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.
It has been too long since I’ve read a YA fantasy novel. I loved being swept into Paris’ realm of magic and experiencing a world of beasties, witches, goblins and pretties. There is something about spells and magic that makes my soul happy. I love the concept of the novel and can see it being a best selling series.
Anouk, a young beastie (animal turned human) is a likeable and entertaining protagonist. Although her understanding of the world around is limited, the development of her character is interesting. The characters were generally likeable.
The only part in the novel, which felt disjointed was the romance element. I felt that it was an added extra and possibly unnecessary in the first instalment of the series.
The novel is well written and the plot fast paced, making it an easy read. It is clearly set up for future books and the ending was unexpected. I would recommend Grim Lovelies for YA fantasy readers. I will most likely read the next novel in the series.