Saturday, November 3, 2012

Review: The Grimm Legacy

Well hello my little pumpkins,

Another day in November and my 26th birthday is scooting closer and closer. I'm absolutely prepared to leave 25 behind me. A great year for learning but a wretched year for otherwise. I will rejoice that this blog was started, though. It's absolutely a great little happiness for me!

I'm also very very happy to be back in progress with Auggie-Talk and I'm grateful for you patience with me as I was put on hiatus for a short term.

We're back full force, just in time for the holidays!! This is absolutely my favorite time of year, love doves.

Anyway, let's get on with today's review!

*"The Grimm Legacy"*
*Polly Shulman*
Title: The Grimm Legacy
Author: Polly Shulman
Genre: Modern-Fable
Publication:  July 8, 2010
Pages:  325

Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library— a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That's where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales: seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White's stepmother's sinister mirror that talks in riddles.

When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime—or captured by the thief.

Polly Shulman has created a contemporary fantasy with a fascinating setting and premise, starring an ordinary girl whose after-school job is far from ordinary— and leads to a world of excitement, romance and magical intrigue.

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating
 To start off I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in this book as a whole. The concept for this book was fantastic but all in all I don't think it was put together as well as it could have been. Elizabeth is a little on the dull side for a main character and the magic aspects of the story are very lacking. 
There is definitely some entertainment to be found in this book, but I was really hoping for a bit more 'oomph'. 
The idea of a magical reference library is phenomenal but I couldn't help but feel like the author was just using the mention of particular items (that were otherwise useless to the plotline) just to show the reader how well she knew her fairytale items. 

I believe that my disappointment with this book doesn't lie in it's style (which I found to be entertaining) or it's story line (which was in all actuality quite enjoyable). I believe that the majority of my let down stems from seeing how epic this story could have been and realizing that it just didn't measure up to my expectations. 

I usually end up considering a book as a movie once I've finished it. There is no real reason for this, my considering that the book could or could not be a successful film really doesn't have anything to do with how much or how little I liked it. It's mostly just really really amusing to play a video of the book in my head and wonder how it would stand up in the box office. 

That being said, I discovered that I see "The Grimm Legacy" as coming out to be more of a made-for-TV movie, like something featured on Disney. Very corny with a side of cheese. Could a fantastic movie (worth paying, what, $11 now?) be made out of this story? SURE! But I feel a lot would have to be added, and the focus would be more on the special effects than anything else. 

But that's just the personal opinion as a non-movie magnate... or even a big movie buff.  

At any rate, if you like fun little modern-fairytale twists then this one is for you. I really recommend this book for intermediate and young readers, but not so much for adult readers who are into juvenile fiction. 

However, as you all know, it's all about your OWN opinion, so if you've been eying this book PICK IT UP! Read it for yourself! Make your own judgement call and let me hear back from you if you disagree with me. I love love love love discussing books! 



Today is Saturday so tomorrow will be STACKING THE SHELVES

After that we should be back on schedule but with some alterations. Until the new year FEATURED FRIDAY and TRILOGY TUESDAY are going to remain on hiatus. I have a lot of books on back-review that need to be officially posted so I'm going to give Auggie-Talk the remainder of the year to get that done. 

Monday will be a RANDOM post. It will be Book-related but it might be a rant, or an announcement, a personal blog (again book-related) or just stream of consciousness of the literary sort. 

SUNDAY - Showcase Sunday and Stacking the Shelves
MONDAY - Random           
TUESDAY - Review
WEDNESDAY - Wednesday Wishlist     
THURSDAY - Review or Release Crazed             
 FRIDAY - Review     
 SATURDAY - Saturday Stardust      
Review, Challenge and updates, My Week in Books
Well, all, that's it for today's blog. 
I'll see you tomorrow with a review for FABLEHAVEN by Brandon Mull. 
Until Next Blog, 
Read On! 

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad that you are back, Auggie! We missed you!
    This book looks very interesting. I LOVE the idea. It could be developed into a phenomenal book! I will add it to my TBR and maybe, read it in the next month or so.
    LOVED your review.
    Your constant reader,