Title: Grim Lovelies
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Page Count: 384
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
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 the glittering first book in a new, epic YA fantasy series. 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.
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd is the first book in the young adult fantasy Grim Lovelies series. While this is primarily fantasy readers will also come across a bit of romance and mystery mixed into the action.
Seventeen year old Anouk is a Beastie. She spends her days peering out and envying the human world from her place in the captivity of Mada Vittora. Mada Vittora is the evil witch who captured and spelled Anouk and the other Beastie’s in her command.
One day however Anouk comes across Mada Vittora’s body and realizes that her captor has been murdered. Fearing being accused of the crime Anouk and her fellow Beasties go on the run looking to find out who was behind the crime before the spell keeping them human wears off.
Grim Lovelies was another of those books that kind of contradicted itself as far as the pacing goes. It really didn’t take long at all for the action in the story to begin however a lot of it still felt slow paced even while things happened. Perhaps this was due to the fact that I found myself not overly invested in the characters along the way. The ideas were interesting and the way it left off I’m intrigued to know more but for now this was just a so-so start for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Megan Shepherd is the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy, The Cage trilogy and the middle grade novel, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill. She lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, NC. Visit Megan at meganshepherd.com, on Twitter at @megan_shepherd, and on Instagram at @meganshepherdauthor.