Life Without a Book Published: April 2010 by Brew City Press
Kindle Edition: 118 pages
Edition Language: English
Series: The Grimm Chronicles #1
Goodreads Rating: 3.53 of 5★
Amazon Rating: 4.30of 5 ★

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Customer Reviews

"This is a very imaginative use of the backstory of Grimm's Fairy Tales to weave an entirely new and modern adventure. I love that the protagonist is a young woman who must find the hero inside herself and save the day. ....." - goldmj

"This Book 1 is a great place to start the series. It's relatively short, it sets up the premise and introduces the main characters, and it is enough to allow you to determine if the larger series is for you or not. ...." - Pop Bop

"Absolutely loved it!!! In a literary world of Vamps, Were's, and Fae... It's nice to get something different. I've noticed the "Alice In Wonderland" fad but this one seems completely different compared to the others but I loved it. Trying not to give any hints(except for the most obvious) away since I hate that but it deserves to be read!!! Fear ALICE!!!!! ...." - Brianne Hawks

Book 1 of the award-winning Young Adult adventure!

On the eve of her 18th birthday, high school junior Alice Goodenough feels on top of the world. Classes are almost finished. She’s about to start her summer job at the local library, where she’ll be surrounded by all of her favorite books. And she has a wonderful boyfriend.

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Then the rabbit shows up. The giant talking rabbit. He has a message: 200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally.

With the help of a magic pen and paper, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought all of their fairy tale characters to life. The world was a more magical place … for a time. Cinderella found her prince. Briar Rose's spell was broken. The dancing princesses spent their nights hidden away in a secret underground city. The old miller's boy found true love.

Then, slowly, the Grimms’ characters began to change for the worse. They became Corrupted. Evil. They didn’t belong in our world, but it was too late for the Brothers Grimm to destroy them.

Only a hero can save the day. Every generation for the past 200 years, a hero has been chosen to fight the Corrupted and rid the world of the Grimms’ fairy tales. To her horror, Alice has been chosen as the next hero. As her 18th birthday nears, she begins to realize life is never going back to normal. School will never be the same.

As for her boyfriend, Edward … well, he might be hiding a terrible secret.

This book also contains the following original Brothers Grimm fairy tales:
- Snow White
- The White Snake
- The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Cat
- The Godfather

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. Like Katniss from The Hunger Games or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice must use more than her fists if she wants to survive!

About This Author

Life Without a Book Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and his BA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. To date, he's had more than a dozen short stories published in literary journals, including Gargoyle, Barcelona Review and Midwestern Gothic.

This is Isabella Fontaine's first Young Adult series. In addition to managing the family farm, she also enjoys providing design-related services for those who meet the qualification of "fashion nightmare."

Their Goal

They devised 3 "rules" for this Young Adult series. All three are important to them.

Life Without a Book 1. There are no love triangles. They set this as an explicit rule. Their main character might find love, but she won't be hounded by topless boys and she certainly will never spend her time deciding who to spend the rest of her life with.

2. Our hero, Alice, must use her brain to overcome her obstacles. That doesn't mean she can't kick some butt (she definitely can!), but she does have to rely on her knowledge to win the day.

3. Alice will never commit an act of violence against another human being without there being consequences. Sure, she can do battle with evil monsters ... but violence against human beings has real consequences. Too often our heroes of today cause physical pain to people around them in order to achieve victory. Alice is different. Alice respects nonviolence to solve real-world problems, and only uses violence to rid the world of the evil Corrupted.

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