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The Grimm Legacy - Polly Shulman "The Grimm Legacy" has a promising start. A girl is recommended to work in a mysterious repository because of her kindness to an old lady, and she discovers the archive not only holds the old and valuable, it holds magic. Elizabeth works well as a narrator, and I kept waiting to see her Cinderella parallels come to fruition. Unfortunately, the set up in the first fifty pages really is only left in as a quick resolution for some problems. The plot takes too much time playing around with the not-really-love-quadrangle and not pacing the mystery of who has been stealing objects from the Grimm Collection. In the end, the book was still charming, but lack of tension in the villains' presences and the way everything was so neatly solved with little work leaves something to be desired.