GRIM LOVELIES, by Megan Shepherd, HMH TEEN (Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)


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.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.



I received this uncorrected proof in exchange for my honest review.

First off, can we say wowza about the cover! I do hope they use it for the final copy, it’s just stunning.

What a fantastic premise! Love the witchy element, the murder mystery, the adventure and gay love, quest for answers and beastie/human complexity; I love the setting and reasoning behind the characters condition and present dilemma.  I love the characters so much! They are wholesome, beautiful and engaging! Fully fleshed out, truly flawed, amazing idea and wow, great writing.

But, seriously… a cliff hanger ending?? Really? The ending, noooooooo

The author’s voice is beautiful, expected, and precise and keen and greatly talented. Again, the concept! Did I mention how profound it was? Well, it is…

I can’t wait to read more, just wish I didn’t have to wait so long to do so.

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