I receive an arc of this book for an honest review. Contain some spoilers.
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.
Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.
From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.
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‘Grim Lovelies’ by Megan Sheperd is out now.
This book was a fantastic read, I loved this new fantasy world. I think this book really fits the Autumn season feels – I really loved that it was set in Paris, and maybe that’s what made it so magical.
I loved the different groups that Sheperd created- Royal, Witches, Goblins and Beasties – This book gave massive Harry Potter feels, but I’m the kind of reader that doesn’t mind that, it actually puts me into a more magical mood. We mostly see the Beasties, Royals and witches, we only actually meet a goblins more to the end, so I didn’t really connect with them. Though I think we are really only meant to “like” the Beasties, and that seems fair the Royals and Witches are kind of assholes.
The blurb of this book says that Anouk is seventeen-year-old, but she’s actually only one year old. Anuk spelled into existence by the Witch Mada Vittora, from an animal into a human, making her a Beastie. I’m nitpicking, but I just felt like her being turned from an animal to a fully grown human was more interesting that her being seventeen-year-old – Because of the blurb I kept thinking of her more as an teenager and less than a child, which I felt that in the beginning she was.
I believe that this book shows great promise as a new series, it was original and it had a very interesting magical element – the ending promises a very exciting second book, it didn’t end with the happy ending that I expected, and that’s one of the reasons I liked this book as I did. I’m crossing my fingers that this series doesn’t have the second book syndrome, because I’m very excited for it.