Title: True Grime
Author: Natasha Deen
Publisher: Blueberry Hill Publishing
Buy link: Buy True Grime Here!
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
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 V.I.U.R.S 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?
Pepper Powder is a fairy cop in training. She and her partner Harley Hands are assigned to the True Grime unit. A division that keeps the bad guys from infecting humanity with Violent Illness of Unusual Resistance and Strength (or viruses). One of the worst of the villains has escaped from the Menacers Asylum, Twilight Twinkle aka Claude Von Beulow, is on the loose and causing mass mayhem. In order to stop him from unleashing his bomb in the West Edmonton Mall, Powder and Harley go undercover as a sibling duo in a human high school. Hilarity and Grime investigation ensue.
These is one of a VERY small number of YA books that I deem worthy to read. It’s the holidays after all and I like cute and mirthful as much as the next pervy Cougar. This book is a flat-out hoot. The tongue and cheek names and characters, the over the top plot lines. How could a living person not smile and feel more festive after reading this book. It even had a heroine that I approved of. She was a toughie in training *sniff*, she reminded me of myself a little, back when I was just a fledgling, all attitude and mouth. Only after her interactions with the infuriating and confusing humans does she start to experience the more feminine side of her personality. She is crushing on Harley (hard) and this makes for some extremely humorous situations for the “brother and sister” duo. I have to imagine that being inside Natasha Deen’s mind is a bit like touring Disneyworld on acid, very colorful and beyond mortal envisioning. If you have young ones (or just people who enjoy whimsy) on your gift list or just need a reason to smile, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect find