The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Series Publisher: Amulet Format: Hardcover and Paperback
Source: Library and Bought Series Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 Stars)
I reread this entire series in less than a week. Not kidding. I read like three of the books a day. They were really addicting and honestly much shorter than I remembered. They are really fun and interesting and creative, plus the series does a great job of mashing up fairy tales. The different stories and characters manage to mesh together really well, and there are even some tales that are altered slightly and I really love the way they are changed to make them have a different tone.
The greatest part of this series to me are all the little mysteries that come together to make big mysteries and a really great overarching plot. I think the main thing that makes the series addicting is that you have no idea what the outcome will be and most of the time it feels like you just need to find out. (you can guess that the main characters will prevail of course, but what else?) The cliffhangers at the end of some of the books probably help with the whole starting the next one right away too.
I also really like the characters in this series. I will be the first to say that they aren’t necessarily the most fleshed out characters, but they do have flaws and triumphs and most of them are certainly unique.
Before I go, I do have to speak to my feelings on the 9th book in the series. I always felt that the final book didn’t seem like it really fit in the series. It has a weird feel to it, that is very different from how all the other books felt. And the epilogue does certainly raise a lot of questions. (There was definitely some drama that went down between the first and second epilogue) But I actually did kind of like how the series ended this time. There was a lot I didn’t catch there when I read these books many, many years ago.
All in all, The Sisters Grimm is a very good middle grade series, and a very good fairy tale retelling.
The week I was reading these was also the week I bought Taylor Swift’s new album, so when taking photos I kind of paired some of the books with 1989 songs. I don’t know, it’s kind of weird. Unphotographed song/book pairings include ‘I Know Places’ for The Everafter War and ‘Clean’ for The Council of Mirrors. (‘Bad Blood’ above was for The Inside Story)