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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review – Sympathy for the Devil by Christine Pope

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Title: Sympathy for the Devil

Author: Christine Pope

Publisher: Pink Petal Books

Buy Link: Buy Sympathy for the Devil Here!

Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewed By: Janelle


You know what they say about deals with the Devil…

This time the deal the Devil makes is with God, who offers him a chance at redemption if he can experience human love. Easy enough, according to the Devil, who thinks that making the woman God has chosen fall in love with him will be a simple task. Unfortunately, Lucifer didn't count on interfering demons, blundering boyfriends, and a young woman who has more questions than he's willing to answer.


I think I should start by stating the painfully obvious: this story has religious overtones - specifically Christian. Religion is one of those topics that can be very touchy simply because no two people can agree on it 100%. While the topic does not bother me personally, I do understand that it can be off-putting to some readers.

On the technical side, there are a lot of rather noticeable typos even in a story this long. These include misspelled words and awkward sentence structure.

As to the characters, they are rather flat. He is Lucifer, an angel who had the balls to challenge God, and she is the woman hand-picked to save his soul. These characters should be larger then life. But they are instead amazingly ordinary. Christa lacks any sort of passion for anything, she walks down the very median of life content to have little opinion on most subjects. And the Devil comes off as a run-of-the-mill, trust-fund pretty boy. His biggest displays of power are a few spontaneous location jumps and semi-omnipresence.

The plot is fairly standard, but well executed. It does show that the heroine has a life beyond the hero and is still a strong, capable human being in and of herself.

Overall, it's a good book, but nothing extraordinary.

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