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The Grimm Legacy [Kindle Edition]

Polly Shulman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Elizabeth's new job is very unusual. The building where she works might not look very interesting but behind this ordinary Manhattan façade lurks a very special place indeed. Because here you can borrow anything your heart desires . . . And in the basement is something so special, so secret, that Elizabeth can't believe her eyes. The Grimm Collection. Powerful and mysterious items that must be kept safe and can't be lent out to just anyone. So when these objects start disappearing Elizabeth must investigate. But who can she trust? One way or another she has to find out who is stealing from the Grimm Collection . . . and for what dark purpose.

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An intriguing take on fairy tales, set against normal teenage life. (The Bookseller)

. . . the writing is almost as good as Robin McKinley's . . . (The Guardian)

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Borrow the magic . . . if you dare!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1666 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090LZPVO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Polly Shulman has written about edible jellyfish, Egyptian tombs, infinity, blind dates, books, brains, centenarians, circuses, and cinematic versions of Jane Austen novels, for The New York Times, Salon, and many other publications. She edits news stories about fossils, meteors, the ocean, the weather, and the planets for Science magazine.

Polly collects Victorian jewellery, puts cayenne pepper in her chocolate cookies, and reads forgotten books with frontispieces.

She grew up in New York City, where she lives with her husband and their parakeet, Olive.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 8 July 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Elizabeth, the new girl in school, doesn't have any friends. When her social studies teacher, Mr. Mauskopf, recommends her for a job at a special library, things start looking up.

During the job interview, she's given a box of buttons and asked to sort them. Elizabeth doesn't know quite what to make it of, but apparently she passes with flying colors. Then she discovers that the library doesn't hold many books, but it circulates a variety of items - including hot chocolate pots.

At first, she's confused, but soon she learns that the library circulates old items, valuable items, and some magic items. The magic items are from the Grimm Collection - as in objects from the fairy tales. However, the items from the Grimm Collection seem to be losing their magic.

Could someone be stealing the magic, and with all the security, could it actually be an inside job?

I love the idea of fairy tale items being available for circulation. While the fantastical elements made the story surprising and enjoyable, the mystery behind the magic moves the story. I simply devoured this book, and I dearly hope this is the start of a new series.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah
(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
Elizabeth is living a fairy tale; one in which she lives with her (slightly) evil step-mother, has some annoying high-maintenance step-sisters, and her father pays her little attention.

One day her teacher sends her to the New York Circulating Material Repository for an after-school job. Elizabeth thinks that this is just a regular library, instead though, people are able to borrow all kinds of things, from clothes to fondue sets.

Once Elizabeth has worked there a while and is trusted, she is told about the `special' collections held in the basement. These collections are only accessible using special keys, and are far from normal. One of these collections is the `Grimm Collection'. An assortment of items collected by the Brothers Grimm which have magical powers, for example - the magic mirror from snow white, an invisibility cloak, and loads of worn out slippers from the story of the 12 dancing princesses.

Elizabeth also finds out that items are going missing from the Grimm Collection though, and she is asked to help assist the librarians in finding out who is stealing the artefacts and why.

This was an interesting story, but I have to say that Elizabeth was unbelievably naïve and trusting. Even when she caught someone with a `stolen' item she believed them when they said they'd only `borrowed' it! Amazingly this didn't get her into too much bother, but I did continue to be surprised by just how trusting she really was.

There were loads of interesting ideas in this book, and the number of different magical items in the collection was also impressive. I have to say that I personally would not have been volunteering to try out the shrink-ray though!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The magic wore off 24 Oct. 2013
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Originally published on Serendipity Reviews - UK
Hi, I'm shallow and I buy books with pretty covers... C'mon who could resist this gorgeous cover? Aren't you tempted to search out your old Berol felt tip pens to colour it in? You know the ones, that you used to colour your Doodle Art posters in?

Sorry, I'm going off on a whole different thread I know.

The idea behind this book was a delight. Imagine being able to access the Grimm Collection of Artefacts, that would allow you to converse with the mirror from Snow White, or eat at the table with never ending food. But you have to be the right type of person to use these artefacts, because if they got into the wrong hands, then everything could go really wrong.

The story was quite magical to begin with and I did feel like I was stepping into a mysterious and exciting place, which desperately needed to be explored. Unfortunately, half way through the book, I found that feeling had worn off and I kept losing interest.

The characters let the book down a little for me too. I struggled to warm to them as I always felt they had ulterior motives, so I didn't trust them either. Elizabeth came across as very innocent and naive when it came to her new friends. She was way too trusting of the other characters and believed everything they said.

There appeared to be a lot of loose threads appearing in the story and as the book neared the end, I found myself getting completely confused about what was actually going on, which is a real shame because I really enjoyed the first few chapters.

On the whole, the first part of this book was really good. Unfortunately the second half let it down and probably would have faired better with a little more editing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 5 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I did not realise when I purchased this book that it was a children's book, nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it, similar genre to Harry Potter. I went out for a meal with my 32 year old daughter and told her about the book and she was enthralled with it, as were her children (3 12 year olds and a 13 year old
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great bookish adventure 19 Oct. 2014
By Kyra
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Actual Rating: 3.5

Elizabeth is just your usual nerdy schoolgirl, until she lands herself a job at an unusual lending library that deals in objects. Among the antiques and collections of spoons, there is a basement full of exciting and interesting objects. One collection catches Elizabeth's attention though: The Grimm Collection, objects with magical qualities that were collected by the Grimm brothers themselves.

This is a definite teen read, but also one that can be enjoyed by adults who have a vested interest in fairytales. The content is mostly about friendship and romance, but there is a good mystery here as to who is stealing the Grimm Collection and why. You have a feeling about who it is, but really you can't guess for sure until the moment is already on you. As the book surrounds a mystery, I would have liked some more investigation into it, and that is fairly sparse. It would have elongated the book and made it a bit more engaging for me.

This book centres around the objects in the Grimm Collection, so it stand to reason that you must know a little bit about fairy-tales. The research into this is really good, and I liked the way it was not just the well-known fairy-tales that were used. It really made me want to pick up my book of tales and flick through it, because some of the stories sound really interesting to read. Although this story is about fairy-tale magic, there are other collections in the dungeon that interest me, such as The Wells Bequest. This is actually dealt with in the companion book of the same name so I think I shall be reading that at some point.

So with the characters, I thought Elizabeth was great. She is pretty normal and kind of nerdy, reminding me of myself in the way that she is kind of proper in some ways.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version almost unreadable
Just a heads up if you are thinking of purchasing this........Kindle version text is pale grey and, for me, makes it almost unreadable. Read more
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I really enjoyed this book. It was so creative and such an amazing idea. The thought that you can borrow magical items from fairy tales and use them is thrilling, and I really... Read more
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