Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Beloved Purgatory by Katherine Pine

Title: Beloved Purgatory
Series: Fallen Angels
Author: Katherine Pine
Previous Books in Series: After Eden
Rating: 3 stars
Length: 5117 Kindle units (includes preview of another book)

Refresher:  A sweet love story between a girl and a demon, if you can get past him shooting her in chapter 14. 

I have to confess that I was quite disappointed in Beloved Purgatory. Once you got past the near-homicide and the creep factor of Oz occasionally becoming a teenage girl, After Eden was a pretty good book. In Beloved Purgatory, I had a hard time following what was going on most of the time. There was a lot of traveling through planes of existence through the school gym and Forneus’s house, and I couldn’t keep track of all the insufficiently described sides to the angel and demon war.

I read a lot of books about angels and demons. I actually find I prefer them to werewolves and vampires. But there is one very important rule: It is never a good idea to sell your soul to a demon (or devil, if there is a difference in mythology as there is here). In every single case, more bad ends up happening than good. Devi knows this. In fact, from the beginning of After Eden, it’s pretty clear that Forneus wants her soul and that she shouldn’t let him have it. Yet much of the plot focuses upon Forneus creating not-particularly-convincing arguments about why Devi should reconsider. I’m really not even sure why she listens to it; narrative convenience is not a good reason to consider selling your soul.

We also got a continuance of the lame plot from the first book of Devi and teenaged-girl-Oz taking revenge on Devi’s friend Kim’s jerk of an ex-boyfriend. Not only was my credulity again stretched over why a school principal would have any jurisdiction over an act of vandalism committed on private property, but we were also forced to deal with yet another Oz-persona of a four-year-old dressed up as a dinosaur.

Devi does get points for dressing up as a zombie cheerleader for Halloween, but that’s only because of my abiding love for comical zombies. Braaaaaaaains.

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