Review of Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (physical arc)




Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd


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.


My Review:


I really loved this book!  But it’s another one that is going to be tough to review without giving anything away.  I apologize now if this is a mess.


I enjoyed the writing and it the pacing was great.  It was easy to like a lot of the characters, but there were some that I didn’t like.  That was kind of the point though.  There were some very questionable characters in the book.  I also really loved the magic system.


Grim Lovelies takes place in Paris, but it’s not the Paris we know.  This Paris has a lot of magic.  The Royals are at the top.  Then there are the witches that are powerful.  The Goblins are treated poorly.  There are also Beasties.  The 5 were created by a witch.  She took 5 animals and made them into humans.  These humans, Anouk, Luc, Beau, Cricket, and Hunter Black all serve the witch that created them.  This witch also has a son, Viggo, that gives her the blood she uses for her magic.  In a sense, they are all slaves to Mada Vittora (their witch).   The magic used is either done with blood or with other life, like herbs.  Witches use small amounts of blood, but they can’t take a life.  If they do, that comes back to them.


When Mada Vittora is killed, the Beasties must search for someone strong enough to recast the spell that made them human.  It is tied to the witch that created them.  They have three days before they become animals again.  Also, Luc went missing a couple weeks before, so they don’t have their typical leader.


The four of them, plus Viggo, go visit another witch that was banished.  During this time, they are tricked by different people, find allies in others, and find out more about themselves and why the Beasties were originally created.


I was surprised by some deaths that made me sad.  I really loved the ending and cannot wait to see what happens in the next book.


Thank you to HMH Teen for sending me a physical copy which I read and also Netgalley for the digital arc that I got before the physical copy.  I gave this book 5 stars.  It was fun to read and exactly what I hoped when I first read the summary.




Have you read Grim Lovelies yet?  What did you think?  If not, is it on your TBR?




Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

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