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"The Sisters Grimm" by Menna van Praag

0 out of 5 stars

Published by Harper Voyager on March 31st, 2020

496 pages

Genre: fantasy

Format: ARC

DNF page 75

"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." (Goodreads)


The plot within the first 75 pages was going absolutely nowhere. All it did was quickly bounce back and forth between perspectives trying to establish the story. Unfortunately, this strategy fell short because I was never given the opportunity to understand what was happening. Overall, I found the switching of perspective to be the only action because the actual plot was a bit slow and frankly, borning. (+0)

I got a glimpse of the world-building, but I was terribly confused the whole time. For me, it was a combination of the odd specificity of the world, and my lack of visualization. I couldn't vividly picture what was being described, furthering my loss of interest. (+0)

The writing style was a bit confusing with the descriptions and I hated the rapid change in perspective. (+0)

The organization was lacking due to the rapid perspective changes. The author clearly established who was narrating, but that was about it for my understanding. (+.5)

I also could establish a connection with the characters because I wasn't spending enough time with them. (+0)

My favorite part of this book was the idea of it. The elemental magic and four strong female characters immediately drove me to pick it up.

As you can probably tell, my least favorite part of this book was the rapid change of perspective. This would be okay toward the end of the novel with a bunch of action going on, but it was too much for me. I couldn't get to know the girls of the world to become engaged in the story.

Overall, this book has way too much going on for my liking. If you like fast-switching perspectives, elemental magic, or fantasy this one might be for you.

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