endnote appears, and refresh your memory about the original stories. And lest you think you &lsquo;know&rsquo; the faerie tales &ndash; Grimm&rsquo;s tales are not the made for movie Disney tales that have singing princesses and cute little animals. The other way to read is just to read &ndash; start to finish, where you get to fill in the blanks in your knowledge once you are done. While the first way is decidedly more awkward, it also is the one that fixes the action that Alice is seeing better in your mind. I&rsquo;ve read this book twice &ndash; first front to back, secondly flipping through to endnotes. I can&rsquo;t tell you which way is better &ndash; both work. Alice is the heroine of this story, living in a rather &lsquo;white bread&rsquo; Minneapolis suburb, in high school, only child and one who loves books and reading; so much so that she has chosen to volunteer at the library rather than work for her summer break. Alice is clever and funny; even when she is scared to death she has some part of her brain working to get her out of the bad situation. What she has come to realize, after her very own Harvey moment (Look it up &ndash; Jimmy Stewart movie) with Br&rsquo;er Rabbit explains that she is the hero destined to save the world from the Corrupted. Armed simply with a pen and her knowledge of Grimm&rsquo;s Faerie Tales, Alice proceeds to rid the world of the corrupted, all the characters that travelled to our realm from the world created in the book. Created as a series of 12 stories, they will have you laughing and wondering who is next, and what form will that character take. Alice alternates between being accepting and rather matter-of-fact about her role, and a rather immature teen without a clue. There are some really large &ldquo;tells&rdquo; in the story that point at the &ldquo;bad guys&rdquo;, although I tend to think Alice misses many of them because she is still in denial about the reality of the situation. Of course, she seemed to grasp onto the giant rabbit in waistcoat and breeches rather quickly, so it just may be the fact that it&rsquo;s all new to her. It&rsquo;s a great new take on the faerie tale classics, with enough interest for young adults and adults who are fans of faerie tales alike.