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The Grimrose Girls
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The Grimrose Girls
The Grimrose Girls Series, Book 1

A New York Times Bestseller

Four troubled friends,

One murdered girl...

and a dark fate that may leave them all doomed.

Once Upon a Time meets Pretty Little Liars in this queer, dark academia story about four reimagined fairy tale heroines who must uncover their ancient curses before it's too late.

After the mysterious death of their best friend, Ella, Yuki, and Rory are the talk of their elite school, Grimrose Académie. The police ruled Ariane's death as 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 that no one could have predicted. As the girls retrace their friend's final days, they discover a dark secret about Grimrose—Ariane wasn't the first dead girl.

They soon learn that all the past murders are connected to ancient fairytale curses...and that their own fates are tied to the stories, dooming the girls to brutal and gruesome endings unless they can break the cycle for good.

Perfect for fans of:

  • Cinderella is Dead and GRIMM
  • Dark Academia
  • Fairytale Retellings
  • LGBTQ Rep
  • Media Buzz for The Grimrose Girls:

  • Buzzfeed called it "a book definitely worth picking up"
  • One of Book Riot's Top New YA Paperbacks for Fall
  • A Buzzfeed Top LGBTQ+ YA Book to Devour
  • A Culturess Thrilling New YA Release
  • Featured on Tor as a new Young Adult SFF
  • A Barnes & Noble OUR MONTHLY PICK for November 2021!!
  • A New York Times Bestseller

    Four troubled friends,

    One murdered girl...

    and a dark fate that may leave them all doomed.

    Once Upon a Time meets Pretty Little Liars in this queer, dark academia story about four reimagined fairy tale heroines who must uncover their ancient curses before it's too late.

    After the mysterious death of their best friend, Ella, Yuki, and Rory are the talk of their elite school, Grimrose Académie. The police ruled Ariane's death as 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 that no one could have predicted. As the girls retrace their friend's final days, they discover a dark secret about Grimrose—Ariane wasn't the first dead girl.

    They soon learn that all the past murders are connected to ancient fairytale curses...and that their own fates are tied to the stories, dooming the girls to brutal and gruesome endings unless they can break the cycle for good.

    Perfect for fans of:

  • Cinderella is Dead and GRIMM
  • Dark Academia
  • Fairytale Retellings
  • LGBTQ Rep
  • Media Buzz for The Grimrose Girls:

  • Buzzfeed called it "a book definitely worth picking up"
  • One of Book Riot's Top New YA Paperbacks for Fall
  • A Buzzfeed Top LGBTQ+ YA Book to Devour
  • A Culturess Thrilling New YA Release
  • Featured on Tor as a new Young Adult SFF
  • A Barnes & Noble OUR MONTHLY PICK for November 2021!!
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    • Lexile:
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    • Interest Level:
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    • Text Difficulty:
      3 - 4


    About the Author-
    • Laura Pohl is a Brazilian writer who lives in São Paulo. She likes writing messages in caps lock, quoting Hamilton, and obsessing about Star Wars. When not taking pictures of her dog, she can be found discussing alien conspiracy theories. She is the author of The Grimrose Girls and The Last 8 duology. Visit her online at onlybylaura.com.

    Reviews-
    • Kirkus

      August 1, 2021
      Four reimagined fairy-tale heroines must confront their inner demons to break a curse. Ella, Yuki, and Rory attend the prestigious Grimrose Acad�mie for Elite Students in the Swiss Alps. They are currently grieving the death of one of their best friends, and while Ari's death by drowning has been deemed either an accident or suicide, her closest friends have their doubts. When they find an old book of fairy tales hidden in Ari's things, full of strange annotations in her handwriting, the girls start working--along with new student Nani--to investigate Ari's suspicious death. As they put together the pieces and discover other deaths that happened at Grimrose, they start to wonder if there was magic involved in Ari's death--magic that may also be at the core of their very lives, cursing them to unhappy endings. Grief, identity, and friendship intersect in this enthralling mystery with dark magical undertones that ingeniously plays with fairy-tale tropes to tell a feminist story about empowerment and grappling with how to break away from the confines of societal expectations of girls. Reminiscent of the works of Anna-Marie McLemore and Elana K. Arnold, this book ends with the promise of more to come. The main cast is queer and features diversity in disability and mental health. Rory and Ella default to White; Yuki's name cues her as Japanese, and Nani is Black and Native Hawaiian. Fans of empowering feminist fairy-tale retellings will love this. (Fantasy. 14-18)

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    • Publisher's Weekly

      September 20, 2021
      Three best friends begin their final year at the Swiss Alps’ elite Grimrose Académie with tragedy: their friend Ari Van Amstel, who reads as white, drowns, and her death is ruled an accident or a suicide. But Ella Ashworth and Rory Derosiers, also cued white, suspect foul play, and with the help of Yuki Miyashiro, cued as Japanese, and Black and Native Hawaiian new student Nani Eszes, they uncover a series of deaths at Grimrose that seem eerily connected to a book of fairy tales that Ari owned. As they grapple with their trauma and research a curse that may be all too real, it becomes clear that someone is determined to get their hands on Ari’s book—and may be willing to kill for it. Pohl (the Last 8 duology) skillfully subverts fairy tale tropes while juggling four third-person points of view and a variously inclusive cast that includes diversity in ability, gender, and sexuality. Though the story starts slow, it gains momentum in a gruesome final act, careening toward a dramatic finale that provides fertile ground for a sequel that is poised to be just as inclusive and fiercely feminist as this empowering series opener. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kari Sutherland, Bradford Literary.

    • School Library Journal

      November 1, 2021

      Gr 9 Up-Despite its perfect appearance, the Grimrose Acad�mie, an elite boarding school located in a castle in the Swiss Alps, has a dark history of students dying under mysterious circumstances, most recently Ariane, whose drowning seemed to be an accident or a suicide. Yet her closest friends, Ella, Yuki, and Rory, can't shake feelings of suspicion about the nature of her death. When Nani, a recent transfer student, discovers a book of fairy tales among Ariane's possessions with a list of names that includes those of past dead students and their own, the friends begin to uncover the magical and macabre links between fairy tale stories and their own fates. The fun of Pohl's murder mystery lies in uncovering the connections between the characters and their fairy tale antecedents, as tensions rise and the killer, or curse, seems to circle closer and closer to the friends. Chapters alternate perspectives between the four girls, allowing their unique stories to develop. This series opener tackles complex issues, including domestic violence, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety, chronic illness, and more, through an immersive world that dances between fairy tale and reality. Ella and Rory are white; Yuki is cued Japanese and Nani Native Hawaiian. The book includes bisexual, lesbian, asexual, and transgender representation. VERDICT A solid choice for libraries where dark fairy tale retellings circulate well.-Molly Saunders, Manatee County P.L., Bradenton, FL

      Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • Booklist

      November 1, 2021
      Grades 9-12 Grimrose Academy is an elite coed boarding school in Switzerland, and the first days of the new school year are marred by the apparent suicide of Ariane, one best friend in a tightly knit group, along with Ella, Rory, and Yuki. Not convinced that Ariane committed suicide, the girls try to find out why she died. When a girl from Hawaii, Nani, is assigned to Ariane's room, she is drawn into the search when she discovers a hidden book of darker versions of fairy tales in Ariane's closet. A list of previously deceased students shows that some of the deaths appear to be tied to the tales. What is disconcerting is that Ella, Rory, and Yuki are also on the list. Pohl skillfully twists magic and mystery together to produce a story that slowly builds in suspense to its denouement, in which Ari's murderer is revealed. Even so, the ending indicates that the four girls have more work to do. Readers thrilled by fairy-tale retellings will appreciate this boarding-school mystery.

      COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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