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 the glittering first book in a new, epic YA fantasy series. 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.
by Megan Shepherd
This was my first book from Megan Shepherd and the premise hooked me instantly. Magic, Beasties, and witches oh my! It was a good read with lots of drama and fast paced action. The entire world that Shepherd has build in Grim Lovelies was vivid and hauntingly chaotic.
The characters themselves were interesting. Anouk is a beastie, which is an animal transformed into a human by witch magic. She and 4 other beasties live with a witch who uses them as slaves. Anouk is naive and shy; she’s never stepped foot out of her home but longs to be in the world that she sees from her window. Her character, while timid, has a backbone and you see it a little throughout the novel.
The other beasties helped build the story and they each had their own purpose. Anouk’s romantic relationship with one of the other beasties, Beau, was….uneventful. There was no passion or chemistry there at all. Initially he was friend zoned and I had hopes that maybe they would be something there between her and another of the family beasties, Hunter Black, but then that definitely didn’t go anywhere because he was in love with someone else, which I really wish Shepherd had done better with that situation. Then as the story progressed I thought she’d have something with the Rennar, on of the main villains, but that was wiped out as well very soon into him entering the picture. So basically if there was going to be a romantic relationship, I wanted her to be with anyone but Beau because the romance just wasn’t there for them.
The plot itself was interesting. Megan showed some great ideas and even though I didn’t love this book, I’m excited to see where she will go. This story is set up to potentially be better as the books go on, and I truly hope that’s the case. I loved the basic premise of this title and I had very high hopes, but it just sort of fell flat in some areas. I still enjoyed it and so very grateful to have read it. I look forward to what will happen next.