The Grimm Legacy Library Binding – 7 Jul 2011
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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Borrow the magic . . . if you dare! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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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
Elizabeth gets to work alongside her school basketball hero, Marc, and Anjali from the local girls' private school, as well as Aaron, a scowling teen her age who doesn't approve of her but has a crush on Anjali. Mix teen angst, an unhappy home life, missing people and goods in a magical place and you've got adventures. I loved the mirror from Snow White which takes great delight in feeding off the teenagers' insecurities.
It's a fun read. I love the setting and it's got room to develop into a long series, complete with a monstrous bird who might be involved in Elizabeth's predecessor's disappearance. You definitely don't have to be a teen to enjoy it!
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! I would also have been a little wary of leaving a `deposit' to borrow an item from the collection, especially when deposits consisted of things such as your `sense of humour', or more worryingly `your firstborn'!
I did think that the idea of a large bird attacking people inside a library building was a little far-fetched, but then this was a book about fairy tales so fair enough.
The mystery element of who was doing the stealing was a little convoluted, and then sort of got lost a bit at the end. Although a culprit was found, it was quite complicated as to how it was actually being done, and I had lost interest a bit by the time we got to the end of it all.
Overall; an interesting fairy-tale theme book, probably aimed at younger teens.
6.5 out of 10.
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