{Review+Giveaway} The Grimm Diaries: Prequels 1-6 by Cameron Jace

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YA Review

Title: The Grimm Diaries Prequels 1-6
Author: Cameron Jace
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy-tale Retelling
Source: ecopy from Author (Also FREE on amazon right now)
Published: November 19, 2012

The Grimm Diaries are pages written in a Book of Sand, where each fairy tale character confessed the true stories once altered by the Brothers Grimm two centuries ago. To keep the truth about fairy tales hidden, the Brothers Grimm buried the characters in their dreams to never wake up again. But the curse is broken now, and the characters are allowed to wake up every one hundred years. They intend to tell the truth about really happened, and about an untold cosmic conflict between fairy tale characters.

My Thoughts
The Grimm Diaries are a prequel to Cameron Jace’s Snow White Sorrow series. Each prequel is a quick little story from some fairy tale character or a member of the Grimm family. And each story explains the background of the some of the fairy tales that have been misrepresented by the brothers Grimm. I loved trying to guess of Cameron Jace was going to twist and manipulate the fairy tale stories to make them his own. It was really cool to read. Throughout the book, he also adds his notes, to give you some extra info to help make sense of some of the stories. I liked this, because it didn’t take away from the flow of the story at all, since the stories were just little snippets from different characters and were not a cohesive overall story yet.
We got to meet the “evil” queen from Snow White, also known as the Queen of Sorrow, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, and Mary, who helped further explain the Queen of Sorrow. I loved all of the mini stories, and they did their job in getting me excited to reading the actual Grimm Diaries series. It looks like it is going to be so flippin’ cool! There is a war brimming, and it looks like all of your favorite fairy tale characters are going to be involved. They are all immortal and have been placed under a curse by the brothers Grimm to try and protect the world. Because of the curse, they are stuck in this dreamworld of eternal slumber. Not everything about the dream world and the curse was explained in the first 6 prequels, so I can’t wait to read the rest of them and the series to find out more about that.Cameron Jace has a real talent for making new spins on old classics. And when he is done with them, he will have you asking just what the real version is. He makes his, different, darker versions seem completely plausible. I loved that. Sometimes, I guessed what the twist would be, and other times I didn’t see it coming. It was cool to just see little parts from each story, and to try and figure out how that character might fit into his overall storyline. I think Mary’s version was my least favorite of the 6 until the end. I thought that was probably the coolest tie in out of all of them. If you are interested in fairy tales, and new takes on them, then you should check out The Grimm Diaries Prequels. It is a great way to test out Cameron Jace’s Grimm Dairies series and see if it is something you would enjoy. I can already tell it is going to be right up my alley!

The Grimm Diaries Prequels 1-6 recently made the Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Books of 2013 on Amazon, along with prequels 7-10, and Cameron Jace’s Snow White Sorrow!

About the Author

Things you might want to know:

Cameron writes books that he can’t find elsewhere, basically to amuse himself. Everything Cameron does is for fun, so don’t take him seriously. Never call him a writer. He hates that. He prefers the word: Storyteller, or the boy next door who claims he can tell stories.

If you like his books, horaaaay! He loves ya too. If ya don’t, hoooray! Now we know in advance that this relationship isn’t going to work.

Although his books are ordinary on the surface, they hold many secrets that he might reveal one day. What matters the most to him are characters struggling to find their identities and place in the world.

Things you don’t need to know:

He celebrates his birthday twice a year, the day he was born and Friday the 13th. He wants to live in a bubble house. He is a damn good guitar player. He is damn good architecture college drop out. He likes boats, beaches, bears, beards, bananas, bars, barfights, beans, bikes, bones, butter, babes, bakery, blizzards, and pirates (he thought it was spelled Birates when he was a kid.)

And honestly, writing in third person sucks! It’s so fake.


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About Cameron Jace

Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV – it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

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2 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} The Grimm Diaries: Prequels 1-6 by Cameron Jace”

  1. Diane Elizabeth

    I’ve always been a fan of the Grimm Fairy Tales. I’m definitely going to be looking for this book, it sounds like it’s going to make the series even more fun to read. Thanks for the review. I don’t know if I would have found this otherwise.

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