200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm changed everything.
With the help of a little magic, fairy tales were made real, manifesting all over the world. Charming princes. Gold-hunting dwarfs. Terrible step-mothers. Heroic animals.
Then, slowly, they began to change. Everyone—from Prince Charming to the old miller—grew more evil. Corrupted. A hero was chosen to stop them, hunting them down one by one and destroying them with the help of a magic pen and a special rabbit assistant.
For 200 years, the hero’s magic pen has been passed on from generation to generation. The newest hero is Alice Goodenough, an 18-year-old junior from Washington High School. While her friends spent their summer working and having fun, Alice found herself doing battle with creatures most human beings don’t even realize exist. A giant snake. A blood-sucking prince. A terrifying half-man, half-hedgehog. Dastardly dwarfs intent on mind-controlling everyone who uses a cell phone.
Now, senior year has begun. With it comes a new challenge at school, where bullies have grown bolder and classes more challenging. As if that’s not enough, Alice must face off against a collection of Corrupted who all share a terrible secret, one that might awaken a creature capable of doing untold damage. To uncover the secret, Alice will have to face off against a man-eating lizard, a bloodthirsty sea captain, and a mysterious wizard who can see into the future …
This book contains:
Episode four: The Orphanage of Doom
Episode five: Blood and Thunder
Episode six: The Order of the Golden Dragon
The Lost Journal of Eugene Washington
Assorted fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm
A Legacy of Red
I was excited to start reading the second volume of the Grimm Chronicles because the first volume was great! In this set, I was introduced to other fairy tales that I was not aware of, as well as new characters that made the stories more interesting. The three stories that make this second volume were enjoyable reads.
I really liked reading more about Alice's character. She remained strong, independent, and brave yet she was still able to maintain her personality of being a teenager. I even came to admire her character and I found her to be a great role model for teen girls. Not only could Alice kick butt, but she had a compassionate heart and had brains!
Also, the Corrupted in this volume became more "evil." The villains became more sadistic, and the details of their actions sometimes gave me shivers. When Alice was getting ready to meet the Corrupted and do her hero duties, I found myself gripping my Nook and I felt my heart beat fast. I found this to be great!
My one complaint about this set was the lost journal of Eugene. Eugene was an important character but I found myself not caring for him. I think this had to do with the fact that, even though he was Black during the slave years, his journal read like that of a modern teenage boy. It did not feel real to me. Sorry to say, I even found myself skimming through his journals. This was the only thing I did not like.
However, what I love most about this volume is the theme of bullying. The authors brought up the point of how bullying is really bad in today's schools, not just on campuses but also online. Alice encountered a few bullies in her school and she was brave enough to stand up against them. I was angered on what little was done to protect students from bullying at first. The chapter on how bullying was finally being dealt with had me cheering. I was glad that this important issue was brought up.
In all, this was a great sequel and it is obvious that there are more books coming soon. I am looking forward to getting my hands on these. I rate The Grimm Chronicles Vol. 2:
The Grimm Chronicles Volume 1
This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series:
Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Episode 2: Happily Never After
Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats
The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. The goal is to provide Young Adult readers with a strong, charismatic young woman in the role of the hero and provide readers with a positive protagonist who uses her brain to overcome obstacles life throws in her way.
“5 stars!” ~ Bookies Book Blog
"Highly recommended for all who love fairy tales and the YA genre." ~ My Cozie Corner
"All in all the books were excellent." ~ LilyElement
"If you love fairy tales and them being turned into modern day stories you will love these short stories." ~ Mom With a Kindle
5 stars (out of 5) ~ I Am, Indeed
“Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky’s incredible talent for storytelling takes the reader on an amazing action-packed ride fueled by endless creativity and limitless imagination. TGC is like a high-stakes version of Harold and the Purple Crayon meets a contemporary, above ground Alice in Wonderland. “ ~ Bookfetish
“I absolutely loved this book! No, let me rephrase that, I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! Nope, that doesn't even do it justice. Vol. 1 has the first three stories from the 12 that will ultimately make up the chronicles.” ~ Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
About the Authors
Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also teaches English at Madison College. This is his first Young Adult series.
Isabella Fontaine owns a farm in Wisconsin and enjoys reading weird books like House of Leaves. This is her first Young Adult series.
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