Series: A Tale Dark & Grimm #3
Published by Dutton Children's Books on October 8th 2013
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Widely praised and beloved by children, adults, and critics alike, Adam Gidwitz delivers a third serving of eerie new landscapes and fear-inducing creatures in a story sure to delight and frighten fans old and new. In the final book in the series, Adam's brilliantly irreverent narrator leads readers through a fresh world of Grimm-inspired fairy tales, based on such classics as The Juniper Tree, the real story of Cinderella, and Rumpelstiltskin.
The Grimm Conclusion is one of my most anticipated fall reads and I was excited to meet the author at a conference, where I picked up the book. On the inside of the book, he wrote "May it give you nightmares" and indeed it would. Taking some of my favorite stories, like the Juniper Tree, we find different adventures in store for a brother and sister who must fight to survive.
But beyond that, I felt like I got an insight into the head of Gidwitz himself as he brings the characters into modern day and reveals the truth behind the narrator. I love this full turn circle that makes me wish this book wasn't The Grimm Conclusion. Taking the goriest fairy tales and skewing them to follow our two main characters really works for me and I love seeing which story they will end up in as one comes to a close. I also love the heartbreak found in these tales, the promises made and broken that really tugs at the heart of the reader.
Overall, I really think that there's quite the treasure trove of fairy tales in these books and adds a narration that really brings it all together. These tales are meant to have an outside voice involved and I was surprised at the way the narrator turned out to be someone that readers could relate to, whether old or young. I also applaud him from keeping close to the old stories, even with all the wonderfully added gore involved in them.
Final Verdict: A series that you won't want to miss, The Grimm Conclusion wraps up a trilogy I am sad to see end. I hope Gidwitz's next project is just as wonderful.