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The Sisters Grimm

(The Sisters Grimm #1)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,196 ratings  ·  616 reviews
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
ebook, 448 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Harper Voyager (first published February 6th 2020)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was unfortunately a miss for me. I think it was a little too choppy in how it jumped around so much both in perspective and timeline. I will say there was one scene towards the end that was written SO WELL and it made me wish the whole book had been executed in the same way that scene was written. This book just didn't match up with my reading tastes! ...more
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 drinkin
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 oth
Éimhear (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 subserv
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 fou
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and Harper Voyager for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

You are stronger than you seem.
Braver than you feel.
Wiser than you believe.

Nothing can push fairy tales off of their own classic shelf. They've evolved and grown over the years, and nowadays we have plenty of retellings to fill our reading preferences. I am, however, not sure if that's what was attempted with The Sisters Grimm.

The concept for this story is
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 Nigh
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
Feb 28, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Please note that I received this via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Wow. This was just bad. I’ve been trying to get through this book since December. At 20 percent today I called it quits. The changing points of views told in first, second, and third person was headache inducing. The girls in this story are insufferable for the most part. And we have a whole storyline about “stars” (I don’t know...demons?) hunting the sisters I just ceased to care. It doesn’t help the time l
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 t ...more
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
If you are hesitant about picking up this book, read the synopsis first. It is very much on par with the overall storyline and guaranteed to garner your attention if you enjoy a YA novel infused with bewitching roots into a fairy tale world. Though it isn't specifically categorized this way, I would almost describe it as a contemporary YA novel with fantasy lore.

"Every daughter is born of an element, infused with its own particular powers. Some are born on earth: fertile as soil, strong as s
Hannah Greendale
Struggled to finish this one, mainly because each of the four sisters follow four identical plot lines. There’s some enjoyable lyricism in the opening and final pages, and themes of sisterhood are always welcome. Would recommend this book to fans of Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.
1.5 stars

The Sisters Grimm are daughters of air---at least they begin that way---born of dreams and prayer, imagination and faith, bright-white wishing and black-edged desire.

Melding together magical realism, fairy tales, and good versus evil, The Sisters Grimm was a young adult book that had an intriguing premise but ultimately, took on too much. The reader is introduced to four girls and one boy in constant, short bursts of first person povs. Time stamps and a countdown of days start each
DNF at 260 pages out of 481.

My most anticipated book of 2020 - it contains practically all of my favourite things - and it turns into my biggest, most heartbreaking disappointment.

Normally I don't rate books I haven't finished and have at best skimmed to the end. But I feel that 'The Sisters Grimm' has earned its one star, after over halfway through reading it and receiving the following:

Nothing happening. Stupid characters. Weak willed, pathetic and male dependant female leads. A slow pace des
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
Stained Edges
Jan 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This eArc was kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I DNFed this at 75% - I honestly tried to give it a real shot, but after 380 pages I had had enough.

Short review: Incoherent mess. The premise isn't bad, but it's just weirdly written and snail-slow.
Add confusing storytelling, a lot of incest and overwhelming details, random pacing, no actual worldbuilding and well, that's why it's 1 star.

Trigger warnings: sexual assault, child abuse, self-harm, suicidal tendencies, i
Renee Godding
May 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020-releases
Such a disappointment

I mentioned this book a couple of times as one of my most anticipated YA-releases of the year. You can probably imagine my deep disappointment after nog loving this book. In fact, there were quite a few moments where I actually really hated it. Many great ideas but dreadful execution in my opinion.
Full review to come.
Sohinee Reads & Reviews (Bookarlo)
What a book! I finally have my five star rated book of this year! I DEVOURED this book in two days. The Sisters Grimm will probably be the highlight for me this year and I have no complaints there. I just finished the book last night so I am still collecting all my thoughts. I'll be updating this review again after a few days.

The Sisters Grimm is such a powerful and original story. Four strong female characters, the sisters grimm, who know what they want from their lives but are struggling to fu
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 strang
Kaffeeklatsch and Books
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 h
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!! ...more
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 thi
Monica (crazy_4_books)
Before I get into this book, let me tell you a story about my 2020 book purchase journey: last year I purchased at bookdepository 140 physical books approximately since I gave away to a friend of mine so many I lost count when I started a new list. This year began with a huge January haul, a little one in February and then boom, Covid-19 struck, borders and flights were closed & couldn't buy one single physical book until July. In the meantime, my country fell into a "te
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 gir
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 worl
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, o
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 honestl
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
2.5 or 2.75 stars

This has an incredible premise of Sisters who don't remember each other. Another realm/world where magic exists openly. The Sisters each have different magical abilities which I really appreciated learning.

The biggest issue I had was the jarring switches in point of view and tense. It just made me have little to no connection with the characters since we didn't have enough time with them. I didn't care for one of the characters at all, Bea. She just was irritating and it made me
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
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! ...more
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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 Shop ...more

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