Hi, there! Good night 🙂 I’ve been pretty busy this week, it’s insane. I hope things go slower tomorrow or I may just pass way from exhaustion, haha!
I’m here today to review a book that I got from Bewitched Book Tours in exchange for an honest review: Grimm and White, first book from the Heartless series, by Emily Ann Hansen! Thanks for my review copy, let’s go 🙂
How far would you go to save your own life? Would you kill the one you love?
I want you to put your hand over your heart. Press down against the skin, meld your fingers into the flesh, and listen to the beats. Can you hear how that one organ is keeping you alive? One pump. Two pumps. Three.
Alice White Cabot would consider you lucky. She can press down in that same exact spot and she would feel … nothing. She is under the curse of the Heartless, and on her nineteenth birthday she will have to rip out the heart of the one she loves or she herself will die.
Kallin Grimm is a regular nineteen-year-old guy from the Chicago suburbs. He’s completely normal, except for the strength he can’t explain. Not to mention, Kallin is in love with a girl that he has never met. The only means of communication between the two of them is through an enchanted journal. Whatever is written in one can be seen in the other. For the past year Allie and Kallin have shared their secrets and their souls, which is why Allie knows they can never be together. It is the only way to keep his heart safe.
Enter the dark world of curses, secrets, and a history as old as time. The novel opens on Allie’s eighteenth birthday. With one year left, she, along with her best friend Miles set off from California to find out more about the curse, her past, and to stay as far away from Kallin Grimm as she can. Their first lead is in Chicago. Maybe this curse is stronger than she thinks. Tick-Tick-Tick.
Who would you choose?
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂
So, this book has an awesome and very original concept that made me rearrange my reading schedule this month, so I could review it. Unfortunately, it didn’t live to my expectations and I was let down from chapter two, as the time in this book is really weird. We start at the present, go to the past, back to the present, switch narrators and narrative styles from a chapter to another… Even with the headlines warning the reader about the change, I still felt lost and confused for a good portion of the book 😦 Still, I don’t regret picking it up and the world building was awesome, so four stars 🙂
So, I spoiled the narrative style. Sorry, haha! Anyway, I liked both Alice and Kallin, so I was okay with their first person parts and I like third person, but I didn’t like the mix. I feel that the author wanted her reader to understand the story from all possible angles and still feel doubts about their theories regarding the Heartless, but honestly? Stick to one style. One chapter made in third person among the whole book is okay, but this insane mix got my head spinning 😦
The plot was very intriguing and I have to say that the world building and the new fairy tale concept were my favorite things about Grimm and White and the strongest points in the book. I also enjoyed Hansen’s writing style, she had some really true and deep lines! Later on, I’ll edit this review and leave my favorite ones – sorry, it’s only my second full week at work. I’m positive things will go back to normal after this month!
The characters were very well built and I was surprised with the little things that Hansen told us about Grimm and White, how real she made them. I was moved my White’s condition and could relate a lot with her. I mean, what are we leaving on this world when we die? She wanted to make a difference as much as she could and so do I. This book awoke a great deal of reflections for me, haha!
Overall, if you enjoy fairy tale retellings, macabre elements and heart-warming characters, you should give Grimm and White a go 🙂
Thanks for reading my review 🙂 Bellow there is info on where to find the book and about the author!
Emily Hansen is a writer currently living in Baltimore City. She grew up in Illinois and will always call Chicago home. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Fiction. She is a 9th grade English teacher. She became a writer because she thinks that people should not have to look far to find magic in their lives. Her obsessions range from depressing poetry to one or ten cups of coffee a day. Grimm and White is her first novel.
That’s it, thanks for reading the whole post! And thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for my spot on this tour!