It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn’t even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he’s able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since.
After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it’s been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn’t been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm.
Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion.
And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings…
Another book I was on the fence about when it comes to posting this review on Tweens Read Too or on RealityLapse.
I’ve read my fair share of Grimm books. One of my favorites was written by Michael Buckley, and the series was called THE SISTERS GRIMM. Another one I liked, but didn’t love, was Anne Ursu’s THE SHADOW THIEVES. I really enjoyed the tone of the writing to this book and Jacob’s narration. It was a lot of fun to read and the way the book flowed really spoke to me.
This book is a little bit slowly paced. Don’t get me wrong, the book itself is well-paced, the tone is just slower than I initially thought it would be. That’s not a problem for me. I loved this book. All I’m saying is that some people may not enjoy this story as much as I did because of the fact that it’s slower paced. Definitely not an instant satisfaction read.
I really loved the fantasy elements to this book. I liked Jeremy as a character and how well he seemed to fit with GInger. The only problem I had with this book was that sometimes, even though I really liked Jacob’s narration, I didn’t feel close to the characters. I felt like I just watching from the outside, if you know what I mean. Sometimes I felt like I didn’t know them. Overall, I think it turned out okay for me–actually, better than okay, mostly because I loved Jacob so much. And I really liked the ending to this story, the way everything turned out. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 384
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