Book Review: Grim Short Stories


“If good men pretend to be villains, how is anybody supposed to know the difference between them?”


Edited by: Christine Johnston

Features short stories from authors: Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julie Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Sarah Rees Brennan, Jackson Pearce, Christine Johnston, Jeri Smith-Ready, Shaun David Hutchinson, Saundra Mitchell, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton, and John Skovron

Publisher: Harlequin Teen


Summary (Goodreads): 

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today: (lists the authors shown above)

My Thoughts: 

Okay so all I really needed to see was the name Ellen Hopkins and this cover to buy this. It also features some authors I have either heard of or have books that I do eventually want to read, but some of them I have never heard of! Some of the stories, as with any anthology, I felt were better than others. I loved Ellen Hopkins’ retelling of The Snow Queen, but I also fell in love with some that I wasn’t expecting! Claudia Gray’s story brought me to near tears, yes I’m a cry baby.

Some of these were actually retellings with some sort of twist, but some I didn’t even know if they were retellings or not. Maybe I’m just not that versed in fairy tales.

Overall, it was just a fun read! The stories didn’t feel too heavy but they didn’t feel like fluff either (most of the time). If you’re a fan of fairy tales, I would definitely recommend this one, but some do have a modern twist. Also, if you are interested in reading any of these authors, an anthology like this is a great way to get introduced to their writing style and see if you like it or not!

My Rating: 4 Stars