In general, I’m not a fan of self-published fiction. I’ve found most of it to be sloppy and poorly edited, the story obviously needing a lot more work. There’s a reason why the traditional publishing route works. Much like everyone using a digital camera seems to suddenly think they’re a photographer, so too do many people with access to self-publishing seem to believe they’re authors.
Not so for Chanda Hahn. I finished Book 3 and was looking at the release date for Book 4 before I realized that she’s self-published. My first clue was when I noticed that her first book was published last year, and we’re already looking for Book 4?
No matter. Her books are great. It’s a young adult tale about Mina Grimm, who is the ancestor of the Brothers Grimm and the recipient of a curse. She must complete tasks given to her by the Story (modern twists on fairy tales) or suffer the consequences. They’re well-written and great fun. I highly recommend you take a look at the first one. If you like young adult fiction, you’ll be hooked!
One of the reasons I like the story is that it doesn’t water down any of the bad guys. There are werewolves and shape shifters, giants and witches. Many of them want to kill Mina, and none of them sparkle! There’s a theme of good vs. evil and the question of redemption running through it. I like layered young adult fiction, that can be enjoyed lightly or can be used to ask bigger questions about life.