18 January 2010

The Grimm Legacy; Polly Shulman

The Grimm Legacy The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked Enthusiasm and was so pleased to get an ARC of Ms. Shulman's next book. It exceeded my expectations: there's humor, some romance, fairy tales and folklore, Acts of Bravery and - best of all - librarians. (seriously. librarians.)

Elizabeth is a semi-Cinderella (wicked stepsisters are in college, and they're really more annoying than wicked), doing chores and trying to fit in at her new school. When the opportunity arises for her to work as a page at the New-York Circulating Material Repository, she takes it and that's when the adventures begin. Forget the magical aura of some of the objects: this is a pretty neat place to work, filled with pneumatic tubes with which requests are sent to the stacks and objects sent to the Main Examining Room.

And then there are the special collections... which I won't describe because of the whole spoiler issue. The adventure Elizabeth goes on, her relationships with Anjali, Marc, Aaron, Jaya and Doc Rust, and the overall feel of this book make me think this has potential for next year's awards.

ARC provided by publisher.

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