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Title: Pretend a Little
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] tolieawake
Fandom: Grimm
Genre: AU, Pretending to Date Romance
Pairing: Sean Renard/Nick Burkhart
Length: Medium (37,345 words & counting)

Author's Summary:
“I know this is a lot to take in,” Renard said, spreading his hands and leaning forward over the desk. “But unfortunately, recent circumstances are forcing our hand.”
“Which means we have to date.”
“To give the appearance of dating, yes.”
Nick laughed. “This is insane.”

Review:
It's a fairly standard romance trope, but this author is one of the best in the Grimm fandom and this fic is a good example of their work. A nice fic (WIP atm) to add to the bookmarks for Sean/Nick shippers.

Pretend a Little (on AO3)
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Title: Shade and Shackles
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] dracox_serdriel
Fandom: Grimm, Sherlock BBC
Genre: Crossover, Casefic
Pairing: Mary/John, Juliette/Nick, Monroe/Rosalee
Length: Medium (35,748 words)
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
Detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin investigate a series of incidents when Portland becomes host to a series of dangerous, unprovoked riots and an international serial killer. In London, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have their own string of odd cases that eventually create a rift between Lestrade and Sherlock.

But when a double homicide attracts international attention, the consulting detectives collide with an American who seems to have incredible insight into not only the current case, but their recent oddities. Unfortunately, his odd secrecy makes him more enigmatic than helpful, and his presence seems to attract an undue level of violence.

National and investigative rivalries, hidden knowledge, and a dangerous political movement cloud the work of an American Grimm and the consulting detectives.

Review:
This is a really twisted casefic written for the Case Story Big Bang and it keeps you guessing, even if you do know both fandoms well. It's written in the converging plotlines format so the two fandoms start out fairly separate and slowly converge. I sometimes felt like it was a little disjointed or not quite fully thought through, but it's overall a good fic. The art for the fic, by [archiveofourown.org profile] mella68 , is also fantastic and captures the mood of the fic well.

Shade and Shackles (on AO3)
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Title: The Grimm and the Angel
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] bellacatbee
Fandom: Grimm, Supernatural
Genre: Urban Fantasy, romance, casefic, fusion
Pairing: Dean/Castiel
Length: Medium (23,307 Words)

Author's Summary:
Dean Winchester is a Grimm, the latest in a long line.

As far as Dean’s concerned, Wesen are dangerous, but to his surprise, he finds himself swearing to protect an Angel, a rare Wesen, from the group of organ traffickers who are after him.

Castiel, the Angel, can heal the sick and the dying. Although initially neither Dean or Castiel are happy to work together, slowly, they find themselves drawn together.

Review:
This is a Grimm Fusion - it stars the Supernatural characters (Dean, Castiel, Charlie, Sam, Gabriel, Meg, etc) but takes place in the Grimm universe with a plot that involves bits of both and a lot of creativity.  I'd call this a good Supernatural fic , slightly less so as a Grimm fic - these can't have been easy fandoms to blend and it was well done in that respect (which is the top reason I think this fic deserves a rec)... it's just that it's ended up the sort of story that appeals to the Supernatural fan but less so to the Grimm fan, especially in terms of characterization and character interactions, the style of the case (even as it involves technical elements of Grimm canon), and the tone of the storytelling. 

The Grimm and the Angel (on AO3)
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Title: The Crossbow Paradox
Autho
r: [archiveofourown.org profile] fleurofthecourt
Fandom: Grimm
Pairing:
Nick/Monroe
Genre:
Romance, Time Travel
Length:
Medium (Words: 11,167 WIP)

Author's Summary:
“So let me get this straight,” Monroe said, as he methodically and thoughtfully tapped his fingers along the end table, “you could go back to one specific moment in time to change what happened?”
Nick nodded.

“And you picked the moment we met instead of the moment before I got hacked apart by a regal reaper with a vendetta and a machete?” Monroe asked. “What are you, an idiot?”
---
Can Nick and Monroe fix the past for Monroe and change the future for Nick? Spoilers -- they totally can.

Review:
Not a lot of Grimm time travel fics out there, and as its my favorite trope, I wasn't about to pass this one up. It's sort of a fix-it but for a non-canon situation. I like the premise that's explained in the summary too - it works/is in character and its insane at the same time which is very Grimm.

The Crossbow Paradox (on AO3)
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Title: Sobek Drowning
Autho
r: [archiveofourown.org profile] paburke 
Fandom: Grimm, Criminal Minds
Genre: Crossover, Case!fic
Length: Medium (Words: 16,111)
Admin note: rec'd on fancake, rec'd on TV Tropes

Summary:
“Portland, Oregon has requested assistance. They have a killer that likes to break bodies and he’s not particular as to whose.” The BAU tries to work with Detectives Griffin and Burkhardt to catch a sadist.

Review:
Great case-fic and great crossover.  It's interesting seeing Nick try to work the case with people he can't explain his leads to.  It's also cool seeing his Grimm skills from an alt POV.  Most of the characterizations are very good (Renard is a little fluffy compared to canon).  The case is great and fits the style of both fandoms very well.

Sobek Drowning (on AO3)

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Title: Phoenix Burning
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Eligh 
Fandom: Grimm
Pairings: Monroe/Nick
G
enre: AU, Romance, case fic
Length: Medium (Words: 25,981)

Author's Summary:
In which a baby-grimm Nick investigates a serial arsonist and Monroe makes his living running into burning buildings.

Review:
In this AU, Monroe is a firefighter and Nick meets him investigating some wesen-related arsons.  This is a well-written ship fic and I like that its also a good case fic.

Phoenix Burning (on AO3)
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Title: The Grimm Grimmoire
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] LittleBounce 
Fandom: Grimm
Genre: Humor
Length: Short (Words: 17,662)
Warnings: uses British English

Author's Summary:
What went into Sean Renard's college report? What does a Grimm's mid-life crisis look like? How thick is Monroe's file of Nick-Accidents? How well does a Grimm adapt to modern technology? How do you prank a Grimm/Blutbad/Lowen? A series of VERY, VERY SILLY one-shots showing the outside edges of the lives of our favourite Grimm characters... past, present and future...

Review:

Chapters 1 and 6 are especially good.  I've already rec'd this author once and just like before, there's a warning for the Britishisms but it's less of an issue in this fic than the other.  For the Americans, the comma discussion in Chapter 8... well, it won't make a lot of sense to anyone who isn't British so you may have to just skip it.  There's not really a point to any of these unconnected chapters, except to be funny.  The humor varies between them a bit so you may enjoy different ones than I did.

The Grimm Grimmoire (on ff.net)
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Title: It Has Begun
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Evey_Edge 
Fandom: Grimm
Genre: General
Length: Short (Words: 17,662)

Author's Summary:
Nick confronts Renard about his secret identity. How will Renard handle the situation? NOT SLASH! Takes place after 2x02.

Review:
Good gen!fic.  There are a lot of typos in this one that a simple self-proofread would have caught, but I like the characterization and the plot is simple but solid and developed appropriate to the length of this story.  Nick is BAMF in this one and Renard is awesome as the cunning bastard. 

It Has Begun (on ff.net)

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Title: Inheritance; United Federation of Rare Species; and Waifs and Strays
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] LittleBounce 
Fandom: Grimm
Genre: General
Length: Long (Words: 125,099)
Warnings: OC-centric, contains Britishisms

Author's Summary:
1. There are some elements of life pre-Grimm that Nick doesn't want back, like bad memories, overbearing women, or strangers bearing dodgy gifts... Some blasts from the past take a little time to get used to.
2. To help Hank acclimatise to Nick's new way of life, he and Monroe take Hank on a Boys' Grand Night Out to a wesen club. But things do not go to plan and when things get really wild, Nick finds his little band of brothers growing wider than he'd expected... (significant Nick whump; minor Monroe whump, OCs introduced, and some angst).
3. Nick's having trouble with his Grimm-life-work balance. Just because Nick is pretty open minded about the type of wesen that wander into his life these days (not all the 'villains' are villainous) it doesn't mean he wants to adopt them en masse. But one little guy is in a whole lot more trouble than he's letting on and needs a Grimm and his 'big gun' pals to come to his rescue...

Review:
Okay, so before I go any further... the warnings: yes, this is OC-centric and yes, this OC ticks quite a few Gary Stu boxes.  I don't care.  Maybe its because I have a serious weakness for strong, clever characters who really need a hug, but I like Jan so *shrugs*.  This fic is also written by a British author using mostly British English.  I've lived both sides of the pond and I started in the Harry Potter fandom so the whole Americanisms/Britishisms thing is a non-issue for me --- your mileage may vary.

What I would like to see changed about this fic... I think a few of those Gary Stu boxes could be unticked without changing the essential story.  I'd like to see the whole alpha/eighth royal house thing cut.  Make Jan a regular Lowen - he can still keep the charisma and natural leadership skills without that level of biological determinism.  Following on from that, if Jan's just an ordinary guy, pedigree-wise, he (and Renard) will have some serious choices to make - Jan could stay as a regular guy working his way up in the police department, he could be a good royalist and join Renard and use his skills to help strengthen Renard's position, or he could challenge Renard and take the story down a plot exploring alternatives and opposition to the Royal Families.  Having these choices could change Renard's role in the story too (and by having him not be steamrolled by an OC with a higher royal rank than him unticks another Gary Stu box), because for each option Jan has, Renard could react in a number of ways (and he could react in anticipation as well) which has the potential for a lot more plot.

On to the reasons I like this fic... I think it's a great gen!fic series in a fandom that does a lot of under-developed ship!fic.  It's well-written and very, very detailed, with fantastic characterizations.  I like how the characters are kept busy - it makes the world seem more real and alive somehow, perhaps just in comparison to the standard Monster Of The Week and ship!fic formats.  I also really like that Nick gets to have a strong support network of people who know about Wesen and I especially like stories that have Wesen cops.  It all just sets Nick up as a more normal guy living in the mostly-real world as opposed to the dark hero who has to fght desperate and alone to hold the line against the Dark.  We've already seen one Wesen cop briefly in canon so there ought to be others, especially in a canton that seems to have a place for a lot of Wesen (probably because its hard to find that kind of community without also ending up with a ruler trying to grind the population under the heel of a jackboot).  And yet, the author manages to walk a reasonable line between canon's isolation of Nick (as The Chosen One) and the fanon Nick as adopter of every wayward Wesen.  And if all those lovely thing weren't enough, this story made me laugh... a lot (it's not a humor fic, it just has funny people in it).

Inheritance; United Federation of Rare Species; and Waifs and Strays (on ff.net)
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Title: Change of Atmosphere
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] darksquirrel 
Fandom: Grimm
Pairings: none
Genre:
General
Length: Short (Words: 16,950)

Author's Summary:
AU where Marie Kessler never made it to Portland. Nick and Monroe end up meeting in a slightly less dramatic fashion.

Review:
I really like the premise of this fic --- Nick thinks he's going crazy because of what he sees as a Grimm and has a pretty rough time because of that.  I think Monroe's voice is fantastic and Hank's is pretty good too.  Also, I like that the author gave them tasers as well as guns which is pretty common these days and neatly avoids the issue of Hank shooting a fleeing suspect in the back in the pilot episode.  That said, I do have one problem with the fic: the premise of the fic is "What might Nick's life have been like if Aunt Marie hadn't made it to Portland to explain the Grimm thing to him?" but the conclusion of the fic is "We finally got the guy who killed the girls."  It's like the problem presented at the beginning doesn't match the resolution at the end. The resolution that matches the initial problem is relegated to sort of an afterthought like "btw, someone finally told Nick what he was seeing was real."  But it's still a great fic and a couple of scenes in particular are just fantastic so I'd still give this fic a 4.5/5 --- definitely worth a read.

Change of Atmosphere (on AO3)
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Title: The Prince of Portland
Author: Morgaine aka [archiveofourown.org profile] smilla840 
Fandom: Grimm
Pairings: Nick Burckhardt/Sean Renard
Genre:
Fantasy, Political, Romance
Length: Short (Words: 13,570)

Author's Summary:
Captain Renard has plans for Nick and he will go to great lengths to keep him alive until he can fulfill them - including using some unconventional methods like tasking a Blutbad with his safety.

Review:
Written very early in the series, this fic takes Grimm in a different direction, much more High Fantasy.  The stuff this fic makes up about Royals and Renard's background has, of course, been Jossed, but the fic itself still works well.  The romance plot is, imo, a little weak and a little too forced-shippy, but when it comes right down to it, that's easy to forgive because this fic has action, duels, big secrets, politics, and a Big Bad and its got Renard and Nick working together for the good of the city's Wesen.

The Prince of Portland (on AO3)
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Title: Monroe's Fairytale Halfway House
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] mrsvc 
Fandom: Grimm
Pairings: Nick Burkhardt/Monroe,Roddy Geiger/Barry Rabe
Genre:
Family
Length: Short (Words: 8,034)
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
Monroe looks at Nick, with his bright blue eyes and his silly teenage boy hair cut, and he thinks maybe it isn't so silly, that Barry thought they were together. It should be ridiculous, a Grimm and a Blutbad, and it kind of was, but right now, Monroe saw it as a whole different type of hilarious. It was trying to find every one's shoes at night when Barry and Roddy left to go out to eat, or slipping a few dollars in Gracie's pocket before she and Hansen left in the morning. It was Holly curled up on the floor with her head on Nick's knee waiting for her mom to come pick her up. It was beers at midnight, when the house was quiet, and coffee in the morning when it wasn't so peaceful.

Review:
It's so sweet and fluffy!  It's all warm and fuzzy feelings.  There's not much plot and certainly none of the violent fantasy-bordering-on-horror + cop drama that is canon, just the unconventional ("chosen") family relationships going on.  This is such a feel-good fic.

Monroe's Fairytale Halfway House (on AO3)


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Title: Nimble Tongue
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] laetificare 
Fandom: Grimm
Pairing: Nick/Juliette, Nick/Monroe
Genre: AU, Fantasy
Length: Short (Words: 17,397)
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake, rec'd on TV Tropes

Author's Summary:
Nick is cursed to lie.

Review:
The Author's Summary doesn't say a lot but basically, Detective Nick Burkhardt is working a cold case when the victim's mother realizes he's a Grimm.  She's Wesen and not interested in hearing how Nick's not like those other Grimms so she curses him so everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie.  Everything.  Now he's got a partner who thinks he's started a prank war, a girlfriend who hasn't even noticed, and a court case coming up where he really can't get on the stand under oath and say his name is Nigel Bancroft and he's not a detective.  On the up side, at least his best friend/maybe something more is really good at charades.  He has to figure out how to fix it and, of course, it could never be as simple as convincing the witch to undo the spell.
It's this character storyline that I really like.  I think it plays well with canon even now, by commenting on how things could have gone differently depending on who Nick trusted with what information about the Wesen and the Grimm thing (this fic was written mid-way through Season 1, before Adalind cursed Juliette and before the Verrat storyline became important).  I would have liked to see the case plot and its related world-building handled a little better purely because the show is a cop drama, but that isn't what this fic is and with the quality of the curse and character plot, I think the fic is still good with backgrounding the case. 

One problem I have with the fic though is that I could really have done without the brief jaunt into soulmate philosophy - particularly when he uses it against Renard, it just seemed like it came out of left-field and broke my suspension of disbelief for a bit.

Nimble Tongue (on AO3)

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