Book Review: Grimm Memories by Janna Jennings

Grimm Memories by Janna Jennings is the second book in the Grimm Tales series. This young adult series is best read in order, jumping in here might work for some, but I think knowing the background is key to fully enjoying this book. It has been six months since Quinn and her friends returned home after barely escaping Elorium in A Grimm Legacy. However, not a day has gone by where they haven’t thought about returning to save Jack. Even their dreams are urging them to return to the strange world. Falling back into the fairy tale world, they find the situation even more dire than the way they left it. Jack has disappeared, and he’s not the only one. Elorium’s citizens are near panic as characters are missing and rumors are spreading about massive creatures roaming the sky. A rising darkness is enslaving the dreamers, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to discover who is an ally. 

Grimm Memories started off slowly, which worked for me. It gives readers a chance to remember the details about the characters and their connections as they fall back into the world of the series. I really enjoyed that the characters continued to grow, and that we get to know Andi, Quinn, Frederick, and Dylan all over again. The changes in Elorium are more drastic than one might expect after a six month absence, but with Andi and Dylan having horrible nightmares they are not surprised that things are not all sunshine and roses. Others are having nightmares, and people are vanishing. When they start trying to solve the mystery behind the missing people they are drawn into a conflict that is as unexpected as it is vast. The secrets behind Elorium’s origins and the true horrors of Herrchen’s schemes come to light. While all of this is going on, Andi and Dylan continue in their teasing ways, Fredrick and Quinn continue to be adorable in their awkwardness. They all hit some series growth, and the female characters (including newly met side characters) are all strong and determined women. 

Grimm Memories continues the series with strong characters, high action, and surprises. I greatly enjoyed the book and think that young adults and adults alike can enjoy this series. 

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