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review 2017-11-07 07:39
The Frog Prince by Mike Klaassen
The Frog Prince: The Brothers Grimm Story Told as a Novella (Klaassen's Classic Folktales) - Mike Klaassen

Title:  The Frog Prince

Author:  Mike Klaassen

Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling / Historical Romance

Year Published: 2016

Number of Pages:  114 pages

 

Date Read: 9/24/2017

 

Publisher:  Bookbaby

Source:  eARC (Book Unleashed)

Content Rating:  Ages 8+ (Some Intense Moments and Rude Behavior)

 

I would like to thank Book Unleashed and Bookbaby for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Now, I have been reading the Brothers Grimm fairy tale classics for many years and I have seen many retellings of their fairy tales such as “Rumpelstiltskin,” “The Bremen Town Musicians” and “Snow White.” But, I had never read a retelling of the “Frog Prince” before and when Book Unleashed gave me a free copy of Mike Klaassen’s retelling of “The Frog Prince,” I just had to check this book out and man was I blown away by this interesting retelling of the classic story!

Young Prince Gerit was out playing around the bog near his father’s kingdom when suddenly, he falls into the bog and could not get out of the water. Then, an old woman named Wibke came along and noticed that Gerit was in trouble. Gerit desperately asks the old woman to help him out of the water and Wibke promised that she will help the prince if the prince promises her that he will take care of her for the rest of his life. Of course, Gerit does not want to take care of the woman, but he agreed to the bargain anyway and Wibke helped Gerit out of the water. Then Gerit tried to break his promise to Wibke by running off to the castle, until Wibke transformed Gerit into a frog and she states that the only way that Gerit will turn back into a prince again is if a princess comes along and kisses him three times. So, Gerit goes on a long journey to find a princess who is willing to kiss him three times and Gerit stumbles upon a kingdom that is ruled by his father, King Egon’s enemy, King Torsten and he finds out that King Torsten has a daughter named Anneliese. Now, Gerit tries to make an effort to get Princess Anneliese to kiss him three times or else, he will remain a frog forever!

Wow…just wow…I never would have thought that I would read a retelling of “The Frog Prince” with so much energy and emotion! Mike Klaassen has done a fantastic job at retelling this classic fairy tale as he gives a more contemporary and in-depth spin to the story. I loved the fact that the story is told from the point of view of the Frog Prince himself and this made Gerit into an extremely interesting character as we get to see how he was like before he turned into a frog and we also get to see his struggles in becoming a frog and trying to find a way to change himself back into a prince. I also loved the character development that both Prince Gerit and Anneliese go through as they both started off as royal brats who only thought about themselves and believe that they will get anything they want because they are of royalty. However, the events of the story caused the characters to grow and understand the harsh situations that they are thrown into, such as the fact that their kingdoms are being involved in a war and how both Gerit and Anneliese may have to sacrifice their happiness in order to save their kingdoms. I loved the way that Mike Klaassen developed Gerit and Anneliese’s relationship with each other as I enjoyed the interactions that the two had with each other, such as playing ball together and talking about their favorite books. I also felt that Gerit and Anneliese’s growing relationship with each other was developed in a natural way and it felt more real than in the original fairy tale as the two did not love each other at first, but started developing feelings for each other over the course of the story, which I found to be pretty refreshing!

The only problem I had with this book was that the ending felt a bit rushed. It felt like they wanted to quickly skip to the ending of the original fairy tale and did not developed the resolution of the story a bit further to see how the actions of the characters would affect the overall scheme of the story. 

Overall, “The Frog Prince” is a brilliant retelling of the original fairy tale and anyone who is a huge fan of the “Frog Prince” will easily enjoy this book!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-07 16:31
Some Grim Issues after Watching 5 Seasons of Grimm — An Infographic!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 7, 2017.

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review 2017-09-25 04:47
Unoriginal title but good book
Summoner - S.D. Grimm Summoner - S.D. Grimm

I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book from Entangled Teen Publishing and Netgalley. 

Let me start off by saying that I nearly passed this one up because of the title. I have read far too many books with some variation of the same title, and honestly, they are all pretty similar. The main character is able to summon or communicate with the dead and then there are a few variations from one book to another. This story won’t get points from me for being original, but I did happen to enjoy it a lot, so whatever.

I found that I basically tore through this novel in one sitting. There were times where I could set it down, but then the pacing would pick right back up. For a novel of this type, I feel that fast pacing is pretty important. It kind of falls under paranormal thriller, with a romance in there. Honestly though, it really isn’t too often that I read a book without a touch of romance.

The thing I found myself enjoying the most out of this novel, was in fact, the romance. I love when grief and the shared understanding of loss brings two people together. There were some very raw moments in this book where I found myself close to tears. But in my opinion Cody held his walls up just a bit too long.

I enjoyed the writing quite a lot actually. This book had many redeeming qualities even though I found the overall premise very unoriginal. Which is why the rating is a four out of five stars. The romance was really cute and idealistic. I really loved all the dates they went on and the heartfelt gifts that they bought one another.

I would read something else by S.D. Grimm, but I’m glad that there wasn’t an attempt to try and turn this one into a series. It is a good book, but I will continue on my search for the next great fantasy novel.

My review can also be found on my blog: 
https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

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review 2017-09-22 12:35
"Grimm City. Bestie" Jakub Ćwiekc
Grimm City. Bestie - Jakub Ćwiek

Mimo niechęci do tego gatunku wróciłem. Wróciłem do miasta ciemnego jak dusze jej mieszkańców i gangsterskich porachunków. Spytacie dlaczego? Bo miałem zakupiony cały komplet książek Ćwieka hurtowo. I byłem też ciekaw, czy koncepcja się nieco zmieni. Jeżeli też jesteście ciekawi to zapraszam.

 

Grimm City jak i poprzednio jest brudne, ciemne i ponure. Ale nastąpiła pewna zmiana. Otóż został zabity jeden z bossów podziemnego światka. Jest podejrzany, wszyscy czekają na proces a organizacje przestępcze do czasu jego zakończenia ogłaszają zawieszenie broni. Jednocześnie nieco na uboczu detektyw Evans dostaję sprawę seryjnego zabójcy "Drwala". Nikt sprawy nie rozwiązał i nikt mu nie pomoże, bo wszystkie oczy zwrócone są na sale sądową, gdzie lada chwila może zapaść najważniejszy wyrok w historii miasta. Możliwe jednak, że obydwie sprawy coś łączy. Może to osoba byłego boksera, który ma problemy z kontrolą agresji, a może były wojskowy, który znalazł powołanie w kościele i pomocy sierotom ulicy. Jak przeczytacie to się dowiecie.

 

W trakcie lektury załapałem w końcu koncepcje świata jaka wymyślił autor. Mamy stworzone ramy, którymi są miasto i kilka kluczowych postaci jak detektyw Evans, albo funkcjonariusz McShane lub reporterka. I w tych ramach osadzamy nową historię i jednorazowego bohatera. poprzednio był to Alfi, tym razem wspomniany wcześniej były bokser. Jest to rozwiązanie dające wiele elastyczności w prowadzeniu narracji i można dowolnie łączyć wątki poszczególnych powieści. Czuć tu mroczną stronę miasta, ale nie jest ona tak bardzo gangsterska. Tym razem spowodowane jest to opisem porwanych przez Drwala kobiet, które są dosyć mocne.Mi to nie przeszkadzało i dzięki zmniejszonemu naciskowi na wątki polityczno-układowe lepiej mi się czytało. Niestety do czasu. O ile snucie historii szło Ćwiekowi bardzo dobrze, to zakończenie wydawało mi się bardzo kiepskie. Mamy tu dwa wątki. Pierwszy jest o procesie znanego obywatela, a drugi to poszukiwanie wspomnianego Rzeźnika. W pewnym momencie ten drugi zostaje gwałtownie i brutalnie przerwany, a nie ukrywam, że to on wydawał mi się ciekawszy, zwracając na siłę naszą uwagę na ławę sądową. Nie byłem tym zachwycony.

 

"Grimm City. Bestie" to solidny kryminał noire z ciekawym rozwinięciem fabuły i kiepskim zakończeniem. Koncepcja świata i miasta jest ciekawa, ale nie na tyle, żeby mnie na dłużej przyciągnąć. Chciałbym powiedzieć, że z chęcią sięgnę po kolejna część o ile powstanie ale nie będę się okłamywał. To nie moja bajka.

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quote 2017-08-28 03:50
There is a certain kind of pain that can change you. Even the strongest sword, when placed in a raging fire, will soften and bend and change its form...
Trust me on this one. I know this from personal experience. I hope that you never will, but, since you're a person, and therefore prone to making horrible, soul-splitting mistakes, you probably will one day know what this kind of guilt and shame feels like. And when that time comes, I hope you have the strength...to take advantage of the fire and reshape your own sword.
A Tale Dark & Grimm - Adam Gidwitz

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