Title: The Sisters Grimm
Author: Menna van Praag
Publisher: harper Voyager
Page Count: 448
Publication Date: 2020
Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Retellings, Fairy Tale
Good Reads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.32)
My Rating: ★★★★☆(3.6)
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. .
I love anything that uses Grimm fairy-tale elements but this is most definitely NOT a retelling or a Grimm twist on a traditional fairy-tale. It IS blend of gothic, Grimm-like- fairy tale, magical, and modern elements. It has betwitching roots that is filled with darkness and secrets, war, violence and unity.
“There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of sisters Grimm on Earth.
You may well be one of them, though you might never know it.
You think you’re ordinary.
You never suspect that you’re stronger than you seem, braver than you feel or greater than you imagine.
But I hope that by the time you finish this tale, you’ll start listening to the whispers that speak of unknown things, the signs that point in unseen directions and the nudges that suggest unimagined possibilities.
I hope too that you’ll discover your own magnificence, your own magic …”
Aside from the enjoyable lyricism scattered throughout the book and fantasy/fairy tale element, what really hooked me was how it explores much about young women finding their real strength, following their own paths and rising up together.
The theme of sisterhood stands out the most and It is about the strength of women and what unity can bring. The main characters are diverse individuals in personality, ethnicity, sexuality, behavior and status – yet all are connected on a deeper level.
This novel is definitely a must read for women.