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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Grim by Anna Waggener

by Anna Waggener
ISBN: 978-0-545-38480-3
Suggested Ages: 14+ (Violence)
Buy From Indigo

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
The Not So Good Stuff
  • 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

Favorite Quotes/Passages

 "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
2.5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review (Sorry guys wish I liked it better)


  1. Haha, the guilt thing... I completely understand how you feel.

    I actually just saw the cover on my Google Reader and decided to to click and see what it was about because the angels on the cover looked like the Weeping Angels from a TV show called Doctor Who. They were dark angels as well, and it scared the crap out of me. I think I might pick this one up sometime.

    1. Must watch Doctor Who - friend gave me a couple of seasons and actually mentioned the weeping angels too. That's it tomorrow I start watching it!

  2. I had no idea Grim was about angels! I thought it had to do with fairy tales. I'm always intrigued by these books that people either love or hate. It's always so interesting when books can provoke such emotional responses

    1. It does have a little bit to do with fairy tales too, but lots of angel stuff too, Hope you read it, would love to hear your opinion on it. If my neighbor sends it back I will mail it out to you (don't know her well enough yet to know if she is a book returner - she's really nice though and likes to read)