The Last Grimm: Red's Hood by H.L. Wampler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really did like this book, though it seemed to be more of a chick book then I am used to reading. This book did seem to be generic as an overall theme of the last Grimm who needed to save the real world from the fairy tale world. There is a television show about that subject but I do think that this gives the tale a very good presentation. The story is presented through the eyes of the last Grimm, Abbigal Grimm. She learns of this after an attack on a coworker and learning that the eye candy she has at her office is actually from the Fairy Tale world and is here to help her stop the evil that is spreading. In my opinion it really is this perspective that helps to save this story from being bland and cliche. The struggles of being a freshman in college, having a full time internship, dealing with a relationship, trouble-ish at home, all the while having to save the world, make for a very tense situation but Abby does very well at handling all of these things. Though she grows as a person and a character she does not change her attitude or her personality. This was refreshing to me because I know that in many cases the person would crumple and become someone that they are not, instead of growing as Abby does.
The writing style is also very good, with plenty of humor, action, and suspense. The language that is used is that which an eighteen year old would use, particularly the language that is used when describing Abby's thoughts. This was another aspect that helped the book to be better than what it could have been.
The characters on the other hand, didn't really seem that real to me. The relationships were real but the characters themselves did seem to be more generic: snooty assistant replaced by the bubbly one, the jealous best friend who ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the hot guy that everyone wants but only wants the MC, the estranged mom struggling to come to grips with reality.
I hope that in the next book the characters do evolve and become more real and they gain a "flesh" you could say. As for the story I do want to see where the author takes this story and see how the tales will be entwined and how the real world will be effected.
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