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Set in modern-day Washington, D.C., Requiem for the Devil depicts the end of the Devil's ten-billion-year career. For the first time in his existence, Lucifer falls in love, and this event threatens to transform his identity and perhaps even his destiny. Gianna O'Keefe is the woman who drags him out of his ancient despair and points him toward possible salvation. Yet Lucif...more
Paperback, 387 pages
Published April 15th 2001 by Grand Central Publishing
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ALPHAreader

This is Jeri Smith-Ready’s first published work. She wrote it for the 2000 Writer’s Association Novel contest. Because I love Smith-Ready’s ‘Aspect of Crow’ and ‘WVMP’ series, I was really interested in reading her first literary foray. I’m so glad that I did.

I loved this book. It reminded me a lot of Kevin Smith’s 1999 (awesome) film ‘Dogma’ - beautifully and hilariously depicting biblical characters in the modern world. Lucifer hangs out with three demon cronies – Beelzebub, Belial and Mephist...more
Marsha
Requiem for the Devil was a wonderful story of what happens when the ultimate bad guy (Lucifer) finds love. Lucifer or Lou has been on earth for billions of years savory every bad deed he can possible muster. Then, he meet Gianna and immediately realizes that this is not his usual one night stand. Gianna is not a perfect angel, she is just a 35 year old woman who wants to do good while exercising her feminist nature. I found the plot very different from anything that has been published before an...more
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
What happens when Lucifer falls in love? Well, first you try to figure out why the hell he fell in love with this human.

Gianna could be very irritating. She was combative with Lucifer – or as she knows him, Louis – off the bat with really no provocation (that she knows of). He was rich and that was enough for her to be antagonistic toward him. At one point he even had to ask her, "What did I do to deserve that comment?" Yes, he's Lucifer, but she doesn't know that. She doesn't know much about hi...more
Andrea
I've been turning this one over in my mind for over a day now. This is a tough, tough review to write. Not because I didn't like it, I loved Requiem for the Devil. I think this is so hard because I don't think I can adequately explain this book. But I feel this book deserves a review, however inadequate I may be.

Quite simply, Requiem is a story of the transformative power of love, and redemption. There has never been a "bigger baddie" than the devil. To take the ultimate scary, bad guy and turn...more
Megan
Apr 02, 2010 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Megan by: Michelle
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Asmaa
Rating: 4.25/5

I never thought that one day I would say this, but I think that I'm having a serious case of "Sympathy For The Devil".

This book... Seriously, I have no idea how to write down my feelings about it. It tricked me so many times that I don't trust myself with my thoughts right now; the author did a fine job misleading me everytime I thought I knew which way the story was going, but then she would take an entirely different path, leaving me breathless and gasping until the very end.

And...more
Jennie
I would give this book 6 stars or more if i could. I absolutley loved it. It's a great story of love and redemption, but also amusing and fun. I think this is the first time i have actually cried my eyes out with a book, but it was great!
Vanessa
This book left me speechless for about one hour, then a million of thoughts collapsed in my brain. The author didn't sugarcoated the story, there were parts where I couldn't bare to read the next sentence but at the same time couldn't read it fast enough, if you know what I mean.
For me this novel is just brilliant, like the author's other works. This one blew up my mind; it made me cry so, so much. She has an amazing ability to describe heart-ripping situations.

Louis character was addictive, bec...more
Selena
Wow..wouldn't you know it. I'm in love.

Who could've imagined; Lucifer, evil itself, falling in love? After falling from paradise and residing for billions of years on this God forsaken earth, Lucifer's heart has been captured by a mere mortal.

Gianna; headstrong, Catholic, fighter for the poor. Lucifer cannot help but be enthralled by her. But how can this love ever be? How can he be the Devil when because of Gianna, he is slowly regaining his humanity and instead of destroyign lives, he is sav...more
Joy (joyous reads)
If Lucifer walks among us, where would he be? Washington D.C. of course! Maybe it was intentional, but I thought that having the devil and his minions in the capital was befitting. After all, if you wanted to spread evil, the first thing to do was incite blind ambition to the politicians who would bargain with the devil himself.

This is the story of Lucifer, his fall and his eventual salvation. I've got to be honest though, I've got this idealism that the Devil procures gore. Well, was I disappo...more
Crystal Carroll
This is is one of my favorite books.

Its really difficult to adequately explain this book. I mean, okay, the devil falls in love huh, but no really, it was an incredible book. A continuation of Milton’s Paradise Lost and yet the emotion is straight Dante.

At its core is a concept that I happen to believe. Love transforms. It stretches us. Makes us willing to do the other thing. Little loves are practice for the big loves. Big loves enable us to admit to the little loves. All love is a reflection...more
Mark Vrabel
"Please allow me to introduce" my comments by sharing the fact I won a copy of this book signed by the author. The devil is alive and well, not exactly well, as he is unsure how to handle his feelings of love toward human Gianna O'Keefe, as he has never experienced the emotion before. In his human form Lucifer is Louis Carvalho, a handsome, wealthy government consultant in Washington, D.C. As their dating progresses to more serious involvement -- including a visit to Gianna's family during Chris...more
Tonya
While I list this as a paranormal romance, it's more a character piece. Lucifer and his pals are unrepentantly evil and there is some humor appropriate to that. Even when he's falling in love, we never really get brooding devil who regrets what he did. At the end, as he has hope to be reunited with all that he's lost, Lucifer is still a bit on the arrogant side and doesn't repent, even though he has changed. He is who he is, but we're left with the possibility that he will still be loved no matt...more
D.B.
My favorite books to read, and the kind I aspire to write, have the power to make me laugh, cry, think - and above all, stick with me such that I revisit them time and again.

This is one of those stories.

Bring your hanky. You may not think you'll need it, but you will. You can't find a more flawed, unlikely hero than Lucifer himself - and the author doesn't sugar coat his nature (in spite of the humor and snark that peppers the book and adds a believable, humanizing element to every character). W...more
Nicole
This book was great. From other reviews I had read that it was ok, unrealistic or disapointing but to me it wasn't at all. This book took me through many emotions and at times had me laughing out loud continuously and other times crying. I loved the progress the characters made and how well and perfectly matched they seemed to be for one another. There were definitely surprises, but neccessary ones. And from a person who normally only reads series I wasn't at all disapointed. =)
Lisa
Jeri Smith-Ready's first novel is romantic, thought provoking, stirring and funny (beware, some of the humor is dark, but hey, what would you expect when it involves the devil?). Nearly Shakespearean, it's a love story that touches on the power of redemption and reconciliation. If any story could inspire some 'sympathy for the devil', this would be it.
Shelley VanWitzenburg
Wow! Jen was right! Better than Twilight! :)
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

This book gets a 4 stars because I liked most of it. The ending wasn't really my cup of tea, but the rest of the book amazed me. When I started it, I wasn't sure what I was expecting, I just knew that I loved Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade enough to want to read something else by her. Lucifer, as a character, well, I adore him. Stubbornly leading his comrads to do evil deeds and fornicate and enjoy life as he saw fit rather than how an...more
Miranda Polanía Vélez
It's been a few days since I last read a book... I must admit I got sidetrack with my life. Anyway I picked up this book because I saw a funny quote from it while I was browsing for information pertaining a paper for a class and I decided to read it. I must say It was an extremely wonderful book, I usually grade 4 stars to all the books because even if I don't really like them, they took hard work and dedication from a lot of people and that must count for something... This book tells a story of...more
Yvenande
4 Unexpected Stars

This book is a little hard to describe and review but I'm going to do my best. I picked up this book because it had an original and interesting premise. I didn't know what I was expecting from the book but it wasn't what I got. The first part of this book was boring as hell (pun intended). Don't get me wrong, it was well-written but I couldn't relate to the characters. The Devil seemed more like a bored rich playboy while Gianna was just a generic character and the things that...more
Graham
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Kris
I do rather like Jeri Smith-Ready and this book rather reminded me a bit of how Lilith Saintcrow and Karen Marie Morning write. I like the characterization, the writing style, the quips and sarcastic remarks, and a decent bit about this story. But sadly not enough for even 3-stars.

Ultimately I suppose I knew I wouldn't like this book for the overtly religious aspects of it. I found myself losing interest half-way through and put it down for a couple of days to see if I would go back and finish i...more
Traci
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If I could rate this book any higher I would! In Requiem for the Devil Jeri Smith-Ready takes you on an awe inspiring journey. I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I cursed, and I loved! I can't stress enough how much I love this book. Even with reading plenty of other reviews, nothing prepared me for the story that completely drew me in. It is a book that will be on my mind for days to come. I know I will be re-reading this at some point ju...more
Marianne
Over the years, I have often ascribed songs to books I've loved. Sometimes because I listened to that particular song while I read the book, sometimes because one song in particular just reminds me so much of the book. For me, this book is Sara Brightman's rendition of Who Wants to Live forever by Queen. Hauntingly beautiful. But sad. So sad.

This is not a case of young, virginal beauty meets sexy bad-boy/devil, an often used (abused) theme that reminds me of a PNR version of Lolita. No, Lou's (L...more
Nikki
I'm a sucker for a catchy premise. The Devil finds love; wackiness (view spoiler) ensues.

The Devil, or Louis to the human world, is the head of a consulting firm in DC (fitting) along with Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, and Belial. These demons/lads about town have a good time turning a heady profit in between bouts of mayhem and destruction and wooing numerous one-night stands (and occasionally each other) into their beds. Until one fateful night when the Devil happens i...more
Jael
Most people who know me would be surprised in my reading of this book and even liking it. If I'm reading a cover jacket or back of the book and said book is about angels or anything to do with Judeo-Christianity; then, I will put it back and avoid it like the Plague (however I had made an exception with Hush, Hush. But it was an ARC and let us not speak of it again).

I had come across Jeri Smith-Ready through her WVMP Radio series which I adore and thought I'd give her other work a try. I didn't...more
Bea
I really enjoyed this book. Its biggest advantage was the whole idea of God being not that good and the Devil beinig not that bad. The borders between the Good and the Bad were in general faded and not easy to recognize, especially at the end. Louis vel Lucifer (the Devil himself) became actually a hero. Even at the beginnig, he seldom did harm, only sometimes and only to people he didn't know or to bad people. What I don't understand is why he fell in love with Gianna. To me she was no one spec...more
Ana
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Ani
May 13, 2008 Ani rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Jean Tatro
A quick, engaging read. Once I started I literally couldn't put it down and ended up going to bed much later then I planned. It was a cotton candy for the mind sort of book, with touches of social, political, and religious commentary that put some meat on its bones. It's funny too, for most of the book every other line made me smile.

At its heart it's a romance. There's nothing earthshaking or genre bending, but it's a good read with a heart tugging ending. Gianna is one of those ever elusive str...more
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Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. A steady stream of caffeine has produced twelve published novels for teens and adults since 2001.

Jeri lives in Maryland with her husband and two cats, who often play tag-team "sit in the author's lap and keep her from writing." (The cats, that is, not the husband. Though, actually...)
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