Series: Grimm Agency #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace on July 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
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…
Since I’m always up for a good twist on the classic fairy tales, FREE AGENT sounded right up my alley. And does it ever have all the right twists! A modern version of Snow White’s poisoned apple, werewolves who don’t like red because of a red-hoodie-wearing female in their past, and fairy godparents in mirrors are just some of the aspects of the mythology Nelson has created. Add the nearly non-stop action, an awesome cast of characters, and we've got an excellent opening to a new series!
I was a little worried that Marissa, the main character and narrator, was going to get on my nerves at first. She seemed a tad bit whiny, and I can’t handle a whiny main character. But she grew on me, with her dubious moral code and her tell it like it is manner. Other characters were intriguing as well, especially the princess Arianna (you can call her Ari) who I almost liked even more than Marissa.
FREE AGENT is definitely not for the squeamish. It has it’s fair share of violence and gruesome scenes - one thing I noted as I was reading was that characters in the book are frequently losing their lunch over something or another. It wasn’t too much for me, but it was borderline, so I wanted to caution any readers for whom it may be an issue.
One of the things we see a lot of these days are the supernatural plus law enforcement (think THE GRENDEL AFFAIR, DIRTY MAGIC, or CURSED) but FREE AGENT manages to take both of those aspects up a notch, especially in terms of sheer creativity. This is not a book that feels like you’ve read it before, and once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down until I was finished. As the first book in the Grimm Agency series, I can’t wait to see where Nelson goes with the world, and am eagerly awaiting ARMAGEDDON RULES, book two in the series, which comes out in February of 2015.
1. Free Agent
1.5. Soul Ink
2. Armageddon Rules