Review: A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings

A Grimm LegacyA Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 249
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
Series: Grimm Tales #1
Sources: Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.
My Thoughts:

Thanks for joining me today on the Grimm Legacy book tour! I hope you are enjoying it so far!

So I have always been a big fan of fairy tales, retellings, expandings, variations; anything fairy tale really. I guess they bring me back to the simpler times of my childhood and an escape from reality. But of course, the original fairy tales were not the hearts and flowers that today’s Disney princess get. No, at one time, they were scary tales meant to deter children from disobeying their parents; from straying far from home or from talking to strangers.

Janna Jennings has put an awesome spin on fairytales, with a wonderfully woven plot that recreates some of our beloved childhood stories. Each character is very well developed and has their own deep personality and back story that blends into the main story very well. I loved getting to know our four protagonists and following their journey through the wonderful, but curious alternate universe, Elorium, that Janna has created. I would have a hard time picking a favorite character, but I really liked the odd little creatures Janna designed for her story as well.  It was interesting following Andi, Quinn, Fredrick, and Dylan as they got to know each other and became friends.

I enjoyed A Grimm Legacy immensely right from the first page and am looking forward to a sequel, but in the meantime highly recommend this story to readings of YA fantacy and adventure. 

About Janna: 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.
She has a good deal of education in subjects that are somehow not related to writing, which includes a Masters in Education.  Currently she teaches toddlers important life skills like which end of a spoon to use and that gluesticks are not for eating.  They lack a few things that make a good literary critic, but she loves her students all the same.
Besides wrangling with kids Janna can be found doing some therapeutic baking, dreaming of the ocean, and of course, curling up with a good book.

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