by Anna Waggener
Suggested Ages: 14+ (Violence)
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Description: When Erika wakes up after a horrific car crash, she finds herself somewhere between earth and heaven, between life and death. She doesn't want to accept help from Jeremiah, who she's not sure she can trust, even as she finds herself drawn to him, following him into a grim city of souls. She's not sure who wants to help her and who wants to hurt her. And she's desperate to get back to her children.
Shawn's never thought about having to shoulder the responsibility of caring for his young sister Megan and his reckless older sister. And he never imagined that the three of them would find themselves in a haunted wood, sometimes chased, sometimes assisted, never sure where they're headed.
With Grim, the terrifically talented Anna Waggener delves into the place where myth becomes reality, where family can distort you as easily as it cares for you, where death and eternity meet.
The Good Stuff
- Truly unique storyline
- Incredible world building -- in awe of author's creativity - actually kept me reading even though not my cup of tea
- Some beautiful descriptive passages
- I think this book will be one that either people will rave about and others will just strongly dislike
- Relationship between siblings is very realistic and honest
- Fast paced
- Fantastic cover
- This kind of review is always hard for me to write. I didn't enjoy the book but it has nothing to do with the author's talents, its just not my cup of tea. Please do not be offended Miss Waggener if you read my review, its just based on my enjoyment of the book, not your ability (yes I have guilt issues, I'm a Canadian Mom -- its part of my genetic makeup)
- I'm not the biggest fan of books that deal with angels -- didn't have much religious training growing up so I am often confused by the references. Also I have a huge problem when it comes to Angels being bad - not a big fan of the angry/vengeful god/angels idea - I'm more a believer of the benevolent caring god/angel image (Yes I am a dreamer - sue me)
- Dark, depressing and not very hopeful
- Mother is a selfish useless women
- Jeremy is a selfish jerk
- Meghan has no real personality so I have hard time understanding why her mother loves her best
- Children die -- yes I know - it happens, but I don't like reading about it
"Don't lie to a cop, Shawn"
"You're wrong again." Jeremiah said gently. "He did love you, Erika. He loved you very much. He just loved himself more."
"Rebecca gave him a weak smile and fought down the ache in her stomach. " If I hadn't just lost my eyes to a moving statute," she said "I'd kick your ass for that."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Would definitely say for the more mature intelligent YA reader
I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review (Sorry guys wish I liked it better)