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Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Review: Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder by Cameron Jace

The Grimm Diaries Prequels #2
Author: Cameron Jace
Released Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Book description of Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder: A Grimm Diaries Prequel as told by Alice Grimm:

Seventeen-year-old Alice Grimm lives a dangerously enchanted life. Other than being distracted by a Dreamhunter called Loki Blackstar who has a heart of gold but acts like a jerk, she has a job to do. Being a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, she is one of few in the world who can locate the fairy tale characters and remind them of who they are. This time, Alice flies to Venice where an 800 hundred year old witch's skeleton surrounded with seventeen glass slippers was found by archeologists in the city that invented the art of glassblowing. When Alice and Loki follow the lead, they find one of the fairy tale characters she had been searching for. It's a famous girl character that you know by name, but never really knew what actually happened to her.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my review in any way.

     Like I said in my review for Snow White Blood Red last week, I'm a sucker for fairy tales. I don't think I want to repeat it again... unless I want everyone to think I'm a broken record. But I'll mention once more that I haven't read the original Grimm Fairy Tales, so please don't assume I'll know anything about it other than the fact that they were not very pretty (read: gruesome).
     Here we have Alice Grimm, a seventeen-year-old living a dangerously enchanted life, being a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, trying to locate the real Cinderella and help her. It leads to an eight centuries dead witch in Venice, Italy, with seventeen glass slippers. We also have dreamhunter Loki Blackstar, who apparently is as arrogant as me doing something really stupid  (or maybe just me breaking the stove) and not realizing it until later. Way later.
     Anyhoo, I kinda think the editing process was a bit more rushed here than it was in the first prequel. Some, I'll probably assume it's an accidental typo (after all... we do make them at least once in our lifetime, if not, more)... but some... not exactly. There was one that would've left the reader confused though.
     What I really found helpful were the Author's Notes at the end of the prequel. For a person who apparently doesn't know her facts very well, it explained a lot of concepts used in the story to avoid confusion in most cases. What I find most memorable from the prequel is the Twilight connection there... ;)
     Overall, I really enjoyed this short read, and I'm actually curious (really curious) about the very last sentence.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls

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