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Posted August 15, 2012
This book is comic relief from cover to cover. There are, of cou
This book is comic relief from cover to cover. There are, of course,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
plenty of the "more serious" conversations and events in this
book, but the author manages to keep the tone light for the most part. I
read Devine Intervention after spending three hours in a zoology lab
where I was classifying pinecones (I know, weird. I was doing botany in
an animal laboratory). Brockenbrough’s book brightened my day and helped
me stop categorizing ever bit of plant life I saw on my way home from
college. Heidi is able to hear the voice of her guardian angel. Jerome,
Heidi’s guardian angel, is still in training and practically incapable
of giving her decent advice, but she truly appreciates his presence.
After a disaster, Heidi’s soul could be lost forever and Jerome could be
sent to Hell, unless they are able to work together to figure out how to
save themselves. I really loved Brockenbrough’s writing. I hate
being bored, and while reading this book, I was more than entertained.
There are so many twists in this novel that the reader may guess at, but
never assume will happen. Devine Intervention could be read and enjoy by
any female with a sense of humor. I give this novel, five stars!
Posted August 10, 2012
Okay, so this probably sounds like any other guardian angel boo
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Okay, so this probably sounds like any other guardian angel book full of gooey romance and annoying heroines, but if you read the synopsis then you'll know that this isn't one of those books at all. It's not a lie either. Trust me on this one. The book is about 3% romance and 97% fall on the ground rolling with laughter.
Devine Intervention is original and refreshing on so many levels. I loved this book because of the sweet balance between laughter and crying. The main concept of the book is somewhat depressing (since it includes death and family grieving), but Brockenbrough makes me cry from laughing so hard. Seeing things from Jerome's point of view will have you grinning throughout the novel, guaranteed. Reading about Heidi will somber you up a bit and probably make you sad. The balance between both characters works its miracle though.
Both the main characters aren't very hard to understand. Jerome is very easily a jerk. He's someone that you wouldn't like in real life and yet he worms his way into your heart just as quickly as he has you laughing. It's tough to not find yourself attached to him in the end. He's a troubled guy, but in his heart he knows what's right and would sacrifice anything (even going to Hell for an eternity) for the ones he loves. It's almost heartbreaking. There isn't really anything that annoyed me about him. His way of seeing things is very realistic and he definitely sounds like a teenage guy. He was immensely flawed (compared to other angels in other books) and it was incredibly refreshing.
Heidi wasn't like most heroines. She was willing for one, and not a whiner. The main reason why I loved her character so much is because she wasn't perfect. She's not a cheerleader, she's really tall, not skinny, not very pretty, and she even had some very horrifyingly embarrassing moments (like really humiliating). I admired her sacrifice sometimes and it hurt to see things through her point of view. She was suffering just as much as her family and friends were. If Jerome wasn't there to have me cracking up, I'm sure I would be bawling my eyes out with her. And it takes a whole lot of courage to do the things she did.
Other than the characters, the plot was interesting. It wasn't really that captivating and it had a couple of glitches, but I enjoyed the originality. One problem I had though, was the pacing. It was all over the place. The beginning started off smooth enough with a gradual pace, and then it slowed down, and then it sped, and then it slowed down, and then it sped up... it felt like I was on a roller-coaster (not one of the fun ones). It got me annoyed and I seriously felt like skipping pages to get to the real action.
Apart from the pacing, there wasn't anything major that I disliked.
Overall, Devine Intervention is a fun, light read that I recommend if you feel like laughing. The characters were entertaining and definitely unique. I would totally come back to reread this one.