Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Sisters Grimm: The Inside Story by Michael Buckley

Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have survived many things, including the car accident that sent their parents into a coma and put them in the fostercare system. Finally taken in by their paternal grandmother, Relda, they settled down in the Town of Ferryport Landing, which, they found, was inhabited by people and creatures from Fairytales called Everafters. The Grimms were both the Prison Wardens for the Everafters and their caretakers, keeping them confined in town

But trouble was brewing in Ferryport Landing. Many of the Everafters resented the Grimms for keeping them in that small town, and some wanted to kill the Grimms and leave, while others were more charitable. If the Grimms all left town, the spell holding the Everafters there would simply disintegrate, so they sought to make the family leave.

Now, the Grimms have been fighting a cadre of Everafters known as the Red Hand, and their leader, known as the Master. It's been quite a shock to find out that the Master is actually someone that they thought of as a friend, the spirit in the mirror from Snow White. But now he has fled into a book, known as "The Book of Everafter, and worse, he has their brother, which they didn't even know existed, with him.

Sabrina and Daphne plunged into the book after him, wanting nothing more than to get their brother back. Also with the spirit of the mirror is Pinochio, who has his own reason for being part of the Red Hand and helping the Master. And the Grimms soon find out the secret of the book- it's a magical place that re-tells the tales that made the Everafters famous, and they can revisit the book to relive their own stories, like taking a vacation.

But the girls aren't interested in playing out the parts of fairy tales, and they fall afoul of the one person who keeps the stories in order: the Editor. At first, he merely wants them gone because they are messing up the stories, but soon, he sends them after Pinochio, who is causing havoc wherever he goes. But when the girls join up with Puck, who creates his own brand of mayhem wherever he goes, will the Editor be able to forgive them and help them find their brother?

The only reason why the mirror wants their brother, is that he wants to take over their brother's body so he can be human and finally leave the town. But once he has possessed their brother's body, can anything be done to evict the mirror from the boy's body? and who will end up with his spirit in the end?

Well, this was another interesting, if quick, read. The Grimms are pretty much alone for most of the book, and Sabrina finally confesses to her sister that she has lost faith in her own sense of judgement. For a long time, Sabrina has been convinced that she was always right, based on their experiences in the Foster child system. But now she's scared and second-guessing herself.

Of course, Puck shows up soon to torment Sabrina, mostly with references to their upcoming wedding. Ever since Sabrina visited the future and saw one in which she and Puck were married, he's been snarking on her about it. Now, he claims to have finally grown accustomed to the idea, and is snarking on her about their eventual wedding.

But he has grown up, and as most adults know, a boy picking on a girl means they like her. And in Puck's case, it seems to be more than like... if he'd only admit it. But Sabrina is only 12, and Puck is over 4000. And Sabrina seems to have negated the future in which they were married. But is Puck using his teasing to hide the fact that he truly likes her? We already know Sabrina does love him, because it is her kiss that revives him after eating Snow White's Apple.

This book is heading towards teen territory, but it continues the story of the Grimms very well, and I do recommend both this book, and this series, to younger readers. Recommended.

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