Mini-Review: The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Thursday April 9, 2015 at 8:30 am |

thegrimmlegacy-psPublisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Published: January 1, 2010
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 325
Form: Hardback
Series: The Grimm Legacy (1)
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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.

My Thoughts

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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2 Responses to “Mini-Review: The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman”

  1. I’m glad that this ended up being a solid read. The concept sounds really cool, especially how the fairytale objects are real. I might have to check this out one day.