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Devilish by Maureen Johnson
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Mar 18, 09

bookshelves: american-lit, ya, fantasy
Read in March, 2009

Johnson’s section of Let It Snow made me want to check out more of her work; this particular book may not have been the right choice as, though it’s well-written, it suffers from a rather weak plot. Smart, rebellious Catholic schoolgirl Jane is (naturally) shocked to discover that her best friend, socially awkward Ally, has sold her soul to a demon. Sub-par Scoobying ensues. Johnson’s—I feel pretentious using this word, but okay, her mythology seems very poorly thought out. The rules of her universe don’t make much sense, nor are her characters—including the clearly clever Jane—particularly adept at maneuvering around them. Various deals are made for various characters’ souls (all in attempt to regain Ally’s and defeat the demons), but in order to keep the plot going, the characters continue to be incapable of taking the easy way out and instead repeatedly entangle themselves more. It’s very hard to enjoy witty prose when everyone is being an idiot. Perhaps supernatural fiction is not Johnson’s milieu?
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