Author: Cameron Jace
Publisher: Independently Published
Length: 133 pages
Contains the following prequels:
7) Once Beauty Twice Beast narrated by Beauty,
8) Moon & Madly narrated by Moongirl
9) Rumpelstein narrated by Rumpelstiltskin
10) Jawigi narrated by Sandman Grimm
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
Warning: these Grimm Prequels are like snap shots of a magical land you're about to visit soon. I like to think of them as poisoned apples. Once you taste them, you will never see fairy tales in the same light again.
This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series. The first 6 diaries are told by The Evil Queen, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, the Devil, Prince Charming, and Alice Grimm
The first book in the Series will be out in May 2013, called SNOW WHITE SORROW.
The Grimm Diaries are pages written in a Book of Sand, where each fairy tale character confessed the true stories once altered by the Brothers Grimm two centuries ago. To keep the truth about fairy tales hidden, the Brothers Grimm buried the characters in their dreams to never wake up again. But the curse was broken and they allowed to wake up every one hundred years.
Once Beauty Twice Beast: Going into this story I was fairly nervous, since Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale the author had only really "wowed" me once in the six previous prequels. Once I started the story it definitely threw me off, which is a good thing here, and while the actual story begins kind of slowly it picks up toward the end. The narrator, Beauty is a very relateable character, their reaction to the Beast and subsequent interactions with it felt like choices I would have made had I been put in the same situation. The romance of this story is fairly light, which I wasn't expecting, but did enjoy. The ending however, blew my mind, In a way it gives a new meaning to these stories being called prequels.
I'm so relieved with how this story turned out and I loved the author's spin on my favorite tale. I hope to revisit these characters soon, if not in this series than in the main one.
Moon and Madly: I had no idea what to expect going into this story, this is probably the first one of these prequels where the fairy-tale it's based on isn't instantly apparent. However, after just a little bit of set-up it's easy to lose yourself in. In this story the Moon leaves her space way up high to check out the Black Forest and along way way encounters Jack (of Beanstalk fame). I loved the character of Moongirl, she's curious and adventurous, even if that does sometimes put her in harm's way. Jack reminded me, maybe a little too much like Jack of the Tales from the Fables comics. He's cocky, an obvious womanizer, and as revealed by this story appears to be a Jack from more than one tale. There was a nice bit of foreshadowing for either the main series or future prequels. The ending ends on a bit of cliffhanger so I hope to see these characters again soon!
On the whole I really liked this tale, but I felt like it didn't fully reach it's full potential. This is still one of my favorite prequels so far though.
Rumpelstein: This was a particularly interesting tale. Actually, it turns out to be a twist on many different tales, and not all of them are what we classically think of as fairy-tales. Okay, so we start of with Rumpelstiltskin who talks multiple times about his "maker," creepy right, and says he will name his maker when the tale is finished. The story that follows is interesting enough there were a great many tie backs to this magnificent web of tales that Jace is creating. I have to say I was surprised by a great many things in this book, for the most part though many of the reasons I was shocked were because it had been so long since I read the previous set of prequels that I forgot smaller details. The ending was the biggest shocker of all. For about the first half or so of this story I had an idea of who the "maker" was, even after I changed my hypothesis I was still wrong and am a bit confused of what it all means.
For the most part I loved this story, it gets a bit weird and the reasoning behind the name becomes more obvious. My biggest disappointment though was the ending, it had this great twist but just before it was some existential stuff that was more confusing than anything and really drug the story down.
Jawigi: Wow, this story is... weird. It stars off with a frame story of sorts. Sandman Grimm meets Jacob Grimm at a bar and asks him questions about the dream world the fairy-tales are all in. I'm not a huge fan of the frame story because I'm still not quite sure how the whole dreamworld stuff works. Later it moves into something much more fairy-tale related and provides an interesting backstory for some major players in this series. There's a big twist at the end which I caught on to hints of, but never really figured it out until I was shocked by the reveal.
This is easily my least favorite of the bunch, but there were definitely some very enjoyable parts. The whole Sandman/Dreamworld thing is still so confusing, like do most of these tales take place there, or are they tales from before the Immortals were put to sleep, If the tales aren't from the Dreamworld, will we ever get some that are? It's things like that which confuse the heck out of me.