Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grim - Edited by Christine Johnson - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Harlequin Teen on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Grim
Editor: Christine Johnson
Date of Publication: February 25, 2014

Synopsis: Claire de Lune, Nocturne, and The Gathering Dark author Christine Johnson is the editor of Grim, an anthology of dark fairy tale retellings, featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Julie Kagawa, and others. Published by HarlequinTeen, the stories range from the macabre to the fantastic, with settings from make-believe castles to trailer parks in Georgia and everything in between.

The full list of contributors is:

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
Jon Skovron
Jeri Smith Ready
Christine Johnson

Why?: I love fairytale retellings, and I knew I had to read this anthology of them when I saw the list of contributors. I mean, look at that list! So many excellent authors! And since they're short stories, I can read them a couple at a time in between other books. Or all at once, which is more likely what's going to happen...

Expectations: I expect some pretty dark retellings of popular and maybe even less known fairy tales. Since there are so many bestselling authors on this list, I have pretty high expectations for the stories in this anthology.

Judging a book by its cover: I love this cover so much. I love the purple against the black/gray, I love how there are charms on the tree that I assume represent each of the stories... I just like everything about it. I would definitely pick this up if I saw it in a store somewhere! 


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