Why I Picked It: I’d come across the series through Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter recommendations.
Quick Take: Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have bounced around orphanages and foster homes since their parents disappeared two years ago. Now they’ve been taken in by a woman claiming to be their grandmother who also tells them they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm and the fairy tales are actually the case files of their ancestors.
My Thoughts: I didn’t love this book. Even though it came first, it reminded me of Once Upon a Time, which I’ve been watching. I also found it annoying the elder sister Sabrina spent half the book disbelieving the premise, and arguing against it. When readers know something protagonists don’t, it can be difficult to sympathize with the character. I wanted Sabrina to quit whining, accept what I already knew to be true, and get on with the story.
I like that the protagonists are two young women, but was disappointed that the boy characters are chauvinist brats. There’s potential for the series, but stereotyping is stereotyping, regardless of which gender is maligned.