by Isabella Fontaine
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.
Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.
With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose's spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller's boy found true love.
Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.
Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.
As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret.
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Let's face it, titles are rough. Some of them are absolutely horrible, while others might as well have sprouted arms for how quickly they grab you. This is one of the good ones!
This is a very quick read, and if you like anything to do with fairytales, or adventure, or high school drama, you need to read it. Although, if you're handing it to a young teenager or tween, you should be aware that there's some material you may not want them reading unless you're using it as a discussion jump-off (alcohol, sex).
I loved the fact that Alice fences (something I've always wished I could do), and that she's strong. She doesn't need others to approve of her. She has an "in" to join the "in" crowd, but doesn't take it because they wouldn't be accepting her for herself. I think that says a lot about her character!
I'm thoroughly enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the next installment!