Title: Grim Lovelies
Author: Megan Shepherd
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.
Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.
I have a weakness and that weakness is Young Adult Fantasy books. I just can’t get enough of them so when I saw the synopsis for Grim Lovelies I knew I needed to read it. So here we are. I’m not sure how this happened but I forgot that France is one of my least favourite settings. I just am not a fan of the ambiance if you will so this wasn’t what I expected. It’s my own fault how did I miss that Eiffel Tower on the cover *facepalm*.
The characters were a rag tag bunch that really came together as a family. Their race against the clock brought back fairytale elements fans will love. I liked seeing Anouk’s growth from shy and timid, great character development!
One aside is the writing seems more geared toward younger readers. I feel this would cross reference really well as a middle grade. Definitely was expecting something more darker on my part so a solid 3.5 stars from me!
**Thank you HMH Teen for sending me a copy for an honest review.**