Wilhelmina Grimm (publicly known as Mina Grime), is the great-great-lots more greats granddaughter of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, better known as the brother's Grimm. Generally known, the brother's were great fairy-tale writers that traveled the world and wrote incredible stories. Less well-known is the fact that they didn't actually write these stories, they were a part of them. Each story being a quest that they completed for the fae (fairies) and the ruling King and Queen of the fae, known as the Fates. Wilhelm and Jacob made a deal with the fae to stop the evil fae from coming to the human plane and feasting on innocent humans. The Fates agreed, so long as Wilhelm and Jacob could complete all of the fairy tale story quests. The brothers agreed to the terms, unaware that if they failed to finish all of the quests then the agreement would fall to their children. Now, generations later, Mina has been bestowed the family "curse" to complete the fairy tale quests that the brother's originally agreed to. Another unfortunate side-effect of the deal that the Fates didn't exactly explain was that whenever one of the Grimms died, all of the quests started over. All of the quests had to be completed and fulfilled by one individual.
Generations of Grimms have fought against the fae, trying to overcome the story, complete the tales, and ride the human world (and their family) of the fae curse. Mina, sheltered and unaware of the family curse due to her mother's constant vigilance, moving, and even going as far as changing their family name and cutting ties with all known relations, has now stumbled into her family curse. The storybook fairy tales and the family curse have finally caught up with her and her family and Mina realizes if her family is ever going to be free or able to live their lives (and further more if she wants to protect her 8 year-old mute brother from inheriting the curse in her place) she has to fulfill the family curse and somehow beat what not other Grimm has been able to before.
Mina's decisions on the fae plane to protect her family and take back her brother have cost her dearly and it's a decision that she becomes more and more aware of as things grow more dangerous. Losing Jared has crippled her, and not just against the stories, but emotionally as well. Lost and confused she turns to the Fairy Godmother's, pixie Ever, and nixie Nix with her pain and plight, hoping that they will be able to help her find answers and survive everything that is coming at and for her. Mercilessly, they all support her and tell her she can do the things she is facing, often offering little advice and only their trust and hope that she doesn't screw us, because if she does they'll all die-no pressure right? After her last quest she is even more stressed as Teague and the fairy tales tighten their grip and increase their demands as the Grimm's start disappearing and the Fairy Godmother's figure out that something is happening in the past that may make them all cease to exist. In a desperate attempt to set things right, Mina must travel far into the past and try to undo whatever is being done and ensure that she and the rest of the Grimm's are born. Will she make it back to the right timeline? Will she be able to figure out what is threatening her and her brother's very existence? What about all of her other unknown relatives? She tests fate, luck, magic, and her own daring as she takes a leap of faith and prays that her magic time-traveling slippers don't steer her wrong.
Good book recommend for females, teenage age, high school level. Deals with subjects of magic, fantasy, fitting in, communication, and understanding others differences.