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 (From Goodreads)
Thank you HMH Teen for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
This was a slow burning, masterfully crafted world building, incredible read. I loved it, and I loved my little Beasties! I came into this book thinking it would be a light, fluffy, YA fantasy. I came away learning that this book was so much more. I loved the atmosphere, the friendships, the lessons in life, and love. It was dark and delicious, and I cannot believe I have to wait so long for book number two, because honestly I NEED it right now!
I appreciated the creativity that went into this book, and how the magic society had its own classes. I however am #TeamBeasties they understood, life, love, family, and how important it was. Such a beautiful story, as I sit here writing this review, my mind keeps repeating parts that I’ve read, and I just want to gush about them, but also don’t want to spoil anything. I love Shepherd’s writing style, and I am anxious for more. Not to mention how stunning is this cover??
Now coming to the end of this book, and the journey I just went on, it punched me right in the feelers. I couldn’t believe the way it was ended, and part of me is pissed off I read it so early, making me wait for the second book insanely long. I’ve got to see what Anouk does, and cannot wait to see her become powerful, and love triangle? Yeah, I am here for that!
“You thirst for magic so you can exact revenge. You want to destroy, to tear down. I see it in your eyes.”
“And what’s wrong with that?”
“Nothing, my dear, as long as you don’t mind living in a broken world.”