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The Grimm Conclusion (A Tale Dark & Grimm #3)

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Widely praised and beloved by children, adults, and critics alike, Adam Gidwitz delivers a third serving of eerie new landscapes and fear-inducing creatures in a story sure to delight and frighten fans old and new. In the final book in the series, Adam's brilliantly irreverent narrator leads readers through a fresh world of Grimm-inspired fairy tales, based on such classic ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Katie
Mar 13, 2014 Katie marked it as to-read
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Whoa whoa whoa! It's out??? I TOTALLY FORGOT :( Oh well. I hope to read it soon!
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I am sad that this series is over, but it ends in such a satisfying way. I do think that this series is required reading for those who like fairy tales and especially clever retellings. Each volume ups the ante on the grim aspect of fairy tales. Each book seems less appropriate for a younger audience. I'm torn on that. Mr. Gidwitz is obviously a teacher, and he understands the young minds he writes for. I mean, he has to in order to teach them. I'm going to trust that he knows what they can hand ...more
KWinks
While I really liked the other two books, I had some problems with this one. It started off okay. I don't know why we always have to have a girl/boy combo as the MCs, but we do. The parents are good and evil, the ravens are about and we have a puzzle for the main characters to figure out. Good, good.
Where it went wrong for me was the jaunt out into the real world. Now, suddenly, we are ripped out of the story and into a pity party for people whose parents have divorced. On top of that, we now n
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Kelsey Preston
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NaomiRuth
I cannot adequately express how much I love this book. There was a moment where I kept thinking "Can you do that? Is that allowed? Waitwaitwait" while another part of me was going "Dude, man, dude, man, that's awesome."

It's meta. It's funny. It's dark. It's does so much that I want to be able to do when I'm writing.

And this: "Being the reader of a dark fairy tale is much like being the hero of one. Our lives are filled with pain, boredom, and fear. We want to venture into the dark wood, to see t
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➳Halina➳
This book was so sad yet so amazing! I cried, almost threw it across the room. And, of course I laughed. Really hard. In public. The character where not as witty as Adam's in the past, but they were just as strong.
It is one of the best books I've ever read!
My favorite quotes from this book:

" The little boy would often say to his sister, "If you won't leave me, I won't leave you." To which the little girl would always reply " I will never, ever leave you." "

" "OH MY GOD, I KILLED MY BROTHER!" the
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Emily Akelaitis
Adam Gidwitz, hands down, is the most hilarious author out there, with the most blunt style of writing I have ever seen. The way he interjects in the story-as a character- and warns the readers of all the morbid upcoming events, gives his opinion on how he feels stories should end, and aids you in pronouncing some of his characters' names, was astounding. I was very thankful when Gidwitz wrote how to pronounce "The Eidechse von Feuer, der Menschenfleischfressende."(I-DECK-SUH VON FOY-ER DARE MEN ...more
Melissa Chung
The Grimm Conclusion was a great wrap-up to the Grimm trilogy. Yes they are all stand alone books but they all tie in together at the end.

What is this book about you ask? Well this is a quote from the last few pages.

"Being the reader of a dark fairy tale is much like being the hero of one. Our lives are filled with pain, boredom, and fear. We want to venture into the dark wood, to see the oddities and the beauties it holds, and to test ourselves against them. We test our courage and our understa
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Emily
Have you ever been so happy that you died . Well in this book you are gonna se alot of that. The genre of the book is fantasy because stuff that happen in the book dont usally happen in real life like going to hell and coming back to life. I personally love the last book it was the perfect way to end of the series . I dont think the author could have done a better job of explaing his books to me the first and lastbooks are my personal best.
The setting in the begging of the book takes place by
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Lauren
While I really enjoyed the first two books, like other readers I had an issue with this one. I thought the story of Jorinda and Joringel was a good one (though very gruesome - moreso than in the others). I liked the way the story went, until the narrator began to interact with the characters. The characters eventually meet Adam, at a school in Brooklyn, where he reads them the original two stories. This later helps Joringel to solve the puzzle to get into Hell and retrieve Jorinda. I understand ...more
Kat Heckenbach
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, then wasn't nearly as wowed with the second one. This one--mostly--was right back up there with the first one. It had more twistedness and darkness and the narrator intrusion was more frequent and clever again like the first book--all the things I loved but that seemed less present in the second one.

(The following is only slightly spoilerish.)

Only one thing really bugged me, as it has with some other reviewers, and that was the jaunt into the re
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Mary Lee
A new quote for our quote wall: "There is a power in children. There is a belief. A strength. A joy that makes just about anything possible."

And one for my writer's notebook (and maybe our wall): "...they at last understood that their problems would never have been solved by trying to cover them up or choke them back or pretend they didn't exist. By repression.

No, their problems could only be solved by expression. By telling their tales and by making up new ones, too."
Anamika
Adam, the narrator of the book, talks about the original fairy tales that were written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, known to most as the Brothers Grimm. His fairy tales are sort of similar to the regular ones but are grim, bloody, and are mostly about children who run away from home and come back a couple of years later. This tale is about a brother and sister who liked living with their mother in a small home near a juniper tree, but then their life changes after their cruel stepfather and step ...more
Juliette Simpson
The Grimm Conclusion by, Adam Gidwitz is a adventurous book about to twins in a fairytale.

Once upon a time, two children were born. Their father died of happiness, making their mother remarry. The stepfather was cruel, starting a story of Ashputtle. The twins, Jornida and Joringel, starts a story of adventure. Making new stories. Through gruesome events, The author tells the true tales of what we think. Taking after the Brothers Grimm this story makes more than just one fairytale.


I loved this bo
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Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
This one was filled with lessons. Beautiful ones. Also jokes. Hilarious, laugh out loud ones. Full review to follow.
Amy
I love, love, love this series by Adam Gidwitz. There are some authors that I love because I'm an egomaniac and I think they write like me and have my sense of humor and therefore, they are brilliant.
Adam Gidwitz is such an author. He has taken the Grimm fairy tales and retells them with all the gore and horror with a lot of sass and absurdity thrown in. I also have a soft spot for novels with snarky narrators.

"Is everyone okay out there?
I will remind you that, just because this is a fairy tale,
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Georgene
Last week (Oct. 12), my son, Philip, and I went to Powell's Books in Beaverton, Oregon to hear Adam Gidwitz promote his new book (this one) and to get his books signed. I am pleased to have gotten this book the week it was published. I bought all three of his books and Mr. Gidwitz signed and dedicated each copy to me. (JUST my copy! NOT the book itself!) This is a first (getting a book the week it was published).

At the signing, Gidwitz told the story of "Ashputtle" or Cinderella. He was extremel
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Karissa
I love this series and this book was the icing on the cake. Very funny, very well done, and excellent fairy tale retelling with lots of sarcasm and humor.

Each of these books has followed a sister/brother pair as they stumble through horrible and funny fairy tales. This book is no different and follows a sister/brother (Jorinda and Joringel) through fairy tales such as The Juniper Tree, Rumplestiltskin, and Cinderella. The siblings destroy a kingdom and seek to fix it through this crazy tale. Al
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Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I waited for a while to read this one. Was somewhat apprehensive. When one becomes friendly and very fond of an author, one sometimes also becomes worried. What if… What if the book isn’t as good as you’d hoped? As good as you believe that particular author could have made it? What it…

So, I didn’t read the galley. I did attend an overwhelmingly successful event at Book Court in Brooklyn with Adam entertaining a host of young readers and their parents. And then, finally, after I started seeing my
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Marlee
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Alberto
Blimey! I'm glad they got out of hell alive. That was a very chancy gamble, but I suppose if the devil were any threat he wouldn't be there himself! Commendable. What a tale!
Jared S.
A story about little kids saving them selves from places like Hell. What could be better.
T. A. Bunker
The Gimm Conclusion, the final book in the grim and sinister series by Adam Gidwitz, and my second favorite out of the three tales. The twins, promising from the very beginning that they would never leave each other, find themselves separated early on, by a Grimm, gruesome, and awesome story. The mixture of Grimm fairy tales and other stories woven into one makes for any humorous, and entertaining read! I highly recommend this to the adventurous souls, looking for something different than the no ...more
Max Castro
Utter disappointment. To end this clever, gruesome, and strangely hilarious series, Adam Gidwitz writes the least clever, least gruesome? (arguable, I know), and least hilarious of the series. You've probably heard it before in the other negative reviews, so I won't waste too much of your time.

BEGINNING:
- Love the characters
- Love the stories
- Excited to see where the story goes

MIDDLE:
- The book reaches a lul with the exception of one story
- Characters somehow undevelop
- Gidwitz somehow forgets
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Lauren
Off a strong start, the third entry in the Dark and Grimm world veers so far into meta that I think at one point it actually became unmeta.

Here’s the thing: I totally got what Adam Gidwitz wanted to do with this book. I like what he wanted to do with this book. But for whatever reason – I’m going with a rushed publication schedule, because I want to believe that, with more time, he could have crafted a book as creative and fun and bizarre as A Tale Dark and Grimm – this book, especially the latt
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Titis Wardhana
"There is a power in children. There is a belief. A strength. A joy that makes just about anything possible."

Okay, this one is more absurd and more gory...

Suatu hari ada sepasang suami istri yang ingin banget punya anak. Suatu hari jari tangan istrinya teriris jarum dan darahnya menetes ke salju. Melihat itu, si istri bilang kalau dia ingin punya anak laki-laki dengan bibir semerah darah dan anak perempuan dengan pipi seputih salju. Sembilan bulan kemudian, dia melahirkan anak kembar yang diberi
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Barton Hills Sixth Grade
Jorinda and Joringel, twins that are neglected by their mother and hated by their step-father are the next big thing. Their step father has it out for the twins and the mother can't do anything about it. Shes always in her study reading books. From the start shes neglected them. So they learned to watch out for each other. The original father died of happiness seeing his beautiful kids. This is an amazing book and an amazing series!!



This is an amazing book! The two twins, Jorinda and Joringel,
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Connor Barrett
I like this last book a lot as soon as a read the book in a glass grimly I know that I had to read this one and I was not disappointed I really like all of Adam Gidwitz books jest the way he writes an how he adds a certain tweak to his books that make them special and I think that the best factor is that he talks ton you through out that book giving you warnings about what things are coming up and getting you ready for some crazy thing that will make you shiver. I love the way that this book eas ...more
Jessica Jiao
I really enjoyed this book, first of all because I think it had a great ending!, Like seriously, after defeating the evil old hunter/now evil king, with his PESENT AND SOLDIER ARMY, while Jorinda and Joringel only had ONE THOUSAND AND FIVE HUNDRED kids, plus the twins, plus their mom who was just good with caring, food, and medical issues, they actually won! But they didn't win in war, they won in the magic of story telling, and I thought the story telling was genius, awesome, and hilarious. The ...more
Adriane
So disappointed in this book. We had high expectations because we really loved the other two books. This one was a mess. To much narrator, that came across as really self-indulgent. There was too much random stuff that only narrowly ended up making sense. The stories he picked (in particular Ashpuddle and Sleeping Beauty) where too commercial and familiar for my taste. I really liked the unexpected twists and stories he picked in the other two books better. My 11 year old finished before me, and ...more
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“Being the reader of a dark fairy tale is much like being the hero of one. Our lives are filled with pain, boredom, and fear. We want to venture into the dark wood, to see the oddities and the beauties it holds, and to test ourselves against them. So we pick up a book of fairy tales. The real ones. THe weird ones. The dark ones. We see oddities and beauties galore. We test our courage and our understanding. Finally, we put the book down and return to our lives. And hopefully, just like the hero of the fairy tale, we return stronger, richer, and wiser. In difficult times - of recession and violence and political bitterness - we long for a dark forest to which we can escape; and from which we can return, better than we were before.” 7 likes
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