Title: Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies #1)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Synopsis: “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.” (Goodreads)
I hadn’t heard much about this book before diving in. I did know that the second book was coming out soon and since it was going to be a long wait at the library I checked Amazon.
Guess what? I bought the hardback for under $6!
Since it was such a good deal, I knew I needed to just go ahead and read it once it arrived. Let me tell you, it blew my expectations out of the water. I enjoyed reading about the magic in Paris, the beasties, and finding the goblins to be quite interesting! I’ve already rambled on enough so let’s get into it!
The book introduces us to three different factions:
The Beasties: Animals turned into Human for the purpose of servitude
The Pretties: Normal everyday humans with technology, cars who are just like us
The Haute: Magic users such as witches and the goblins
The main character Anouk is a beastie and works for a witch, Mada Vittora, who doesn’t let her leave the house ever. Although Mada Vittora can be cruel, Anouk is always loyal and in a way loves her as a mother because she is all she has ever know, minus the other beasties and Viggo, the witch’s son (but not really her son).
Anouk in the beginning was very timid and rarely spoke out but throughout the book she has such great character development and we really see her coming into her own. I loved reading about her choices and the consequences that came with them. I don’t want to say too much more about her because I don’t want give anything away!
As for the other beasties, at times I wasn’t sure if I liked or hated some. Cricked was a likable character from the beginning because she is sassy, loves to fight, and is just overall an intimidating character. Beau and Hunter Black were the ones I went back and forth with. Hunter Black did grow on me by the end but Beau is still in the iffy stage. This leaves only one more to talk about, Luc. Since he wasn’t a part of a majority of the book I don’t have many feelings towards him. He sparked a lot of the plot and the choices Anouk had to eventually make so in a way we wouldn’t have a story without him. I wish I could say more about them but again, I am trying to keep this spoiler free. Either way, they are a great group of characters all with different personalities.
Now, for the last characters I will discuss. Viggo and Prince Renner were both very interesting characters that I kept going back and forth with. Were they evil? Did they want what was best? One had some redeeming qualities and eventually grew on me but if you want to know which one it was, you’ll have to read the book for yourself! I can’t end the conversation about characters without mentioning the goblins. They were fun, weird, and quite fashionable! I loved everything about them and hope they get more page time in the sequel.
The plot was wonderfully crafted and full of twists and turns I didn’t see coming. Every time I found myself reading about one I found myself having a shocked face. The magic was interesting and one that I feel is different from the rest. I have never read a book with something like the Beasties and they were fantastic to read about. I also thought there were some good lessons hidden away in the pages of this book as well.
Overall, I am glad I decided to purchase this book because it is a story that I will remember. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel!