For 200 years, the hero's magic pen has been passed on from generation to generation. The newest hero is Alice Goodenough, an 18-year-old junior from Washington High School. While her friends spent their summer working and having fun, Alice found herself doing battle with creatures most human beings don't even realize exist. A giant snake. A blood-sucking prince. A terrifying half-man, half-hedgehog. Dastardly dwarfs intent on mind-controlling everyone
who uses a cell phone.
Now, senior year has begun. With it comes a new challenge at school, where bullies have grown bolder and classes more challenging. As if that's not enough, Alice must face off against a collection of Corrupted who all share a terrible secret, one that might awaken a creature capable of doing untold damage. To uncover the secret, Alice will have to face off against a man-eating lizard, a bloodthirsty sea captain, and a mysterious wizard who can see into the future ...
This book contains the following episodes:
Episode Four: The Orphanage of Doom
Episode five: Blood and Thunder
Episode six: The Order of the Golden Dragon
Additional features for this special edition:
- The Lost Journal of Eugene Washington
- Assorted fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm
- A Legacy of Red
Ken Brosky was born in Milwaukee. He has a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's degree in writing from the University of Nebraska. His first novel was published in fall 2007. He has more than a dozen short stories published in magazines including Skyline and World Audience.
Isabella Fontaine lives in Winsconsin with her cats. The Grimm Chronicles is her first book.
Though I ended up feeling ok about the first book in this series which contained the first three episodes I felt a bit reluctant. I had a hard time getting into the first book and was afraid about the way the authors would develop the story in these episodes. But I did not have to worry at all. The authors picked up where they left with Alice needing to get back to school for her senior year. She is having several dreams with Corrupted in "The Orphanage of Doom" and her best friend Trish is trying to hook her up with a guy named Ted. Ted is not really your dream guy and I love the way Alice tells him at some point. I like both the stories surrounding the Corrupted, there are two of them who are harassing Alice in this story. Liking them both I do not have the feeling they get enough attention. I think it would be way nicer to get more on one Corrupted than a bit of two Corrupted. What I did find disturbing though it gets better to is Alice her parents. If I would have come home in a limousine my mum would be all over me and not to tell me to clean my room.
The second book Blood and Thunder (episode 5) is really good. Finally we get just one corrupted and everything is moving towards defeating this corrupted. Alice her normal life is getting proper attention too and I like how she develops in school and with her new friends. I did hate Alice though for a big part of this episode... She hurt the feeling of the bunny rabbit... that is not right.
Episode 6 holds on to the one corrupted story though there is a lot of background with this specific corrupted. A lot of it is explained in one of the extra features, The Journal of Eugene Washington. It was very nice to get that background story. In Alice her real life a lot of things are happening too and I like the way the situations in school are treated and how the kids in school take matter in to their own hand, showing that if there is enough support (and it usually comes from people you would not always expect) you can achieve things.
I like Chase as an addition to the friends. One remark on this story though. Alice describes she thinks Constance is in Germany and later she reads a sign saying "Toverschool" which is Dutch. Two different countries and languages.
Again I loved that the original Grimm stories where there too. I did not know them all and it is nice to read what it is exactly about. I was surprised to read in the Journal of Eugene Washington that male can be heroes too. I had the idea there where only female heroes. Loved the graphics in A Legacy of Red.
The Grimm Chronicles are entertaining and a fun read for people who love the fairy tales of Grimm. I think if you know them very well it can be fun to try and guess which of the Corrupted go in which stories.
Author: Isabella Fontaine & Ken Brosky
Publisher: Brew city Press
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