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Mary Mary Quite Contrary: A Grimm Prequel (The Grimm Diaries Book 5) by [Jace, Cameron]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AZM6GC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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This shorty story if from the point of view of the Devil's who is very bored with hell and ends up getting his hands on a mirror that can bring out the evil in people, so of course he starts to have some fun with it by pointing it up to Heaven which cause its to break into a million shards as it falls to Earth and enters the hearts and eyes of many, turning them evil. For the majority of this story we follow Elizabeth who has a shard in her eye, over time she becomes more evil and bloodthirsty until she is engulfed in this madness and only finds happiness in killing beautiful young maidens! Pretty disturbing huh? Well it gets worse, she ends up killing one who is her own blood, Mary. Mary is immortal and returns raining hell on not only her Mother but many people and uses mirrors to travel around inflicting pain and sorrow. Obviously the Devil enjoys this but as she gets very unruling and uncontrollable he stops her by trapping her in a mirror - the mirror. So do you see how it all ties up - Mary Mary Quite Contraty nursery rhyme > Bloody Mary ghost story > Mirror Mirror on the wall. I loved it! So cleverly done.
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Normally I wouldn't rate a book that I hadn't finished but this was a short story, I should have been able to finish it easily. The fact that i couldn't read it is the reason I have given it a star rating at all.

Short stories are supposed to be easy reads, this one was so disjointed it made it almost impossible to keep up. Characters where mentioned when they had no need to be, a few times it flipped between past and future tense which doesn't make the reading any easier. It felt like the story had been written, and then edited out of sequence.
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Book was an excellent read. Could not put it down until it was finished. A good take on the classic fairy tales.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Mary Mary... You made me weary.... 15 April 2013
By Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven - Published on Amazon.com
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Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven

After finally really enjoying one of these prequels, Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, this installment was a major disappointment.

The editing is no longer a cause of frustration. But the story itself was.

It was mostly told, not shown. So I couldn't really connect with any of these characters. They were all kept at a distance, and even though this was the darkest of the prequels, I could have cared less about finishing this one, even though it was only about 29 pages.

I once again struggled with the dialogue. I just couldn't connect it with the characters. Here is an example:

"How come I don't know about that stuff? I am freakin' Lucifer."

"Because you spent your time hatin' not participatin'" Rumpelstiltskin said. *

(sigh)

No.... Just No.....

Unfortunately, this is very likely the last review I will write on the Grimm series, because it is very likely the last one I will read.

I sincerely thank the author for his generosity in extending the free promotional news my way.

Though I recognize the originality, the execution of it is just not calling out to me to continue any further.

It is time for me to move on.

* Jace, Cameron (2012-09-13). Mary Mary Quite Contrary ( A Grimm Diaries Prequel #5 ) (Kindle Locations 416-418). . Kindle Edition.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice twists 21 May 2014
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
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The story line was good as usual but I had a hard time reading due to the fact that the time kept on switching in the book, or referring to a time in future that didn't happen yet. For example, the Devil found a mirror that hasn't been invented yet. He wanted to go to earth so he dressed up as John Wayne and ended in the 1600's. Okay so if glass mirrors haven't been invented yet then how does he know about John Wayne. Just little issues like this brought the Star rating down. Even though I really want to give it a two star I gave it a three since I like twisted fairy tales.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Point of View 18 Dec. 2012
By Coffee Bean Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like how the author weaves together fact and fiction - fairy tales, mythology, nursery rhymes and true history. This one didn't really do it for me writing-wise - the Devil sounded very immature and inauthentic (something that has been the case with other characters but I wrote it off as their age or life experience, but this is the Devil we're talking about, I expected more). But, the plot was strong and enjoyable, albeit slightly silly in places.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 28 Dec. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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You must read ALL of the prequels. If this is what the main books are going to be like, I am hooked and will preorder them all now please.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mary Mary quite contrary 28 Mar. 2016
By Lauren Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked how the author was able to bring in Elizabeth bathory into the story. I have always been interested in her story, especially since she was a real person.
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