Review: Grim Lovelies

Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)

Title: Grim Lovelies
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Physical ARC
Rating: ★★


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.

When I first picked up an ARC of this from work I didn’t know too much about it. I just thought that the blurb sounded interesting and I liked having physical ARCs of books. Fast forward a year later, I still hadn’t read it but I did get approved for the sequel on Netgalley. I decided to read some reviews of the first book before starting and I was met with some conflicting opinions. I decided to keep the opinions in mind before I started reading. Unfortunately I ended up not liking this book as much as I had hoped.


Our main character is Anouk who honestly deserved more credit from the other characters *cough Beau cough*. She started out kind of annoying in a the whole she couldn’t seem to do anything right but over the course of the book she did get a lot better. I liked her more when she was kind of by herself doing her own thing rather than having being surrounded by other characters. She does get better in the second book.


I didn’t really think too much about the writing style while reading. It wasn’t the best nor was it the worst I’ve ever read. I tended to skim a lot because everything was moving too slowly and I wanted to get to something that was interesting, I also didn’t really like the way that Shepherd wrote action scenes. I thought they were kind of boring.

The magic system was actually pretty cool and very well explained. It was really cool reading and learning more about it. Things didn’t really get interesting until about halfway through the book which is too long for me to wait to be invested in the story. The story did get more interesting as Anouk gained more independence. I just didn’t things as much as I had hoped to.

Overall Thoughts

It was an okay book. I can see why some people were mad about some of the events that happened. However, having read the second book I’m not too mad about it. The second book was definitely better than the first. If you think you might like it then give it a try. That’s all I really have to say about it.

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