May 30, 2012

Book Review: Hollyweird by Terri Clark

At First Sight: Aly King needs something good happening in her life, she just hasn't been the same since her mom died a couple of years ago. So when she wins a contest to meet Paranormal P.I. star Dakota Danvers - which includes an all-expense paid trip to L.A. - Aly is ready to jump on a plane with her best friend Desi and have some fun, even if her dad is making her take along her older sister Missy as a chaperon. 

In L.A. Jameson is trying to get back into God's good graces and get his wings back. As a fallen angel, he's willing to do whatever it takes to take the "Fallen" out of the equation, even if that means going undercover as Dakota's personal assistant and try to stop his evil plots, since Dakota is Satan's son and all. 

Jameson wasn't planning on having to deal with Aly and Co. or with liking Aly so much, but his handler Mikey (a.k.a. Archangel Michael) tells him it's all in God's plan and so he goes along with it.

Second Glance: All in all, Hollyweird was a fun book to read. I liked all the characters - specially Jameson, though I don't think he was as developed as he could have been, I loved his conversations with Mikey and the text messages he got from God. The angels in this story seemed to have a great sense of humor, which I appreciated because I'm tired of mopey angels suffering all over books lately. And  as Daisy @Between the Pages mentions, I'm glad Jameson was only 19, he made a lot more sense that way and it took away the creepy-Edward factor. 

I also really liked Desi and Aly's relationship, these are two girls who have stuck together through thick and thin, even though they are very different from each other. Missy was a little more of a plot-device for me, she was a standard Diva-esque mean girl for a big part of the book so I was a bit meh about her, but she didn't bother me overly much. 

The plot was simple enough, and I thought it was OK for the most part, only that it felt a little rushed, particularly toward the end. Also, I felt like Aly and Jameson fell for each other rather quickly. 

On the other hand, I didn't find this book to be offensive in the religious aspect, at least I was able to take it in the spirit of fun, the way angels are portrayed and all, and I was raised by a hard-core catholic Grandmother; so Hollyweird gets props for that. 

Bottom Line: A quick, fun read, not my favorite book ever, but it's fluffy and funny and not too angsty though still paranormal.  

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