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The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 2

The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 2

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by Ken Brosky, Isabella Fontaine, Chris Smith (Illustrator)
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm changed everything.

With the help of a little magic, fairy tales were made real, manifesting all over the world. Charming princes. Gold-hunting dwarfs. Terrible step-mothers. Heroic animals.

Then, slowly, they began to change. Everyone-from Prince Charming to the old miller-grew more evil. Corrupted. A hero was chosen to stop them


200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm changed everything.

With the help of a little magic, fairy tales were made real, manifesting all over the world. Charming princes. Gold-hunting dwarfs. Terrible step-mothers. Heroic animals.

Then, slowly, they began to change. Everyone-from Prince Charming to the old miller-grew more evil. Corrupted. A hero was chosen to stop them, hunting them down one by one and destroying them with the help of a magic pen and a special rabbit assistant.

For 200 years, the hero's magic pen has been passed on from generation to generation. The newest hero is Alice Goodenough, an 18-year-old junior from Washington High School. While her friends spent their summer working and having fun, Alice found herself doing battle with creatures most human beings don't even realize exist. A giant snake. A blood-sucking prince. A terrifying half-man, half-hedgehog. Dastardly dwarfs intent on mind-controlling everyone who uses a cell phone.

Now, senior year has begun. With it comes a new challenge at school, where bullies have grown bolder and classes more challenging. As if that's not enough, Alice must face off against a collection of Corrupted who all share a terrible secret, one that might awaken a creature capable of doing untold damage. To uncover the secret, Alice will have to face off against a man-eating lizard, a bloodthirsty sea captain, and a mysterious wizard who can see into the future ...

This book contains:

Episode four: The Orphanage of Doom
Episode five: Blood and Thunder
Episode six: The Order of the Golden Dragon

Bonus material:
The Lost Journal of Eugene Washington
Assorted fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm
A Legacy of Red

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CreateSpace Publishing
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.21(d)

Meet the Author

Ken Brosky received his MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He's had more than a dozen short stories published in various literary magazines and teaches English at various colleges around Wisconsin.

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The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 2 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first Volume in this series and looked forward to see what Alice get's into next. I was not disappointed. Alice has to search for the Corrupted and kill them. Before she really just had the help of Briar but in this volume she has the help of more friends. Seth her friend plays a bigger part in helping her battle the Corrupt and helps her with day to day life. A new character Chase has a big part to play as well. At times I will say I wasn't sure about him. However he learns a big lesson in this book. Alice searches for clues in her dreams as to where the next Corrupt will be. It does effect her in other ways with her sleep all messed up. She also has regular issues to deal with being a teen. She has to face the school bully and some teachers as well. She grows even more in this book as she has to search deep down as to whether she wants to be the one to keep hunting the Corrupt. She see that not all Corrupt are ready to be killed as there may be some good left in them yet. This book has several funny scenes as well as action and learning lessons. I think it does a great job in teaching little lessons while being entertaining. If you have ever wondered what happens to Grims Tales be sure to check this out. Each story is very good and you just keep wanting more.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
If I could give this a 3.5, I probably would. This is the second installment, and it was better than the first. But I am still not impressed. If you like fantasy, this may be the book for you. If you like fairy tales, this may be the book for you. If you like reading about really weird stuff, this is definitely the book for you. I will admit that I was not too happy about reading the second installment. I really did not care too much for the first. However, there is not as much graphic violence in this book. And I have grown to love Briar. He is my favorite character, and I think I would enjoy reading an entire series written about him. The more he is featured, the more I like him. His sense of humor is wonderfully sarcastic, and he always lightens things up while being sober-minded as well.  My complaints with the book are the gratuitous profanity (though it's not hardcore) and the story line that is truly off-the-wall. I really would like to see more familiar fairy tales featured because I almost didn't figure out the fish. I'm not sure how Captain Ahab all of a sudden showed up. But there I go again analyzing a young adult fantasy and making it what it should not be. Maybe I am just too analytical for my own good. But for the fantasy-lover, this is probably the ideal book. 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
A talking sausage, a fish that grants wishes and an evil step-mother…these are all characters that Alice Goodenough must find the courage to face. The Grimm Chronicles Volume 2 continues to follow our hero Alice through her adventures fighting against the corrupted fairy tale characters that the Brothers Grimm have brought to life.Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky have taken the fairy tales we all know and love and have given them a “corrupted” twist. No longer do we always have happy endings, in fact you never know exactly what to expect. Although I did find this Volume more difficult to follow than the first, it was still a great story to read. In case you don’t know the tales being referenced, they have included them in the back of the book for you to read. The authors have chosen more obscure tales for this story, many of which I have never read. They have also injected the tale of Moby Dick, which wasn’t a required read in my English Lit. class (thank heavens). I love how Alice is just like the rest of us in her every day life. She has no super powers but she has courage. In the story, there is a bully who terrorizes the school. He never receives consequences for his actions because he is a star football player. The authors have taken the time to show how just one person can make a huge difference when it comes to changing the world. By having the courage to stand up for what you know is wrong, others will follow. I would highly recommend reading the Volume 1 of the Grimm Chronicles first. Volume 2 is compilation of three novella’s: Episode Four: The Orphanage of Doom Episode Five: Blood and Thunder Episode Six: The Order of the Golden Dragon If you are looking for a great read, that has a "twist" to the fairy tale characters that you know (or may not know) this is a great book for you. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I am in love with these books, the cover of this one I'm not a fan of. It just didn't connect me to the story. :/ But thinking about the story- that I loved! As usual, we get the best kind of heroine- a brave one that isn't weak and doesn't back down from things, even if she's scared. What a great freaking role model! We need more female characters like Alice. Ken and Isabella have done an amazing job at creating this amazing story. The work that they've invested into combining a unique story with old classic stories and fairytales is amazing. The detail and development is just as good as the first book. I absolutely LOVE their character arcs. They really know how to develop the story as they go. It isn't just a standard retelling of old stories, no, these guys have thrown amazing character with great personalities and complex ideas. The entire concept surrounding Alice and the Corrupted is great and it doesn't get old! I cannot wait to see what will happen in future stories. I know that there is a set amount for this series, but I hope that Ken and Isabella will keep writing together and come up with something just as amazing when it ends! KEEP THEM COMING! I LOVE THEM and recommend them to EVERYONE! That's right, that means you, so go get a copy now!
Asand More than 1 year ago
I feel like Alice has grown in the second set of stories, yet still has more growing to do, which makes sense since she is still a teenager and learning everyday.  I liked that a lot!  It made Alice more realistic since she made mistakes but learned from them as well.   Many of the situations Alice faces (not the supernatural ones) are common themes that many children, teens, and even adults face everyday in society.  And the authors did a great service by showing us how human Alice really is; she learned by trial and error the right way to face these problems.   I also enjoyed the fact that Alice's parents were more in the picture in this Volume and had some meaningful conversations from them as well.  Although, I did get a little upset that they weren't more on Alice's side the first time about the altercation between her and Joey.   Besides having to save the world, orphans, and her friends, Alice faces the worst kind of peer pressure and the ways she handles it is a great moral incentive for the teens (or anyone for that matter) reading the stories.  So yeah, I LOVED the morals we learn from this book in a fun way.   I think her friends, Seth and Briar, as long as some new characters introduced, help keep Alice grounded so the "hero" stuff don't go to her head.  Chase seems like a pretty good guy and I like that he brings another perspective to the table for Alice to learn from.   The plot of the story is just plain good.  It will keep you glued to the book,going from page to page until you are up in the early morning light, almost done with the novel.  It flows so well I never wanted to put it down.  I also liked that some Corrupted weren't quite as bad as others and that we learned some Corrupted's background on why they went bad.   If you are interested in stories with great morals, an uplifting and very personable heroine, and a theme that is really interesting this is the book you need to get.  This is definitely a way for us adults to enjoy the fairy tales we loved as kids but with a twist that will keep you hooked from the beginning to the end.   Definitely five hearts~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was asked to review “The Grimm Chronicles: Volume 2”. This volume consists of “The Orphanage of Doom”, “Blood and Thunder”, “The Order of the Golden Dragon”, “Legacy of Red” extra, 2 lost journal entries, and the original Grimm fairy tales that inspired the stories. I LOVE these stories. It took me some time to actually start reading, but once I did I was up into the wee hours of the morning finishing. I enjoy Alice and Briar’s adventures and I liked that Seth and Chase became key players in helping Alice defeat the Corrupted in this volume. Each story perfectly continues right where the previous ends and the Corrupted characters connect to one another to create a very engaging plot. My favorite of the episodes was “The Order of the Golden Dragon”. I thought the Corrupted creatures were great and the way Chase, Seth, and Briar all help Alice was wonderful. I also liked the side story of taking a stand against bullying. Alice is a very strong character. Even though she had her moments of self-doubt, she realized she’s didn’t have to change just so others would like her. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that she’s not a whiny, melodramatic, weak girl. She kicks butt and stands up for herself and others. I also LOVE that there isn’t a teen love triangle in sight. I give “The Grimm Chronicles: Volume 2” 5/5 stars. If you like the Grimm fairytales you really should read these stories. They’re imaginative, original, and action packed. I can’t wait for Volume 3.
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>