Monday, April 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Review+ Giveaway: Grimm Chronicles Vol. 2 by Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine

The Grimm Chronicles Volume 2

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm changed everything.
With the help of a little magic, fairy tales were made real, manifesting all over the world. Charming princes. Gold-hunting dwarfs. Terrible step-mothers. Heroic animals.
Then, slowly, they began to change. Everyone—from Prince Charming to the old miller—grew more evil. Corrupted. A hero was chosen to stop them, hunting them down one by one and destroying them with the help of a magic pen and a special rabbit assistant.
For 200 years, the hero’s magic pen has been passed on from generation to generation. The newest hero is Alice Goodenough, an 18-year-old junior from Washington High School. While her friends spent their summer working and having fun, Alice found herself doing battle with creatures most human beings don’t even realize exist. A giant snake. A blood-sucking prince. A terrifying half-man, half-hedgehog. Dastardly dwarfs intent on mind-controlling everyone who uses a cell phone.
Now, senior year has begun. With it comes a new challenge at school, where bullies have grown bolder and classes more challenging. As if that’s not enough, Alice must face off against a collection of Corrupted who all share a terrible secret, one that might awaken a creature capable of doing untold damage. To uncover the secret, Alice will have to face off against a man-eating lizard, a bloodthirsty sea captain, and a mysterious wizard who can see into the future …

This book contains:

Episode four: The Orphanage of Doom
Episode five: Blood and Thunder
Episode six: The Order of the Golden Dragon

Bonus material:
The Lost Journal of Eugene Washington
Assorted fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm
A Legacy of Red
My Thoughts:
I feel like Alice has grown in the second set of stories, yet still has more growing to do, which makes sense since she is still a teenager and learning everyday.  I liked that a lot!  It made Alice more realistic since she made mistakes but learned from them as well.  
Many of the situations Alice faces (not the supernatural ones) are common themes that many children, teens, and even adults face everyday in society.  And the authors did a great service by showing us how human Alice really is; she learned by trial and error the right way to face these problems.  
I also enjoyed the fact that Alice's parents were more in the picture in this Volume and had some meaningful conversations from them as well.  Although, I did get a little upset that they weren't more on Alice's side the first time about the altercation between her and Joey.  
Besides having to save the world, orphans, and her friends, Alice faces the worst kind of peer pressure and the ways she handles it is a great moral incentive for the teens (or anyone for that matter) reading the stories.  So yeah, I LOVED the morals we learn from this book in a fun way.  
I think her friends, Seth and Briar, as long as some new characters introduced, help keep Alice grounded so the "hero" stuff don't go to her head.  Chase seems like a pretty good guy and I like that he brings another perspective to the table for Alice to learn from.  
The plot of the story is just plain good.  It will keep you glued to the book,going from page to page until you are up in the early morning light, almost done with the novel.  It flows so well I never wanted to put it down.  I also liked that some Corrupted weren't quite as bad as others and that we learned some Corrupted's background on why they went bad.  
If you are interested in stories with great morals, an uplifting and very personable heroine, and a theme that is really interesting this is the book you need to get.  This is definitely a way for us adults to enjoy the fairy tales we loved as kids but with a twist that will keep you hooked from the beginning to the end.  
Definitely five hearts~

The Grimm Chronicles Volume 1

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

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.


“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


About the Authors
Ken 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 2
Ends 4/11/13

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