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Ladle Rat Rotten Hut

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (Grimm Diaries Prequel 4) by Cameron Jace

What if all you knew about fairytales was wrong?

Book Description:

Little Red Riding Hood’s untold and true story. Why she was wearing a Red hood. Who her Grandma really was. What the wolf actually wanted. Where she fits in the Dreamworld. And what Ladle Rat Rotten Hut means.

List of the available Grimm Diaries Prequels:

1 Snow White Blood Red
narrated by The Snow White Queen

2 Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder
narrated by Alice Grimm

3 Beauty Never Dies
narrated by Peter Pan

4 Ladle Rotten Rat Hut
narrated by Little Red Riding Hood
available on 07/25/2012

5 Blood Apples
narrated by Prince Charming

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut continues Cameron Jace’s tradition of twisting the Grimm tales on themselves. If you have read his previous prequel then you are familiar if not fully understand of the world you’re about to inhabit. This diary entry is told from the point of view of Little Red Riding Hood.

There are several things that I liked about this novella. First was the unexpected treat of the Anguish Language. Second is this one relies on the stories told in the previous entries. Ladle Rat Rotten Hut like an inside joke to the Grimm Diaries’ devoted readers.

If you haven’t read the previous novellas a lot of the seemingly insignificant but actual significant moments will be lost on you. The mystery of Little Red Riding Hood’s true identity is perfectly played. Yet it still doesn’t top Sleeping Beauty’s identity.

Knowledge of the original Grimm Tales isn’t necessary but it’s a definite plus. It’s easier to understand when Cameron Jace throws the tale on its head. It’s those twists and reshaped reality that makes these prequels and, I’m hoping, the actual series a funny read.

I give Ladle Rat Rotten Hut 5 out 5.

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Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2)

Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2) by Chanda Hahn

 

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,

Who is the Fairest of them all?
In the sequel to UnEnchanted, Mina Grime discovers that all is not fair when it comes to the Fae and their tales, especially when they don’t all play by the rules. Barely surviving the Story’s first fairy tale quest, Mina still has hundreds to go before she can end the curse on her family. But a new player arises to challenge Mina while new rules revamp the game she has just barely begun to understand.

All the while, people are mysteriously disappearing, including Jared, whom Mina must finally determine to be friend or foe. And with the loss of her greatest weapon, Mina must try to outwit a lethal hunter. Can Mina survive the most difficult quest yet while protecting those she loves from falling victim to one of the deadliest tales of all? Or will she become a pawn when she strikes a bargain with the Queen of Fae?

 

 

Okay, I liked the first novel UnEnchanted but I love Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2). It was the final few pages that did for me. It’s the gumption of the character Wilhelmina Grimm, in those few chapters she turn the entire series on its head.

Now she is an emboldened character that I believe could actually complete the two tails. She will do whatever it takes to complete them. In those few final chapters Chanda Hahn redefined her burgeoning series.

It’s a page turner from beginning to end. I like the lighthearted tone of this book but I also felt the urgency of the character. Mina Grime is a character that’s in more control of her emotions than I gave her credit for. Sometimes I did think she’s a little too apathetic to her plight until the same afore mentioned final pages.

Fairest is like part two of a single story being told because it starts just a few day after. Everything that happens in these two books is the tip of the iceberg, which has just flipped. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Before reading this book you should definite read UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1) first; a few of the references come from this book.
 

I give Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2) 5 out 5.

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UnEnchanted (An Unfortunated Fairy Tale)

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1) by Chanda Hahn

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crushes life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it’s next fairytale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.
UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2) is another interesting take on the Grimm legacy. It’s something that I have been interested since the premiere of NBC’s Grimm during the 2011-2012 Television Season. Before the show I was never much of a fan of the Grimm fairy tales, but that show made me a fan.

The book was introduced to me by my favorite daily email from Pixel of Ink. The moment I read that it was about the Grimm curse I knew I wanted to read it. It didn’t disappoint. Wilhelmina Grime is an interesting character just like Grace Murphy. I find her instantly compelling and riveted to the book. Just like the character Jared I want to protect her, hoping with every character she will be safe.

Toward the end of the book, I was lost in the tale. Most times I’m analyzing the story as I’m reading. This time I was along for the ride. I was never a fairy tale reader so I’m woefully ignorant to which tales she is fighting to complete. The only one that I readily knew she was facing was Red Riding Hood.

Even before I finished the book, I downloaded to my Kindle a couple of books that had the Grimm tales in them. Something I should have done long ago, but neglected too. I think with a series so new I don’t know if research the Grimm tales will help or hurt my experience with the books.

The next book in the series by Chanda Hahn is entitled Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2). From the description Mina Grime looks to tackle the Snow White tale, which in recent months has gain in popularity for some reason.

I give UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1) 4 out 5.

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