Title: Once Upon A Time is Now (The Grimm Curse #1)
Author: Stephen Carpenter
Genre: Urban Fantasy & YA
Release Date: December 10, 2010
Acquired: Amazon Purchase
Date Finished: November 16, 2014
Fifteen year-old Jake Grimm is the last living descendent of the Brothers Grimm, who wrote the famous fairy tales in the 1800’s. But Jake grew up with foster parents in Los Angeles, never knowing his true destiny until he ran away from his unhappy foster home, to the place of his birth–Woodland–a small town nestled deep in a Northwestern forest.
In Woodland, Jake discovers that the famous fairy tales are all real, and they are happening today. And Jake, as the last living Grimm, is the only one who can stop the witches, big bad wolves, and evil stepmothers who are all alive and well, and about to wreak havoc in the small town of Woodland, following the death of Jake’s great-uncle Eustace.
But these fairy tales creatures are not like those in the old stories. Woodland is a modern place, and the creatures Jake battles seem like completely normal, modern people–to everyone but Jake. Only Jake can see them for what they really are, and, together with his friend and apprentice, Madeleine, he must fight to prevent the evil that is all around the unsuspecting teens at Woodland High.
When I found out Stephen Carpenter was one of the creators of Grimm (one of my favorite TV shows) I decided to give this book a shot. It is similar to Grimm, but with a more pronounced YA vibe. The main character, Jake, is only fifteen and has no idea what he is. He gets pushed into the deep end of this crazy new world immediately upon arriving in Woodland. Luckily, Madeleine shows up to help him along.
At only 83 pages, this tale was short and sweet. It held a good bit of action, but I really would’ve enjoyed a little more build up. The characters needed some fleshing out as well.
Overall, it was a pretty decent read. I’d like to read a few more in the series to get a feel for whether they build or remain self-contained fairy tales.