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Penitence (Heavenly #2)

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Book Two. Seeing good and evil spirits is a gift Zoe guards with her life. Despite her guardian angel's disappearance, Zoe forces herself to accept that she still has a purpose-but how does she carry the weight of her brother's drug abuse, the hardship of living with an autistic sister, and a best friend who's obsessed with a guy who only wants Zoe? She's never felt more ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Grove Creek Publishing
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JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
I just finished Penitence a few days ago and had to give myself some time to reflect and absorb the contents of this book. Let me just start by saying if you haven’t heard of this book or you have been considering it, add it to you list of series to read now. As I mentioned in my review of Heavenly this series is excellent. I am currently reading the last of the books Absolution. I find myself wanting to slow down because I don’t want the story to end. Completing the last book will be like ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Nic rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, angels, 2010, swap
Rating 3.5 stars

Hmm... again I seem to be having trouble writing a review for this book like the first one. I liked this book but I don't think I was in the mood for it. It the whole its me not you thing . I found it to be a fast moving, emotional story filled with suprises but I think my trouble is it didn't have enough make me smile moments. The ending of course was a big cliffhanger leaving so many unanswered questions arghh!!! Despite my confused feelings I do want to read Absolution. I hope
Nov 10, 2010 Det rated it it was ok
The first book in the series started started ok. This book however was a drag for me to finish. I have to admit, I find the lead character a bit annoying. I get that she is in love with this guardian angel, Matthias, but sometimes I find her a bit whiny. And although I know that their love is impossible, there's a point in the book that I kinda wish that she would make a choice already. You see, she also spends her time with Weston, who is the ex-boyfriend of her BFF Britt.

It's frustrating to re
Pamela Todd
Sep 22, 2011 Pamela Todd rated it it was amazing
Penitience is the second book in the Heavenly series, picking up right where we left Zoe in Heavenly.

Jennifer Laurens eases us back into the story effortlessly, reminding us where the story ended in the last book without sounding repetitive.

When Zoe re-enters her body after experience perfection in Paradise, it’s clear she doesn’t want to be there. She wants to be back in the loving arms of Matthias where there is no pain, only love and absolute certainty of what she craves.

Matthias doesn’t a
May 10, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
(Insert Satisfied Sigh) This book was amazing. Lucky, lucky me, I won this book in the giveaway contest. As the second book in the series, following the book, Heavenly, it took the continuing story in a surprising and gratifying direction. When we last left Zoe, she had been in a car crash and her spirit was happy and content in the arms of Matthias in Paradise. Apparently, however, she still has work to do on earth, and on page 1 we find her back in her hospital bed, back with her mortal life ...more
Aug 20, 2010 Kristina rated it it was amazing
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Mar 10, 2011 Jenna rated it it was amazing
The sequel to Heavenly is just as exciting as the first one...except that this book has MORE.
MORE characters, MORE problems, MORE complications, MORE lessons, MORE heart-warming (kilig) scenes.
I like Zoe's character because whether you believe me or not, she's different from the usually read about female protagonist. Her character is not the goody good girl. Yes, she's good, but what's ironic is that she still parties, and has this desires in her heart that you can't really say is pure. However,
Apr 24, 2010 Katrina rated it it was amazing
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Nov 19, 2010 Katerina rated it liked it
First of all let me say that Penitence is not as good as Heavenly.This book has no plot.Really.And the characters??Oh yeah,totally flat except Zoe's.Brittany was being jealous and selfish as always and ah I forgot,with no brain at all.What about Weston??(Zoe's new "love interest").He was only capable of three things: professing his love for Zoey ,being protective of her and constantly asking her about her "secret".Nothing more and nothing less.About Albert the big threat in this book,well he ...more
Chelsea Raadgep
Mar 01, 2011 Chelsea Raadgep rated it it was amazing
Such a thrilling ride. Weston is just a hunk, and I just adore his character. The one thing I loved about this book was how Zoe really comes to know her true self, and when that happened, she really knows what she's meant to do in her life and make the most of it. It's such a great story, and it has really opened my eyes to being a better person.

Jennifer Laurens is a fantastic author and I look forward to seeing more books from her!
Oct 27, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, angels
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Nov 15, 2016 Tamis rated it liked it
La protagonista arruino el libro con sus sentimientos de corazón roto y culpabilidad por todo lo que hacia y ademas de quiero a Mathias pero estoy con Weston, su indecisión fue cansada y odiosa, me espera mas del libro la verdad por que el primero me gusto, pero en este la prota llega a ser infantil, hay partes muy buenas en el libro que me gustaron y que son rescatables.
Espero que el tercero este mucho mejor.
May 13, 2010 Aileen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
To give this book any less then five stars would be a lie, actually five stars does not even begin to cover just how amazing Penitence was to me. I started reading this book at...10:10 PM last night and ended it at 3:33 AM. I devoured this book for the simple reason that it is addictive. It is just such powerful writing that you CANNOT put it down!! This is going to be long, but totally worth it, especially since it actually makes Heavenly look like a chump compared to it. Jennifer Laurens is an ...more
May 04, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing
Review taken from my blog. It is a bit of an essay, I hope you enjoy :)

Where do I start, you all know how much I loved Heavenly and this sequel just adds to my adoration of Jennifer Laurens. Remember how I said I thought the book was written for me, well I realised for the first time that Zoe's surname is Dodd, you won't believe it but my maternal grandparents surname was DODD. How much of a coincidence is that.

Penitence starts at the exact point that Heavenly ends, there is a nice recap of the
Jun 28, 2010 Lynsey rated it it was amazing
Penitence is the sequel to Heavenly, one of my favourite books of all time written by the very lovely Jennifer Laurens. I kept on entering Jennifer’s weekly contests but never won any so one day I posted that I didn’t care about the other prizes, I just wanted the book! To my complete joy and surprise, Grove Creek Publishing agreed to send me a review copy and I was elated!! HUGE thanks to Grove Creek Publishing and their random act of kindness.

So you should all know by now that I’m a HUGE fan o
Jun 03, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
Penitence begins with Zoe waking up in hospital. She's been torn away from Matthias and Paradise, and finds herself in a hospital bed surrounded by her family. She’s survived the accident, but things aren’t the same. Matthias is gone, but he’s been replaced by someone else – someone Zoe doesn’t know she can trust. Just when Zoe thinks things can only get better, she’s proven wrong. Temptation isn’t the only sin, after all.

I absolutely adored Heavenly, but I can safely say that Penitence exceeded
Oct 07, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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Aug 16, 2010 Jena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!
Shelves: favorites
This book blew me away... I loved it even more than the first! Penitence was a fast-paced journey that I could not keep my eyes from. I started this book late last night and I finished it a little while ago. What a story. I just loved it.

We pick up right where we left off in book one. (I'm going to try to be spoiler-free here for the people who haven't read heavenly) Matthias is gone and Zoe hasn't seen him in weeks. Just as she thinks things are playing out how they should, she starts seeing ev
Gillian Cohen
I throughly enjoyed the follow up to HEAVENLY and yet again my tissues came in handy while I was reading.

With the ending of HEAVENLY you are left wondering what happens to Zoe, did she die or was she brought back to the world of living or was her soul taken hell? PENITENCE answers most of your questions that you had at the end of HEAVENLY but I'm still hanging onto some unanswered questions.

We watched Zoe grow as a person in HEAVENLY but after her accident in PENITENCE she takes a huge growth sp
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After reading Heavenly, the first book of this series, I was very excited to read Penitence.

I just began reading it and things I wasn't excepting were happening. Zoe is taken from Matthias's arms to start over again, with lots of suffering. But pain isn't the worse part, Matthias is gone.

Personally, this part of the story was very important to me. I started reading it after being in an accident (not exactly as Zoe's) and I thought the author did
Astrid Atehortúa
Aug 31, 2010 Astrid Atehortúa rated it it was amazing
READ THIS BOOK, please, you will never regret about that!

This book totally fill out all my expectative: the love, the pain, the new guy ;) , a new lovely family, all kind of experience that made me read this book as quickly as the first book!

The first pages were... a little bit depressive; you know, an angel and a girl: bad combination. Tragic love. Impossible love.

I had never read about such an innocent character as Matthias. But don't get me wrong: I was in complete shock when I read the co
Diana (Bookish_D)
Mar 21, 2011 Diana (Bookish_D) rated it it was amazing
Anyone else notice a trend in YA series? First book; intro to story. We meet characters, meet the love interest, get to know the plot and problems, climax, then we finish with resolution (not necessarily true for every YA series book, but bare with me). What typically happens in book two? There’s some more problems (ex: forbidden love, dram, hurt feelings) and the main love interest disappears for a while. Soooo, now what?... Yep, you guessed it; a new love interest is introduced. Typically this ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Say rated it it was amazing
jennifer laurens, you made me believe again! this was way better than the first one! not to worry i love the first one as well.

in this zoe is torn between heaven and earth (as the video would say). heaven for matthias and earth for weston. yep you got it right! its weston...brits ex boyfriend who allegedly along with brady attempted to rape zoe at a party (good thing matthias saved her). i thought at first WTH (oops sorry matthias!) weston and zoe? too good to be true. but in the end i came to
Bella Mcfarland
Apr 01, 2010 Bella Mcfarland rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I love anything and everything written by Jennifer Laurens. She masterfully crafts love stories that are believable and leaves you hungering for more. Her characters are usually well-developed and you can’t wait to know what happens next.

Penitence is book 2 in the Heavenly Series and I admit I couldn’t put it down. It begins with Zoe at the hospital. She just came back from the dead, literally yanked from the arms of the angel she loves, her Guardian Angel-Matthias. She is
Aug 16, 2015 Lilibeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya-fantasy
After spending about two weeks recovering in the hospital after a terrible accident, Zoe Dodd decides to start life with a different approach. When her previous guardian angel disappears, she's left more confused than ever. Keeping up with the surroundings happening in her current life take a back seat to the thoughts and sights that Zoe now experiences with a new view. Getting a new guardian angel is the last thing she expects, and when she knows who and what he really is she's gets more ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
In this stunning sequel to Heavenly, Zoe’s true love and guardian angel, Matthias, has disappeared, and in his place, an evil spirit has appeared who is trying to capture her soul and destroy those around her. Her family still faces their normal difficulties with her brother’s drug abuse and her sister’s autism, and her best friend, Britt hates her now too, since her old boyfriend has fallen in love with Zoe and a relationship has ensued. When Matthias finally returns, will things go back to the ...more
Amber Skye
Jun 04, 2010 Amber Skye rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
The first book in this series, Heavenly, is one of my favorite books. I loved everything about it. From the plot to the characters, Heavenly is truly breathtaking. Penitence is just as amazing and heart-wrenching. The story takes a surprising turn but is still just as powerful and thought provoking.

From the very beginning of the book, I was swept away by a tidal wave of emotions. Zoe is such a normal, relatable character. I could easily place myself in her shoes and see things through her eyes.
Sep 26, 2011 Marianna rated it really liked it
Zoe was about to die, now she recovering both physical and emotionally, but her heart keeps aching for Matthias. She doesn’t know where he is, what happened or if she will see him again, Zoe just knows that living without him will be unbearable.
Her sister is fine and her family is struggling but they keep going, she should be happy, and she is, but her heart is empty. Weston tries to approach her but her best friend is obsessed with him. Suddenly someone comes into her life and things start to
Urania Sarri
Aug 03, 2011 Urania Sarri rated it it was amazing

Even from the first pages of “Heavenly” (Book 1), which I was lucky enough to have received as a birthday present, I knew that Jennifer’s story had me hooked. “Penitence”, where Zoe’s story continues, was then on top of my reading list.
Both as an author and a reader my favorite kind of writing; first person teenage narration, lively and realistic characters and the element of the supernatural sliding into the story so smoothly and developing hand-in-hand with down-to earth harsh reality: school
Apr 28, 2011 Jeanine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love this book. I liked the first book in the series, Heavenly, but Pentitence was so much better. I love Ms. Laurens' thought process on good and evil. When I'm reading, I can actually reflect on times in my life where I ask myself, "Did I have an evil spirit latched onto my back at that moment?" I know it's fiction, but the author fantastically entwines the good word into this series and I appreciate it. When my daughter is old enough, I will be recommending this series for her to ...more
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Jennifer, aka JM Warwick aka Katherine Warwick was born and raised in Southern California and her hometown of Palos Verdes Estates flavors her books: A Season of Eden and An Open Vein. She doesn't limit herself to writing one genre, and was the first to author four romance novels centered around the popular sport of ballroom dancing.She has YA novels published under her YA romance name of Jennifer ...more
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