GRIM (Anthology) GRIM (Anthology) by , , ,
Published by on February 25, 2014
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Pages: 480

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Kimberly Derting | Sonia Gensler | Tessa Gratton | Claudia Gray | Rachel Hawkins | Amanda Hocking | Ellen Hopkins | Shaun David Hutchinson  | Julie Kagawa | Malinda Lo | Myra McEntire |Saundra Mitchell | Jackson Pearce | Sarah Rees Brennan | Dia Reeves | Jon Skovron | Jeri Smith-Ready

Edited by Christine Johnson

Short Stories: The Key by Rachel Hawkins; Figment by Jeri-Smith Ready; The Twelfth Girl by Malinda Lo; The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron; Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell; Before The Rose Bloomed: A Retelling of the Snow Queen by Ellen Hopkins; Beast / Beast by Tessa Gratton; The Brothers Piggett by Julia Kagawa; UnTethered by Sonia Gensler; Better by Shaun David Hutchinson; Light It Up by Kimberly Derting; Sharper Than A Serpent's Tongue by Christine Johnson; A Real Boy by Claudia Gray; Skin Trade by Myra McEntire; Beauty and the Chad by Sarah Rees Brennan; The Pink: A Grimm Story by Amanda Hocking; Sell it Out by Jackson Pearce

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I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for the GRIM Anthology today! I had fun reading the 3 stories I discuss below, and I plan to continue on and read the others when I’m in the mood for a shorty story, or a GRIM tale.

The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron

I enjoyed The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron. As I haven’t read the original, I can’t compare the two, but I thought it was well-written and endearing. I liked how the young man wanted to break the princess’s curse simply because it made his life interesting and gave him a purpose. Also, I liked how the story demonstrated his inner strength and courage. I was a little surprised by the ending, and though a bit cheesy (it is a fairy tale after all), it was fitting for the them.

Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell

I got more than I bargained for with Thinner Than Water by Saundra Mitchell! Knowing nothing about the story, I did not expect it to be about King that wants to marry his daughter, and revenge. This is most definitely NOT a fairy tale for children. Though the story was disturbing, I found the ending satisfying, and even wished it was a little longer. I wouldn’t have minded reading how the revenge played out!

Before the Roses Bloomed by Ellen Hopkins

I liked Before the Rose Bloomed by Ellen Hopkins, and reading about Greta’s journey to save her friend and love, K, from the Snow Queen. Of the three stories, it was the the most familiar to me, as I’ve read/seen variations of The Snow Queen before. The ones that stand out the most to me are The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Disney’s recent movie, FROZEN.

The Grim Stories in TV shows…

I have a confession to make. Though I’ve always enjoyed fairy tales, it’s only very recently that I’ve taken an interest in them and chosen to learn more about them. Why now? I have two one word for you. SUPERNATURAL. As in, Supernatural, the TV series on the CW. When I got really sick in January (so sick, I couldn’t even read!), I randomly decided to watch the pilot episode, and then another, and another… until I realized I was hooked! Almost two months later and I’m now on season 6. YES, I know that’s a lot of TV, but it was nice having Dean (my TVBF) and Sam to keep me company while I was miserable and isolated because I had the “plague” (as my husband called it).

Credit: CW

There are a lot of elements in Supernatural that I now can’t seem to get enough of that before I would be somewhat indifferent to… Basically, I had a take it or leave it type of attitude toward stories about fairy tales and urban legends. For example, when the TV show, GRIMM (NBC) premiered, I watched it and really, really liked it. But then when all my shows came back on and I couldn’t keep up with them all, GRIMM went on the back burner. But now, I’m looking forward to catching up with the show, and I’m frustrated that it’s not on Netflix Instant!


Credit: NBC via

Since I’m such a greenie to all things GRIMM, I can’t really compare most of the short stories in the anthology to TV, film, or books but I think this gives me an advantage. I’m reading them without judging them on how they compare to the originals, and most are fresh and new to to me.

What are your favorite TV shows, movies, or books that feature GRIM stories? 

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Tour Schedule

Monday, February 17th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Tuesday, February 18th – Stories 1, 2 and 3 – Two Chicks on Books
Wednesday, February 19th – Stories 4, 5 and 6 – Book and A Latte
Friday, February 21st – Stories 7, 8 and 9 – Fiction Freak

Monday, February 24th – Stories 10, 11 and 12 – Mundie Moms
Wednesday, February 26th – Stories 13, 14 and 15 – Bumbles and Fairytales
Friday, February 28th – Stories 16 and 17 – Fiktshun

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29 Responses to Tour Review: GRIM Anthology

  1. Christina R. says:

    These are some awesome authors in the anthology!!

    Love your comments and that you enjoyed them even when you didn’t know the original 🙂

    Thank you:)

  2. Dani Sarabia says:

    Some of my favorite authors are in Grim and I’m so excited. It sounds highly enjoyable.

  3. T says:

    Can’t wait to read!!!

  4. Cassandra says:

    I love all of Ellen Hopkins’ books, and can not wait to read the works of similar authors!

  5. Kysha Plante says:

    I have read nearly every Grimm tale there is and most of the retellings. I love all the new spins that authors are putting on fairly tales. Even adults need a little fantasy in their lives.

  6. Shalee Penrose says:

    I love the Grimm tales, and I absolutely the new versions of it from modern authors I love, like Ellen Hopkins. I have always been interested in them, but recently I bought a beautiful copy of the Grimm Tales and read them all and started reading other versions that have been made and fell in love with them all over again. <3

  7. Viki S. says:

    I love Grimm. Seeing a new twist on these tales is so cool!

  8. This book looks so amazing. I cant wait to read it.

  9. Hillary R. says:

    I can’t wait to read some of the stories in this anthology! I’m really looking forward to reading Amanda Hocking and Kimberly Derting’s stories! Thanks for the amazing giveaway! ^_^

  10. Cassie Hileman says:

    There are a lot of great authors in this anthology! I can’t wait to read it!

  11. Len D. says:

    I’m so excited for this anthology!
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  12. bn100 says:

    Haven’t seen the Grimm show

  13. Samantha Higgins says:

    Ellen hopkins is my favorite author but there are so many good ones here! I can’t wait to read these short stories the book sounds fun and amazing!

  14. Allie L says:

    For me, I think it was reading Little Red Riding Hood that I started loving reading fairy tales. This love of fairy tales continues to this day. I LOVE reading retellings. They are a fresh new way to look at classic fairy tales 😀

  15. I LOVE gritty fairy tales and so far this tour has me wishing this book was in my hands like yesterday!!! Don’t know the originals of the ones you posted about either but I would love to!!

  16. Rhianna says:

    What an exciting collection of authors. Been really looking forward to this one.
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  17. January says:

    I love so many of these authors and I love fairy tales! Definitely looks like a must read! Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

  18. BookLady says:

    What a fantastic book! I love Grimm and look forward to reading these stories. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  19. Karen D. says:

    So looking forward to getting my hands on this anthology! I love retellings of fairy tales!

  20. Perla says:

    I grew up with these fairy tales and the retellings are amazing!!!

  21. Darith L. says:

    Yes, I love Grimm! I don’t read many fairytales, but I do watch Once Upon a Time, and that’s the most fairytales one can get in one place and sitting every week. 😀

  22. Cassie B (@CassieopiaB) says:

    Love the original Grimm tales. I look forward to reading these retellings.

  23. Darith L. says:

    Can’t wait to read this! I love fairytales!

  24. Kirsten! says:

    I’m super pumped for this book! I love fairy tales almost as much as I love anthologies 😛

  25. Kai W. says:

    Ever since, the discovery of the Trojan Horse and seeing the movie Ever After with Drew Berrymore, I have been trying to find the bases of the stories. I like to see on how much truth is in these stories.

  26. 1110cg says:

    Can’t wait to read this book! I love Grim tales!

  27. Jennifer Greenlees says:

    I saw an announcement of this giveaway on Twitter and had to come check it out! I love fairy tale retellings, the darker the better, even though I’m a huge Disney fan. 🙂

    I’ve enjoyed the few episodes of Grimm that I’ve seen, so much that I recently checked out the DVD of Season One from my local library. I’ve also really liked the anthologies of fairy tale retellings for adults that are edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. This anthology, though written for the YA market, is of great interest to me. Several authors within it have written other YA stories that I’ve enjoyed, and I’m excited to read their stories in Grim and the stories of the other, new-to-me, authors. 🙂

  28. I haven’t read the Grim(m) fairly tales so this would be a great way to get me started! Thanks for the chance!
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  29. Sounds like an awesome book…great writers so I know it will be a great read.
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