I loved A Tale Dark & Grimm so much that I had to get this second book right away to read. And everything I loved about the first book is present in this one! Funny asides to the reader, gruesome action, familiar faces and bits from various fairy tales, and so on. In general, I just really like the style this author has going on.
This story is all about Jack & Jill. And yes, Jack does go tumbling down and break his crown, and Jill goes tumbling after. But who Jack & Jill are and how they end up on a quest is really nicely imagined and put together. Their story is quite an epic adventure and includes goblins, scary mermaids, a beanstalk, and all sorts of things. There’s a talking frog from a well in this story, which would be the second time in just a few weeks I’ve read about that (first-Enchanted.) This was a wonderful adventure and I hope that we’ll be seeing more of these.
On an unrelated note, I’m not doing so great with my Hub Reading Challenge and am very concerned I won’t finish it.