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Mary Mary Quite Contrary

(The Grimm Diaries Prequels #5)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,209 ratings  ·  118 reviews
The Fifth Prequel.

The Devil's take on fairy tales, exposing the origins of some of the most important, yet never explained, elements in the fairy world. Darker things the Brothers Grimm didn't want you to know about. More hints would just spoil the fun.

Let's just say that at some point in the Dreamworld even the devil was about so sell his soul.
Kindle Edition, 26 pages
Published September 13th 2012
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Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5 stars


We have candy...and Cameron Jace.

(Wait, I heard there is a gif war among GR users? But, but my reviews need gifs and gifs need my reviews).

*Continue derping around as if the gif war didn't happen*

I AM AT LOST FOR WORDS, Mr Cameron Jace! Well played sir, well played. Strangely, there are still a couple of minor spelling mistakes but they didn't take away my attention from this little gem. I'm just so happy to witness how the author has (bloomed?
Teens were running in the pink poppy fields, throwing dandelions at
each other, laughing with their eyes, and drinking white wine from the vines of the greenest
trees. Some sailed in chocolate rivers and bathed in fresh milk. Some leaned back in their
hammocks over looking Eden while reading Harry Potter book twenty-three – you don’t have
those on earth, I know. You have to have a membership in Heaven to read those.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mega-ňamka
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Já z toho prostě nemůžu.
Genialita se nedá popřít.

Čachtická paní, Ďábel, Rumpelstiltskin, trochu Hitler, trochu Evil Queen, a Krvavá Mary v hlavních rolích. :'D
Feb 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
This novella essentially begins with the line "Once upon a time ... in Hell, I was pretty bored" which pretty much sums up my reading experience of this series and in particular, this prequel. I don't know why I continued after the third one in all honesty but I always try to complete a book once I start reading it and this came in a bundle of 6 so I figured, since I'm almost at the end I should just continue reading.

The narrative voice was ridiculous, I wanted to throw my iPad across the room
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
This review was first posted on Northern Plunder, if you want to see more reviews please click here.

This shorty story if from the point of view of the Devil's who is very bored with hell and ends up getting his hands on a mirror that can bring out the evil in people, so of course he starts to have some fun with it by pointing it up to Heaven which cause its to break into a million shards as it falls to Earth and enters the hearts and eyes of many, turning them evil. For the majority of this stor
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Once you read this, you will never see that nursery rhyme the same again!

Happy Reading

Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairytales
I am a huge fan of the Elizabeth Bathory history AND of the bloody Mary legend. Long story short: perfection.

Now I do already know quite a lot about the Bathory history, so here the story (being a novella and therefore waaaaay too short) fell a bit short and it just felt kind of rushed and summarized (I really hope that somewhere in the books this will be expanded upon).

Now the Bloody Mary stuff I really liked (even though this to felt a bit rushed) I also really liked how her story explained mo
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, en
Like I said, someone should have awarded me a medal. But nah, no one congratulates the Devil for doing his work well.

I am a good man. I just do bad things. It's a job.

No a nezamiluj si to.
I love how all the stories link together! I really liked this book, it was although a little boring at times. If want until the devil put Mary in a mirror that it started getting good. I am really looking forward to reading the novels of the series!
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

This one was very interesting.
Ashley Anne
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
In terms of the story line, I really enjoyed this one. However, the Devil's dialogue left much to be desired.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
Original Review posted on Bookwryming Thoughts
Original Rating: 4.5

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

At first, I thought it was going to be told by Bloody Mary. Apparently, I was wrong. It's told by someone else. I should probably warn this review and story should not be read by kids 13 and under. Unless you can handle scary stories better than I can. Which is... pretty terrible from what I remember
Nessa Luna [October Tune]
Read this review, and many more on my blog October Tune!

I’m not sure why I started reading these prequels, but I think I was just really curious about this series. But I’d read very mixed reviews about it. Of course, I wanted to find out for myself if they really were as bad as everyone said, or as awesome as anyone said, and I must admit I have very mixed feelings about these prequels. This review is about the stories Beauty Never Dies, Laddle Rat Rotten Hut and Mary Mary Quite Contrary.

What I
Tricia (McAllister) Houseman
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one is narrated by the Devil himself.
The Devil asks the children in his hell to provide him with something entertaining, because he has since found that humans are “boring.” Peter Pan, yep he’s in hell as a student of Lucifer, simply doesn’t get it. And the Devil keeps thinking that he should just banish him because Pan wants to stay young and never grow up. Pippi Longstocking gave the Devil a mirror, one that was not like current ones they had, this one was made of glass.
Having fun with th
Holly Letson
While I like this story less than some of the others, I must say that I admire how all of these are building up to a climax right before the release of the first full book in the series.
This story is told by the Devil, who later mentions several other names he goes by as well. He tells us about Scholomance, his school where he raises children up in the art of being evil devils, and we are made to see him as a fun and lively--yet still evil Principal sort of guy.
Lucifer is bored
McKenzie Richardson
(Free book from Kindle store.)I was really disappointed by this story considering that the majority of the characters, including the title character, are not Grimm related. This is the Grimm Diaries, yet few of the hundreds of Grimm characters actually made it into this story. Like in Beauty Never Dies, Jace pulls from a lot of other sources instead of sticking to the Grimm stores. The main story (based on The Snow Queen) of the splinters of the looking glass is from Hans Christian Andersen and ...more
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
"Mirror, Mirror on the wall..." The queen pleaded.
"It's Mary, Mary on the wall, my queen,"

Dark, very original and totally unexpected! :D
When I started reading this I had no idea what the story was about. And boy did I love finding out! :D I have always had this huge love for fairytales and their darker side. The evil witch sends the hunter into the forest to bring her the heart of Snow White and when he fails she tries and tries again 3 times to kill her herself. The wolf eats both the gr
S.C. Langgle
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the introduction to The Grimm Diaries’ Prequels:

It’s better to think of the prequels like snapshots of a magical land you’re about to visit soon. I like to think of them as poisoned apples. Once you taste them, you will never see fairy tales in the same light again.

I love anything to do with fairy tales, especially creative reinterpretations, and that’s exactly what Cameron Jace delivers in his Grimm Diaries’ Prequels. His latest installment, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, is no different, com
Zachary Flye
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mary Mary Quite Contrary: Told from the Devil's point of view this tale is more history than fairytale. While I'm not opposed to the Devil as a narrator, or even the Devil as a character in these stories (which I got over after reading the Author's notes), I was put off by how much this Devil felt like a mischievous boy more than an evil and sinister Prince of Darkness, and with his weird and confusing knowledge of the future which seems fairly inconsistent throughout the story, his narration wa ...more
Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven

After finally really enjoying one of these prequels, Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, this installment was a major disappointment.

The editing is no longer a cause of frustration. But the story itself was.

It was mostly told, not shown. So I couldn't really connect with any of these characters. They were all kept at a distance, and even though this was the darkest of the prequels, I could have cared less about finishing this one, even though it was only about 29
Célia Dias
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is told by Devil himself, bad thing. So here we have some spoilers.

Basically we have the Devil (a fallen angel) that takes pleasure in watching the humans doing bad things. One day he finds a mirror that brings the worst in people and he loves it, so much that takes the mirror to heaven and watches them lose their minds.
The problem is when the mirror shatters and all the pieces spread around the world the Devil wants them back, but is a mission impossible, so he follows one of them tha
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Whew! This is definitely a darker Prequel than the others, but still so incredibly good. The author always manages to take a rhyme or short story, completely re-imagine it and create an entirely new story, tie it back to the original source, and have it all make sense together. The explanation of the "Mary Mary" nursery rhyme was extremely clever and made me look at it and say "so that's what it means!" I enjoyed seeing the other characters from the other prequels mentioned in this one, especial ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
Cameron Jace works his magic once again in the telling of "Mary Mary Quite Contrary (The Grimm Diarires Prequels, #5)." This story is a clever rendition of the Bloody Mary legend but neatly wrapped up as a fairy tale. It is told from Lucifer's perspective and is quite entertaining.

In this prequel, we learn of Mary's lineage to Elizabeth Bathory. She was known as the Blood Countess, rumored to kill young maidens and bathe in their blood. In this story, Elizabeth is Mary's mother. It seems Elizab
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This prequel was a bit unique for me since Jace actually recognized some referencing to the Abrahamic Faiths preferably Judaism and Christianity. I was taken aback - not in a bad way - that this would be included in this prequel itself. Being a believer and an aggressive student in the Holy Bible and Bible history, this brought a smile to my face. Not to mention, it is said that the apples from the Tree of Life are golden too (along with the belief it wasn't an apple on the tree).

Anyways, the st
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
Mary Mary Quite Contrary (The Grimm Diaries Prequels) by Cameron Jace

I must honestly say that I was overwhelmed by this fifth book.
I was reading it in bed, and the next morning I did not understand what I was reading the night before so I read it again lol ... and I understood WOW

It makes sense now, it kept me thinking all night ...
I really needed to read it one more time, and hallelujah I got it, thanks Cam, you're awesome.

I did not know the rhyme, so I looked it up at wikipedia what it means.
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Reviewing the prequels as a whole instead of individually*

I lucked out and discovered these prequels during the one-prequel-a-day freebie promotion (bummer, I missed the second book, I must have been having sex that day). What gems! They were strange yet fantastic twists to classic fairy tales. They were quick and enjoyable reads. The storytelling was imaginative with a touch of humor. I truly got a kick out of the takes and I think those who especially like fairy tale re-tellings will do too.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grimm Diaries Fans
Shelves: 2012, kindle
First my mind is officially blown. It played with my brain. What’s real? What’s fiction? I stopped several times to research the validity of some of the things you wrote because it was too tantalizing that it couldn’t be true. Yet they are.

It’s said ‘the best lies are part true.’ Mary Mary Quite Contrary is kneaded in half-truths, falsehoods, and outright lies to create the perfect storm of fiction. It’s so seamlessly convoluted with actual historical facts that it gives legitimacy to all the o
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I'm torn on this story.
I do love that it's told from the Devil's POV. That's just great. Evil tells evil. I love it.
But it was a bit convoluted with the introduction of Pippi (Longstocking?) and the re-appearance of Peter Pan (what was the point of him being in the story?) and then here come Rumplstilskin. It left me a bit confused.
What also left me a bit confused was the time line. They start off in the 1500s, then they are in the 1600s all of a sudden. Then they go to look for something and th
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
For the record, this one is a 2.5, where the 2nd and 3rd entries were straight up 2 stars. The editing seems to have tightened up in this one, there are still some cohesive issues but they are minor compared to previous installments. The plot line is throttled forward in this prequel and it is still intriguing despite the poor execution thus far. The blend of fairy tales, legends, and history is a testament to the author's research and imagination.
Jace has a story to tell but it will be hard to
{my thoughts} - This one is about the {prince of darkness}, {peter pan}, {rumpelstiltskin} and a few other choice fairy-tale characters. I have come to realize that there are numerous references to {harry potter} within these books. It helps to add a little extra intrigue to the reading. It also mentions a princess named {elizabeth} that gives birth to a child named {mary}. It is rather amusing how all these characters are brought together within these diaries. I look forward to reading that las ...more
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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 bo ...more

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“Why don’t I have a cool name like that. Instead of Lucifer and Beelzebub. I mean, seriously, Beelzebub? It sounds like the name of a brothel or a low life bar. Why can’t I be Lu Von Cipher? Sounds good, right?” 7 likes
“Looking down from my throne full of thorns, I glanced at the people on Earth. Oh, man. I despised them. It wasn’t like they were becoming better humans or anything, Devil forbid. In fact, they all roasted in their sin, mayonnaised in their stupidity, tomato-sauced in their envy and anger toward each other....” 4 likes
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