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3.11  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A fantastic debut from the winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards novel contest.

When Erika wakes up after a horrific car crash, she finds herself somewhere between earth and heaven, between life and death. She doesn’t want to accept help from Jeremiah, who she’s not sure she can trust, even as she finds herself drawn to him, following him into a grim city of
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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jv poore
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have read books depicting heaven and I have read books alluding to depictions of hell. I had never read a book written about Limbo…….until now.

Grim presents Limbo as a kingdom. The current ruler wishes to relinquish the throne; however, his six sons are completely absorbed in their own spat, ignoring the king and his desires. Through no fault of his own, the youngest son risks exile from his father’s predecessor; but that is only a small problem, as his main concern is eluding the brother
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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When I received this novel for review, I was highly intrigued by the premise and the dark feelings this one gave me. However, and even though it was very hard for me to get into the story, Grim by Anna Waggener is a complex and rich story with a beautiful prose that kept me reading until I turned the last page.

Erica is the mother of three children who, after dying in a tragic car accident, finds herself in the afterlife. Here is where she meets Jeremiah,
la keelskilo du fromage
So, clearly this review says TWO stars instead of one or three, so you look at it a little perplexed and then decide to read it because it's usually pretty straightforward. One star = didn't like it. Three stars = DID like it. So what does two stars mean???!!!

Well in this case it means: good ideas, poorly executed. I'll admit, my ALARM BELLS started ringing when I realized all the princes were named after archangels, but at least they weren't supposed to BE the archangels, you know? Just named
Dec 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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May 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh. I really hate it when adults act like stupid teenagers in romance books. But what makes it even worse is when their kids are involved and it becomes even more obvious that the adults are making terrible teenage-hormone fueled decisions that will affect their children.
Erika was just not a believable mother to me. She kept claiming that she loved her kids and wanted to see them, and wanted them to be happy and safe but she did nothing properly.
She meets Jeremiah and immediately decides to
Jennifer Rayment
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Good Stuff

Truly unique storyline
Incredible world building -- in awe of author's creativity - actually kept me reading even though not my cup of tea
Some beautiful descriptive passages
I think this book will be one that either people will rave about and others will just strongly dislike
Relationship between siblings is very realistic and honest
Fast paced
Fantastic cover

The Not So Good Stuff

This kind of review is always hard for me to write. I didn't enjoy the book but it has nothing to
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Grim is an unexpectedly deep, dark fantasy about the afterlife that gently sucks you in.

The summary for this one is going to be difficult -- that's probably why the summary on the book isn't very good. Erika has died in a car accident. She's in the afterlife, being led to her final destination by Jeremiah. She has left behind three children (Rebecca, Shawn & Megan) and a boyfriend, Matt.

The story alternates between the children's perspective as they deal with her death, and Erica's
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
While I liked the cover and was drawn in by the beginning of the story and even the fact that it shifted in time and place, ultimately it left me frustrated because there were so many places where I felt forced to read between the lines and make guesses about what exactly was going on. The basic premise is that Erika, a mother of three children, dies in a car crash. Once she awakens, she realizes that she has been brought to this afterlife because of Jeremiah, the sixth son of the king of the ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5

I borrowed this arc from a friend of mine who also didn't know what to make of it: an adult narrator in a ya book?? what does that mean?

But I feel I should point out that there are also two teen narrators and a child narrator (whose voice is sometimes the clearest of them all) in the mix. It's a very ambitious project, which isn't really highlighted in the blurb.

Thematically, yes, there are mature elements that parents might want to be aware if if their younger teens are
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. Review to come later. This is one of those difficult-to-rate books that I both loved and hated.
Sophia Ireton
Sep 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Uh no.
Carro Herdegen
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language - PG-13 (60 swears, 8 "f"), Sexual Content - PG-13; Violence - PG-13
Erika's family believes that she is dead. They saw her body, witnessed the burial, and are trying to move on. But Erika won't let go. Even in Limbo, Erika calls her children and begs for them to be brought to her. Is she ready to pay for her choice?
This is one story that I would've put back on the shelf and forgotten about in normal circumstances. Too many pages go by without clearing up the confusion that is brought up
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An intriguing tale that brings out some dark feelings.

Opening Sentence: I love my youngest child more than the other two, and God bless them but they all know it.

The Review:

Anna Waggener’s Grim is an intriguing tale, one that brought out dark feelings (at least for me). The cover is a little eerie using somber tones. Waggener wrote this at a somewhat young age, and I was amazed at the level of talent she had already. Waggener’s creativity
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012, dft
Posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

Anna Waggener’s Grim is an intriguing tale, one that brought out dark feelings (at least for me). The cover is a little eerie using somber tones. Waggener wrote this at a somewhat young age, and I was amazed at the level of talent she had already. Waggener’s creativity speaks volumes, and it is evident throughout the pages of Grim.

Erika is a mother of three children, who finds herself in the afterlife after a tragic accident. Upon awakening, she quickly realizes that
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Grim, as my first book after a long semester of graduate school, was a particularly enthusiastic read for me. The author, Anna Waggener, was a classmate of mine in undergraduate school. Please, though, do not think my favorable comments about Grim are in any way the result of friendly support. I do not deny that I may lack the ability to offer deep criticism of the plot and writing style, because I am excited for Anna’s career as a writer and believe in supporting such a talented writer at the ...more
Bundles of
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Title: Grim
Author: Anna Waggener
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic
Age Group: 12 years
Hardcover: 320 pages
Buy This Book: B&N

Book Synopsis: A fantastic debut from the winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards novel contest.
When Erika wakes up after a horrific car crash, she finds herself somewhere between earth and heaven, between life and death. She doesn't want to accept help from Jeremiah, who she's not sure she can trust, even as she finds herself drawn to him,
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Meesha Meserole
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
This book made a lot of promises it didn't keep. The worldbuilding was beautiful (though some details needed a little more explanation) as was the way the author weaves her words, but the story itself left much to be desired.

I definitely enjoyed the act of reading this book; I think Anna Waggener has a wonderful way with words that made the whole book seem a lot more effortless than it evidently was. My opinion is that this story was a bit underdeveloped and could have used another couple of
Laura (booksnob)
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2013
Erica is the mother of three and dies in a car accident on the road home. She wakes up confused and startled to find herself stuck in between, in limbo, a place between Heaven and Hell. She doesn't feel dead and she doesn't know what this strange place is. Her guide on the other side is named Jeremiah and it is his job to lead her to the city of souls. The city of Souls is a desolate place where the seraph angels rule the middle kingdom. Erica is a lowly human who looks like the Kings former ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
So I confess, Grim is not a book I would have picked on my own had it not been for the fact that I was sent an unsolicited copy of this by Scholastic Canada (thanks!). But I am glad I read it because it is just so different from my usual choice in books. While it is true that the novel has paranormal elements to it, the main character is not a young adult but a mother who has been separated from her three children by a being (I can’t call him a man since he is not human) who causes her accident ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Perhaps it was my busy schedule, or my ever-growing addiction to Skyrim, but I cannot finish this book. Here's some reasons why:

1) The transitions between the kids and the mother. In one chapter, there can be like 3-4 mini paragraphs about either Mom or the kids. It's kind of annoying, really. It's really not that consistent and it was frustrating for me.

2) Jeremy/Jeremiah, anyone? I HATE THIS GUY WITH ALL MY GUTS. It's like he's trying to be mysterious and subtle. Ooooooh... just, no. Please.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books
I am torn about this book - the ending was so good, but the whole thing felt so disjointed to me. I feel like it is a 3.5, maybe even a 3.9. Part of the problem could be that I am going through such personal emotional and mental turmoil that it was really hard to focus on this book or any book for that matter. It's been that bad. However, I could identify a lot with the main character in this book, Erika, and in many ways her story is mine right now. Hard choices, and the right to choose ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
My utmost thanks to the Author, Ms. Waggener, the Publisher, and of course Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to read and review this free first-read advance copy.

As per requested by the Author, I will read and post my review more closely to the novel's official release date of June 2012.

Started reading...

So far, I am impressed with the story line and the flow between the three plots inter-spaced having relevance to the complete tale.

Reminds me of other alter-realms novels concerning the
Rebecca Gomez
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5 stars. What can I say? When I began reading this book, I was intrigued by the sense of mystery and spookiness. Usually that sense of mystery is a good thing, because questions get answered little by little, making for a satisfying reading experience. But there was no satisfaction in this book. Even at the last page of the epilogue I found myself thinking, "What?" This book is riddled with holes that never get filled in. I read and read, seeing things happen, but never quite ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to make of this. The world-building is unique and mythology is an original take on and oldie but goodie, but the story itself is kind of hard to follow in a bizarre, "Don't really care what happens to this kingdom," way. There are two plots going along side-by-side, and one of them--the one focused on the main character and her family--was terrific. I like the dynamic between all three kids and the different ways they perceived What Really Happened in their family history. The ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is one of a kind (in good and bad ways). The first 100 pages or so will be ridiculously confusing. You get the basic story of Erika and her three children, but the inclusion of Jeremiah and the black pages from another era are very hard to understand.

After you read more, and the black pages start to make sense, I thought the book was much more enjoyable. The "Middle Kingdom" is beautifully described and Waggener really does have a beautiful way with words.

I know it's hard, but if a
Mar 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
I have had several people read this ARC and I have skimmed it. The loud and clear response to this book is that it is NOT a YA book. It is told from the point of view of the so called "ghost" of mom. Although the "main" characters in the book are her kids who are teens, it still feels and sounds like an adult book! Although the only thing it has going for it is a great title and cover.

Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
i would have liked this book if someone else had written it. it felt confused, tangled up like wire, and rushed. the whole death thing didn't work, and then the author made it worse by adding in the prince brothers. was i the only one waiting for the children to die a horrible death?
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I found this to be a moody and muddled read. The author used preexisting legends, myths and stories in a confusing manner that leaves the reader questioning the purpose of the befuddled plot. I couldn't wait for the story to end and when it did I was left wholly unsatisfied.
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Not bad, a little confusing, didn't like the ending
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Anna Waggener was born in Thailand and has spent many summers eating ripe-to-bursting mangoes. At college in Minnesota she spends her winters buried under the snow, studying English and human rights, and happily writing YA fantasy. She was the 2008 winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards novel writing category, and Grim is her first novel.
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“You're reaching too far," Jegud said. "Looking for things that aren't there." He noticed Jeremiah's shoulders, slumped and beaten, and he felt sorry for him. "Your life isn't a storybook, Jeremy. Don't try to make it one just for a happily-ever-after.” 2 likes
“I'm not having the best day, Becca."

"Really?" she scoffed. "Because mine has been spectacular. My family sees dead people in their sleep and my brother collapsed in church during a sermon about infidels. I'm surprised you didn't sizzle when you hit the ground.”
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