Genre: YA, Fantasy
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
What it’s about..
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.
Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.
From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.
I had come across this title several times and was very excited to snag a copy of it!
What I liked..
• The Setting:
From the city lights to the fashionable “pretties”, Megan paints a very beautiful and magical picture which you can almost see yourself in. I have never been to Paris, but it’s definitely on my bucket list!
• The Characters:
This book was described as a fairytale reimagining. Mada Vittoria & the Beasties gave me Cinderella vibes.
Even though the pacing slow, I was intrigued by all the different creatures and wanted to see where the story would take me. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.
**Special thanks to Raincoast Books & the publishers for my copy**
Q: This book was described as a fairytale reimagining. I got some Cinderella vibes from the beasties. Who was your favourite character to write and which fairytale or fictional character were they inspired by?
A: You have a keen eye! The beasties were inspired by the mice in Cinderella. The fairy godmother turns them human for a single night. At midnight Cinderella stands to lose her beautiful dress, but the beasties face losing their newfound humanity. That seems like much higher stakes to me! The main beastie, Anouk, is also a little inspired by Cinderella herself. A maid who is used to cooking and cleaning, Anouk transforms into a powerful hero—but she makes her own magic instead of turning to a fairy godmother.
New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of many acclaimed middle grade and young adult novels including The Madman’s Daughter series, The Cage series, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, and Grim Lovelies. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and baby, two cats, chickens, and an especially scruffy dog.