Grimm & White by Emily Hansen

Grimm & White by Emily Hansen


  • Release Date: January 24th, 2016
  • Origins: Amazon Ebook 
  • No. of pages: 273
  • POV: 1st person present, multiple POV's
  • Recommended Age: 14+
  • Genres/Themes: YA, Fantasy, Fairy-tale
  • My rating: 4/5 stars
  • Source: Ebook, provided by author in lieu of an honest review


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I want you to put your hand over your heart. Press down against the skin, meld your fingers into the flesh, and listen to the beats. Can you hear how that one organ is keeping you alive? One pump. Two pumps. Three.

Alice White Cabot would consider you lucky. She can press down in that same exact spot and she would feel…nothing. Allie does have: ten fingers and toes, one set of working lungs, a healthy liver, two small kidneys, stringy veins, long intestines, two-hundred and six breakable bones, and a big mouth. But in the empty chest cavity where the beating organ should be pulsing blood to the rest of Allie’s body, sits a void that only one person can fill. She is under the curse of the Heartless, and on her nineteenth birthday she will have to rip out the heart of the one she loves or she herself will die.

Kallin Grimm is a nineteen-year-old boy from the Chicago suburbs. He’s a regular guy who likes football, video games, and hanging out with his friend Lennon. A few exceptions break his normal routine, like the incredible strength Kallin has that he can’t explain. Not to mention, Kallin is in love with a girl that he has never met. The only means of communication they have is a pen and an enchanted journal that was given to Kallin by his father. The journal’s twin belongs to Allie and whatever is written in one can be seen in the other. For the past year they have shared their secrets and their souls, which is why Allie knows they can never meet. It is the only way to keep his heart safe.

Enter the dark world of curses, secrets, and a history as old as time. The novel opens on Allie’s eighteenth birthday. With one year left, she, along with her best friend Miles set off from California to find out more about the curse, her past, and to stay as far away from Kallin Grimm as she can. Their first lead is in Chicago. Maybe this curse is stronger than she thinks. Tick-Tick-Tick.

~What I loved about Grimm & White~

1. Unique fairytale premise!

Emily Hansen has done a masterful job of taking the classic Snow White fairytale and spinning it into modern day logistics! The beauty of this premise lies in how subtle it appears. The reader has a general idea from the first few chapters that this is a fantasy read, but you're slowly fed bits and pieces of the underlying fairytale plot until about 40-50% through the book.... when out of NOWHERE Ms. Hansen drop kicks you with a HUGE PLOT TWIST! 

If you're a fan of ABC's Once Upon A Time and Grimm, mark this book on your TBR Lists NOW! 


2. Sassy protagonist: Allie White

From page one, I LOVED the female protagonist, Allie White (yes... suspicious last name.... Hmmmmmm... *mysteriously twists imaginary mustache*).

She's sassy, witty, quick with retorts, with just enough of a temper not to be your classic Mary Sue, just enough brains not to be the damsel in distress, and just enough beauty for more then one male character to want her without her becoming the dreaded "Special Snowflake" girl that fantasy readers have come to know and dread so well. *shudders dramatically*

In total, Allie White is a BAD-ASS and I want to be her bestie! 

3. Witty, fast-paced dialogue

Dialogue tempo in a book is just as important as plot pacing! Nothing kills a book for me more then pedantic, plodding conversation between characters. Personally, I prefer a quicker, snappier dialogue, with plenty of snark, references to popular culture, and a dash of sarcasm. Communication in real life isn't slow or calculated (unless you live in Jane Austen's Regency Era... and if that's the case then I hate you). 

In this department, Emily Hansen has succeeded where many new authors have failed. My favorite moments in this book are the interactions between Allie and Miles (the trusty in-love-with-main-character sidekick), Allie and the talking mirror (HELLO?! SNOW WHITE MUCH?!), Allie and Gram, Allie and basically EVERYONE. 

4. Cover LOVE!!!! 

For those of you who know me well, you can probably guess why I'm in love with Emily's cover... I'll give you a hint. This is a pretty accurate representation of my closet:

Okay, maybe I don't have that spacious of a closet. Or white walls. Or a minimalist layout. But... I own ALOT of black clothing. And grey. And charcoal. And polka dots (only in the aforementioned colors). And of course, some jewel tone blues or wine reds added in there, just for a splash of color. But mainly black. 

So it makes sense then, looking at the cover of this book, why my heart would call to it! I'm generally not very pleased with the style of covers YA & Fantasy books have taken on currently, so this immediately likened me to reading this beautifully designed book!!

Overall, I highly enjoyed this read and would recommend it with flying colors to anyone with a penchant for fairy-tale retellings, continuations, variations, etc. This was such a creative spin on the classic Snow White story, and I can't wait to see what Emily Hansen comes up with in the second installment!

Visit Emily Hansen's website for more information regarding her Grimm & White series.

I rate this book 4/5 stars.