June 25, 2012

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman {Review}

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publish Date: July 8, 2010
Source: Library
Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library: a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That's where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales: seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White's stepmother's sinister mirror that talks in riddles.
When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime or captured by the thief. 

The Grimm Legacy was a really fun read. I loved learning little things about the Grimm fairy tales and the “magical” items from them.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about Elizabeth. She certainly stood up to the difficult tasks when it was necessary, but she was just so easily swayed by everyone. Now that I think of it, in the end she was open-minded about everyone and gave them the benefit of the doubt in a good way when I certainly hadn’t. While I was reading, though, it just made her seem like she was blind in her beliefs of people which was a tad annoying. Overall, I think I lean on the side of liking her more.
I was never really a fan of Marc. Despite how everything turned out, he still seemed a little shifty to me.
I actually quite liked Aaron and was kind of rooting for him from the beginning. He was just so awkward that it was cute and endearing, even if he covered it up with anger.

I sadly haven’t read any of the original Grimm fairy tales, but I’ll definitely be fixing that soon. All the stories and the objects from them were mixed into The Grimm Legacy in such a fantastic way that despite the fact that I’ve never read them, I still understood everything perfectly.

I love the idea of an object lending library. Especially one with magical Grimm objects! I’m sad we never got to visit some of the other special rooms, but I suppose there’s only so much one can do with a standalone.

The Nutshell: Though I found some of the characters to be a tad annoying at times, I rather enjoyed the overall story. The Grimm stories are worked into The Grimm Legacy in such a way that you can appreciate them whether you’ve read the originals or not, which I really liked. Overall, if you’re a lover of fairy tales and crazy adventures with just a sprinkle of romance, then you should definitely give this book a try.

Pages: 325
Series: No
Rating: Hit


  1. I love the original Grimm stories. They are weird and awesome all at the same time. You should definitely read some.

  2. I have this one and I need to read it!

  3. YAYAYAY. I've been waiting for your review of this one to pop up as it's been high on my radar, but I haven't known anyone who's read it. I love the concept of the Grimm library so much, and I'm always very happy for standalones. I can't believe you've never read any original Grimm tales! I have distinct memories of reading them on the floor of my Grandma's basement, because I never made it away from the bookcase before having to open the book. You can get the whole collection for free since it's open domain! Only downside is the digital version is hard to flip through to what you want most.

  4. Thank you for putting this on my radar! I actually just finished reading the complete works of the Grimm brothers, so this would be fun to see lots of it incorporated into a more modern story.

  5. I hadn't heard of this one! I'm all about fairy tales, so I'll plan to give The Grimm Legacy a read! Thanks for the review, Jasmine! I wouldn't have known about this book otherwise! :)
    - Lauren


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