Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1) by Megan Shepherd

Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch ...

Details Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)

TitleGrim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)

  • C.G. Drews
    I'll be doing a full review of this later (I SWEAR, OK) but this was really deliciously magical and addictive and I ended up reading 2/3rds of it without stopping?! Which is unusually for my lengthen attention span. So pls prepare yourself for☆ magic and witches and enchantments but in a modern setting☆ Paris!!☆ staying to eat pastries > running for your life☆ dysfunctional family squad dynamics☆ villains grudgingly doing good omg☆ so...
  • may ➹
    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO I LOVE BEING SO ANGRY ABOUT THE BURY YOUR GAYS TROPE IN THIS BOOK THAT I DROP THE RATING TO ONE STAR!!!!!!!review to come Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! This does not affect my opinion in any way.
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I think this one will be very appealing to those on the younger end of the YA spectrum. I'm not sure where my expectations came from, but I was certain this would be darker and more mature than it was, and the failing of those expectations were solely on my end. While the idea was superb, it seems that the story fell a bit short for me, mainly due to the fact that I found this entire book to be mostly a setting up for the following stories that m...
  • Megan Shepherd
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  • mith
    find this review and others on biscotto's books!---I… don’t remember much about this novel, and that’s honestly the first problem with Grim Lovelies. While the idea of the book is so cool, the end result leaves a lot to be desired.I will say this though—I’m excited about where it could go. The ending left me with ideas of where Anouk’s story could go next, who she could be. Most of the novel, I experienced her grow from this innocent ...
  • Femke (booksfemme)
    This was a very enjoyable read, but it didn't manage to intrigue me as much as I had initially hoped. It might also be that I just wasn't in the mood for reading, but I'm not sure. The characters are quite lovely but I feel like some of them lacked depth. The story itself is cute, but I recommend it more for younger YA readers.
  • Victor Dixen
    Can you remember the mice changed into footmen to conduct Cinderella’s coach? The animals-turned-into-humans have left no names in the many fairy tales where they appear. They remain faceless silhouettes, sentenced to serve the wizards and witches who gave them birth.In her captivating novel, which I had the opportunity to read pre-publication, Megan Shepherd rights this wrong and finally gives a voice to those who never had one. She invites us...
  • Shelflove
    Absolutely loved this book!
  • Lisa
    The premise of this book is supposedly built on fairytales, but I really didn’t get that in the story. It’s its own beast. This book struggled with trying too hard - I felt like I could see the mechanisms behind the scenes - how the plot would go, etc. There wasn’t enough to truly pull me through the story.
  • Amy
    ARC provided by HMH via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.There we have it, folks. My first one-star rating of 2018. I am so sorry and hope I don't offend anyone with this post, but Grim Lovelies was the biggest disappointment of the year for me.Grim Lovelies is an urban fantasy set in a Paris where there are different classes of people/supernaturals:1) The Pretties: humans like us who live in the world, existing with their flashy techno...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    I really loved this book!  But it's another one that is going to be tough to review without giving anything away.  I apologize now if this is a mess. I enjoyed the writing and it the pacing was great.  It was easy to like a lot of the characters, but there were some that I didn't like.  That was kind of the point though.  There were some very questionable characters in the book.  I also really loved the magic system.Grim Lovelies takes pla...
  • Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
    Actual rating 3.5I decided to round up because even though the first half of the book was slow, it really picked up the second half and I really started to like Anouk. In a way, the story kind of felt like Cinderella because Anouk and her friends were racing to stay human before midnight, except that they were the animals instead. It was really confusing at first because I had no idea what was really going on, but the more the book went on the mo...
  • Jourdan Gandy (old.enough.for.fairytales)
    "...she stopped short when she saw the statue. It wasn't a Greek go. It wasn't a mermaid, either. Nothing nearly so lovely. Gargoyle; the word came to her. She's seen drawings of them in old books, hideous things that clung to buildings like demons, and a pang of disappointment hit her...she was foolish. She started to turn back toward Beau, but then the gargoyle's mouth caught her eye. It had an odd curl to the stone. Almost...a smile." Before ...
  • Natverse
    I saw Megan Shepherd's name attached and knew it was going to be a well-written book, but it was also wild. If you want elements of magic, histories of magic and magical beings, and some good old fairy tale twists (the beasties turned human of everyone's favourite fairy tales), then really have to look no further. What really struck this as a 5-star book over 4, however, was that it did not fall into all the little tropes and predictable traps I ...
  • Jennifer Parr
    3.5 stars. This wasn't bad and I'll be sure to check out the sequel.
  • Britt
    Imagine a book written by the mice from Cinderella, while they were human… and then add Paris, magic, witches, royals, goblins, and some darkness.Grim Lovelies is about 5 beasties -animals that have been whispered into humans, told from the view of a shy, quiet girl named Anouk. Beasties’ lives are tied to the witch that created them. When they lose their witch, the beasties are in a race against time to find another spellcaster to keep them ...
  • Bethany
    The cover is gorgeous, but a "too dumb to live" heroine AND love interest, along with what feels like a rehashed plot made this a less than enjoyable read for me. While it isn't a bad book, nothing about it felt fresh, I didn't care for the characters, and I wasn't terribly intrigued by the world either. While this may work for some, it just fell a bit flat for me. Grim Lovelies is a YA fantasy novel sent in Paris, premised on a world with a secr...
  • Melie
    Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC (advance uncorrected proof to be more precise). I should disclose upfront that after I started reading the book, the author made a call for artist to which I've applied. I'm currently creating promotional material for Megan Shepherd but I felt bad not writing a review after being given access to the book. Grim Lovelies is a happy blend of several of my favourite book subjects...
  • Giota (the reader)
    [I got the ARC of Grim Lovelies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review].This was a super fast read for me, although dark and lush. I couldn't put it down and the end (cliffhanger extraordinaire) let me craving for more. Definitely recommend as it has an interesting magic system, beautiful descriptions and interesting side characters which is always a plus for me. Only drawback is that I couldn't quite relate to the main character, An...
  • Aoife
    Grim Lovelies, I really wanted to love you. I've read reviews praising you for your world building, your characters, your lush language. And you do have all of those things. I can't fault you in any way. We just...didn't click. I found you slow to get going, and even when the plot kicked in I wasn't invested. You (presumably) found me impatient. At just over 50% read, I'm releasing you. Find another reader; you'll be very happy together. Because ...
  • Melissa
    I really enjoyed this! It's a really cool, magical spin on modern Paris, but it feels anicent and witchy and mysterious. The world building is complex, but very interesting; it never feels tedious or boring. I have a lot of questions still, and I hope that they will be answered in the sequel! Because I DID NOT EXPECT IT TO END LIKE THAT.
  • Ryley (Ryley Reads)
    I'm always a little hesitant about urban fantasies, but I was willing to give this one the benefit of the doubt because the synopsis sounded really interesting. Luckily, I ended up really enjoying this one!Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always all opinions are my own.**FULL REVIEW TO COME CLOSER TO RELEASE DATE**
  • Deli Stryker
    High stakes, but the characters are so bland, I didn't care what happened to them. Minuscule character development and world building. The whole set was a blur. It appalls me how much I struggled reading this.