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Posted November 20, 2011
Wonderful book that really makes you think!
Review by Stephanie O: What do you get when you take Crime add some Fairies? True Grime, that¿s what. Pepper Polly Pebble Petunia Power-Puff, yep that¿s her name . . and fighting Grime, well that¿s what she was born to do. By the book type of gal and always uptight. Secretly crushing on her partner, she wouldn¿t know how to flirt with him to save her life . . honestly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book is packed full with imagination.
True Grime is the task force of fairies, put together to protect us silly little humans. See, we are too young to know what is best for us. In fact, did you know we have wiped ourselves out almost completely about 8 times? Once it was so bad, that we almost put the entire universe in harm¿s way. Also, did you know that 30 mins human time is equal to 5 hrs of fairy time!!!!
True Grime partners Harley and Pepper have worked well together for a long time. Lou their boss wants them together on this mission. However, an accident with Pepper may have put that option in jeopardy. With Dr. Benny and Echo on the job, hopefully this won¿t be the case.
This mission to the human realm has Pepper seeing humans in a whole new light. From meeting Malcolm, who seems such a bully . . until she gets a good look at his life and understands why he acts the way he does. To meeting Champagne and getting that tummy turning feeling of jealousy, and finally, meeting Aponi and understanding what it¿s like to be human and to be different and to still be able to walk with your head held high.
Pepper aka Powder-Puff is a fairy on a mission, and nothing . . . I mean NOTHING is going to stand in her way. Claude Von Beulow will be back in custody and behind the walls of the Menacres Asylum. With the help of her team and new found friends can they see the job to its end?
I dare you to read this book and:
Look at a mountain the same.
View a volcano as ¿just¿ spewing hot lava.
The size of a tree as ¿small¿.
Wonderful book that really makes you think.
Posted November 17, 2011
Excellent urban fantasy!
My review: True Grime was definitely a fun book to read. Natasha Deen has created a wonderful world with fairies going undercover in the human world which creates quite funny situations in the book. Natasha Deen has incredible amount of fantasy as a writer and it kept surprising me through the whole book. She has an excellent imagination! I was stunned how creative and fanciful the story was. The gadgets and widgets of the fairy world were almost described like in sci-fi books, the twists and turns in the story were refreshing, the book was really filled with unpredictable changes. I loved it! Regarding the plot: Pepper Petunia Powder-Puff is a fairy cop who works as a Grime Cop. She and her partner Harley Hands are sent to the human world as undercover cops to catch the magical criminal Claude. Pepper and Harley end up like sister and brother in a high school as teenagers and while going to school they need to find some information about what Claude is planning. I really enjoyed the part of the book when Pepper and Harley were in the human world. Since Pepper had no experience with humans, she ends up in so many funny and weird situations, so I had lot of laughs while reading. The narrative of the book and development of the story is fantastically sewed together and makes True Grime very enjoyable read. Regarding the characters: I loved the characters! I have to admit, that I did not like Pepper very much in the beginning, I found her annoying and too tough. I like my heroines sassy and feisty, but Pepper was too much of a male fairy. She talked like a male, she walked like a male, and she seemed like a male fairy. Luckily that changed when she was put into strange surroundings ¿ to earth living and studying with the humans. I loved how the author developed Pepper and made her more vulnerable and more girly. Everything Pepper hided while fairy came up during the period she was a human teenager ¿ I really appreciated that and that made Pepper more complex and interesting. I was surprised about the variety of different characters in the book. Already in the beginning you meet many different types of fairies and other magical creatures. Can you imagine a bat-fairy or a jackal fairy? I could. The characters and the description of them were very good, so I immediately got the pictures of them in front of my eyes. The author was very good at using all senses while describing the characters ¿ you could see them, smell them and hear them. The world of the True Grime was really incredible. The names of the fairy characters made me laugh ¿like the main characters full name, who would call the character Pepper Petunia Powder-Puff? Natasha Deen did and the names really suited the characters in my opinion. Generally: It was very enjoyable and original fantasy book. The story was great, the characters fascinating and the world of the True Grime was beyond the usual. It was one of the best fantasy worlds I have ever read about, it was not typical, but had a strong touch of originality which I loved. 5 starsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2011
I completely enjoyed this book! Pepper is a Grime officer. She has one goal in her ferry existence, to protect humans. She and her partner go undercover to stop an escaped convict from dooming the human race. They become teenagers in a Canadian high school and learn a lot about human adolescence. Will they be able to stop the attack or just become pawns in a bigger strategy?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I loved Pepper! She is a strong, no nonsense type of girl and very caring at the same time. The fact that they had to integrate into a human high school made a lot of human problems come into a different light. It makes you think about some of the things we just accept and how wrong it would seem to someone unused to it. Her partner, the lab workers, doctor and even her boss were wonderful characters that just added to a great story!
I rate this a 5/5. It is a great and original story!
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
Posted October 18, 2011
New favorite book
Where do I even start? This book was so much fun to read! The first best part was the setting. Not only is the book set in Canada (so much easier for a Canadian reader to visualize) but it is set in Edmonton, Alberta!! Yay!! For those of you not in the know, I live in Sherwood Park, Alberta which is about a two minute drive to the outskirts of Edmonton. I loved reading about places I know so well. West Edmonton Mall - I go there (when I have to). Hawrelak Park, Terwillegar: I know them. How Edmonton looks in the snow, how it feels, sounds, smells: got that. Those of you from places like New York, Boston, London, Paris, etc., get to read about places you know all the time but not so much for me. It was a treat and perfectly described.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Knowing that most of you don't live in or near Edmonton, I am anticipating your question: so what's in it for me? Well, good question. Can I answer it with a few questions of my own? Do you like smart, fast paced, fun, dialog? Well developed characters? Action and a little romance? You will find them all in 'True Grime'. I especially laughed at the magical worlds use of acronyms. They didn't have to make a lot of sense as long as they sounded good. Those are acronyms I can get behind!
The part that worried me before I started to read was that I am not a huge fantasy fan. The fact of fairies as main characters and a whole magical world living parallel to ours, didn't sound like my kind of thing. I was wrong. I loved Pepper and Harley - even if they were fairies. And their take on the human world made me laugh and also think about how we see ourselves - and things we should see but sometimes refuse to see. I wish I were a straddler! (read the book, you'll wish you were one, too)
Natasha Deen has done an amazing job of intertwining the mystery and action plot with a message of environmental responsibility. I may not agree with all of her ideology but there was not one time I felt like I was being preached at or lectured. She managed to subtly make her points while entertaining me at the same time.
I know the teenage group will enjoy this novel but I enjoyed it just as much! As a reader I connected so strongly with the characters and the story that I am already missing both. Hopefully there will be more Grime adventures in the future!
Posted October 11, 2011
Things That Make You Go Hmmm
I seriously have to talk about this book. Have you ever read a book and thought to yourself, "Wow, the things that go on in this authors mind must be insane?" OR maybe you find yourself thinking, "Do they know something we don't know?" Well, those are just a few thoughts that crossed my mind while reading this book. However, after I finished I think I had even more questions in my head than were there when I began. Like, what is the ocean made up of? Do you think thunderstorms are a product of us pissing off a fairy somewhere? What if a tornado is really just a fairy fart? Or a hurricane is the product a fairy bubble bath? Maybe . . just maybe, a rainbow is something we get to see when the fairy people are happy with us? Well, no matter the questions I have . . one thing is for certain, this book totally rocks! If I'm going to 100% honest, I'll tell ya this. The blurb for this book grabbed my attention. So, I was excited to get started on it. Once I started I found myself wondering if it was the right book for me. That question was wiped away fairly quickly and I couldn't put the book down. (Trust me, there were times I should have put it down . . . school work should come first, I promise you!) Then by the end of the book, I was so happy that I didn't give up on it. Wanna read the blurb? Grime cop and teen fairy Pepper Powder lives for one thing: protecting the human species from magical zealots who seek to eradicate them with Violent Illness of Unusual Resistance and Strength (humans call them "viruses," but their mistake is understandable. The very young often get their words wrong.). When a terrorist leader releases a necrophage bomb, it not only decimates Grime headquarters, it turns Pepper into the magical world's first fairy amputee-but she's not going to let a little thing like a missing leg stop her. To catch her criminal, and prevent him from unleashing a VIURS in one of the human world's biggest shopping centers, West Edmonton Mall, she goes undercover as a human. But once Pepper's theories of humanity collide with the reality of bullies, cliques, and environmental destruction, will she still believe humanity's worth saving? - Goodreads So, now that you have read the blurb, what are you waiting for?!?! I totally promise you, you won't be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2014
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