Series: Grimm Agency #2
Published by Ace on February 24, 2015
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing, sexual situations implied
Reviewed by: Kate
Marissa Locks, newly appointed partner of the Grimm Agency, has a reputation for making a mess of magical matters—although causing Armageddon is a new low, even for her…
Marissa is due for a little happily ever after. After all, she did kill the evil Fairy Godmother, end a war, and snag a sweet promotion within the Fairy Godfather's magical-problem-solving Agency. But between maintaining a relationship with someone whose amorous advances can cause third-degree burns, dealing with a killer-poodle infestation, and helping her best friend, Princess Ari, learn to wield spells more powerful than curing a hangover, she’s not getting as much peace and quiet as she hoped.
When an enemy from her past appears to exact a terrible revenge, Marissa’s life goes from hectic to hell on earth. With Grimm inexplicably gone and Ari trapped by a sleeping spell, Marissa decides to fight fire with hellfire—and accidentally begins a countdown to the apocalypse.
With the end of days extremely nigh, Marissa will have to master royal politics, demonic law, and biblical plagues in a hurry—because even the end of the world can’t keep the Agency from opening for business…
ARMAGEDDON RULES follows in FREE AGENT's footsteps as an action-packed, roller-coaster ride of a novel, full of drama and never letting the reader catch a breath. While sometimes this works, in this case, the entire novel became a bit difficult to follow, with multiple plotlines and many similarly named characters offering the opportunity for confusion.
Marissa, our main character, started to grate on my nerves. She has grown up a little since the previous book, but she still tends to have the act first, question later method of dealing with problems. I don't always get the impression that she thinks things through before she does them and that is frustrating in a character who is supposedly mature enough to take over the Agency in Grimm's absence.
On the upside, ARMAGEDDON RULES was definitely not as gory as FREE AGENT, which was an improvement. Though violent, it was usually pretty sparsely described, instead of going into tons of detail. There was also less of people throwing up in this installment, as well. And though there were quite a few main characters, they were enjoyable to get to know, I just wish that there had been more time to focus on them. I feel like any one of the difficulties that Marissa was facing would have been enough for a book, but instead she got almost every problem that could have been thrown in her direction.
ARMAGEDDON RULES certainly doesn't let the reader take a break and definitely doesn't suffer from any slow development that some second books tend to have problems with. Nelson keeps up the pace and drags the reader along for a rough and tumble ride that is enjoyable, if a bit much. I definitely will give book three in the Grimm Agency series a try, WISH BOUND, when it comes out in August.Series Titles:
- Free Agent - 5/5
- Armageddon Rules
- Wish Bound
- For another magical law enforcement agency try The Grendel Affair (SPI Files #1) by Lisa Shearin - 4/5