by Terri Clark
Aly just won the ultimate grand prize from EnterTEENment Magazine: a trip to Los Angeles to visit the set of her fave show, Paranormal P.I., and meet hunky star Dakota Danvers live and in person!!!! She gets to take her best friend since, like, forever... yeah! (but has to take her older sister as her chaperone... crud!).
They head out for the best week ever for any pair of teenaged girls during the summer before their senior year.
It's the first truly good thing to happen to her, or at least the first thing she's gotten excited about, since her mother died in a car accident two years before.
Unfortunately, things aren't that easy.
Hollyweird's favorite actor is really the Son of Satan and his personal assistant is actually an undercover fallen angel sent by the Big Guy Himself to stop the spawn from whatever deadly plan he and his father have created.
Now Aly must come to grips with the fact that all the supes she's watched on TV are real, her celebrity crush is a douchebag, and her fave guy can't be with her because there are "rules" against that kind of thing.
Final thoughts: I thought this would be a cotton candy book. It was supposed to be fluffy, light, and filled with sugary sweetness. Sadly, it really just ticked me off. Missy served no real purpose except to cause problems. Des was there to be the human encyclopedia of supes and convince Aly. And Aly and Des were just STUPID. You've been warned that you're about to be confronted with the 7 Deadly Sins. You even count them off, so we know you know them. And yet when a complimentary cart of never-ending chocolate shows up, you scarf for 45 minutes of Gluttony?!?! Then, when you complain to the "management", you're strangely sent to the best suite in the house and waited on hand and foot, not noticing all the Sloth everywhere?? And even after you realize those were bad, you Lust after a man in the woman's shower at the beach and Greedily snatch up allegedly discarded designer clothes, shoes, and jewels (worth tens of thousands of dollars)?!?!! These don't register as problems to you?!?! So frustrating.
Dozens of made-up words, used only once each, that the author then has to have her characters explain?!? (Seems more like an "OOH! Look what I can do! I can make up stuff!")
Those, plus a rushed ending that had things never foreshadowed anywhere earlier in the book (almost a literal Deus ex Machina... how handy!), and a happy ending for all the good guys with no consequences or real danger, make this a poor choice.