14 September 2009

Demon Chick Book Review & Contest

Authoress: Marilyn Kaye Pages: 215 (paperback)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

My condensed version: Promised to the devil by her mother, Jessica must learn to navigate hell and figure out a way to stop her mother from ruining the world.

My take: Like a moth to a flame I am usually attracted to light tales. This story just did not do it for me. In an attempt to be as kind as possible I will keep my review short and simple.
  • The good: Kaye's take on hell is unlike anything I have ever read or heard of before. For good or bad it is definitely different and I could not help but think of the song "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds.
  • The bad: This book is very political and the writer repeatedly attacks and demonizes political and social stand points other than her own.
  • The ugly: Jessica's selfishness made it difficult for me to sympathize or root for her.
My rating: 2 stars = I really did not like this story. But the inventive premise and character Brad kept me from hating it.

3 for 3:
Main character: Self-absorbed ninny
Plot: Unique & oddly plausible
Setting: Dark sad thinkable

The Meter Readings:
Adventure-o-meter: Very low
Kiddie-o-meter: This is a story about hell so it has neglect, sin, sex, death, murder, temptation, and a overabundance of political and social commentary. In essence keep this away from tweens.
Adult-o-meter: This is definitely a book geared toward older teens and adults.

Love the love?: No but I did really start to love Brad. Weird considering he was a demon but in the book being a demon is like a 9-5 job. Underneath it all he is a young man that made a mistake, got sent to hell, and does his best to make the best out of his lot. He continuously shows Jessica kindness, patience, consideration, respect, and love.

Worth-a-read?: Check it out from the library or scroll down to contest for directions on how to win my ARC copy.

Cover Love: What do you think? Which do you prefer? Pint sized cutesy devil (from the Advanced Readers Copy) or the main character (final cover)?


Contest:
Beauty and book love is in the eye of the beholder.
So if you are interested in giving this story a read (and live in the U.S. or Canada) enter to win my ARC (little devil cover) copy. I only ask you be (or become) a follower and comment with your email address below. Existing followers will receive an additional entry. Contest ends September 30th.

Shout out: Thank you Mandy from Edge of Seventeen for making this contest possible. You rock darlin'!

Quotable: "It was interesting, though, to learn that even the devil's flunkies could be intimidated by a cheerleader."

Noteable: This book is schedule to release in the US September 15, 2009.


Psst: This is the answer to last week's Wordless Wednesday: Can You Name That Cover?

My final say: I told husbandbear I felt like I needed a shower after this one.

31 comments :

  1. I would LOVE to be entered in your draw. I am a follwer of your blog.
    wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I was already a follower.

    I'm sorry that you didn't like this one, but unlike you I am very into dark stories and this one sounds very intriguing!

    shutupjessicasreading at gmaildotcom

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  3. I think I'll stay away from this one... I like the ARC cover much better.

    No need to enter me in the contest. Great review as always :D

    ♥ Nely

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  4. I like the ARC cover better, but I can see why the finished cover might be more marketable.

    Don't enter me in the contest. I enjoyed your review much more than I think I would like the actual book.

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  5. I don't think I'll be picking this up, I liked your honest review. No need to enter me in the contest

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  6. I love the new cover.who is BRAD lol i really want 2 read this book

    already a follower

    redleocat at yahoo.com

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  7. Just the name makes me not want to read it. Is this really what teenagers want to read?

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  8. Not entering, just wanted to say thanks for the review. It's always great to know what I can leave *off* the wishlist.

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  9. I love the cover, it's disappointing you didn't like it. But it would be good for my Helluva Halloween, so I am going to go ahead and enter. Been a follower for awhile now. :)
    ~Misty (mbradenwf@gmail.com)

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  10. Thanks for giving us the answer! I feel so much better now. You're kinda sneaky, you know that? lol
    I never would have guessed this one. Why did it look so familiar to me? Hmm...

    Another excellent review. Thank you for your honesty. :)

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  11. I'm sorry you didn't like this one! I'm a fan of darker tales, so perhaps I'd like it? At any rate, please enter me to win it!

    +1 I'm already a follower

    celialarsen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Thanks for commenting on my picture today. I love to see what everyone thinks and how differant we can all see the same space.

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  13. Hm, please enter me in the giveaway! I liked your honest review, but I always like to get my hands on books to try them out, even if they're horrible. I'm an old follower. :)

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  14. Don't enter me because I already won one, but I did want to comment on the review! It sounds like an interesting premise, but I think it's definitely a turn-off that the author only focuses on their own political and social views. I might try it, if I can pick it up at the library...we shall see. Great review, thanks for being honest!

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  15. If I wanted to read political opinions I would read political books, NOT ya ones. As such, this seriously puts me off this story.

    In a weird way, I do want to read this book, maybe I'll end up liking it? Who knows.

    Great review, Juju! :) And I like the cover with the blond chick more than the one with the baby.

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  16. Please enter me. I like books that other people didn't like so much...or rather...I sometimes like reading books I know I might not like...wow - does that make any sense at all? :)

    I'm a follower

    WilowRaven[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  17. Oh my, is it that bad? The whole thing about hell is something I haven't heard of before. It may appeal to some, but I'm not so sure.

    As for the cover, I'm not sure... If I were buying a copy, I'd buy the one with the little devil on it, not the other one. I'm just saying ...

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  18. There is an award waiting for you on my blog -- http://redhousebooks.blogspot.com/2009/09/awards.html

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  19. I am a new follower
    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

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  20. Hummm.... Great review but I think I might skip this title. There are just so many books on my TBR pile already....

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  21. Please include me.

    I am a follower

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  22. I already follow and love all the book ideas :)

    danielledrn(at)yahoo(dot).com

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  23. I dont know whether this is my taste, but each to their own and getting published is an achievement of it's own!

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  24. The bad ones help you appreciate the good. Sorry it didn't work for you. Doesn't sound like I'd enjoy it either. I need lots of action.

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  25. So glad to hear your honest reviews. I don't want to waste my time with so many good reads out there!

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  26. already a follower!

    andrearobbins10@yahoo.com

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  27. Aw, to obad on this one. It looked cool enough. Thanks for the review, though.
    I like the cutesy demon cover better. It remind me of those cute 30's babies that have pointy heads.

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  28. already a follower :)

    danielleeloko78@aol.com

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  29. I would like to be added into the drawing! I have just become a follower!

    titania86[at]yahoo.com

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  30. I would love to be entered to win your ARC. I love the little devil baby on the cover. =]

    I am already a follower.

    katieb206@gmail.com

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  31. ****Please note***************
    This contest is closed.
    The winner was announced October 1st

    To view the results visit:
    http://www.talesofwhimsy.com/2009/10/demon-chick-contest-winner.html

    Thank you for visiting and entering.
    :)

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