The Wells Bequest (The Grimm Legacy, #2)
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The Wells Bequest (The Grimm Legacy #2)

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Leo never imagined that time travel might really be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might actually exist. And when a miniature time machine appears in Leo’s bedroom, he has no idea who the tiny, beautiful girl is riding it. But in the few moments before it vanishes, returning to wherever—and whenever—it came from, he recognizes the othe...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 13th 2013 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Clover Donovan
Nov 23, 2012 Clover Donovan marked it as to-read
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"The Grimm Legacy" is one of my favorite books EVARRRR!!

Miss Clark
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Brandy Painter
Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

"Would you really want to live in a world where only the possible is possible?"

Shulman introduced the New York Circulating Material Repository and its special collections in her novel The Grimm Legacy, a book I thoroughly enjoy and find to be tons of fun. The Wells Bequest is even better. It is a true companion novel and not a sequel. If fairy tale fantasy isn't your thing, but science-fiction is you can read this on its own.

Leo comes from a f...more
This book is just as entertaining as the first. It's wonderful how this series has a different genre each book.

The characters had depth and I liked the minor references to the first book, tying the whole series together.

It was not as good as the first, and the time travel parts were sometimes hard to follow. Some parts were very unrealistic, even for fiction. (view spoiler)

Nice book, acceptable sequel. I'm looking forwar...more
I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed by this book. I loved The Grimm Legacy, thought it was absolutely charming, but The Wells Bequest seemed a little silly, in ways I'm not sure Shulman meant. However, it still managed to be pretty fun and I don't regret reading it, I just hoped for more.
J.c. Drost
I will admit that I didn’t read the synopsis of this book before starting it. I had just finished the Grim Legacy a week or so before starting on the Wells Bequest, and was hoping to see Shulman’s abilities as an author improve with this second in the series. And I guess it’s clear from my two star review that I didn’t like this book. Which was an enormous letdown! I was all set to like this book. And the plot wasn’t bad, but there were things in the book that made me almost stop reading it.

Leo comes from a family of scientists. And not just any scientists, but really, really good scientists. He’s… creative. He’s a really good inventor, he can see the machines before he even picks up a tool. It’s just that they don’t always do exactly what he expects them to. One night a tiny machine phases into his bedroom. It is being driven by a miniature version of himself and an amazing girl. They tell him that they’re from the future and that it is important that he read The Time Machine by H...more
4.5 stars. Researching a science project, Leo is introduced to the New York Circulating Material Repository, where items are loaned out - including ones from books, with seemingly magical qualities (although Leo doesn't know this yet). He falls in love with the place and with Jaya, a page who works there. Having seen himself on a time machine with Jaya, Leo assumes he's either crazy or that time travel actually exists. After things begin to go terribly wrong at the Repository, Leo and Jaya figur...more
Ms. Yingling

Leo feels that he is not as smart as his brother and sister, but he is mechanically inclined and creative. This leads his science teacher to suggest that he head to the New York Circulating Materials Repository to research TIME MACHINES! Since he had an odd dream/vision about meeting a small version of himself riding a time machine, he is not surprised when he sees the girl who was with him working there, Jaya Rao. He spends a lot of time at the Repository doing his research, and he’s thrilled t...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
When a surprise package with The Wells Bequest showed up on my doorstep, I was actually super excited. For once, a sequel to a book I'd actually read and enjoyed; the gods were obviously smiling on me. The Wells Bequest turned out to be just as much fun as The Grimm Legacy, full of nerdy references and jokes, surprise historical figures, and adventure.

Let me explain this series a little bit for those who are unfamiliar. The Wells Bequest is more of a companion novel than a direct sequel. Jaya, L...more
How I found this book: I was browsing at the library for some celebratory post-NaNo reads, and the cover caught my attention. I do love me some time travel.

One sentence review: A fun, quirky, time-travel story with great characters and a light-hearted plot.

Recommended for: Fans of time travel and classic literature, geeks, and anyone looking for a witty, easy read.

The good: Great characters and a fantastic premise (Can I just tell you how much I want the New York Circulating Material Repository...more
Sarah Miller
I have been waiting for A YEAR to write about this book! Soon to be released (in mid-June), I have been anxiously awaiting a chance to read this book... so I jumped on the chance when it became available.

Last year, The Grimm Legacy was arguably the book that I recommended the most to students. It was so original, the characters so engaging… many readers finished in just one or two nights because they couldn’t put it down. The Wells Bequest is Shulman’s companion to The Grimm Legacy, and it is go...more
This was such a cool companion to the Grimm Legacy! The Wells Bequest focused on more of the science fiction collections. I am always a little hesitant to read books about time travel because they can get really messy. This one actually explained which rules were being followed, and what paradoxes could happen.

I also really liked the pairing of Jaya and Leo. They made a great team; Leo is a worrier and Jaya is impulsive. They both think very well on their feet which came in handy several times....more
It all starts when Leo sees a six-inch version of himself appear in his room, on a strange contraption, and holding on to the most awesome girl ever. They claim they're from the future, and Leo tells himself to read Wells' Time Traveler, but won't let the girl tell him anything more. Soon Leo, doing a project on robots, hears about the New York Circulating Repository, and goes there to study old robots. He doesn't expect to run into the life-size version of the awesome girl, Jaya, but he knows t...more
"The Wells Bequest" is book 2 of The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman but the book can be read by itself. It is not dependent on the first book but reading the first book introduces you more thoroughly to the Depository where the Wells Bequest is kept. I liked the first book, "The Grimm Legacy", better but this book is pretty good.

The Story: Leo is sitting in his bedroom trying to decide what he should do for the school science fair when a whoosh! and a bang! a miniature version of himself appears...more
I read the Grimm Legacy and really enjoyed it so was pleasantly surprised to find out that there was another book in the series and I requested it straight away. It came in quite fast at the library but I couldn't read it straight away. I finally got to start it a few days ago and was surprised that it wasn't the same characters I knew but someone completely new - Leo Novikov. I was a bit disappointed but decided to stick with it - this was good because he does end up visiting the New York Circu...more
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.

I rated this novel a worthy read.


The Wells Bequest was read by Johnny Heller and I was not impressed. His voice was entirely wrong for this novel and his delivery, while not horrible, just wasn't...more
Ashley Kempkes
Jun 29, 2014 Ashley Kempkes rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Younger Readers, People who like reading about Time Travel and Science Fiction
Actual Rating: 3.5

It was a little slow in the beginning, and it wasn't from Elizabeth's POV from the first book. Instead, it is from the point of view of a young boy by the name of Leo. It does make references to The Grimm Legacy and the characters within, but reveals more about the library than the first book.
Penny McGill
In the end I was the only one who finished this book. Both girls picked it up and tried a few chapters but were disappointed that it is a 'companion' book and not a continuation of the characters they enjoyed so much in the first book of this series. I wonder if they'd be so quick to put it aside if they weren't busy with other things - school and hockey in particular - and I might bring it back out again when the summer months hit.

In the Wells Bequest we return to New York city and the wonderfu...more
Sam K
I think that the authors theme was even if you think something is impossible it still may be possible.This is because the main character in the book, Leo never believed that science fiction objects such as a time machine could never be real but when he starts going to the New York Circulating Material Repository he starts to to believe different.This character is from a huge science family but he never thought the same way as the rest of his family. Leo was always more creative and imaginative t...more
Kim Rowan
It stinks when the first book is good and the second isn't even close. Simon wasn't a believable villain. The "villain" plot wasn't a good one. He was just a whiny teenage boy with a crush not getting his way.
Exceptionally disappointing. I really enjoyed the first book that Shulman wrote about the New-York Circulating Material Repository, so much so that upon finishing it I had two decisions to make. 1. Do I give The Grimm Legacy 4 or 5 stars? 2. Do I read the second book (a "companion" as opposed to a real sequel) immediately, or give it some time? I should not have read it at all.

While this is not really a sequel to The Grimm Legacy, because it involves almost entirely new characters, it's best to...more
Danica Midlil
It was fine, but I have to say that for most of the book, I wanted to tie Jaya to a chair! My GOD her rashness is annoying! I could barely stand her as a side/support character in the first book. This was just too much Jaya! And I have to agree with come other reviewers that her behavior, while still annoying, made more sense in the first book when she was ten! Now at sixteen, I wanted to gag her! No wonder Leo keeps covering up her mouth to shut her up! The only unbelievable part was that he wa...more
I think the biggest difference between this and its predecessor The Grimm Legacy is the number of characters involved in the plot. Elizabeth had many different characters she interacted with, not just her love interest, and that's where this book failed. The book starts off with Leo talking about his family and his friend Jake, all of whom had potential to make an impact on the plot, but were used as pawns to move the plot forward instead of anything else. The only other character that is really...more
Although I loved The Grimm Legacy, this second book in the series took me ages to finish. The main characters are different (although one appeared in the first book as a younger sibling, and that book's main characters make a tiny cameo near the end of this title). Several supporting characters (adults) are back.

The idea behind the series is that objects from books actually exist in real life, and can be checked out from special repository libraries--although dangerous and/or rarer items are mor...more
The Wells Bequest is a companion novel to The Grimm Legacy, a book I had not read before reading this one. The main character is Leo, who seems a miniature version of himself with an attractive girl flying on a miniature time machine. The only hint his mini self gives him is to read a book by H.G. Wells. Then Leo has a case of insta-love and his first thought is why would he be with such a beautiful girl. So he goes out in search of her and instead finds the New York Circulating Material Reposi...more
The Wells Bequest is a companion novel to The Grimm Legacy. The action takes place in the New York Circulating Materials Repository. In this book Leo sees himself and a beautiful girl appear in his room. They tell him to read The Time Machine and to stop Simon. Leo is the youngest in a family of scientist. He doesn't fit in with everyone else because he is into machines and technology. His science fair project on robots takes him to the Repository where he meets Jaya Rao the girl from his vision...more
I adored this followup to Shulman's "The Grimm Legacy" as much as the first book, & that's really saying something. This story follows Leo, a kid who feels he doesn't fit in with his scientific-genius family. While trying to come up with something (anything!) to do for his school's upcoming science fair, Leo's teacher suggests he check out the New-York Circulating Material Repository, a kind of library for objects, as he might find some interesting robots there. As a pretty mechanical-minded...more
Read really young to me...3.5/5

Source: Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

First book The Grimm Legacy was an absolute delight for me so I was thrilled to discover this companion novel! This book is loosely related featuring Jaya, the younger sister of Anjali, both of whom played important roles in the first book and of course the backdrop for both is the New York Circulating Material Repository. While the first book played with fairy tale items, this one takes a...more
Nov 15, 2013 Joan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci fi and fantasy fans.
I really enjoyed reading about teen characters that are intelligent, and love intelligent conversation, who come from reasonably happy families that are normal, if all quite bright. Sadly the author made the main characters all of immigrant families, which is probably quite accurate. American teens a couple generations away from being immigrants seem to be rather proud of being anti intellectuals. These kids are still perfectly normal American kids though. They fall in and out of love, sometimes...more
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Polly Shulman has edited and written articles about books, infinity, edible jellyfish, planets, circuses, and many other subjects for the New York Times, Science, Salon, and many other publications. She is an alumna of Yale, where she majored in math. She puts cayenne pepper in her chocolate cookies and reads forgotten books with frontispieces. In high school she worked as a page at the New York P...more
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