When Elizabeth decides to write a history paper of the Grimm brothers, due to her love for fairytale, she unexpectedly winds up with a job. She makes friends at work, at the respatory, a place where you can borrow anything. Anything, as in, from books to Abraham Lincoln’s hat. Elizabeth not only develops friends but suspicions as well, when she is told how a girl was fired and another girl disappeared. But that’s not all, Elizabeth also overhears the other pages (employees) whispering about The Dungeon or Stack one. Elizabeth is eventually given the privilege of a key to the Grimm Collection where magical items collected by the Grimm Brothers are stored. But then Elizabeth is asked by one of the other pages to swap some magical shoes and that’s when the adventure starts. Elizabeth is chased by a monstrous bird, locked in the Grimm Collection room, shrunken down to the size of a rat, almost turned into a figurine, travels to Nowhere, and falls in love with the person she least expects. Elizabeth finds out that, due to her kindness, she is the most important part of the book.
I really liked this book because it has to do with a normal, everyday, girl who ends up being the most important person. I also like it because in most books the girl gets the guy she wants and they’re happily ever after, but this is no fairytale (ironic because this book is about the objects in fairytales), Elizabeth ends up falling in love with the guy she thought she hated. And the last but not least reason I liked the book was because I love books where they take a concept or an idea and they change it creating a whole new story with the same idea. This book takes the Brother Grimm’s stories and their objects and makes a modern story about it.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Recommendations: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Beast by Jonna Do Napoli, A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles