Series: Grimm Agency #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace on 24 February 2015
Marissa is an old hand when it comes to dealing with things going awry but accidentally starting the apocalypse has to rate pretty high on the oops scale. An old foe emerges out of the shadows because, you know, life wasn’t hard enough. She needs her friends to help defeat them but they have their own dramas to deal with.
Marissa often solves short term problems without considering the implications of these actions in the future. Anything that could get worse does and as awful as it sounds, I was glad – Marissa is at her most inventive when she has her back against the wall and it made for some very entertaining moments.
The good bits
Nelson’s mind must be a strange and wonderful place to generate such a zany plot. Marissa’s adventures are wild and weird and I adored every minute of the book. A big part of this comes down to the world building which is meticulous. Everything hangs together logically even though there are crazy things going down with poodles and a demon trying to destroy everything.
The characters are very engaging and we get a really nice balance of personality types. Ari, the princess, for example is a perky delight and acts as a perfect foil for the more pragmatic Marissa while Liam’s steadfastness contrasts with Grimm’s reticence. I hope that Nelson eventually does a spin off series in the same world so we get to see things from some of the secondary characters’ point of view. I appreciated finding out more about Grimm’s back story as he specialises in being mysterious.
Humour has been slathered on very thickly. The scenes where Marissa deals with the Horsemen of Apocalypse are worth the price of the book alone.
The not so good bits
Only one teeny tiny quibble. If books could burn calories then this one would have been the perfect workout. An awful lot happens to Marissa in a short space of time and I got exhausted just reading what she managed to pack in. Nelson could have left some things out so the pace was a little less frenetic but that would have affected the tension as the hours ticked down to the apocalypse.
A kick-ass urban fantasy that takes you on one heck of a ride.