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 Académie. 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
Praise for The Last 8:
"This debut is, at times, both joyful and heartbreaking ... Pohl's characters are tough, funny, and brave as they manage to persevere despite the debilitating weight of grief."—Booklist
"With its powerful world building and emotional twists, The Last 8 is a beautifully fresh take on the idea of an alien apocalypse."—Foreword Reviews
"A sci-fi romp with ample intergalactic twists to keep readers satisfied."—Kirkus Reviews
"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
"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
"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
"Enthralling... Fans of empowering feminist fairy-tale retellings will love this." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review
"Inclusive and fiercely feminist." - Publishers Weekly