The Grimm Diaries Prequels


Cameron Jace is hilarious. With The Grimm Diaries Prequels, he is putting wicked awesome back in fairy tales. And I’m delighting in the results. The collection of short story-like entries, told from the point of view of characters from Jace’s upcoming Snow White Sorrow and other books, gives hints into the lives, motivations, and alternate histories of some of our most beloved (and hated) mythical figures.

I’ve read all the prequels, there are ten of them as of right now, and I’m in total reading lust with Jace’s take on Peter Pan, The Bloody Countess, Death, The Devil, Rumpelstiltskin, Dracula, the moon… fine, so I’m infatuated with them all. I have a feeling that if you enjoy fairy tales as much as I do, and appreciate things that exist outside the box, you will see exactly I’m so enchanted by the diaries ;-)

The prequels are inexpensive, so I was going to purchase a couple of copies to give away. I contacted Cameron to tell him about my plans, and he was happy to provide 3 copies of The Grimm Series Prequels 1-6 for the reading (roaring?) pleasure of 3 of my luckiest Wicked Darlings. How cool is that? 

To Enter the Giveaway:
Leave a comment telling me who is your favorite fairy tale character, and why you like him or her so much. 

For Extra Entries (one entry each):
- Become a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture)
- Like Cameron Jace’s Facebook page 
- Follow Cameron Jace’s blog
*This giveaway ends on Feb 3rd; winners will be announced the next day.

Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder” is my favorite prequel, but this is the cover I like best:
 Here are all the covers for The Grimm Diaries Prequels 1-6. Aren’t they precious?

P. S. Jack is awesome. Someone should write a book (or 13) about him. Don’t believe me? Ask Marmalade.

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58 comments:

  1. I always had a thing for Rapunzel...but to be honest it was all about the hair. Could never understand what her problem was with living in the tower, and I have no idea about her background or character...just wanted that hair lol :D
    p.s. you could still join in the artful readers challenge, it's running all year, and I'm sure you have just read a book or two in january lol :D XXX

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    1. Oh, you will love Rapunzel in The Grimm Diaries Prequels. Let's just say that she is, um... special. The Little Princess loves her hair, too. She is always talking about how she wants 70' long hair lol

      Hm, I will email Darcy and see if she is okay with it. I would have to start on the February. I guess I could post Jan and Feb on the last Friday of Feb ;-)

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  2. My favorite fairytale character is the "evil" stepmother from the Snowwhite story as shown by Neil Gaiman. Of course. ^^

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    1. You will probably like Cameron Jace's Queen of Sorrow. She seems to be one of the most liked characters of the series. She is... special ;-)

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  3. Love all the characters of Snow White...such a classic tale. Snow white has some backbone...Loved the movie "Snow White and the Huntsman"! Fun!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. Well, I can't wait for you to read this version of Snow While. I was quite surprised ;-)

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  4. Oh yes please, I wanna enter the giveaway! These books sound great!
    My favorite is Red Riding Hood, and I actually have a full analysis on why:
    She's a tough little girl, taking food on her own to grandma (who also is a tough cookie, living alone in the dark forest). I lived alone in the middle of nowhere, neighboring a forest, for years before Cinnamon man came into my life.
    But the greatest thing about the story is the love/sex aspect. The wolf symbolizes raw dangerous sexual temptation, and the huntsman is the epitome of safety and manly protection. It's tricky but yummy!

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    1. Her cape is red, and she likes to run in the woods, what's not to like? This might be my favorite take on Little Red Riding Hood, ever.

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  5. Oh well, I love fairy tales and don't have a favorite. When my daughter was little though, she really liked The Frog Prince.

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    1. You can't go wrong with frogs, particularly when they royalty ;-)

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  6. Personally it was always the Little Mermaid for me. Even Hans Christian Anderson's version does it for me. It's a broody story of self-discovery even if it ends bloody. Then there was always something Anthropological about the way Ariel from the Disney version collected and studied human remains and artifacts. It was so comforting. I also feel like its one fairy tale that has not been too over done. I think I'm ready for a gritty, yet realistic portrayal of mermaids in a fantasy setting.

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    1. I enjoyed Jace's interpretation of the Little Mermaid quite a bit.

      Have you read Dreams Underfoot by Charles Lint? It is my favorite interpretation. And the setting of the tale is what I like most.

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  7. These stories sound fantastic. You always come up with great books. I can not pick a favorite, because I like them all; wicked witches and poisoned apples, what's not to love?

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    1. "wicked witches and poisoned apples," doesn't that sound like an awesome title? You should probably write it. I would read it ;-)

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  8. I love Beauty, from Beauty and the Beast (which is a variation of the Eros and Psyche myth). She needs to learn to trust the truth of what her instincts tell her rather than get tripped up by the "jealous sisters" in her life.

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    1. I love the fact that fairy tales and myth connect across cultures. I think it says something about the commonality between different peoples, which societies seem to have forgotten.

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  9. The story of Snow White & Rose Red is my favorite (the edition I reference from is 'Grimms' Tales for Young & Old, trans. Ralph Mannheim). A good heart is repaid in kind. :) I have eldest grandchild reading Michael Buckleys' 'The Grimm Sisters: Fairytale Detectives', Book 1 (out of 9). Book 3 has an 'interesting' version of Red Riding Hood.

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    1. You, my dear PetoskyStone, are a terrible influence. How am I supposed to keep myself from reading something titled "The Grimm Sisters? I hope you are rejoicing. Like I needed to add anything else to my to be read pile ;-)

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  10. I am, naturally, a Wicked Darling...

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  11. I follow C.Jaces' blog, & follow him on FB.

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  12. Cinderella has been a lifelong favorite. I have always been enchanted by magickal transformations. And, a little bit of eye for an eye retribution gives tone to the sweetness andlight.

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    1. I love Cinderella, too. Not the Disney version, but I love all the versions where she is not a wimp.

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  13. I love Rumpelstiltskin. It's one of the first fairy tales told to me as a child.

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    1. I've always tried to imagine his smile. And his little dance when he asking people to guess his name.

      You will LOVE the Rumpelstiltskin in The Grimm Diaries Prequels. Fine, I love them, but I think you might like them, too ;-)

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  14. Snow White's story always appealed to me...I had very naughty fantasies about living with all those hard-working, lean, chiseled men...:-) Prince Charming didn't do a thing for me...pah!

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    1. I think Prince Charming is better at doing things for himself. Even his smile creeps me out lol

      Oh, you need to read Fables by Bill Willingham. It is the best portrayal of Prince Charming EVER. And Snow White kicks ass.

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  15. I would have to say Cinderella was my favorite as a child, but it was the Rogers and Hammerstein version with Leslie Ann Warren. Later, I loved with Drew Barrymore played her as a strong female role model who kicked ass on her own and then chose the prince instead of him rescuing her. I probably related to her as the oldest child who had to take care of her siblings due to an absentee mother. I'll definitely be checking out this author and his works. Thanks!

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    1. I watched Ever After: A Cinderella Story at least twice a year. And every time I do, I must jump to my feet and practice my, um... sword movements lol. I do love that portrayal of the usually meek Cinder Girl ;-)

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  16. How did I not know about Jace?? Thank you darling!
    And thank you for telling me about the giveaway! :-)

    Hmmmm, favorite fairy??? Gotta be Rapunzel, all that wickedly lovely hair... but no, maybe it's Beauty and the Beast because we have both beauty and beast inside each of us...or maybe Cinderella, I always wanted to be the fairy godmother, all that power in the flick of a wrist.... Speaking of which, if you have not read Carolyn Turgeon's Books Godmother (Cinderella from the perspective of the fairy godmother,) and Mermaid (really interesting twist on Little Mermaid), you must do so! She has another coming out in August about Rapunzel (as Snow White's stepmother).

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    1. I just checked out Carolyn Turgeon's Books and I love the covers. I must check them out. I always enjoy alternate points of view. I feel they tell the whole store.

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  17. I'm not sure I could nail down a favorite... I do have a thing for Cinderella though... But I'm like you... I love fairy-tales of any form!

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  18. I love faerie tales, you couldn't tell right? I love the little mermaid, didn't see that coming either right? =]

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    1. Faerie tales and mermaids? No, never. Although your Writing from Faerie made think think that, maybe... ;-)

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  19. Hello Magaly! Could I give this giveaway a go?
    I've got two favourites.
    1) Bigby, the Big Bad wolf from Fables. I thought it was a rather neat idea on the Big Bad Wolf to try and redeem himself. And the way he interacts with Snow White always had me giggling to myself.
    2) I'm not sure how I came across it originally, but I liked Ani from 'The Goose Girl' by Shannon Hale - It was inspired by the Brother Grimm's tale.
    Does it matter that I don't like the traditional Fairy Tales but rather the different takes on them? I mean, I know the originals, but I never really liked them that much.
    Anyway, have a fantastic day!

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    1. I'm not extremely fond of the original (or traditional) fairy tales. The truth is that my firsts ventures into writing where my efforts to find better ends (and motivations) for both fairy tales and Bible stories ;-)

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  20. I absolutely adore fairy tales. But to pick a favorite...that's pretty hard. I guess Little Red Riding Hood, she got to hang out in the woods and meet a wolf. But seriously, what kind of mother lets her child go alone into the woods where wolves are known to roam? That's the real reason people had lots of kids, so there were spares. ;)

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    1. When you read The Grimm Diaries Prequels, your question will be answered. And I feel you'll love it ;-)

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  21. And now I'm following his blog. Ooo, I hope I win, thanks for this!

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  22. Intresting I will have to check out these books. ;)

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  23. Wow! This is a tough one! I've always been a fan of the wicked witches but I have a special place in my heart for wolves -- big, bad ones.
    I've also signed up to be a Wicked Darling and I've liked Jace's page and blog. I think that's everything. :D

    Daelynn

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    1. There is something about wicked witches that warm the heart lol. I've always said the wolf was framed ;-)

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  24. My favorite fairy tale character has always been a tie between the witches from the Wizard of Oz (probably because I have a bit of both in me!)
    The Wizard of Oz has just continuously resonated with me throughout my life. It's a long story, but it started when I was an infant. I almost passed away after birth, and there's a photo that shows me in what others thought were my final hours (and they thought it was going to be that easy to get rid of me-ha!) Anyway, my older sister, who has now passed, had given me a small wind up music box that played "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". I actually didn't notice until I was about 19, and well into my fanatical obsession with it. It only reinforced my beliefs, of course ;)

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    1. Oz is very beloved on this blog (and in my heart). I don't know if you took a look at the sidebar (or if you have a blog), but a dear friend of mine love Oz as much as you do. She is hosting a blog party on March 15th, here is the link and in case you want to take a look-see ;-)

      http://lindaomasoldebaggsnstuftshirts.blogspot.com/2013/01/celebrate-oz-2013-sign-up-page.html

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  25. I liked Mr. Jace's FB page!

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  26. I follow Cameron Jace's blog!

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  27. Followed Cameron's blog. Bit of eye candy there, mmmm? ;-)

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  28. I'd follow my Magaly to the ends of the earth while balancing a glass of wine on my head.

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    1. I totally love you, my Green Witch! lol

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  29. My favorite fairy tale character is the wicked witch of the west from Oz. She is so misunderstood...go team green. ;-)

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    1. What's not to love? Now if I could only keep her from melting...

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