The Sisters Grimm
'Vividly drawn, evocative and complex, The Sisters Grimm is both absorbing and beautiful - a great achievement' Bridget Collins, bestselling author of The Binding
There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of sisters Grimm on Earth.
You may well be one of them, though you might never know it.
You think you’re ordinary.
You never suspect that you’re stronger than you
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book was beautifully written, slowly revealing itself to the reader. It reminded me of The ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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
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 ...more
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 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. ...more
I loved the diversity in the characters, how different and vital each sister felt ...more
Where to begin...this story is told in the most beautiful and vivid way that pulls you deep in to the pages and ...more
The book is told in the point of view of 5 of the main characters. The four sisters who’ve forgotten their childhood together have approximately a month to remember all so they can save their lives on their 18th birthday. Each of them are going through tough times already and as the story progresses you learn about their past together and their current difficulties.
The book kept me interested from the very beginning. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A beautifully written fantasy/magical inspired book. I felt the beginning was a little slow and that there wasn't ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!!
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 Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at ...more