Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings

A Grimm Legacy
Author: Janna Jennings
Published: 10/29/2013
Published by: Patchwork Press
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of generations old folktales with the challenges of the modern world.

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi Grace, until birds start talking and elves answer doors. Along with three others, Andi has been whisked out of her world and finds herself the reluctant guest of the perplexing millionaire, Mr. Jackson a stranger willing to help get them home, but who’s keeping secrets of his own.

Discovering unexpected family connections to this fairy tale land, the group must rely on each other as they dodge evil fairies and battle giants, intent on keeping them in Elorium.

Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick and Dylan are forced into fairy tale roles to find the way home. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.
(Picture and Summary from Goodreads)
**I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for a review.  In no way does that influence this review.  I did not get paid in any way for this review.**
First off, isn't that cover gorgeous?!  It drew me to the book instantly and when I read the summary I just knew I had to read this book!!
It's about a group of teens (Andi, Quiin, Dylan, and Frederick) that get transported to another world.  A world where fairytales are real life; but its not the Disney version instead its the world the Grimm brothers based their stories on. Turns out that each person has a tie to the world of Elorium.  It's a race against the clock to find the way home before they are forced to play their parts.
I really loved the idea of this book.  While it didn't turn out to be exactly what I though it was still a good read.  The characters were well developed and the view points were split between each of them.  Because of this it was hard to really get to know them, there just wasn't enough time.  The summary also hints at a romantic theme and while there were hints of possible feelings it really wasn't that noticeable.
At one point I had an issue with Andi.  When they stumbled upon Andi's "family" home she is forced to do their bidding.  While its true she was forced to enter the home, there were still plenty of opportunities for her to escape. Yet she voluntarily stayed while the others hid in the barn.  I guess it was so she could find out information but she really wasn't the one to discover anything.  It just seemed like a waste of time to me.  It also bothered me that Quinn was the only one that got taken.  Every single time she was the one snatched by some giant or evil sorceress.
Overall the book was well written. There were plenty of scenes that had me biting my nails wondering what the outcome would be.  The epilogue hints at another book which left me wondering what will happen next.



(Picture and Bio from Goodreads)
Janna is a Colorado based YA author who loves a good fairy tale. She’s married to her own real life Prince Charming, and will usually admit to being mom of three, including her incorrigible middle child, Benny. Besides wrangling her kids she can be found doing some therapeutic baking, dreaming of the ocean, and of course, curling up with a good book.

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