Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Prince Charming Must Die by Isabella Fontaine (The Grimm Chronicles #1)
So, Prince Charming Must Die is the first in this series. In this book, we meet Alice, the next Hero. Her job is to go around using a magic pen, killing the Corrupted. The Corrupted are the characters from Grimm's fairy tales that came to life after the brothers wrote their stories on pieces of magical paper.
I really like the idea of the Corrupted. Grimm's fairy tales have always been dark, so it's not hard to imagine the characters unravelling after their tale is told. After all, if you've suddenly become a prince after being the last born son/serving boy/lowly peasant, the power's going to get to your head. And the whole happily-ever-after thing. Well, as you grow older, you get cynical (especially if you read a lot of historical fiction). So I love the idea of immortal characters growing twisted as the years go past.
Alice, is an awesome heroine. I like how she loves reading, and isn't after the cool crowd. But yet, she isn't part of the cool crowd either. Neither is she a loser. That deviates from a lot of normal YA books already!
And how cute is Briar? (the Br'er Rabbit). He might be a huge walking, talking rabbit, but he's got a wonderful sense of humour! And I love watching him discover the Internet.
Note: there is some mention of sex in the book, but nothing explicit ever happens. If you're watching out for something, you should be paying more attention to the dark humour.
This is a really good start to the series. If you love retold fairy tales, you'll love all the fairy tales that are mentioned here. Plus, the authors have added the original fairy tales as an appendix at the end.
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review.