Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder by Cameron Jace

Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder  (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads): 
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Book description of Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder: A Grimm Diaries Prequel as told by Alice Grimm:

Seventeen-year-old Alice Grimm lives a dangerously enchanted live. Other than being distracted by a Dreamhunter called Loki Blackstar who has a heart of gold but acts like a jerk, she has a job to do. Being a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, she is one of few in the world who can locate the fairy tale characters and remind them of who they are. This time, Alice flies to Venice where an 800 hundred year old witch's skeleton surrounded with seventeen glass slippers was found by archeologists in the city that invented the art of glassblowing. When Alice and Loki follow the lead, they find one of the fairy tale characters she had been searching for. It's a famous girl character that you know by name, but never really knew what actually happened to her.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series

Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder by Cameron Jace

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder  (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #2)(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.)
This is the second in a series of prequels, to the Grimm Diaries.
17-year-old Alice Grimm is a descendant of the famous, fairy-tale writing Brothers Grimm. She is flying to venice to inspect the remains of an 800 year old Italian witch, who has been found in her grave with 7 nails through her jaw, and seventeen glass slippers surrounding her.

There is a question as to whether this is possibly Cinderella, but Alice is fairly sure that it isn’t. Cinderella has been cursed and trapped in a dream somewhere, and Alice believes that by helping the dead witch, she can help Cinderella.

With the aid of a dream-hunter called Loki, Alice goes into the dead witch’s dream, in an attempt to help Cinderella.

This is the second prequel to the full novel ‘Snow White Sorrow’, and introduces us to the character Loki, who I think is set to be a main character in the full length novel.

There is a lot of information crammed into this short story, which makes it difficult to follow at times, but once again the story does set the scene for the forthcoming novel.

The world in which these stories are set certainly seems complex, and while I wouldn’t say that these prequels are compulsive reading, I would say that I am looking forward to ‘Snow White Sorrow’ which is due for release in October!
6.5 out of 10.

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