Page Count 496
Publication date Feb 2020/ Publisher Random House
This is the story of four sisters Grimm – daughters born to different mothers on the same day, each born out of bright-white wishing and black-edged desire. They found each other at eight years-old, were separated at thirteen and now, at nearly eighteen, it is imperative that they find each other once again.
In thirty-three days they will meet their father in Everwhere. Only then will they discover who they truly are, and what they can truly do. Then they must fight to save their lives and the lives of the ones they love. Three will live, one will die. You’ll have to read on to find out who and why…
Well as soon as I saw the word Grimm I was in! I love fairytales and retellings and this book has a wonderfully subtle spin on various tales threaded through it’s own unique plot.
The POV switches rapidly between Goldie in first person and her sisters and Leo in third person, whilst descriptions of Everwhere are told in second person.
That sounds confusing I know but actually it works rather well. I felt the choice of Goldie in first, aswell as beginning the book with her, singles her out as the main character, although Bea, Liyana and Scarlet share the plot equally.
Having Everwhere written in second person increased the dreamlike quality of its description and gave it a personality of it’s own; a separate narrator talking directly to the reader.
The timeline alternates between adulthood and childhood for all five characters, giving us their backstory and previous connections to each other.
Each sister has a romantic connection, I favoured the spin on Beauty and the Beast with character Vali but wasn’t a fan of Ezekiel Wolf- I much preferred the relationship between Scarlet and her grandmother.
There are strong themes of maternal neglect and/or abuse within Sisters Grimm. Coupled with an absentee father this made four very independent head strong women, each with an affinity to an element; earth, wind, water or fire.
We follow their heartbreak and struggles as each tries to work out not only who they are, but who they were before.
Highly recommended for fans of low fantasy, coming-of-age and fairytales.
3 thoughts on “Book Review; The Sisters Grimm – Menna Van Praag”
Wow indeed! Love a fairytail… esp one with a twist!
Ooh, I’ve seen this book pop up on Twitter recently – it sounds fab! I love that part of it is told in the second person. I don’t read a lot of books told from that perspective. This is definitely one I’ve got to pick up. Great review!