Prince Charming Must Die (The Grimm Chronicles #1) by Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky
Published: April 2010 by Brew City Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.
Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message:
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.
With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose’s spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller’s boy found true love.
Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.
Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.
As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret.
Technically, I am reading the complete series but I decided to go ahead and write my reviews as I finish reading each book. Especially since there are over 10 of them, and I’ll most likely forget details from each one for a decent review.
“I should have known Edward was too good to be true”
What drew me into this book was that it was a different take on the Grimms’ fairy tales we all know and love. This first one centers around Alice and her journey to acceptance on being the hero and taking out Prince Charming before something bad happens. This was definitely set up as an introduction to the whole series. We get to see Alice’s life before she becomes a hero, and then how she comes to finally believe everything that the rabbit tells her.
For an introduction to a series, it wasn’t that bad. It could have been a little longer, because the ending felt a tiny bit rushed. I hope in the following books that there are more fairy tales incorporated into one book rather than one story per book.
Overall, this was a great start to the series. I can’t wait to see what the other books have in store for Alice and the rabbit.