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Grim Lovelies

(Grim Lovelies #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  3,707 ratings  ·  945 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life s ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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may ➹

Hi, this is my second one-star book of the year and I couldn’t be more excited to rant about it!!

(I’m kidding. I don’t want to have this discussion. Why do books like these—books with tragic dead gays—still exist. In 2018. 20GAYTEEN.)

I’m sad that this book didn’t turn out to be better than I expected, but unfortunately, this book just makes me extremely angry. Though I recei
Emma Giordano
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to come!

CW: abuse, death, animal death/animal cruelty, "bury your gays" trope
C.G. Drews
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was actually the most deliciously lovely thing.
This is the kind of book where the gorgeous cover thoroughly promises what you’re going to find inside. It was so good, OK?! I completely fell in love with the characters, the vivid world building, thE PASTRY APPRECIATION, and all the characters’ snark (despite them being about to die). Quality content right here thank you I will take 7 more of these books.

The setting! The world! The exquisite descriptions!
I freaking love Paris. I have I been?
Candace Robinson
I thought this was a pretty good start to the series and had an original feel to it. Anouk and four other "beasties" live together with a witch who gave them human form. After finding the witch murdered, Anouk and the other beasties leave their home. Anouk has never been out of the house, and I found her quite adorable in certain parts as she learned her way. There was also mystery: who killed the witch, where was one of the missing beasties, and will they be able to stop from turning back into ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
I think this one will be very appealing to those on the younger end of the YA spectrum. I'm not sure where my expectations came from, but I was certain this would be darker and more mature than it was, and the failing of those expectations were solely on my end. While the idea was superb, it seems that the story fell a bit short for me, mainly due to the fact that I found this entire book to be mostly a setting up for the following stories that may take place. I think, if this part had been cond ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd is the first book in the young adult fantasy Grim Lovelies series. While this is primarily fantasy readers will also come across a bit of romance and mystery mixed into the action. 

Seventeen year old Anouk is a Beastie. She spends her days peering out and envying the human world from her place in the captivity of Mada Vittora. Mada Vittora is the evil witch who captured and spelled Anouk and the other Beastie's in her command. 

One day however Anouk comes across Ma
A.G. Howard
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect read if you're looking for a fast-paced urban fantasy. There was a literal ticking clock that kept you at the edge of your seat. I loved the concept of the characters, too, turning the Cinderella tale on its head and letting us see things from the perspective of animals-turned-people. And what could be a more magical setting than Paris? Personal side note: the covers for this series are pure eye candy! I'll definitely be reading book 2. ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
May 02, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
Shelves: x-coverporn
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I… don’t remember much about this novel, and that’s honestly the first problem with Grim Lovelies. While the idea of the book is so cool, the end result leaves a lot to be desired.

I will say this though—I’m excited about where it could go. The ending left me with ideas of where Anouk’s story could go next, who she could be. Most of the novel, I experienced her grow from this innocent little beastie. If I have one weakness, it’s watching those sw
Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
Well this was a waste of my time!
And I only feel like this because I actually liked the book in the beginning.

At the beginning of 2020 I vowed to myself to focus on quality instead of quantity for my reading challenge of the year. And I've been trying to honour that promise by not picking up stuff I knew were going to drive me crazy. What I didn't count on, however, were good books with potential that turned painfully bad!

Megan Shepherd created an interesting and unique world and I can honestly
Megan Shepherd
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Melissa H
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, disappointed
I really struggled with this book from beginning to end. I was very tempted to DNF this book... but I felt that I deserved to give it an honest go.

The premise of the book was what drew me in. A young servant girl named Anouk, finds her witch master murdered. She is a beastie, which means she has three days to figure out a way to save herself and the other beasties otherwise they will turn into the animals they once were before they became human. They race through Paris and across France to find
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped-series
How to kill a great premise: YA fantasy edition.

First, let your main character have a very obscure name and quirky personality. Then, throughout the course of the book, make her into the most powerful creature of her kind.

Second, have a weird and rather pointless romance that only adds unnecessary drama to the story.

Third, never really develop the magic system and the world building except to further separate the unique main character.

Next, make the whole plot a trip from one place to another th
Femke (booksfemme)
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a very enjoyable read, but it didn't manage to intrigue me as much as I had initially hoped. It might also be that I just wasn't in the mood for reading, but I'm not sure.

The characters are quite lovely but I feel like some of them lacked depth. The story itself is cute, but I recommend it more for younger YA readers.
Amy Risner
Sep 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-arcs, 2018-books
ARC provided by HMH via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There we have it, folks. My first one-star rating of 2018. I am so sorry and hope I don't offend anyone with this post, but Grim Lovelies was the biggest disappointment of the year for me.

Grim Lovelies is an urban fantasy set in a Paris where there are different classes of people/supernaturals:

1) The Pretties: humans like us who live in the world, existing with their flashy technology and cars.
2) The Haute: The magical elite such
julianna ➹
Jul 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
even if this turns out horribly let's just agree that this cover is amazing ...more
Victor Dixen
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can you remember the mice changed into footmen to conduct Cinderella’s coach? The animals-turned-into-humans have left no names in the many fairy tales where they appear. They remain faceless silhouettes, sentenced to serve the wizards and witches who gave them birth.
In her captivating novel, which I had the opportunity to read pre-publication, Megan Shepherd rights this wrong and finally gives a voice to those who never had one. She invites us to join a small group of runaway metamorphs in thei
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
I wouldn’t say that I went into reading this with overly high expectations but this book did have considerable hype prior to release. Enough hype that I thought it would be a fairly good read at least. Well. I can honestly say that this book and I were not an adequate match.

With that being said, this isn’t necessairily a “bad” novel as a whole, it just was not something that fit my reading taste. I know a lot of people felt that this novel was action packed and a quick read but for me it was so
Jessica Khoury
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grim Lovelies is one of the loveliest fantasies I've read in a while! Shepherd's world of witches and beasties, goblins and magic is one of the most fully realized and immersive constructs I've had the pleasure of diving into. Anouk is a worthy and admirable heroine, full of fiery resolve and quiet strength. I cannot recommend this book enough!!!! DYING FOR THE SEQUEL. ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so fun! I really enjoyed this book! Full review to come :)
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2018
The premise of this book is supposedly built on fairytales, but I really didn’t get that in the story. It’s its own beast.

This book struggled with trying too hard - I felt like I could see the mechanisms behind the scenes - how the plot would go, etc. There wasn’t enough to truly pull me through the story.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This was kind of okay but I expected more. The characters weren’t anything special, the plot was just okay, and nothing really happened. I was really excited about the concept, but it was just a small let down.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slc-picks-2018
Absolutely loved this book!
Stacy Fetters
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
"And it was true, there were rocks and there was smog, but there were also stars. The city was like life itself: good and bad, pretty and ugly, kindness and cruelty all in one. But most important, it simply was. And that felt like a kind of magic too."

I am the Queen of waiting too long to read fantastic books. I’ve had this arc sitting with my other unread books for over a year now. Finally decided to try it out and I am blown away. This was phenomenal.

Anouk is currently content with her life b
Ashlee » Library In The Country
Digital copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 ... almost 4 stars?

It was different, at times intriguing, it was good and then it became meh. Certain paths were set up in this (Prince Rennar’s character being at the forefront in my mind) and I was so excited for the story to follow that path but then it didn’t and I became so tired with the cat and mouse. The premise is absolutely fantastic, but it fell a bit flat for me. To the point I hoped this was a
Julie Zantopoulos
Yeah, this wasn't anything to write home about. The premise wasn't particularly unique and the characters were forgettable. There's no real "villain" just another story about the privileged and the indentured, about classes and power, and nothing that changed the game. It was...meh.

The audiobook was fine and there wasn't anything 'wrong' with the story but I won't be continuing with the series and I'll likely be unhauling the Lijoy Crate version of this book, even though it's really pretty.

Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, fantasy, ya, series
Megan Shepherd is one of my favorite authors and I knew I had to read this novel. Fantasy is not one of my favorite genres but I really enjoyed this novel, once I got into it. With beasties, witches, pretty’s, royals and goblins, I really got myself in deep with the magic in this novel.

Anouk watched the world from the windows of the townhouse she was imprisoned in. Anouk was a beastie, enchanted by witch Mada Vittora, preventing her to leave, making her a servant, along with many other beasties
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
*This review can also be found on The Reader & The Chef! Thanks to HMH Teen for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

Alright, I have been trying to write my review for Grim Lovelies for a while and it’s a STRUGGLE. Mostly because I am very torn about this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed Grim Lovelies and I think it was fun to read about the witches, goblins, royals, and the beasties (who used to be animals but were turned into humans by witches); but on the other hand, I was
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I really loved this book!  But it's another one that is going to be tough to review without giving anything away.  I apologize now if this is a mess. 

I enjoyed the writing and it the pacing was great.  It was easy to like a lot of the characters, but there were some that I didn't like.  That was kind of the point though.  There were some very questionable characters in the book.  I also really loved the magic system.

Grim Lovelies takes place in Paris, but it's not the Paris we know.  This Paris
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New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of several young adult and middle grade novels. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, two cats, and an especially scruffy dog.

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