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The critically acclaimed author of The House at the End of Hope Street combines love, mystery, and magic with her first foray into bewitching fantasy with a dark edge evocative of V.E. Schwab and Neil Gaiman.

Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .

As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and
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ebook, 448 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Harper Voyager (first published February 6th 2020)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four: powerful heroine alerted, entertaining, magical, Grimm-y, surprising stars!

As a fan of Grimm Brothers’ dark, gory, depressing stories which affected my first impressions about real life when I was a child, I happily devour anything written or named with “Grimm”! So when I got my kindle into my hands and saw this book on my shelf, I sang “Thank you, next, next” from Ariana Grande for NetGalley team members and I made my Shirley Temple tap dance (my version of Shirley Temple dance is
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Ova - Excuse My Reading
There is something elemental about being a woman. We all feel it. We're the creatures of the moon, the water, the air, the earth; the moon changes every month, every day and so we do.
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I read The Sisters Grimm as an ode to womanhood. Life tries to break us, change us, push us to our limits, tries us with our biggest fears, sometimes taking the most loved people away from us, sometimes making us estrange ourselves from them.

This is a story of Sisters, who don't even remember each
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Emer (A Little Haze)
As I was reading this book I kept thinking about how I would write this review. Because I could never exactly put my finger on what truly this story is about until the last few pages.

I guess the ultimate aims of this book are to exalt the powers of the feminine. It's a book about women on their 18th birthdays finding their hidden strengths and somehow rising above to vanquish the darkness that is pervasive in society. The darkness that is seeing woman as somehow less than. That woman is
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Carolyn
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It has a lot going for it including great world building and four vibrant young woman just starting to recognise their own strengths. I enjoyed the writer's imagination and in places the story is beautiful. However, the timelines were often difficult to follow with the background fragmented and repetitive such that the pacing was too slow for most of the book with the ending very rushed when more detail would have been good.

This is story of
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Umut Rados
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Sisters Grimm was a special book. It was even more special to read as a woman about the magical story of these 4 sisters. It has a really good idea behind it. The magic of each sister is related to the Earth's elements: water, fire, earth and air. They don't remember each other, growing up separately, but they will come together one day, in a different, magical world to discover their powers.

This book was beautifully written, slowly revealing itself to the reader. It reminded me of The
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Schizanthus Nerd
UPDATE: My day just got awesome! I found signed copies of this book at Goldsboro Books. I’ve ordered my copy and can’t wait for it to arrive. Happy book day to me!
Every daughter is born of an element, infused with its own particular powers. Some are born of earth: fertile as soil, strong as stone, steady as the ancient oak. Others of fire: explosive as gunpowder, seductive as light, fierce as an unbound flame. Others of water: calm as a lake, relentless as a wave, unfathomable as an ocean. The
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Lili  Marcus
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally forgot about this. So I'm going to make this short.

This is one of my best reads last year and it made me happier because it's an ARC. The fantasy element is really done well and I found myself sucked into the world of these four sisters and their forgotten childhood. I think this is a very atmospheric novel and I really like the concept of the sisters, with their father wanting to use them for evil but in the end, something amazing happened instead. That said, I love how the story is
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K.S. Marsden
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Goldie and her sisters have forgotten who they are. They have forgotten they are powerful; they have forgotten the years of shared dreams. As their 18th birthday approaches, they have to realise the truth behind their childhood fantasies, and fight to survive.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The story follows two timelines - now, in the countdown to the four sisters' birthday on Halloween, as they all deal with their real-life problems, as well as the
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Faye Nightingale
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
epic fantasy fiction. feminist, queer, diverse - what's not to love?! can't WAIT for the sequel!!
Sophie
Well, I'm glad this is over. I tried and tried and tried hoping I would start to enjoy the story the longer I read, and finally understand but nope. After 496 pages I mostly feel confused. Most of this world doesn't make any sense and worse, it's not even explained. I waited and waited and waited for explanations about how this universe works and all, but we just don't get them. Or we get them, but like, little tiny bits there and there, the rest? You have to understand by yourself. It is HARD ...more
Anya
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sadly not one for me. I was highly anticipating this book, but I was quite disappointed it didn't turn out the way I expected it to be.
First of all, us it always necessary to put sexual assault and abuse in the story to make characters more evil and show that the main character has a hard life?
I was honestly not prepared for this in the first few pages and it did immediate damage for me not liking this book.
I couldn't connect with any of the characters and I found the story quite confusing and
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KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews
4.5 STARS - review is also on my blog (https://kbbookreviews867789450.wordpr... ), and a link on twitter @BookrviewsKb.


The Sisters Grimm, by Menna van Praag is the perfect Grimm Fairy-tale infused story. Filled with magic, darkness and secrets, it is a tale of war, violence, and unity.


Synopsis used on Netgalley: *this was an eARC so quotes are subject to change*

"There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of sisters Grimm on Earth.
You may well be one of them, though you might never know it.
You
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gwendalyn _books_
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Sisters Grimm

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

The Sisters Grimm, is the first fantasy novel by Menna van Praag,
A lovely darkish magical realism tale!

The Sisters Grimm, by Menna van Praag, Is beautifully written with lyrical prose and that pulls you in deeply within its immersive pages. This book is both incredible and captivating in its rich detailed, atmospheric
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Kristi
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity …

After finishing The Sisters Grimm, I took some time to gather my thoughts and process everything that this book stands for. This is definitely one of those books that will stay with me for a while.

“She’s like a firework never lit, a flower that never blooms, a baby that’s never born.”

There is something deeply beautiful about this story by Menna Van Praag; a story of four
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TracieB♠️
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, admittedly to start i was a bit unsure to start, the book is big and there is lots happening within the story, but honestly i loved it!
I got completely in to the story, the authors written was great and i followed it well, if i am honest i hated stopping to do anything adult like!
fab... really enjoyable
Demet
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege to read this book early. It's a powerful story with fantastic female characters. Highly recommended!
Kirsty ❤️
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a very magical, expressive story of 4 sisters, each with distinct looks and abilities to control elements. Up until the age of 13 they can travel to the mysterious Everwhere but then 'forget' how to do so, who they are and what powers they have. Meanwhile men are trained up as soldiers to kill them on their 18th birthday unless they embrace evil.

I enjoyed this but at 448 pages it felt a lot longer. I love multiple POV books and we get a 30 day countdown from each sister along with Leo,
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Amy
Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF 20%

I got this book for 99p from kindle because I’ve seen it about a lot and thought the cover was stunning.

I just couldn’t get on with this book at all. It was confusing and so hard to follow; it might be partly because I’m reading it as an ebook so formatting could be an issue, but the character jumps can be jarring and then there is random time jumps that come out of nowhere and had me flipping back pages to see if I’d missed something.

I didn’t connect with the characters either; I
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Beth Pennington
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read
So happy to have received an advance copy of this new release from @menna.vanpraag (OUT 6th FEB 2020) — I have loved her previous work and was itching to read her new novel which is much more fantasy centric!

The concept it brilliant - the delicious description of Everwhere and the dreamy backdrop of Cambridge really enriched the story. The layout of the book is quite unique, almost like short snappy diary entries for each of the four sisters. Goldie is the only one in first person and because
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Lianne
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To begin, I’d like to thank Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Bantam Press for sending me an ARC of this book, and to NetGalley for facilitating. And a huge thank you to Menna Van Praag!

No spoilers as usual in this review.

This was a huge book to read. Not just because it was quite long but it was packed solid. So many different stories to follow, lots of characters and so many plot lines within each characters story. Then of course the main storyline. It’s written from the perspective of
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Bantam Press and netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

CW: Hinted at Rape / Unwanted Physical Attention

For The Sisters Grimm I was very excited. However once I started reading this quickly dissipated.
This book focuses on about 5 characters. One guy and 4 girls. One pov is written in first person point of view, and the others are written in third person point of view. These kind of switches are hard to do right
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Rachael McDiarmid
I loved this. Loved it. Loved it do you hear! This was THE fantasy fiction book I wish I had written. It spoke to me. That said I will try and remember to write a proper review when the book has published and everyone can enjoy its magic. Oh and a word with all movie producers, if I may, MAKE THIS INTO A FILM! thank you x
Merrowchild
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that offers hope and heartbreak in equal measure. It’s a story about sisters and family and womanhood. Four sisters born at the same time to different mothers come together in the land of their father. At thirteen they’re divided, only to come together again on their eighteenth birthday, a day of reckoning when they will face an impossible, devastating choice. And then they will fight for their lives.

I loved the diversity in the characters, how different and vital each sister felt
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Anna Louise
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Net Galley for sending me a copy in exchange for a honest review.

This book is set to be published on February 8th 2020.

This book follows four girls:

Bea - A student at Cambridge college, incredibly hardworking and a bit of a strange character. I couldn't really connect with her. Air witch.

Liyana - a woman of colour, her family came to the UK from Ghana. she is also the only queer character, and has a secret girlfriend. Used to be an athlete (Olympic level swimmer) before an accident
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Helen
I was so confused by the start of this that I very nearly gave it up as a bad job.

The narration jumps not just between 5 different characters but also two different times, giving a short burst from each one before cycling back round to the start. It took at least a third of the book before I got a grasp on it, I felt like every time I started to get into the story it threw me back out again.

I don't like the idea that abusive men can be changed by love and that felt like a very strong theme
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Julia
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5

Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for
an e-ARC of The Sisters Grimm. I’d never read a Menna Van Praag book before, so didn’t quite know what to expect and in fact for me, the writing style took some getting used to. That said, I did enjoy the book and became invested in
the characters.

The story is told from 5 POVs (the estranged half-sisters Goldie, Liyana, Bea and Scarlet, plus Leo, Goldie’s love interest) and flicks between current day and the sisters’ childhood memories.
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Kat
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a read that turned out to be different to what I was expecting not in a bad way as I enjoyed the book but I think at times I found myself getting a bit lost in the storyline. It’s a read full of magic, fairytales but most of all a story of the four sisters Grimm who can’t remember each other and the bringing of them together. This is not a genre of book I would normally read so I did struggle at times but the beautiful writing and the intriguing story kept me wanting to read. It’s a ...more
Kate (beautifulbookland)
This is one of those books that’s just so enchanting and magical that it’s actually difficult to write a review. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside one moment, then the next there would be a revelation or a hint that left me cold.

It’s full of incredible world building and complicated characters you just can’t help but root for (Goldie just owns my soul), with an ending that just destroyed me. I can’t recommend it enough - total magic.
Sarah Wood
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautifully written magical book. There are 4 sisters, they share a father and have different mothers. They forgot each other and their magic which are related to the elements.
Then on their 18th birthday the gates to magical land will open and they will have to fight with "soldiers" to survive.
Oh, if you love female heroines with different POVs this one is for you! Loved this!!
Lara
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, brilliant book. 4 kick-ass female heroines. Loads of diversity & heartbreaking love story. What more could you ask for?! Also: BEST ending I've read in a VERY long time.
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Menna van Praag was born in Cambridge, England and studied Modern History at Oxford University. Her first novella - an autobiographical tale about a waitress who aspires to be a writer - Men, Money & Chocolate has been translated into 26 languages. Her magical realism novels are all set among the colleges, cafes and bookshops of Cambridge. The House at the End of Hope Street (2014), The Dress ...more