The Grimrose Girls, Laura Pohl

Three girls at an elite boarding school want to solve the death of their friend. Each girl is unique and goes about their loss in different ways. Spinning in fairy tale elements, this blends a bit of real-life with the magical. There is a character for everyone in The Grimrose Girls, someone for each of us to relate to. Even Yuki, who is a tough character to like, has her charm. She wants no part in any of this and is rude in how she goes about making her stance. Personally, her reasons don’t fit her actions, and I know there must be more to it.

The ultimate question is, why is a school that is riddled with girls dying still open? I hope that is answered in future books because no parent who pays as much as these parents do for tuition will be okay with their children dying left and right. But, as with Yuki, the book has its charm. It’s fun watching the girls piece together what is happening. It’s an enjoyable mystery that hooks readers from the start.

When I request a book from Netgalley, especially one that falls under Fantasy, I usually check to see if it’s part of a series because authors and publishers have a way of making a series a serial. Sadly, I requested this before it was labeled a book one, and I realized it wasn’t a standalone. I also understand that ARCs still have another round of editing to go through before they hit the market, but wow, my copy is filled with poor spelling and grammar, and that’s pretty rare for me. I think with a final edit, the book will hold so much more appeal. Thank you, Sourcebooks Fire, for sending this along.

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The Grimrose Girls is available for preorder on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N, it releases October 26th.

About the Book:

The Descendants meets Pretty little liars.

Four troubled friends, One murdered girl… and a dark fate that may leave them all doomed.

After the mysterious death of their best friend, Ella, Yuki, and Rory are the talk of their elite school, Grimrose Académie. The police ruled it a suicide, but the trio are determined to find out what really happened.

When Nani Eszes arrives as their newest roommate, it sets into motion a series of events they couldn’t have imagined. As the girls retrace their friend’s last steps, they uncover dark secrets about themselves and their destinies, discovering they’re all cursed to repeat the brutal and gruesome endings to their stories until they can break the cycle.

This contemporary take on classic fairytales reimagines heroines as friends attending the same school. While investigating the murder of their best friend, they uncover connections to their ancient fairytale curses and attempt to forge their own fate before it’s too late.

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