Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Published: January 1, 2010
Series: The Grimm Legacy (1)
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WHAT IF FAIRY TALE MAGIC REALLY EXISTED?
Lonely at her new school, Elizabeth takes a job at the New-York Circulating Material Repository, hoping to make new friends as well as some cash. The repository is no ordinary library. It lends out objects rather than books–everything from tea sets and hockey sticks to Marie Antionette’s everyday wig.
It’s also home to the Grimm Collection, a secret room in the basement. That’s where powerful items straight out of the Brother’s Grimm fairy tales are locked away: seven-league boots, a table a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White’s stepmother’s sinister mirror that talks in riddles and has a will of its own.
When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth and her new friends embark on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before they’re accused of the crime themselves–or the thief captures them.
Polly Shulman has created a contemporary fantasy with a fascinating setting and premise, starring an ordinary girl whose after-school job is far from ordinary–and leads her into a thrilling world of romance and magical adventure.
I was actually about 100 pages into this book when I began to consider giving up on it. I’m still not sure what exactly kept me reading, but as I did, it got more interesting and I ended the book actually interested in reading the follow up novel. It was also intriguing enough for me to go out and by a copy of the complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales as I never read them and wanted a point of reference for all of the things mentioned in this book.
Anyways, though the story seemed a bit on the simplistic side, including characters and plot, the mystery behind the story was intriguing and I got a kick out of the developing relationships between the teens. This book was chock full of mishaps, magic, and mayhem and proved to be a pretty great distraction.
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Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With:
Eona and Prince Kygo from Eona by Allison Goodman. Eona was pretty badass and her final showdown was pretty epic. I loved reading about such a strong and resilient female character from a fantasy novel. I would love to check in with Eona and Prince Kygo and I’d also like to find out what became of the dragons.
Annalice and Milton from The Road to Paradise Island by Victoria Holt. These two had such an interesting experience and love journey that I can’t help but wonder whatever became of them. After Annalice solves the mystery of what happened to her brother, it is Milton that is there to help her pick up the pieces. I am curious to know how they’re life turned out. If they reconnected with her family, if they had children, and what became of Milton’s sugar cane farm? So many things I’d like to know.
Liesal Meminger and Max Vandenburg from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Ugh, this book was perfectly heartbreaking and soul warming. While the events of Liesal Meminger’s life always seemed to end in tragedy, I adored the relationship she and Max developed and would love nothing more than to know what happened to them. I like to think that they ended up together eventually, just because their bond was so special, but the author hints that they just remained good friends. But I’d like to know the specifics of each of their lives and how close or not close they remained over the years.
Haymitch from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. By the end of Mockingjay I was through with Katniss and Peeta and found myself pretty much disappointed in the whole book. But one character in this series of books I will always have love and concern for is Haymitch. Yes, Haymitch was a hot ass mess, but I think you might be too after experiencing the things that he did. I wonder if he ever sobered up or if he eventually ended up passing away in a stupor and alone? I hope not. I think Haymitch deserved a whole lot more than what he would allow himself to have.
Abigail and Robert from A Girl Like You by Gemma Burgess. This was such a sweet love story. I love how the two began as friends and were really the last two to realize how much they loved and adored each other. I just love their love and I want to know what happened to them. Did they stay together? Did they have a family?
Prince Po and Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I LOVED both of these characters so much! And while I can hardly remember how Graceling ended, I do know that these two characters made quite an impression. They were the perfect compliment to each other and I liked that they were equally yoked. They were both badass and fearless and the love they developed was awesome. I’d like to know whatever became of them.
Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Dude, Rhett was pretty damn awesome and I wonder what ever happened to him after he left Scarlett high and dry for being a wishy washy flake. Truth be told I’m glad he left her because she was pretty despicable the majority of the book. And his patience for that woman was phenomenal. But I was rooting for him when he finally came to his senses. I would love to know where he went, if he ever married again, if he ever had more children? I think Rhett deserved to be happy and I really hope he was able to find some happiness after he left that woman.
Pretty much every character from A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin. Dude, George just left us floundering after A Dance With Dragons and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment. I want to know what’s going on with all my favorites. What schemes are Tyrion putting into place right now? Is Daenerys ever going to march on Westeros with her dragons? How will Bran develop his gift and use it in the upcoming war? WTH is Arya up to and does she ever reunite with Jaqen H’ghar or any of her family? Does she get her revenge on the list of people she wants to end that are still alive? And for the love of all that is holy, I must know the fate of one Jon Snow. I LOVE YOU JON! There are just so many people in this series I’m rooting for and hope they survive the writing of Mr. Martin. He’s certainly broken my heart before where characters are concerned. RIP Robb and Ned!
Harry Potter and Crew from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. I know we get a small glimpse into their futures at the end of Deathly Hallows, but I’d still want to catch up with Harry and the whole Hogwarts crew. How are the marriages going? How are the kids? Does Hagrid still work at Hogwarts, and is Professor McGonagall still teaching? How is the surviving twin getting along and the rest of the Weaseley family? There are just so many characters from this series I grew to love and care about and I would seriously love to know how life turned out for them.
Jacob Black and Wolfpack from the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers. I really almost hate to list this one because I could care less what happened to whiny ass Bella and her stalker ass husband Eddie, but Jacob will forever be one of my favorite characters and I want to know how he’s doing. I thought Meyers did a disservice to him by making him imprint with that infant. I wanted so much better for Jake. He deserved so much better than anything Bella ever gave him, including that damn baby. Regardless, I hope he has a very fulfilling and happy life, and I hope he still has close ties with his family and his pack. Jacob deserved the absolute best and I hope he is living that.
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there?
Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.
I really ended up enjoying this story although I feel like nothing of import or significance really happened until the end of the book. Mary is placed with a prominent family suspected of crimes that her agency is interested in finding out more about. Mary inadvertently begins working with another fellow curious to the family’s possible illegal activities. But she doesn’t really discover much until the end of this book. In the meantime I enjoyed her growing friendship and camaraderie with her new fella. I was left interested enough to eventually read the next book in the series.