Title – The Sisters Grimm
Author – Menna Van Praag
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre – (New Adult) Urban Fantasy
Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .
As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.
To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father’s soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming.
So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.
First Thoughts ✨
I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere and vibe of this book. It really shows off an eeriness, and almost pale feeling to these characters. You can see that they’ve all gone through something, they felt real, which I loved. The setting of Cambridge was perfect and I loved learning a little about this city as the novel went on. The start was really impressive.
This novel’s story was so unique the premise of gates, a different world, dreams and the moon all made up to be a great magical system. They all worked together to create a seamless and what seemed like a solid, century old magic system. The writing of this book was quite lyrical and at points the story did slow and a lot was explained – but I felt like it was worth it in the end.
It was so refreshing to see four different female leads. I feel like female characters, especially in NA/YA, can feel shoe horned into certain stereotypes (ultra-badass, super princess, rouge bandit, etc), but I think Menna Van Praag did a superb job in writing four completely different female protagonists. They all had their own story to tell, their own unique personalities. I loved Scarlett in particular both all four girls were so fun and at sometimes really sad to read about.
Last Thoughts 💭
The end of this book was magnificent. I loved what all the build up lead to. I loved that we felt for each character involved due to the length and descriptiveness of this novel. I highly reccomend picking this one up.
Thank you Papercharm for sending me an ARC for review.
Thanks for reading – Nick.