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This week’s wonder is:
THE GRIMM DIARIES PREQUELS BY CAMERON JACE
SO, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Years ago, the Grimm Brothers told us all a wonderful set of fairy tales. Among other “revisions,” they left out that the characters they wrote about and the stories they told were bastardised versions of the truth. What if the characters told their own stories? Delve into the diaries of the characters from every fairy tale you heard as a child and them some by reading this amazing set of works. But be warned, these diaries are poisoned apples, you will never see fairytales the same way again.
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“I don’t need anyone’s pity, love, or adoration. I am loved by the greatest and most majestic heart in the world: Mine.”
“I love you because… wait… I take a drag from my pipe… I really don’t know. I think that’s the beauty of love, wanting to be with someone; taste their sweetness and their fears, live their lives and be there in their death, share their ups and their downs, and most importantly, love them and grow old with them, even if they were some kind of monster.”
“I am a warrior, full of pain and conflict, trying to keep my kingdom together.”
“Evil is a point of view.”
“Stories are beautiful lies told by one person to another, across generations, where each storyteller added his own filter-a.k.a. lie-to the pile of previous ones. After many years, you get a totally different story from what really happened, filled with people’s expectaions and desires.”
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
- I love any new takes on traditional tales and this one fits the bill perfectly.
- Listening to the same story from different perspectives, particularly in the form of diaries gives the tales a very different feel.
- This series features cameos from characters like Lewis Carrol and Ebenezer Scrooge.
- Diaries from the “evil” (like the Devil) characters show their point of view.
- Certain favourite characters from different tales are merged into a single characters providing for interesting perspectives when reading the original tales.
- While entertaining and light, the series does address certain philosophical questions.
- There are author notes after most of the prequels which provide unique insights.
- The series is still expanding so the series has the potential to go in a million directions.
- They are in the process of eing retitled “The Grimm Origins” as the author feels the prequels tell the story better.
- The editing of the Kindle version of the books isn’t great. The story is littered with typos and grammatical errors. So please keep that on mind as you begin reading.
- Given the fact that the diaries are written by different individuals, their isn’t enough voice distinction and certain idiosyncracies seem to belong to multiple characters which can become confusing.
WHO IS IT FOR?
- Anyone who likes to read indie authors.
- Fairy tale lovers.
- Fans of Amish Tripathi.
- Children or Parents of young kids looking for good children’s reads.
Also, check out our companion interview of Cameron Jace, the author of The Grimm Diaries Prequels!
I hope you like The Grimm Diaries Prequels.