Hey guys! Today I’m bringing a review! I’m going to be
talking about all my thoughts about Grim
Lovelies by Megan Shepherd, which came out in October of last year. I had a
ton of fun reading this book, and I can’t wait to share my feelings with you!
Let’s get into the review!
Grim Lovelies is
an urban fantasy set mostly in Paris, France, where magic exists alongside
modern technology. Most of the people in this world are “Pretty,” or
nonmagical, and they are the ones who can create things like cars and guns and
electric lighting. There are several different species of magical beings,
too—the Goblins, the lowest on the magical hierarchy with only a little power;
the witches, girls trained to have magical powers; and the Royals, those who
are born magical and reign supreme over all other magical beings. Then there
are the creatures like our main character, Anouk, creatures called beasties
because they were originally animals but were turned into humans.
Anouk and the other beasties work for Mada Vittora, the
witch who created them, until one day Anouk finds her mistress dead in a puddle
of blood, and she and the other beasties are accused of the crime. To make
matters worse, with the witch dead, Anouk and the others have only three days
to save themselves before the witch’s spell wears off and they turn back into
I’m a sucker for any book set in France, so that alone was
enough to make me like this book. More than that, though, this book had some
great characters and while at times the plot was a little convenient, I think
overall the story was very good.
I loved Anouk’s character arc and her fierce determination
to save her friends. She truly comes into her own in this book; I really liked
Predictably, I wasn’t a big fan of the romance. It didn’t
seem like it was necessary at all and moreover, I just didn’t feel much real
chemistry between Anouk and the love interest. Maybe in the next book, there
will be more, but considering how this book went, I kind of doubt it.
My main complaint about this book was that, while the
characters did face difficulties and such, it seemed like a lot of the time the
resolutions to those problems were too convenient.
Still, I loved the writing, and all the little snippets of
the French language that made my French major heart light up (even if a lot of
them were curses). Of course, being the Grammar Nazi I am, even in a language I
don’t speak natively, I did notice at least a few examples where the French was
incorrect. Still, this book made me even more excited about my study abroad
trip (which I should be on by the time this post goes up) and I’m very glad I
read it, and I can’t wait to read the second book in the duology, which should
be coming out later this year.
Okay, that’s all I had for this book review! If you’ve read
this book, let me know what you thought of it, and if you haven’t, then let me
know what your favorite country setting to read from is, if you have one. I’d
love to hear all your thoughts! And while you’re at it, maybe leave a like on
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