Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

Title: The Grimm Legacy
Author: Polly Shulman
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: "New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods." (PG Library System)
Opinions: This book was fantastic. It was almost a hybrid of the Grimm Sisters series by Michael Buckley and the made for television series The Librarian played by Noah Wyle of ER fame (Bob Newhart costared) which was kinda of corny, but I still loved to watch everyone one. I loved the whole idea of the repository that Elizabeth goes to work for. Not only does it house items such as Lincoln's hat, Marie Antoinette's wig, but things like the tea set from Alice and Wonderland, and worn-out dancing shoes of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. If such a library really existed I'd be there almost every single day. To work there would simply be glorious. Not only could you learn so much about real history, but learn about history behind the stories as well. DREAM JOB!!! Okay, back to the story. I connected very well with Elizabeth and understood her need to find a way to make friends. I loved her struggle as she learned how to deal with peer pressure and deciding what was the right path to take. I love the lessons this book teaches and the imagination that it invokes. The only thing that got on my nerves was the hormonal nous of the teenagers, but do you know any teenagers that aren't moody from time to time. Overall, the writing is easy to read and the plot intriguing enough that I read the entire thing in under five hours. So for me this qualifies as a must read.

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