Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: Free Agent (A Grimm Agency Novel) by J.C. Nelson

Release date: July 29, 2014
Published by: Ace
Source: Provided by publisher
Author links: Site | Facebook | Twitter

When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem—from eliminating imps to finding prince charming—as long as you can pay the price…

Working for Grimm isn’t Marissa Locks’s dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don’t have many career options. To pay off her parents’ debt and earn her freedom, Marissa must do whatever Grimm asks, no matter what fairy-tale fiasco she’s called on to deal with.

Setting up a second-rate princess with a first-class prince is just another day at the office. But when the matchmaking goes wrong, Marissa and Grimm find themselves in a bigger magical muddle than ever before. Not only has the prince gone missing, but the Fae are gearing up to attack Kingdom, and a new Fairy Godmother is sniffing around Grimm’s turf, threatening Marissa with the one thing she can’t resist: her heart’s wishes.

Now Marissa will have to take on Fairies, Fae, dragons, and princesses to save the realm—or give up any hope of ever getting her happy ending…

I can't remember the last time I had this much fun discovering a new urban fantasy world! I knew from the very first chapter that I was in for a wild ride. From angry little postal gnomes, shining princes, currency in the form of Glitter, and a fairy godfather boss giving orders through reflective surfaces, there was an endless supply of unique things to enjoy about the world Nelson has created.

Free Agent also had the perfect amount of silly humor and I kept a smile on my face throughout much of the story. It was just another part of what made this experience with the Grimm Agency debut a truly entertaining read.

Although I loved this novel, I must admit that there were two flaws that will be a turn-off for many readers. One was an insta-love type romance with a man who was severely lacking in character development. The other was action scenes that either began or ended too abruptly and often felt awkwardly placed. These two things didn't dampen my enjoyment much, but other readers may find them harder to overlook.

Without a doubt, Free Agent stands apart from all the other UF stories I've read this year. For this alone I would recommend giving it a try. But if that isn't enough of an enticement, just think of all the fun and laughs you'll be missing out on if you don't pick this up.


LilyElement said...

This one is on my TBR! So glad to see you enjoyed it, with the exception of the two relatively small flaws :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Ooo nice. I'm starting to see this one around and it sounds amazing. :) Thank you!

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