Sunday, 8 April 2012

Review: The Sisters Grimm #1- The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley


I love the plot of this series by Michael Buckley, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who are famous for their fairy tales: Hansel and Gretel, Rupunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, Snow White and many more. The brothers ancestors are in control of a town occupied by fairy tale characters, from fairy tales such as the Brothers Grimm's, Hans Christian Andersen's, Lewis Carroll's, L. Frank Baum's, Rudyard Kipling's and many more. 

In this magical series fairy tale characters, who prefer to be called "Everafters" used to coexist with humans, but since then they have been exiled to a small town in America. The Grimm family is still around, monitoring the Everafters and suspicious crimes in the area, only when the Grimm family leave will the town's curse be lifted and the Everafters can escape...

Of course this sounds totally bogus to the recently orphaned siblings Sabrina and her younger sister Daphne, when they are sent to live with their unusual grandmother whom the girls were told had died years ago. This and her Grandmother's crazy stories causes  Sabrina to go against Granny Grimm declaring her as a fraud and a lunatic. 

It is confusing because Buckley seems to be jumping from children to Young Adult genre, this creates scenes that seem out of place, some characters even seeming vicious, especially when Buckley seems to be avoiding writing about violence. Buckley seems uncertain of his audience and his own style-which changes throughout the narrative making it at time frustrating to read and enjoy. 

For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother--a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives.

Overall, the story reads more like a setup for future books rather than an actual story that can stand alone, making the sisters' future adventures more enjoyable to read.

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