Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Snow White Sorrow (The Grimm Diaries #1)

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that sings to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.

Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.

I have been a fan of this series since I first stumbled across it one day. I love fantasy fiction especially the paranormal. 

When I read the prequels, I loved the dark undertones of the story and the characters that were developing before my eyes. This book was the opposite of that. 

It started out soft and mushy. Loki, a half angel banished to never get into heaven until he killed 99 vampires. Loki goes though life trying to kill vampires and I admit it quite humorous to read Dork Dracula and Loki's adventure. 

Loki's master, Charmwell is an interesting character. Always leading him on the right path, especially when Loki hears that he can kill Snow White and by doing this he will erase the rest of his debt and be able to enter heaven. 

We are transferred to world where fairy tales exist. Just inside Hell is the town of Sorrow. Each of the characters that we grew to love in the prequels are here (not all). Each are in the infancy of their realization that they are part of a fairy tale world. The town is plagued by the vampire princess trapped in a castle in the woods and the town is desperate for someone to kill her. It seems that Loki is up for the job.

This moment in the book, is where it finally gets good. The first time Snow White is introduced to the readers, it is quite gruesome and amazing. Loki is amazed by this beautiful creature. 

She whispers two words to him......


These two little words spin Loki and Snow's story into a mess of confusion and slow realization that not only is their futures linked, but also their pasts..... 

Cameron did a really good job taking us through the world of the Dreamhunter. We get to see more of the Queen and King of Sorrow and several secrets are revealed.

My only complaint is how long it took me to really get into this book. The first half of the book seemed to drag on and on. However, do not let this scare you away. Do you have to read the prequels? No, but I do recommend that you take a look.


“Stare at the dark too long and you will eventually see what isn’t there.”
Cameron Jace, Snow White Sorrow

“Snow White one, Snow White two,
Sorrow is coming out for you.
Snow White three, Snow White four,
Black as night, go lock your door.
Snow White five, Snow White six,
Blood red lips and crucifix
Snow White seven, Snow White eight,
White as snow, don’t stay out late.
Snow White Nine, Snow White ten,
Snow White now killed snow white then”
Cameron Jace, Snow White Sorrow

“I stand before her, meeting her eye to eye and nose to nose. My head takes a slight bow as I clench my fist. “I should have just killed you like any other bloodsucking vampire.”
“So why didn’t you?” She tiptoes, clenching her first as well. I have to admit. She is a much better version of the Snow White you see in a Disney movie. She’s kind of kickass. I like it, but I will never let her know.“Why do you care so much about me then? Ha?” She asks.
"I should have killed you before," I repeated while all I could do is wonder how I'd ever fallen in love with a monster girl.”
Cameron Jace, Snow White Sorrow


Until Next time,

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