April 22, 2008

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives

By Michael Buckley
2007 – Amulet Books

The Sisters Grimm are two sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, who have been moving from foster home to foster home since their parents disappeared a year and half ago. Their latest home is with an eccentric woman who claims to be the grandmother they believed to be dead. Their adventures begin almost immediately upon their arrival. They discover they are descended from the original Grimm Brothers and are part of a long line of detectives who solve crimes involving the “EverAfters”, characters straight out of the fairy tales that now live in their town.
It was a pretty fun story even though the older sister, who’s point of view you follow, is a bit annoying. There was also the issue of the odd sentence that was so jarring that it brought me out of the story, when with some more editing, it could have flowed much better. I also didn’t enjoy the fact that most of these fairy tale characters are openly antagonistic to the Grimm Family. The story tells that the EverAfters are trapped in the town because one of the Grimm brothers had a witch cast a spell to keep the other EverAfters from harming the humans. In order for the spell to hold, at least one Grimm descendent has to stay in the town too. Because of these circumstances the EverAfters who would like to be free wouldn’t mind if the whole Grimm family perished. It really goes against the grain. In most stories where the fairy tale characters mix with real characters, the fairy tale characters are usually the human’s allies. Not so in this book which was kind of disconcerting.
Nevertheless, it was a light and quick read and it’s the first in a series that left some mysteries unsolved. I think it would be worth my time to keep reading to see how the other plots unfold.

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