I read Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd back in March. I was lucky enough to get an eARC via NetGalley and the day I read the last page I sat down an wrote a review, because it was such an amazing book that I didn’t want to leave anything out.
Now, I have waited a while to share my review with you because Grim Lovelies is going to be published next month, on the 2nd of October. And now that the time is almost upon us, I want to say – you have to read this book!
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Title: Grim Lovelies
Author: Megan Shepherd
Blurb: Anouk’s human form is tied to her mistress’ dark magic after being enchanted by an animal. She’s never stepped outside of Mada Vittoria’s Parisian townhouse, but when her mistress is murdered, Anouk and her fellow beasties only have three days before the spell fades and they turn back into animals forever. In a desperate attempt to save themselves, they venture into the outside world and discover a well-kept secret.
Categories: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fairy Tales
Rating: 5/5 stars
Publication Date: 2nd October 2018
Review: The premise of Grim Lovelies is amazing. It gives a voice to those little beasties… the animals who are turned in to humans by witches in fairy tales. You know, like Cinderella’s mice/coachman etc. I really love fairy tales and retellings and the second I saw the blurb for Grim Lovelies and knew that it was going to be an amazing book and one that I would thoroughly enjoy reading. And I am happy to say I was totally right! I loved reading this book so much, that I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy once it’s published so I can reread it.
Set in modern day Paris it is a wonderful clash of the magical and the mudane, Royals, witches, goblins and beasties share a world with Pretties (ordinary humans), who are completely oblivious to the magic lurking in the shadows. It’s such a fantastic concept and I found myself wishing so hard it was true (just like I still expect my letter from Hogwarts even though it’s over 20 years late…). I love the magical world that Megan Shepherd has created, it’s wonderfully rich and having it bisect ‘our’ world made the tale all the more engaging.
The time/deadline element of the book is wonderfully done, just like Cinderella having to be back before the last strike of midnight, Anouk and her fellow beasties have a countdown too. The start of each chapter, after Mada Vittoria is murdered, has in large letters “X hours of enchantment remaining”. This really added to my reading of the book… that anxiety of time running out, which you are reminded of every time you started a new chapter. This made Grim Lovelies impossible to put down.
There are so many fairy tale elements in the book, and I don’t want to discuss too many of them, because the fun is in finding them yourself, but I will just say… keep an eye out as you read the books because there are wonderful little discoveries everywhere in the book.
There are so many wonderful characters in the book, I love Anouk, her voice is wonderfully refreshing to read and I fell in love with her almost instantly. I love Cricket, Tenpenny and even Hunter Black and Viggo… I loved most of the characters in Grim Lovelies, as they were all well written and so unique. In fact the only character I didn’t like was Beau, now I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything but I found him to be a bit too possessive and overbearing. There were several points in the book where what he said or did made me feel little uncomfortable.
I absolutely loved Grim Lovelies, it is an enchantingly wonderful fairy tale told from a new and refreshing angle, I will be recommending it to everyone and I will definitely be rereading the book once it is published! Grim Lovelies is expected to be published on the 2nd October 2018 and if you don’t want to miss out you can pre-order it from Amazon* and other booksellers.
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I received an eARC of Grim Lovelies free via NetGalley in return for an honest review