Sunday, March 17, 2013

Grimm Diaries Sunday - Review of Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder, by Cameron Jace

Last year I jumped on The Grimm Diaries bandwagon. Meaning, the author had a slew of promotional dates where he was offering the novellas for free on Amazon. The covers are stunning, and I am a sucker for fairytale retellings. Unfortunately it has taken me until the beginning of this year to start reading them, so over the course of the next few weeks, I will be featuring the reviews for this mini series on Sundays until I am all caught up!

Today I am reviewing the second installment of this series. Check out last week's review of  Snow White Blood Red.

Title: Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder
Series: The Grimm Diaries #2
Author: Cameron Jace
Publisher: Author
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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Book Description: What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

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. When Alice and Loki follow the lead, they find one of the fairy tale characters she had been searching for. It's a famous girl character that you know by name, but never really knew what actually happened to her.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series.

This review is going to be short. My frustration from the first novella that I read is at an even higher level with this installment. Either my newly edited version didn't take, or the edit still needs some major work. Grammatical and spelling errors gallore. It's distracting and infuriating. It ruined the story for me. 

Once again, the cover is stunning. Probably the best part of this book. 

The references to 'Twilight' were lame. My eyeballs are tired from all the rolling, even for someone that enjoyed reading 'Twilight'. I was looking for a lot more originality.

Though I enjoyed Alice's character, Loki was not endearing. His jokes and constant arrogant flirting quickly got old. But I have to say that towards the end of this story, I started to like him, just a teenie weenie bit. 

I can't say that I detested this installment, but it wasn't all that impressive. 

I keep hearing from reader friends that the series does get better, so I will keep it going. Stay tuned for a review of the next in line for The Grimm prequels next Sunday.    


About the Author: 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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