The Grimm Legacy

The Grimm Legacy
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10+
Release Date
July 08, 2010
ISBN
9780399250965
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Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library— a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That's where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales: seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White's stepmother's sinister mirror that talks in riddles.

When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime—or captured by the thief.

Polly Shulman has created a contemporary fantasy with a fascinating setting and premise, starring an ordinary girl whose after-school job is far from ordinary— and leads to a world of excitement, romance and magical intrigue.

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The Grimm Legacy was a really fun read. I loved learning little things about the Grimm fairy tales and the “magical” items from them.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about Elizabeth. She certainly stood up to the difficult tasks when it was necessary, but she was just so easily swayed by everyone. Now that I think of it, in the end she was open-minded about everyone and gave them the benefit of the doubt in a good way when I certainly hadn’t. While I was reading, though, it just made her seem like she was blind in her beliefs of people which was a tad annoying. Overall, I think I lean on the side of liking her more.
I was never really a fan of Marc. Despite how everything turned out, he still seemed a little shifty to me.
I actually quite liked Aaron and was kind of rooting for him from the beginning. He was just so awkward that it was cute and endearing, even if he covered it up with anger.

I sadly haven’t read any of the original Grimm fairy tales, but I’ll definitely be fixing that soon. All the stories and the objects from them were mixed into The Grimm Legacy in such a fantastic way that despite the fact that I’ve never read them, I still understood everything perfectly.

I love the idea of an object lending library. Especially one with magical Grimm objects! I’m sad we never got to visit some of the other special rooms, but I suppose there’s only so much one can do with a standalone.

The Nutshell: Though I found some of the characters to be a tad annoying at times, I rather enjoyed the overall story. The Grimm stories are worked into The Grimm Legacy in such a way that you can appreciate them whether you’ve read the originals or not, which I really liked. Overall, if you’re a lover of fairy tales and crazy adventures with just a sprinkle of romance, then you should definitely give this book a try.
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Cute, Funny and Grimm!
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The Grimm Legacy brimmed with magic. I love the premise; I so want to work at that library! The magical objects are hilarious to read about and Elizabeth is exceedingly likable. While many of the side characters lack depth, they were not totally static either. The focus of the book is more on Elizabeth's feelings about herself and development as a person that it is on the dastardly plot of a villain to steal the priceless items from the Grimm Collection. The whole mystery plot line is a bit absurd, with the bad guys never seeming any real threat and not being particularly hard to discern either. That said, do not read this out of a love for mystery.

This is a book for book lovers; Shulman's love of books and libraries exudes from every page. She compares Elizabeth to an ordinary fairy tale heroine throughout the story and makes some clever observations. It is always nice to find more teen books where the heroine does not have to be incredibly beautiful or a princess or an incredibly beautiful princess. Elizabeth is smart and, while certainly no troll, not particularly pretty. Her romance, too, follows a more believable pattern than I see in much teen literature.

This is a fun, fast-paced, magical read, well worth your time!
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