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
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)?
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.