Title: Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)
Author: Megan Shepherd
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.
From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.
Grim Lovelies: ★★
In the streets of Paris, magic rules all. The Haute, a social class made up of magical witches and goblins have power over all other social classes. Pretties, humans who live alongside the Haute, live unbeknownst to the magic surrounding them. Then, finally, Beasties…animals forbiddingly turned into humans in order to serve the Haute.
Anouk, Beau, Cricket, Luc, and Hunter Black are the Beasties Mada Vittora turned from animals to humans. Witches have human “sons” who they use the blood of in order to attain more power for casting spells. Mada Vittora’s son, Viggo, is as rotten as the witch who keeps the Beasties as slaves. One day, Mada Vittora is murdered, and the Beasties have three days to find another witch to cast the Beastie spell on them or they will be turned back to the animals they were once more.
I just didn’t buy this story. The romance came out of nowhere and wasn’t believable. Anouk could make every mistake there is and somehow she always overcame it…and with such perfection. I mean, no training and able to perform magic no one else in the whole word can achieve after their whole life being devoted to it?! Come on! Probably one of the most annoying things is Beau calling her “Cabbage”. I don’t even know how it came about and who would want a nickname of a smelly vegetable?!
Not surprisingly, Shepherd created more likable characters that saw much more growth than the “good guys”. Viggo probably ended up being my favorite character. But, even then, they weren’t even real villains. They were so wishy-washy and so easily manipulated for good. I mean, Anouk, pretty much caused more harm to the protagonists than the villains even did. Or, even the side characters.
I was really excited for something a little darker for once, but this fell flat for me. I didn’t care for any of the protagonists and for someone who is a big fan of villains, even these didn’t seem to hit the spot. Hopefully other people enjoyed this more than I did! The premise for the next installment seems promising? Maybe? Hopefully?