by Terrance Mc Arthur
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Armedgeddon Rules, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & supports an indie bookstore.
Flesh-eating poodles, gnomes with a death wish, a teen-aged girl with body-image issues and a following of rats, and a boyfriend with a dragon curse. You’d think that would be enough trouble for anybody. For Marissa (aka Goldie) Locks, partner in the Fairy Godfather’s Agency, that’s only the beginning in J. C. Nelson’s Armageddon Rules, her second Grimm Agency novel.
Grimm, the Fairy Godfather, disappears from all the mirrors and shiny surfaces where he is usually seen, supernatural assassins are after Marissa, her best friend (a magic-using princess) has a sleep disorder that needs kiss-therapy, and Marissa has been conned into starting the end of the world. It’s not like she wants to destroy the planet, but what you sign is what you sign, so she has to be inventive to delay Armageddon (Thomas Edison should be so inventive!).
Nelson zips the reader around Kingdom, where the fairytale creatures live, as well as far-away dimensions, a gnomic version of Death Race 2000, and in/out/around/through the Grimm Agency building. It’s a breathless trip, one of those 500-page stories stuffed into a 336-page book. A lot happens, and a lot of it is strange, and a lot of it is funny, and a lot of it is strangely funny. When Marissa gets through some outrageous situation, one half of your brain is asking “How did she come up with that?” while the other half of your brain is saying “Of course! That’s the only way it would work!”
Marissa doesn’t have magical powers, but she has a smart mouth. Of course, that makes some situations worse, but most of the situations were pretty bad, anyway. I mean, what would your chances be against a royalty-killing creature that is able to control dust? How do you fight a Queen? What can you do when the most dangerous creature around looks like a French Poodle with a bow in its hair?
Armageddon Rules breaks rules, sidesteps rules, and rewrites rules. Okay…it rules! Things happen pretty fast, so read it carefully, or you might miss something, and you really don’t want to miss a thing.
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