"A magical dash through the streets of Paris. Part caper, part fairy tale, part opulent witch society, you'll be swept away by all of it. GRIM LOVELIES absolutely dazzles." —Kendare Blake, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
“A darkly enchanting saga…bound to attract fans of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, and more.” —Entertainment Weekly
“I lost myself in this magical book.” —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary
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.
This ebook includes a bonus prequel novella!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first book in Megan Shepherd’s third YA series is a sparkling modern fantasy that plumbs the eternal question of what it means to be human. Set in present-day Paris, the novel imagines a fairy-tale caste of “beasties”—animals turned into people by witches or Cinderella-like fairy godmothers. The story unfolds through the eyes of Anouk, a 17-year-old girl and servant whose human form is set to expire. Vibrant, mysterious, and mystical, Grim Lovelies is a coming-of-age story nestled within a tautly paced race against time. Shepherd’s cliff-hanger ending left us ravenous for the sequel.
The first book in this fairy tale inspired series by Shepherd (The Gauntlet)overflows with intricately imagined characters in a contemporary world flavored with hints of Alice in Wonderland style action. Anouk is a beastie an animal turned human servant via magic in a world ruled by witches. She and the house's other beasties serve their creator and cruel mistress, Mada Vittora, in modern Paris, despite their inability to go out of doors and their abuse at the witch's hands. When Luc, the unofficial leader of the house's five beasties, goes missing and Mada Vittora is found dead, Anouk and the others must flee the ruling class known as Shadow Royals to escape being blamed and to discover the spell that will keep them human in three days before the witch's soul, and her enchantments, disappear. This deliciously dark tale examines societal norms while imagining the darker side of fairy tales. Ages 14 up.
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If magic is real, this is how it works.
I love the story, these characters, and this world. It feels simultaneously real and like an escape from reality. It’s a book I’m actually looking forward to reading it again to see what I missed the first time.
p.s. I want that jacket. You’ll know what I mean.
A little boring
I found this book to be captivating at parts, and dull at others. There were moments where my eyes glazed over and I simply skimmed through a certain paragraph, or ignored certain parts and went to others (if you’ve already read the book then you probably get my gist). All in all though, it was filled with a lot of vibrant scenes, and I love how it was set in Paris, not to mention the lovely characters that were added who made up for the dull parts.
Not for Me
I couldn’t finish this book. I found the second half of the book to be boring, predictable, and not as interesting as the first half, so I gave up. It was not my cup of tea.