Title: Ashes To Ashes & Cinder To Cinder
Series: Grimm Diaries, Prequel #2
•Source: Won @ Reading Until Dawn
•Publisher: Indie Author
•Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Opening Line: Dear Diary, The remains of the dead witch's skeleton were found in a small town near Venice in Italy.
Seventeen-year-old Alice Grimm lives a dangerously enchanted life. Other than being distracted by a Dreamhunter called Loki Blackstar who has a heart of gold but acts like a jerk, she has a job to do. Being a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, she is one of few in the world who can locate the fairy tale characters and remind them of who they are. This time, Alice flies to Venice where an 800 hundred year old witch's skeleton surrounded with seventeen glass slippers was found by archeologists in the city that invented the art of glassblowing. When Alice and Loki follow the lead, they find one of the fairy tale characters she had been searching for. It's a famous girl character that you know by name, but never really knew what actually happened to her.
This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series.
I loved the idea of this story. Taking Cinderella's glass slipper and tying it into the actual history of glassblowers in Venice was genius. Unfortunately that's where the love ends. Ashes To Ashes & Cinder To Cinder has a distracting amount of grammatical errors and the point of view is that of an overly dramatized, cliched version of the "typical" teenager.
"If the corpse snores while we are in her dream, shoot it. I can't stand snoring humans, dead or alive."
"What if you snore?"
"Easy. Shoot me."