Review: Grim (An Anthology) edited by Christine Johnson

Grim - Christine JohnsonPublisher: Harlequin Teen (February 25th 2014)
Hardcover: 490 pages
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Step into a world of dark and twisted fairy tales, with stories by Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking and more…

In the days when fairy tales were first spun, they weren’t the sweet and cheerful stories we tell today. Back then, fairy tales were terrifying. They were a warning to the listener to stay out of the night, to keep away from the mystical and ignore the mysterious. Prepare to open a treasure box of the unusual and the macabre.

Grim features some of today’s best young adult authors, sharing their own, unique retellings of classic fairy tales from around the world. These talented writers, many of them New York Times bestsellers or award-winners, put their own spin on these magical worlds.


As the blurb mentions, this is an anthology of YA authors sharing their retellings of classic fairy tales! And like with all anthology, there’s some that I really enjoyed, and others that are just okay. The nice thing with this book is the vast amount of variety you get, in both style and retellings. There are more classical retellings to modern adaptions and some that are a mix of both. The majority lean more towards the dark tales that fit the more tradition (Grimm Brothers) fairy tales.

There’s a pretty big number of YA authors for this anthology, some that I’m familiar with, and some new ones. The nice thing with these short stories anthology was I got a taste of a lot of authors. I also probably spent a lot of time trying to match the retelling with the original stories since they weren’t always super obvious, or familiar to me. My top three (in order of me reading them) from the book were probably:

1. The Raven Princess by Jon Skovran
2. Beast/Beast by Tessa Gratton
3. Beauty and The Chad by Sarah Rees Brennan; which was a hilarious mash-up of traditional and modern flair.

Overall, Grim was a fun, interesting mix of fairy tale retellings. A nice spooky read, with a few sweeter ones too. Definitely a good way to test the waters with new authors and to get some fun stories from your old favourites too.

{*Thank to Harlequin Teen & Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.


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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: Grim (An Anthology) edited by Christine Johnson”

  1. Lovely review Cyn, I just read this one and posted up my review just before. I loved Beast/Beast as well but wasn’t too much of a fan of Chad lol! Anyway, I thought the variety was fantastic, really loved this anthology.

    1. I wish Beast/Beast was longer, it definitely would have been amazing. Chad…it was just so awkward and funny for me haha. I loved the variety too! Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I giggled when you said you tried to match the tale with the original because I can just imagine myself doing that. Wonderful review!

    1. I think that’s the best part of reading retellings…is seeing what matches up/parallels and what’s different! Thanks (:

  3. This looks like such a lovely collection of retellings. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. 🙂

    1. It was a fun collection, thanks for stopping by!

  4. Like Kimba mentioned, I would be pulling out my old Grimm copies trying to see what the authors were trying to achieve. I love it when someone spins a new version of an old tale. Especially Grimm, they use to be originally darker, and I can’t wait to see what these new ya authors have done with the “old bones” of the story 😉

    1. That’s was definitely me. I just have to know those things! haha. I felt like most of the authors kept a dark touch to it, so it fits well with the tradition Grimm! I hope you enjoy the collection!

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