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Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder

(The Grimm Diaries Prequels #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,615 ratings  ·  183 reviews
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Book description of Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder: A Grimm Diaries Prequel as told by Alice Grimm:

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
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Published May 29th 2012
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Cristina Monica
1.5 stars

Guys, you have to read this:
''Are you sexist or something?'' He raises a single eyebrow. ''Besides, I’ve always wanted to be a girl.''
''Wow.'' I take a step back and fold my arms in front of me. I can’t believe we’re having this conversation while a building is on fire in front of me. ''I didn’t expect that.''
''What? I always wanted to be a girl so I could find myself some awesome guy like me.''

*Shakes head* No no no no no.

I didn’t dig that guy’s humor.

Basically, what
If you're looking for Cinderella in this little prequel nugget than you'll be a bit disappointed. I mean, there is an interesting start of this retelling of the fairytale, but mostly we just get a crash course in dream invasion and a guy name Loki.


Not THAT Loki. Loki Blackstar. And this Loki is a total charmer.
"That's right," I say. "You are actually two inches smarter than most of the boys I met."
"Two inches?" Loki raises an eyebrow and then stares down at his crotch.



I'll try not t
This is the second prequel in The Grimm Diaries series and in all honesty, despite certain problems I did enjoy this more than the first. Perhaps if I am to adequately review this I should list these problems first. Although do take heed that this is not aimed as a negative review which is why I have given this an average rating.

This first point is probably very silly and should have no effect on anyone else's reading experience but seeing as I read this prequel in 2014, I did feel a sense of ir
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I promised myself not to write any full reviews until I'm finished with my exam but

and I can't hold on to them anymore.

So, somehow I decided to start with prequel #2 because I was very sure I wouldn't like Snow White Blood Red after reading Karen's review. But then I noticed that I've added the first full book of the series Snow White Sorrow in my TBR list so I thought, maybe I should just jump straight to the second prequel
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
This review was first posted on Northern Plunder, if you want to see more reviews please click here.

This short story has a slightly different feel too it as its from the view of a Dreamhunter, her job is to enter the dreams of the fairy tale characters to help guide them on the right track, this particular one is Cinderella's mother and Alice helps guide her to safety after a fire breaks out in Venice. Its cleverly thought of and theres a lot of facts and historical events in this one to illustr
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
The second book in the Grimm Dairies Prequels. I liked the first one better than this but this book was great as well. It was a little fast so it was hard to follow at times but nonetheless this book was really good. I am excited to get onto the novels.

These fairytales are way different than our modern fairytales. It probably should have had just a little more explaining, but then I remembered that this is a short story to the novels, like a teaser.
Aly is so frigging bored
If the very short story is annoying me this much I can't imagine how the normal novel would do.
This was really good and different from what I expected. In the "Author Notes" section the very last sentencereally ignited a fire in me to read Jace's The Grimm Diaries Sereis
Alice Grimm and Loki saving Cinderella! ♥
Another great addition to The Grimm Diaries Prequel series. Loving these stories.
Sarah Elizabeth
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.)
This is the second in a series of prequels, to the Grimm Diaries.
17-year-old Alice Grimm is a descendant of the famous, fairy-tale writing Brothers Grimm. She is flying to venice to inspect the remains of an 800 year old Italian witch, who has been found in her grave with 7 nails through her jaw, and seventeen glass slippers surrounding her.

There is a question as to whether this is possibly Cinderella, but Alice is fairly sure that it isn’t. Cinderella h
Holly Letson
This was an interesting retelling of the origins of Cinderella, involving Alice Grimm making sure that Cinderella's birth actually does happen.
My favorite character was Loki. Most girls that read this will hate Loki for the same reasons that I loved him so much.... He likes to crack jokes. He likes to annoy Alice. He likes to come on to Alice at every opportunity. And, he likes to keep saying sexual stuff. And, that is what makes me absolutely love him. Totally book boyfriend mate
Wine Country
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5

I'm getting really excited about this series. I like how the author is giving you a lot of back story broken up in all these little novella's with great cover art and fantastic names. This was centered around Cinderella's mother and introduces Loki, who is the main character in book 1 of the Grimm Diaries series, Snow White Sorrow. I'm already totally intrigued by this character as well as Alice, our story teller. I'm very much looking forward to the next novella as well as Sno
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just like the first prequel, this one was amazing! I loved learning a little more about the mystery of these fairytale characters. The story is great and I'm looking forward to the next one!
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, 2014-books
Another good story... A different way from the first book but really good can't wait to read more in the main book
Another book I think lol
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I liked the actual plot and story-line of this book, I couldn't STAND the two main characters. I realize these books are being marketed to a younger audience...Tweens & Teens, but the banter between Alice and Loki was consistently cringe-worthy and unnecessarily dramatic.

And Loki? Really? Is the author NOT familiar with Thor or the Avengers? He couldn't possibly find ANY other name for his lead male? Every. Single. Time. I read the name 'Loki', I pictured a snarky, bratty brother wearing h
Too many typos and missing words, and sentences that didn't quite make sense. This book really needs editing.
The prologue was rather interesting and relatively well written, the story itself was not.
I cannot say that is was horribly bad, if I ignore the editing problems, but it wasn't a fun read either.
old account (rl)
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I loved the idea of this - it's genius, really - and an improvement over the last few stories. It was quite confusing and I honestly had no idea what was happening.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-habitat
Original Review posted at Bookwyrming Thoughts.

Note: Part of The Grimm Diaries Prequels 1-6. Reviewing the prequels separately.

Disclaimer: I recieved this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my review in any way.

Like I said in my review for Snow White Blood Red* last week, I'm a sucker for fairy tales. I don't think I want to repeat it again... unless I want everyone to think I'm a broken record. But I'll mention once more that I haven't read
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: YA and adults
I was very enamoured with the first book in The Grimm Diaries Prequel, Snow White Blood Red; however, "Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder" paled miserably in comparison. I thought the first book was beautifully written; but, this second book was riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Additionally, at times, the books plot did not make sense.

Here is the story: 17 year old Alice Grimm has to leave school to go to Italy to view the corpse of a suspected 800 year old witch. She believes that this
Zachary Flye
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder: Told from the perspective of Alice Grimm one of the descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm, this story had a bit more normalcy to it. What I mean by that it it shows the modern day world, and how it interacts with the world that these fairytale characters live in, instead of being rooted purely into the fairytale world. This novella focuses a bit on the origins of Cindrella, once again the story goes someplace unexpected, however not in the same way as the ...more
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I love fairy tale retellings. I love seeing how different authors decide to twist the stories and make them totally different from what we knew as children. So, given the opportunity to read prequels about such stories, I jumped right on it. I want to thank the author for providing me with a copy of the first six prequels to read and review.

This prequel gives a bit of a spin on Cinderella's story. Not only that, but it introduces us to Alice, who is some sort of history tracker/investigator desc
Gypsy Madden
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
The more I think about this one, the more it doesn't seem to hold together (As in if they were traveling to the Dreamworld of the witch, how were they able to influence actual events in the past? Wouldn't they just be in the world of dreams? And then if Cinderella had been killed in the past, logically she wouldn't have existed in the first place to have stories written about her). I kind of wish I had read through this before starting on Snow White Sorrow (I had unfortunately skipped around amo ...more
Sheetal Dash
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this while reading, but after finishing and looking up the word mind is blown. How cool to connect the word cinder ("moutzos" in Greek), a curse/ridicule traditionally used against suspected witches, and the story of Cinderella. And then there's the addition of the Venetian glassblowers...I'd actually read a book about glassblowers on Murano before, but I never knew that glassblowers were actually exiled to the island of Murano because of the threat of fires. I learned a lo ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hear me continue to hate and love this story.

Alice Grimm's diary entry. It was written a bit too fast to even understand everything. I had to read every sentence or at least a line more than twice before I can process every detail in my mind.

Then Loki, a Dreamhunter, appears all of a sudden and helps Alice get into the dead body's dream because, “Immortal dreams are infinite, and never stop as long as they are not awake in real life.”

I'm not a big fan of Loki. He makes me cringe with all h
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This was freaking awesome! Like Snow White, Blood Red was pretty great and this was is right up there in the ranks. Cameron Jace is seriously talented and has such a wicked imagination. So jealous...Alice Grimm is a descendant of the original Brothers Grimm and her mission is to try to remind fairytale characters of who they are. In this story, if the title's not obvious enough, Alice goes to help Cinderella.

One of the things that made this super cool was the discovery of the 800 year old witch
Célia Dias
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairytales
I didn't like this second story as I liked the first, it's not bad but I think it is due to the fact that it is being told from the point of view of a teenager and the dialogues themselves are a bit forced and very teenager.

This story is told by Alice Grimm, descendant of the Grimm brothers, who apparently changed the whole truth behind the fairy tales. Also appears an important character that will be important in the other books in the series, Loki Blackstar, and he thinks he's the best :P
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Pretty much almost the same feelings as for Snow White, Blood Red, but I prefer this one, because the concept was better for me, than the Vampy Snow White. I just hope it won’t turn out bad in the books. Also, English isn’t my native language and yet, I could easily notice the grammatical and tense errors in this novella; they were in the first part too, but here they just bugged me even worse.
I didn’t buy the romance and the Twilight references, even though I haven’t even read/watched the serie
Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven

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
Tricia (McAllister) Houseman
This prequel is narrated by Alice Grimm.
Immortals are the fairy tale characters themselves. They cannot be killed, but if they are killed in Dreamworld it puts them in a coma they will not wake from. Dreamhunters are the individuals who can enter an Immortals dreams to kill them.
In this story, Alice flies to Venice on a mission to “find Cinderella” with the help of Loki, a Dreamhunter.
Bella shows her the corpse of a witch that was burned, with 7 nails in her jaw, and staked to the ground. When
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Bestselling author of the Grimm Diaries and Insanity series. A traveller and collector of out-of-print books from all over the world, obsessed with the origins of folk tales and the mysterious storytellers who spread them. Many of his books made Amazon's Top 100 Customer Favorites in Kindle 2015 & Amazon's Top 100 kindle list. Cameron lives in California. When he isn't writing or collecting books, ...more

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The Grimm Diaries Prequels (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • Mary Mary Quite Contrary (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #5)
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