Book: Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
Summary: Sabrina and Daphne Grimm spent the year and a half after their parents's disappearance sneaking out of horrible foster homes. So they would be excited about moving to Ferry Port Landing to live with a woman claiming to be their grandmother if it weren't for the fact that their grandmother is dead. But when they discover the woman is telling the truth, they learn that their parents lied about a whole lot more than their grandmother's death.
The Brother's Grimm weren't storytellers, they were historians and Ferry Port Landing is the home to many of the worlds most famous EverAfters (fairy tale creatures if you don't want to be PC). Now Sabrina and Daphne must learn to navigate this new world of magic and legends, especially if they are to stand a chance of rescuing the grandmother they have come to love.
Characters: Sabrina and Daphne are real kids and easy to relate to and root for. Sometimes obnoxious, they are also funny, adventurous, and trying their best to hide the pain of losing their parents. The characters they meet in Ferry Port Landing are a bit more eccentric, but a lot of fun. Granny Relda serves the girls neon colored foods and her house is filled with books. Puck is the young trickster king who enjoys annoying Sabrina a little too much.
Plot/Pacing/Structure: The story moved quickly and always kept my attention. I enjoyed the mystery that was resolved in the book, even though I knew how it would end. The series mystery was sprinkled in just enough to get me interested, without being overwhelming for a first book. There was lots of action, but the reimagining of familiar EverAfters kept my interest no matter what else was happening in the book.
Moments I Loved: To avoid spoilers, I'll be vauge, but just know I'm about to be vague if you don't want to risk it. At the end of the book, the sisters must team up with someone who is definitely not an ally in order to defeat a common enemy. I LOVE moments like this and it was handled really well in this book.
Puck. Everything with Puck. Puck, Puck, Puck. He is my favorite character and when he announced he was moving in to Granny Relda's house... priceless.
WTF Moments: Puck can shape shift and he turns himself into a fly. Totally in line with his character, but... gross!
Overall: I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first time I read it. It is fun and has such a fresh take on fairy-tales. Since I've read the eight books that are already out, I enjoyed some moments more, because I knew many of the big reveals that come later in the series. .
Reading Challenges: This book counts toward the following challenges: 284 pages toward the 15,000 page challenge, Support Your Local Library, and Read Me Baby One More Time. Track all my progress on my 2012 Challenges page.