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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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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published 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  ·  review of another edition
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 drinking a
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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  ·  review of another edition
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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Ari
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
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Schizanthus Nerd
UPDATE: My day just got awesome! I found signed copies of this book at Goldsboro Books. Ive ordered my copy and cant 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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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
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Obsidian
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. Ive 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 dont know...demons?) hunting the sisters I just ceased to care. It doesnt help the time line
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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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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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K.S. Marsden
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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Faye Nightingale
epic fantasy fiction. feminist, queer, diverse - what's not to love?! can't WAIT for the sequel!!
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_
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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Kirsty ❤️
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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Kristi
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.

Shes like a firework never lit, a flower that never blooms, a baby thats never born.

There is something deeply beautiful about this story by Menna Van Praag; a story of four girls
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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 Ive seen it about a lot and thought the cover was stunning.

I just couldnt get on with this book at all. It was confusing and so hard to follow; it might be partly because Im 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 Id missed something.

I didnt connect with the characters either; I honestly
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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  ·  review of another edition
I had the privilege to read this book early. It's a powerful story with fantastic female characters. Highly recommended!
Beth Pennington
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 of
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Lianne
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To begin, Id 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. Its written from the perspective of 6
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Georgia
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc, 2020
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The Sisters Grimm is a book about elemental magic in todays world, about struggles with everyday life and about sisterhood. This is a fresh and new story not a retelling of any of Brother Grimms stories, if thats what you had in mind. Menna van Praag has created a whole new story about Everwhere, a safe place not everyone can go, but only magical creatures. But remember my sisters, Everywhere sill not always be safe!

Goldie, Scarlet, Lyana and Bea dont know each other, until
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Stained Edges
Jan 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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NB-I received this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


I really wanted to like this story. I did like most of it. But I didnt find the plot or the antagonist compelling, and I really wish Goldie hadnt been the main character, because I thought her storyline and character arc was the least developed and compelling of the four girls. Goldies insta-love, both for her brother and Leo really undermined her
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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. Its 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 theyre 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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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

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