The Blonde Bookworm: Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd -- Review

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd -- Review

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Title: Grim Lovelies 
Author: Megan Shepherd 
Pages: 376
Publishing: October 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers


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.


Grim Lovelies was hands down one of my favorite YA reads of the year. The setting and pace of the novel were spot on and it was so different from anything I've read before. The characters were a lot of fun and the world building was incredible. I could practically see Paris from my seat on the sofa. 

This novel had so many wonderful qualities, but I think one of my favorites was the face that the characters were in a race against time. That aspect added even more suspense to the novel and made me keep flipping page after page. I think I said "one more chapter" about 20 times! I also really loved all of the unique characters and the personality that they brought to the novel. 

All in all, Grim Lovelies was an enchanting and charming read that I would highly recommend to readers who enjoy YA fantasy. It held me captive from start to finish and I can't wait to see what Shepherd has up her sleeve for the second installment. Thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for sending a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 4/5


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