You can tell John Passarella did his research on Grimm before writing this tie-in novel. The story fits smoothly into the world established by the shoYou can tell John Passarella did his research on Grimm before writing this tie-in novel. The story fits smoothly into the world established by the show. Set between "The Waking Dead" and "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm", I actually felt like I was reading an episode, that's how good it was.
Hank and Nick are well-written and in line with what we expect from watching the show. While we didn't get much Rosalee in this book, what there was of her was consistent with the character. The insight into Juliette was nice too, as was the stuff with Monroe. I felt like the arc with the old friend showed just how difficult Monroe's choice to be Wieder Blutbad truly is.
A much better story and characterizations than in the previous attempt, Grimm - The Icy Touch, written by a different author. In all honesty, I'd love it if John Passarella wrote any other tie-ins for this series. That's how good a job he did with this one.
The main storyline (plot A) centers around piles of completely stripped bones turning up in shallow graves around Portland. Initially, Nick isn't sure of a Wesen connection, but he's keeping an open mind. The second storyline (plot B) centers around Monroe running into an old friend from his former lifestyle. The third storyline (plot C) is mainly there for the purpose of giving some insight into Juliette as she deals with her newfound knowledge of Wesen.
All in all, everything ties together quite nicely and the ending, while a bit unexpected, is interesting and sets up potential repercussions down the road.
The overall plot is good, but the author got a lot of the details wrong. For example, he goes against established show canon in having the bad Wesen lThe overall plot is good, but the author got a lot of the details wrong. For example, he goes against established show canon in having the bad Wesen leader steal the coins from Nick's mom. The show has established that the coins were in her possession and there was never an issue with their security. That whole angle was a bunch of crap. I get why the author did it, but don't go against established canon just to make your story better.
Another of the incorrect details was Nick and Hank wearing suits to work. Really? Has the author never seen this show? Also, Hank's attitude in the book bugged me. If anyone has issues with keeping the two worlds, human and Wesen, separate, it's Nick, not Hank. That was just sloppy characterization, in my opinion.
Something else that I had a hard time with was where in the overall arc of the show this book fits. It's clearly not season one, as Hank and Juliette both know about Nick and about Wesen. But I don't remember the Captain revealing himself as a Hexenbiest in season two, so is this set during the current season? The part about Nick losing control of himself and going all "Grimm" on the dying suspect made me think this was at least post-zombie episode, as Nick seems to have less control of himself since his run in with the Cracher-Mortel, Baron Samedi. It's as if the author cherry picked ideas from various seasons and combined them in the plot for this novel.
I read the Kindle version of this book, so I don't know if the paperback has the same issues, but the Kindle edition has missing punctuation and it's glaringly obvious that the punctuation is missing. Does no one proofread their work anymore? That sort of thing drives me nuts because it says to me that the work was sloppily done to begin with.
I'm just glad this writer won't be writing the next Grimm series novel....more
This young adult novel is a fast-paced look at a society that has divided itself into factions in order to maintain the peace.
In many ways, it remindThis young adult novel is a fast-paced look at a society that has divided itself into factions in order to maintain the peace.
In many ways, it reminded me of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series: young female protagonist, society divided into the 'haves' and the 'have nots', the beginnings of a rebellion, etc. The Divergent series is different in that the members of society have the freedom to choose which faction they join, whereas in The Hunger Games series, the District you were born in was your home for life.
The only thing I wish the author had elaborated a bit more on was the war that caused society to divide itself into factions to begin with. It is not clearly explained in this first novel in the series, so I'm hoping that the back story will be more fully detailed in the next book....more
This is nothing more than a collection of the characters mentioned in the Sookie Stackhouse novels. The author has compiled a list of a bunch of complThis is nothing more than a collection of the characters mentioned in the Sookie Stackhouse novels. The author has compiled a list of a bunch of completely forgettable characters, written a sentence or two about what happened to them down the road, and seems to think this is sufficient.
I stood in Wal-Mart and read the entire thing in about 20 minutes. Even with major characters like Bill and Eric, the author just skims over their futures. I mean, Pam gets married to some woman I don't even remember being mentioned in any of the previous books, for Pete's sake!
Skip this lame attempt to part us from our hard-earned money. It's not worth it....more
I have some minor gripes with this, but all in all, I enjoyed it.
Gripes (in no particular order):
1. What's with the boobs? Is there some rule in graphI have some minor gripes with this, but all in all, I enjoyed it.
Gripes (in no particular order):
1. What's with the boobs? Is there some rule in graphic novel/comic land that says women have to be as busty as possible?
2. Someone wasn't paying attention to continuity. In one scene, Mac is wearing one t-shirt, then later in the same scene, she's wearing a different one.
3. What is this crap with Barrons in beast form being able to use a phone? The books make it real clear that when he's in that form, he can't speak and there's no reasoning with him - the beast lives to kill. Also, the beast looks ridiculous, like a grittier version of Disney's Beast from Beauty and the Beast. I had this image in my mind of the Barrons beast looking like something out of the movie Outlander, so I was disappointed with how he looked.
4. Dani is fourteen. Fourteen!! And like every other female in this novel, she has huge boobs. Couldn't they make her look less like a woman and more like the girl she is?
5. There are things in this graphic novel that go against established canon. Dani and Mac's relationship, the stuff with Rowena, even the bit with the Seelie/UnSeelie King and the Concubine didn't jibe with what had already been established in the novels. Not a total turnoff, but someone needed to pay more attention to what had already been established previously.
The story itself is interesting. If you're a fan of the Fever series, you'll like this addition to that world. I enjoyed it immensely - even though I had some gripes with it - and look forward to reading the next novel in the series, Iced....more
For some reason, this whole book feels a little "off". Maybe it's because I got used to the Fever series being told in Mac's voice, I really don't knoFor some reason, this whole book feels a little "off". Maybe it's because I got used to the Fever series being told in Mac's voice, I really don't know. Plus, there are things in this book that I really don't remember from the Fever series - like Mac actively hunting Dani with the intent to kill her. I remember Mac being super-pissed, but realizing that Dani was manipulated by Rowena into luring Alina to her death. So the whole thing with Mac wanting to kill Dani is a bit hard for me to process.
Another thing I'm having a hard time with is the fact that Ryodan and Christian are obsessed with Dani, and not in a good way. Christian is at least 8 years older than Dani (probably more), is turning into an UnSeelie prince, and wants Dani to be his princess. Then there's Ryodan, who is who knows how old (hundreds of years, maybe?), and who also wants Dani. Geez, talk about a couple of pedophiles. That whole story line is just creepy.
I'm hoping things will be further explained in the next book in the Dani series and things aren't exactly as they seem on the surface....more