I know I know… She’s going to tell you here is another series you have to go out and try. Yeah.. Yeah…
The Grimm’s Circle series by Shiloh Walker is one of those series that just works for me… You have an interesting take on the whole guardian angels phenomenon but you have a great take on why fairy tales and legends were created in these books.
Book 1 – Candy Houses – 4 stars
In this book you are introduced to the Grimm and their purpose. The main pair are Greta (Gretel) and Rip (van Winkle) with a quick view of Will. Will’s story has not been written yet but he makes an appearance in all the books in the series. This story was a quick read and the moments between Greta and Rip were awesome to watch. Learning more behind why the story of Hansel and Gretel came about was a bit heartbreaking but I loved the spin on the classic fairy tales and legends as presented in this book.You also get to see the beginning of Mandy’s story and seeing her thru the books so far has been wonderful.
Book 2 – No Prince Charming – 4 stars
The main pairing in this book are Elle (Cinderella) and Michael (Prince Charming). This was a hard one as you also get to be introduced to Ren (Renfield from Dracula) who just makes you feel his pain in this HEA for the main pair. You really need to read the next one though to get the whole picture of the pain. The twist around the main pair’s history was hard to read but I loved getting to see how two people needed to let the past go to truly become alive.
Book 2.5 – I Thought It Was You – 3 stars
A quick hot read between book 2 and 3 that ties up some loose ends for Ren, Michael and Elle. Not an easy read unless you have read book 2 but needed to finish healing the main pair from book 2 and get Ren ready for his HEA in book 3. This one isn’t for those who can’t stomach the idea of a couple allowing a 3rd in to the picture even for a moment.
Book 3 – Crazed Hearts – 4 stars
I am not going to give this one away but Ren truly broke my heart in this one and I am very happy he got his HEA. You also get Will and Mandy in this book and what Mandy does will make your heartbreak even though it was needed. You also get glimpses of the other main pairs from the prior books which is a pleasant surprise.
Book 4 – Tarnished Knight – 5 stars – Pack Kleenex
This one broke my heart many times as the main pair especially the female lead have a lot of angst and issues to work thru. You also get glimpses of how Shiloh is setting up the future pairs and more views of Will and Mandy. The main pair in this one are Perci (Rapunzel) and Jack. You also get a view of her ex-husband, Luc, who was blinded and then became a Grimm. Luc and Perci have been together for over 300 years but not out of anything other than guilt from both sides. While once they were married they have been divorced for many many years but neither one has been able to sever the chains. Perci stays out of guilt and misplaced love. While I did like she was extremely loyal to Luc, I was happy to see Will force the situation to get her to see what she was doing to both of them was not fair. This would have to be my favorite one of the series so far as I know it moved me with the whole letting go theme. The HEA was very well deserved for the main pair.
Book 5 – Locked in Silence – 4 stars
In some respects this is the most intriguing version of an old tale so far in her series. The main pair is Vanya and Silence (Man in the Iron Mask). I found this very interesting in how much pain he had to go thru but how willing he was to embrace her once he made his way out of his head. This is another couple that I cannot do justice to in a review but would probably list as my second favorite pair thus far in the series. What both of them had to face in order to make their HEA possible was hard yet wonderful to read.
Book 6 – Grimm Tidings – Copy provided to me by Shiloh Walker did not influence my review – 5 stars
This is probably the book where the closest story to real person match occurs. The main pair is Jacob (Jacob Marley from Dickens) and Celine who are thrust together by, matchmaker to the Grimm, Will. Jacob is forced to take Celine under his wing as a trainee since she has burned thru others during her 4 years as a Grimm. Her story is understandable as guilt is holding her to a life that might have been rather than letting her face her true future. That being said her change to a Grimm was not a normal path and as such you can understand why she fights so hard. I liked watching the pair come to realize how much they truly needed each other but I also liked that Jacob was patient to a point with her.
Overall I would highly recommend this series and hope you will give it a try.
Now if Shiloh would just hurry up and get me more of them I’d be a happy person!!
Future pairings??? Not gonna go there but if you read them there are a couple that are already out there that I am looking forward to seeing come to fruition….