Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1) by J.C. Nelson (review)

July 26, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Humor, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy 2 ★★★½

Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1) by J.C. Nelson (review)Free Agent by J. C. Nelson
Series: Grimm Agency #1
Published by Penguin on July 29th 2014
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon

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 liked this book. It may push buttons for some, because Marissa comes off as a bit shallow and hooked on looks at first. Mostly her own and the princess’. She’s also mouthy, and does not take direction well. As the book goes on, we get to see more depth to her character. She’s loyal, and will do anything for those she cares for.

I really loved Grimm! I wasn’t expecting him to come out as my favorite character, but there was just something about him. I also liked Ari, the princess. At least once we actually got to know her. The fact that the magical world used glitter instead of money was a bit odd, but it also fit the quirky fairytale feel.

There are a lot of funny moments, as well as strange ones. Like Hellhounds that eat poodles. Gnomes running the postal service. Apples that explode and steal magic… etc. The world building in this was done well and in a believable way. I could see the places in my head with little effort. It wasn’t super clear in the beginning however, and so the beginning of the book was a little confusing as you tried to figure out what was going on and how things worked.

I did like it for the most part though, and will be picking up the next in the series. I want to know what happens with Liam’s curse. I want to know what happens with Marissa’s blessing & curse. How her friendship with Ari goes, and how her relationship with Grimm changes based on the end of this book.


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