I picked this one up hoping that it would be as fun as its premise – there exists a collection of magical objects collected by the Brothers Grimm, objects that actually appeared in the fairy tales they collected. I wasn’t disappointed. While there a few things in the story that seem unlikely, even in a fantastical story like this, the end result is completely enjoyable and sure to appeal to fans of fairy tales (especially if you recognize the references to more obscure stories), or if you also happen to be a fan of library and library-like collections, since a lot of the story revolves around Elizabeth’s job at the Circulating Material Repository.
The things that seemed most unlikely to me are actually probably things that would make the story more appealing to younger readers – the teens in the story are trusted with great responsibility by the adults. They are given keys to the Grimm collection, they are expected to be intelligent and responsible while handling a fairly secret collection of magical objects. Pretty cool, huh? Of course, they also get to solve a little mystery and track down a villain by themselves, plus there’s a shrink ray, and seven league boots, and magically laid tables, and all kinds of other fun things.