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The Grimrose Girls

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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 Academie. 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

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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Enthralling... Fans of empowering feminist fairy-tale retellings will love this. -- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review

Mysterious and magical, Grimrose Girls turns classic tales upside down and then some. Fans of Once Upon a Time and anyone who likes their happily ever afters with a side a murder will love this fantasy thriller! -- Rosiee Thor, author of Tarnished are the stars

Grimrose Girls takes the classic thriller story and fantastically twists it. For fans of classic murder mysteries, strong friendships, and shows like Lost Girl and Grimm, this is the series for you. -- Linsey Miller, author of Mask of Shadows and What We Devour

Pohl weaves a suspenseful, thrilling tale full of all the dark magic, swoonworthy romance, and courageous heroines we know and love from our favorite fairy tales. Sink your teeth into this story and let it carry you through the woods -- Roseanne A. Brown, New York Times bestselling author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

A twisty sapphic reimagining of all of your favorite fairytales, The Grimrose Girls is darkly haunting and achingly romantic. In an exploration of grief and love, Pohl weaves a magical mystery of a murder most foul. These aren't the fairytales you remember, and certainly not ones you'll forget. -- Ashley Poston, national bestselling author of Geekerella

Inclusive and fiercely feminist. -- Publishers Weekly

Murder mystery laced with fairy tales...a chilling climax will keep readers engaged and anticipating the next volume. -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

A contemporary take on classic fairytales with a haunting setting, and a ruthless mystery at its core--perfect for lovers of dark academia vibes, fairytales with a twist, or mini-Sherlocks in the making! -- The Nerd Daily

Pohl skillfully twists magic and mystery together to produce a story that slowly builds in suspense...readers thrilled by fairy tale retellings will appreciate this boarding school mystery. -- Booklist

A solid choice for libraries where dark fairy tale retellings circulate well. -- School Library Journal

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pub date:
400 pages
Format: Paperback