Published by Chanda Hahn on December 31st 2011
Number of Pages: 231
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush's life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight.
But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its' next fairy-tale victim.
To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.
The premise sounded like it would make for a really good story. Mina has to live through 200 of the fairy tales from Brothers Grimm, because she is a descendant of them. And if she manages to make it through all the stories, then the Fae will have to leave our world and stay in their own. Needless to say, most of the Fae don’t want her to succeed.
It didn’t quite live up to the promise. Mina spent the whole book feeling insecure and trying to run away from the curse. Even after saying a few times that she was going to beat the curse so it wouldn’t move on to her 8 year old brother.
Mina’s best friend comes off super shallow. Addicted to her iPhone and tweeting about every little thing. Even if it means embarrassing Mina and making the school make fun of her. That doesn’t really sound like any kind of friend I would want to have, especially not a best friend. Nan wasn’t all bad, she did try to help Mina as best as she could. She was just easily swayed by her phone, boys, and the dance.
At one point, I thought the dreaded love-triangle was going to rear it’s ugly head. Mina ends up getting to date the most popular boy in school, and then a Fae boy comes to her rescue when she’s in trouble. I didn’t much like Jared at first, but he kinda grew on me. Brody is a sweet and charming guy, very much like a fairytale prince. He’s even rich. So I can understand why Mina couldn’t believe he wanted to date her.
View Spoiler »Too bad the book ended with him not remembering Mina at all, or dating her. He was used by the Story to become the Huntsman to Mina’s Little Red Riding-hood. And once that story ended, neither Brody nor Nan remembered anything that had happened. Jared vanishes as well. « Hide Spoiler
But no love triangle manifests itself. Which was good. What’s bad is if the series is going to go through all 200 stories, it will take forever based on this book. Only 3 stories were started and finished. One of which you don’t even know IS a story until Jared makes Mina walk herself through the steps afterwords to figure out what tale she had completed.
It wasn’t a bad book, but it could have been much better. I don’t know if I’ll be picking up any others in this series.