A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{January 6, 2012}   Devilish by Maureen Johnson

Plot:  Jane and her friend Allison have never been popular at Saint Teresa’s Preparatory School for Girls. They are too quirky and different. But after an embarrassing disaster, Allison’s reputation seems forever ruined. She returns to school transformed: stylish and distant. Jane is merely concerned until she learns that Allison has made a pact with the devil. It will take all of Jane’s intelligence and courage to save her friend’s soul and her own.

This is not Johnson’s best work but it it is a fun, light read.

Devilish is an interesting take on the idea of selling your soul to the devil. I appreciate the way wit, rather than any kind of epic battle, is used to save the day. That being said, this is not a horror story: it is not even remotely scary. It is so silly, in fact, that even the handful of violent episodes are impossible to take seriously. But it is the kind of silly that made me smile and I appreciate that in a book.

The romance, however, is quite disappointing. Owen’s love for Jane and hers for him seem to come out of nowhere and many things about Owen are never explained (why can’t he kiss her?). I felt like parts of the book were missing or that a little romance was tacked on at the end. With Owen’s past, he could have been an interesting love interest but it was wasted. The story would have been a better one without this halfhearted attempt at romance.

2012 (#4)


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