am 10. März 2013
The Grimm Diaries tell the true stories of famous fairytale characters which are actually immortals. This fact was hidden by the Brothers Grimm to protect us from them. They cursed the immortals to live in their own dreams. But for one time in a hundred years, they do wake and come upon us… But there are many people searching for them in their dreams. The Grimm’s descendants and also the dreamhunters. The Prequels introduce us to this exciting fairytale world and offer us a glimpse on the upcoming novels each dealing with a different fairytale figure.
#1 Snow White Blood Red 3/5
The Evil Queen writes this letter to Willhelm Carl Grimm, who along with his brother Jacob wrote down the fairytale myth of Snow White. This fairytale was all wrong according to the Queen. She tells Grimm the story of Snow White’s childhood who actually started the vampire myth. It becomes obvious that there is something majorly wrong with this queen. She is a really interesting character, yet the story was a bit slow and lacking some action, it being a diary entry and so short.
#2 Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder (4/5)
Narrated by Alice Grimm
Seventeen-year-old Alice Grimm lives a dangerously enchanted life. Other than being distracted by a Dreamhunter called Loki Blackstar who has a heart of gold but acts like a jerk, she has a job to do. Being a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, she is one of few in the world who can locate the fairy tale characters and remind them of who they are. This time, Alice flies to Venice where an 800 hundred year old witch's skeleton surrounded with seventeen glass slippers was found by archeologists in the city that invented the art of glassblowing.
This one was really wonderful. I loved Loki Blackstar, who was hilarious and cocky and somehow quite loveable. And Alice was so determined and strong. I wish I could have read more about their adventure. The plot in this short teaser story is at times difficult to follow. But in my opinion, that only shows how complex and epic Jace’s world-building is. It just doesn’t fit properly into such a short story.
“Are you sexist or something?” He raises a single eyebrow. “Besides, I’ve always wanted to be a girl.” […] “What? I always wanted to be a girl, so I could find myself some awesome guy like me.”
Just gotta love that guy, don’t you?!
At the end of the second story, the author himself provides a bit of insight into the thoughts that led to this story. And he’s asking the reader a question at the end already hinting at the character Cinderella and how she’ll be like in his second novel.
#3 Beauty Never Dies (4/5)
Peter Pan has a plan. Since it's been hundred years since his friends were all cursed by the Brothers Grimm, he is about to wake up Sleeping Beauty, his eternal lover. Oops, you didn't know that. Blame it on the Grimms.
Well, what a wicked story that was. We meet the Queen of Sorrow again and the Peter Pan in here very much reminded me of the Peter Pan in “The Child Thief”, stealing away children and ripping out people’s hearts. And there is some hilarious reference to Harry Potter. Like the others, this story is full of fairy tale notions and reference to a highly complex plot line. And in the end, Jace shocks us with Sleeping Beauty’s real name, which just made me cry out “What?!” and now I’m still pondering how all those fairytales can be related.
#4 Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (4/5)
Little Red Riding Hood's untold and true story. Why she was wearing a Red hood. Who her Grandma really was. What the wolf actually wanted. Where she fits in the Dreamworld. And what Ladle Rat Rotten Hut means.
This one was really nice and extremely well-written. It is a pretty dark and scary version of Little Red Riding Hood. There was a lot of tension thus making it a wonderful story in itself not just a hint to something still coming up. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the main character, the Little Red Riding Hood, also I-narrator of the story. She was so naïve it was almost dumb and not the tiniest bit believable. I mean come on. Her biggest wish is to be called by her name and not “Ladle” even though her name is a bit “weird and scary”. Yeah right, I won’t tell you her name but no one who is more intelligent than a chicken would like to be called this name, really! Hope the novel is providing some character development otherwise I won’t be able to stand it.
#5 Mary Mary Quite Contrary (4/5)
The Devil's take on fairy tales, exposing the origins of some of the most important, yet never explained, elements in the fairy world. Darker things the Brothers Grimm didn't want you to know about. More hints would just spoil the fun.
Let's just say that at some point in the Dreamworld even the devil was about so sell his soul.
Loved that story, it was so intriguing. Next to the evil that the devil tells us about, the Prince of Darkness looks like a child. Evil Mary and her mother are so incredibly creepy. There were so many horror elements in this story that the author explained afterwards that the upcoming novels will definitely not be dark and scary but rather YA and fun. But here, in the short story, Cameron Jace can explore all kinds of genres and POVs and backgrounds of his characters. That’s why I really like them!
#6 Blood Apples (3/5)
In this short diary, Prince Charming tells how Snow White was really killed -- or was she? -- and how he came to meet Rapunzel's and Jack the Beanstalk. Is it true that he really knows who wrote the original fairy tales and handed them over to the Brothers Grimm? And more importantly, Prince Charming explains why apples are red.
I hoped to get to know more about Prince Charming in this story, but he didn’t speak to me at all as a character. The story itself was good and it was nice to hear about Jack and his magic beans. But the MC was really boring, seemingly just a victim of Snow White’s spell with no mind of his own.
The stories by Cameron Jace are all teasers for upcoming novels. I think that is a wonderful strategy because they really are mouth-watering small pieces of literature and make me want to dive into that twisted and dark fairytale world. Here, we encounter all creatures that we’ve heard about in our childhoods, from Peter Pan to Rumpelstiltskin.
“The prequels don’t necessary hold the truth. Some characters might want to manipulate the truth in their favor.”
This sentence alone is so intriguing that I cannot help but stay on the edge of my seat waiting for the first novel and see for myself who is the bad one now, Snow White or the Evil Queen?
The writing has some minor issues in terms of grammar and sentence structure but that was nothing which worried me too much. Jace is an overflowing well of ideas, unbelievable what a huge number of tales he spins together in one grand narration. But he assures the reader that his plot is, though complex, well-planned and round. I’m very excited for his first full-length novel.