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Book Review: The Sisters Grimm Series

Sadie Quimby

Posted on November 14, 2020 18:36

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Instead of reviewing one book, I'm recommending the whole series: it may have been years since I read these books but I still remember them fondly.

Often I read a book every week, as a habit, but I didn’t read much this past week. So instead, I’ll be making a review of an old favorite series. The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley may be middle-school level but it’s adventurous and fun.

The first book is called The Fairy-Tale Detectives, which really sets the tone for the series. It turns out, the characters from fairy tales are real, and they’re all living in a small town in upstate New York. The main characters are two sisters, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, who are sent to live in that town with their grandma after their parents mysteriously disappear.

The relationship between the two sisters forms the heart of the series, and it’s one reason why I loved it so much growing up. Me and my sister could relate to the sisters and had fun comparing ourselves to both of them. 

Also, the fairy tale characters are a treat to read about. What Rick Riordan did with the Greek gods in Percy Jackson, Buckley does for fairy tale characters. There’s a pretty good variety of characters you get to meet throughout the series. Most of them are from traditional Western stories, but a few characters are Shakesperian or from other classic stories. 

Unlike the Percy Jackson series, which is often pretty humorous, the Sisters Grimm series is quite dark in tone. That isn’t to say that there aren’t funny parts, but fairy tales are pretty twisted, and any books that somewhat accurately capture their spirit will be at least a little ominous. In my opinion, that just adds to the fun.

There are nine books in the series, and you get to see the characters get older and slightly wiser. Gradually the plots of each book become more intense, but the escalation makes sense in that it all feels like one big story, by the time you finish the series. 

When I finally feel like I have the time to read again, I think I’ll reread this series. There’s something very comforting about rereading a beloved old series when the world outside seems full of darkness. If you have the time, I’d recommend revisiting one of your favorites.

Sadie Quimby

Posted on November 14, 2020 18:36

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