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Grimm House Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-09 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 21 user ratings
ISBN:0986416479
LANGUAGE:English

" I won this on Good Reads.“Grimm House” by Karen McQuestion is a charming, captivating book for the middle school sect. It reminded me of an update for “Hansel and Gretel”. The main character, Hadley is an intelligent, resourceful child who kept me rooting for her. Break the enchantment and overcome the bad witches is just what I needed. My granddaughter will love this. " said.

" I was so excited when I was selected to listen to Karen McQuestion's new book. I really enjoyed it very much. It had just enough creepiness that it wouldn't be scary, but enough to hold your interest. I think that both kids and adults will love this book. I do have to say that the narrator was awesome, she made this book just come alive. " said.

" A girl who loves dance so much that it draws the attention of two witches. She finds herself stuck in Grimm House with the two old women who claim to be her aunt's. She also makes some interesting friends along the way and has to work hard to outsmart the witches and find her way home. Will she still be able to dance with as much passion when all is said and done? I'm looking forward to giving this to my granddaughter and hearing her feedback. " said.

"Grimm House
4.5

Hadley's parents win a cruise, and will be gone for ten days while her neighbor Zoey babysits. Hadley is a dedicated dancer, and even has an empty room designed for her to practice. There is an abrupt knock at the door when a woman tells her that she is her great aunt on her mother's side. The woman, Maxine, continues to explain that Hadley's parents' ship is missing and that she will stay with her until her parents were located. Hadley soon becomes a cook and made for her great aunts Charmane and Maxine. As if this wasn't bad enough, Hadley soon finds out there is something even more sinister in Grimm House.

Wow this book blew me away. The amazing imagery played like a movie in my mind. I listened to the audio version. I've said this before but it doesn't make it less true, some stories are meant to be shared out loud. This is definitely one of them. The narrator adds to the story beautifully. The narrator was perfect for this story. I loved the ending. It was perfect. Don't be fooled into thinking this book is only for children. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale.
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"The Grimm House by Karen McQuestion is masterfully written in a way that will automatically send readers deep inside the book. I highly recommend this phenomenal story to readers worldwide. It doesn't matter what your age is...this novel will blow readers away with it's mysterious plot and the suspense of what happens next...

The danger is real and there are two crazy mean aunts and one little girl. This is definitely for fans of The Series of Unfortunate Events as well as Goosebumps. Eerie, dark, and brilliantly wrapped up for readers entertainment is Grimm House. For those who remember James and the Giant Peach, this story starts out similar to that but with a more haunting theme that leaves readers sweating with fear...

Karen McQuestion has written this novel with many themes in mind. Love, courage, and friendship are just a few of these. Once you read this book, you won't want to put it down. A young who is left with her two aunts is stuck to a life of hardship and mistreatment. She happens find friends in an unusal way...I absolutely loved this thrilling adventure. Overall, I highl recommend the Grimm House to readers worldwide. I can't wait to see what Karen McQuestion comes up with next!
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I listened to the Audible audio version of this book.

"What An Awesome Story, Needs More Than Five Stars"

Wow! GRIMM HOUSE was an incredibly good story. It was riveting from beginning to end and I couldn't stop listening. It was perfectly balanced with sweet (Hadley) and sour (the aunts) with some unexpected twists throughout. I loved this now as an adult, and I would've loved it as a kid. Even the animated characters (the roaches), usually unlikable critters were amazingly penned. I'm in awe at the talent of the author KAREN McQUESTION and look forward to other books by her. She's definitely on my 'author to watch' list. This was a true GEM. Grimm House was fun, exciting, thrilling, and visually captivating. I'd definitely recommend giving this a listen.

STACEY GLEMBOSKI brought this story to full circle with her excellent narration. She has a delightful voice and superb inflections and tone. She proved to be a very skilled voice actor and I hope to hear more from her in the future. She took a great book to a whole other level.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
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Sneaky and Twisty With A Very Clever Pay-Off

This book is novella length, but it is so briskly paced it feels more like a long short story. That's fine because the characters, the plot, the twists, and the ending are just right for a fast, fun read, and it seems to me that the book would not be well served by being padded out. (Can you think of any classic Twilight Zone episodes that would have been better if twice as long? Nope. Same thing.)

From the description this feels like it's going to be a young-girl-in-peril story, with maybe an escape from the dark Grimm House, or some sort of magical confrontation with evil. But it's a lot more than that. Again, it has that Twilight Zone zig-zag unexpected, but maybe suspected, satisfying solution kind of feel. MILD NON-PLOT SPOILERS. There is a message about nurturing and following your passion, which I never saw coming and which fits rather gracefully and seamlessly into the story. There are unexpected allies of the endangered heroine, who develop into something much more interesting than expected. There are a number of loose ends that all get tied up at the end in a cascade of very clever epilogue-like details.

The writing is clear and direct, with enough detail and description to flesh out the tale; but the emphasis is on moving the narrative along and this plot develops at a very fast pace. There are bits of humor and some amusing asides, but that's just for spice. This isn't a zany or funny style tale. Our heroine is an independent can-do sort, with no whinging or mopiness. She may be pretty young, but she's made of sterner stuff than even she imagines, and a good deal of the story revolves around her taking stock, figuring out her situation, and coming up with a plan of action. To me, that sort of heroine is just fine for the 7 to 11 reader.

So, this ended up being a pleasant, well crafted, assured, and unexpectedly entertaining read. (Please note that I found this book while browsing kindleunlimited freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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" I LOVED this little book! Such a great middle grade story! I recommended it to a friend of mine for her daughter, and plan to have my son read it. Just the perfect amount of creepy scariness! " said.

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