Friday, March 1, 2013

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: The Grimm Chronicles Vol.1 by Ken Brosky & Isabella Fontaine





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The Grimm Chronicles
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally. Now the characters of the Grimms' stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.
For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.


This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series
Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Episode 2: Happily Never After
Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats

Additional features for this special edition:
- An introduction
- Two special "Lost Diaries"
- A behind-the-scenes interview
- A collection of original Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. The goal is to provide Young Adult readers with a strong, charismatic young woman in the role of the hero and provide readers with a positive protagonist who uses her brain to overcome obstacles life throws in her way.

My Thoughts:
Hi everybody!  This is my stop on the fantastic Grimm Chronicles Blog Tour hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer.  Please make sure to click on the top button  of this post where it says Tour Schedule to see all the other wonderful blogs participating.
The  Brothers Grimm fables are so fun to read and then to have someone elaborate on them and make them into something so much more was very enjoyable for me.   Alice, our lead character, is tough but with this really naive side to her that is heartwarming.  I like the fact that she isn't all gun ho on killing a lot of bad guys, and instead tries to think through each situation, trying to determine if they should really die.  Alice is truly a great female protagonist because she exhibits many positive traits that young ladies nowadays could really look up to and the fact that she is such a lover of books is also a plus for me!
The writing is wonderful too!  The original Brothers Grimm stories are so versatile that the authors really used some creativity to come up with the plot lines for The Grimm Chronicles to be so additive.  In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I know that seems weird but Alice is a pretty kick butt hero and she has to juggle work, high school, family and her magical ability to slay evil book characters all in a day's time.  I had a blast reading this story.  It is fun and I love Alice's weapon.  In an another way I also got a Harold and the Purple Crayon feel to it but definitely geared more for young adults.  There are so many different magical characters you meet through these stories it's like a taking a trip down fairytale lane but with a more modern twist.
Also, Alice's sidekick, Br'er Rabbit, was the perfect addition.  I have always been a huge fan of those folk tales and I am so happy that authors included him in the stories.  I think I did a happy dance when I seen his appearance in the book!
All in all, The Grimm Chronicles Vol. 1 are an amazing story to dive into, no matter what age you are.  I think if you like a lot of action mixed in with lots of magic and still have that young adult feel to it then this is the book you need to be reading!  It's a great story and I give it five hearts!




Book 4: The Orphanage of Doom
Book 5: Blood and Thunder
Book 6: The Order of the Golden Dragon


Praise

“5 stars!” ~ Bookies Book Blog

"Highly recommended for all who love fairy tales and the YA genre." ~ My Cozie Corner

"All in all the books were excellent." ~ LilyElement

"If you love fairy tales and them being turned into modern day stories you will love these short stories." ~ Mom With a Kindle

5 stars (out of 5) ~ I Am, Indeed

“Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky’s incredible talent for storytelling takes the reader on an amazing action-packed ride fueled by endless creativity and limitless imagination. TGC is like a high-stakes version of Harold and the Purple Crayon meets a contemporary, above ground Alice in Wonderland. “ ~ Bookfetish

“I absolutely loved this book! No, let me rephrase that, I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! Nope, that doesn't even do it justice. Vol. 1 has the first three stories from the 12 that will ultimately make up the chronicles.” ~ Jesse Kimmel-Freeman




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About the AuthorsKen Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also teaches English at Madison College. This is his first Young Adult series.
Isabella Fontaine owns a farm in Wisconsin and enjoys reading weird books like House of Leaves. This is her first Young Adult series.



Tour Giveaway
5 Kindle ebook copies of The Grimm Chronicles Volume 1
Ends 3/15/13




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