18 October 2011

True Grime Book Tour

Book Details:
Genre:Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Mystery
Publisher: Blueberry Hill
Publication Date: August 2011

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?

My Thoughts:

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.  

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!

As a bit of a taste can I give you my favorite quote from page 53? Loca, the bat-fairy is talking to an injured Pepper who has been told she is not indispensable:
"He may not think you're not indispensable, but he's wrong. You're a good creature, Pepper, and good creatures aren't just indispensable, they're irreplaceable."
Character Development          5
Editing                                     5
Sex                                          0
Violence                                  1
Romance                                 4
Readability/Flow                    5

Author Bio:
When I was little, there was only one thing I wanted to be: a superhero. But there came a day when my dreams were broken, and that was the day I realized that being a klutz was not, in fact, a super power, and my super weakness for anything bright and shiny meant a magpie with self-control could easily defeat me in a battle of wills. I turned to writing as a way to sharpen my mental super-hero skills. I don’t get to orbit the earth in a space station (and thank God, because I get sick on merry go round), but I do get to say things like: “Stand aside! This is a job for Writing Girl!!”

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***Sorry*** I have no idea what is going on with the white highlighting but I can't seem to get rid of it. Maybe the magical world is having a little fun with me?


  1. "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!"

    Hee hee--wait, are you saying you don't get Echo's use of BAG for the Atomic Refractascope and Crime Scene Replicator?

    I have to admit, coming up with the acronyms was so much fun (ARK!) and even more fun, trying to think of what the heck the letters stood for!

    Thank you so much for the great review--and yep, look for the second installment of Grime to come out in time for some laid-back summer reading.

  2. Dona, this book sound like so much fun! I am going to go put it on my tbrl. Thanks for an awesome review!


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