Review: True Grime – Natasha Deen

Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Blueberry Hill (August 24, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0986741914
ISBN-13: 978-0986741913
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Grime cop and teen fairy Pepper Powder lives for one thing: protecting the human species from magical zealots who seek to eradicate them with Violent Illness of Unusual Resistance and Strength (humans call them “viruses,” but their mistake is understandable. The very young often get their words wrong.). When a terrorist leader releases a necrophage bomb, it not only decimates Grime headquarters, it turns Pepper into the magical world’s first fairy amputee—but she’s not going to let a little thing like a missing leg stop her. To catch her criminal, and prevent him from unleashing a VIURS in one of the human world’s biggest shopping centers, West Edmonton Mall, she goes undercover as a human. But once Pepper’s theories of humanity collide with the reality of bullies, cliques, and environmental destruction, will she still believe humanity’s worth saving?


Pepper Powder – Teenager, Fairy, Amputee and Grie Agent.
Aponi – A teenage Human friend of Pepper’s.
Harley Hands – Pepper’s partner in Grime.
Donovan – Pepper and Harley’s human contact.
clLou Louis – Pepper and Harley’s boss.
Claude Von Beulow – Escaped Criminal. Part of V.I.U.R.S.
Commissioner Paulus Puck – Grime Police.


This book was a humorous blend of both fantasy and mystery. The character of Pepper was one easy to love, and the comedy based off of our humanity was spot on. The storyline was interesting, and kept me compelled, and it fit with all the characters.

The book seemed to, beneath the surface, make a lot of statements about us as humans, and I felt that was one of the writer’s strengths.

There was some strong language and adult situations such as violence so I’d recommend it for older teens, but even the old fogies among us can enjoy the story, and it was an enjoyable story.

If you get the chance, pick up this book, I think you’ll love every minute of it. I did.

About the Author:

Natasha Deen graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in psychology. An advocate for vulnerable groups, she’s worked with the provincial government’s Children’s Services department as well as with non-profit agencies dedicated to helping functionally illiterate adults, and differently-abled people.

Realizing the power of allegory and myths to affect change in the lives of those around her, she turned to full time writing in 2005. Under the pseudonym Bronwyn Storm, she is a multi-published author with The Wild Rose Press.

Her novel, Ethan’s Chase, was nominated for a 2008 CAPA Award for excellence in romance. When not working on her manuscripts, she is a writing instructor and editor to teens, adults and children, and uses the template of the story to teach conflict resolution, empowerment and the “why” behind human behavior.

Natasha is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Canadian Authors’ Association, the Young Alberta Book Society, and sits on the board of YouthWrite. She is also a co-founder of the Edmonton Writing Group.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Mindi at Smith Publicity for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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2 Responses to “Review: True Grime – Natasha Deen”

  1. Natasha Deen Says:

    Hi Rick & Aly,

    Thank you so much for the great review! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the book. :-)

  2. Marjorie Says:

    I think this would be a fun book to read and thanks for the review.