Thursday, November 17, 2011

True Grime Virtual Book Tour by Natasha Deen - Review

Welcome to my stop at the True Grime Virtual tour, which is organized by Partners in Crime and by the author Natasha Deen. My stop includes a review and some information about True Grime and the author.

Book information:

Author: Natasha Deen

Title: True Grime
Release date: 24th of August 2011
Published by: Blueberry Hill
Reading level: FICTION – YA: Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Mystery
Pages: 276 pages in ecopy
Source: I received ecopy of the book from author for reviewing

Purchasing links:
Barnes and Noble


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?

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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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.


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 Flowers!

5 stars.

The Next Stop of the True Grime Virtual Tour: November 21-Love Of Books (Guest Post/Giveaway).

Happy reading!


  1. Hi Inga,

    Thank you so much for the amazing review. Yeah--I really wanted Pepper to go from looking at the world in black and white, to seeing all the grey that exists, and I loved the contrast/dynamic between her & Harley (though, I tell 'ya, that was A LOT of sleepless nights, trying to get the chemistry and dialog right)...

    I'm so thrilled you enjoyed the book--definitely makes the lack of sleep worth it!! :D

  2. Thanks, Natasha for coming by! I am only glad if my review compensates for sleepless nights!