Boarding school where a girl just died and the four main girls are all queer? Say no more and sign me up!
Title: The Grimrose Girls
Author: Laura Pohl
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, LGBT+
Boarding school set in a secluded mountain in Switzerland? The main four girls are all queer? Fairytale retelling? Sounds like a promising book – but unfortunately this one didn’t work for me. I’m beginning to think books set at boarding schools just aren’t for me.
This story has four POVs, all in third person, and I think that’s too many. I never really felt like I knew any of these characters all that well because the POV kept changing. It was difficult to keep track of who lived where and did what and their family was rich (or not) and so on. None of the characters really stood out to me as particularly interesting.
The beginning of this story was incredibly slow. I considered DNF-ing early on, but around the 40% mark things finally started happening and the plot became more interesting – and the book was short enough so I decided to finish it but I could have stopped at any time and been okay with my decision.
I did appreciate that all of the girls were queer in some way, but this didn’t have a heavy focus on romance and that felt very much like a subplot.
I do like mystery or thriller books but this one never felt like much of a mystery to me. There was never a sense of urgency until the very last portion of the book. I didn’t realize this was going to have a sequel, so the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger but I have no desire to continue and read the next one.
I personally did not like the narrator for this book. There was nothing wrong with her per say, but I found it difficult to tell the 4 different POV’s because the narrator was very monotone. She also has a bit of a deeper voice and I don’t like that with female narrators.
I’m giving this a 2.5 and rounding down to 2 on Goodreads. While the second half did get better, it was too little too late for me to give this 3 stars. If you like boarding school stories with queer characters, give this one a try! I feel like I’m in the minority with disliking it but the plot dragging on too long for me to feel invested.