Hollyweird

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Aly King is about to fall for the fallen

My best friend, Des, and I totally freaked when we won the contest to meet THE Dakota Danvers in Hollywood. But now we’re finding out he’s SO not the angel everyone believes him to be. In fact, Dakota is the son of Satan, wreaking havoc on Hollywood and creating an evil army hellbent on world domination.

Lucky for us, Dakota’s super-cute personal assistant, Jameson, is a fallen angel trying to get his ...

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Overview

Aly King is about to fall for the fallen

My best friend, Des, and I totally freaked when we won the contest to meet THE Dakota Danvers in Hollywood. But now we’re finding out he’s SO not the angel everyone believes him to be. In fact, Dakota is the son of Satan, wreaking havoc on Hollywood and creating an evil army hellbent on world domination.

Lucky for us, Dakota’s super-cute personal assistant, Jameson, is a fallen angel trying to get his wings back, and he’s working undercover to squash his demon boss’s plan. If Jameson hadn’t taken me under his wing I’d be in serious trouble, because I’m a total newb when it comes to conquering evil. But, truth be told, that sexy angel’s got me all aflutter and may be one temptation I can’t resist.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Clark’s (Sleepless) over-the-top story of romance and spiritual warfare in the Hollywood hills, high school senior Aly King wins a contest to meet teenage celebrity dreamboat Dakota Danvers, traveling from Colorado to Los Angeles with her outspoken best friend Des and Ali’s wannabe-actress older sister, Missy. The story shifts between the (oddly similar) narratives of Aly and Dakota’s personal assistant, Jameson, a fallen angel seeking redemption by taking down Dakota—who is literally Satan’s spawn. Dakota charms Des and Missy, but Aly is taken with Jameson, who opens Aly and Des’s eyes to the supernatural battle taking place around them (nothing like a text message from God or celestial magic show to shore up one’s belief in a higher power) and instantaneously renews Aly’s faith, which was shaken by her mother’s death in a drunk-driving accident (a plot element that fits uncomfortably with the book’s campy, overcaffeinated tone). While the concept of Hollywood as a playground for supernatural creatures is fun, the amped-up personalities and dialogue are forced and, despite the book’s spiritual motif, it ends up feeling fairly empty. Ages 12–up. (May)
VOYA - Paisley Adams
Hollyweird is a mediocre attempt in the popular teen genre of supernatural romance. Aly, Des, and Dakota are stereotypical and somewhat contradictory throughout the book. The dialogue is peppered with unnecessary and unmotivated profanity that weighs down the story. It seems as though the author is trying too hard to relate to the teen generation and misses the mark. The plot is weak and silly in its execution. Typical readers of this genre will be disappointed. Reviewer: Paisley Adams, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Ursula Adams
Clark joins the ever-growing group of teen paranormal romance authors with her latest, Hollyweird. Teenage girls get the opportunity of a lifetime when they win a contest to meet teen heartthrob, Dakota Danvers. Things become weird when it is learned that he is actually the son of Satan and that his personal assistant, Jameson, is a fallen angel with a mission to stop Dakota from his demonic ways. The protagonist, Aly, comes across as bland. Her sister, Missy, is the stereotypical diva, and Des seems to contradict herself throughout the book. A romantic story line revolves around Aly and the outworldly Jameson, but it seems too rushed and thrown in for the sake of a romantic angle. While striving to inject humor into the characters' dialogue, Clark seems to try too hard, as most of it seems forced. The premise, while interesting, falls short on content and, therefore, makes it difficult for the reader to feel empathetic about the characters or their situations. While this book may appeal to some young adult readers, there are legions of others in this genre that are more fulfilling. Reviewer: Ursula Adams
ALAN Review - Maggie Freeburn
Hollyweird embodies the popularity of the paranormal fiction Terri Clark writes for teens. Constant struggles between good and evil are central to her work. Romance, intrigue, trickery, and mythology surround the main characters: Aly King, bff Des, pop culture idol Dakota Danvers (son of Lucifer), and Dakota's assistant Jameson (a fallen angel). Aly has won a trip to meet Dakota for a week of photo shoots and more She invites Des, but is encumbered by an older sister "chaperone" with her own agenda. Jameson's preordained responsibility and his last chance at redemption is to prevent Dakota Danvers from completing his evil scheme to free all of Hollywood's preternatural creatures in disguise. Frequent plot twists and a text-messaging God keep the adventure moving and make this a satisfying read for fans. Reviewer: Maggie Freeburn
Kirkus Reviews
A supernatural adventure and romance mixed with soul searching. Seventeen-year-old Aly can't believe her luck when winning a magazine contest whisks her, her best friend, Des, and her older sister, Missy, to Los Angeles to meet her hunky teen idol, Dakota Danvers. The girls are met in LA by Jameson, Dakota's brooding-but-hot assistant and given the star treatment, including a photo shoot with Dakota--who turns out to be much more than meets the eye. He is, in fact, the son of Lucifer (yes, that Lucifer). Despite the girls' first positive impressions of Hollywood, its shine quickly dims as they find themselves pawns in a battle that pits Heaven against Hell. The girls' Hollywood adventure is rolled out in chapters alternating between Aly's voice, which is riddled with teen slang, and Jameson's, which has a serious tone that adds believability to his early reveal that he is a fallen angel trying to get back into the good graces of his ethereal boss. Woven into the narrative are Aly's feelings about her own faith, which has been heavily tested by her mother's death two years before and her bumpy relationship with her sister. Despite heavy themes, though, it's ultimately another piece of paranormal chick lit. This modern twist on the fallen-angel tale won't drive any tourists to Hollywood. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738719252
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 229
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Terri Clark is the author of the Prism Award-winning young adult novel Sleepless (HarperTeen) and Hollyweird (FLUX). Her short fiction has also appeared alongside that of Ellen Hopkins in the Houghton Mifflin anthology Breaking Up is Hard to Do. Clark earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and works as a teen librarian near her home outside of Denver. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Romance Writers of American (RWA) and Pikes Peak Writers.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    a fun YA book!

    I enjoyed this book. It is a quick, light read. I read it in less than a day while we were sitting in our hotel room in-between doing things on our vacation. This story takes place in modern times and really does a good job of capturing the way tweens act about their favorite actors. Unfortunately, the author sometimes seems to try too hard to sound “young” using often outdated slang. That aspect is a bit annoying, as is the Des’ propensity for making up slang words that sometimes took me longer to understand than necessary. Note: If you need to explain what the meaning of the “new” word is, it is not effective and also not necessary.

    Overall, this is a cute story and I will read the next in the series, if there is one. Though it may seem religious, it is not biblically based at all. The characters do quote the bible, using real passages, but the angel in the story is actually a boy who died, raised “hell” in heaven, and was booted back down to earth to try to get his wings. Not a biblically sound version of angels at all. With all that said, it is a very clean book and does not have any sex or swearing in it, which is great for a YA book.

    There is some violence; this is due to some fighting, but nothing gory or disturbing. Basically this is a story about good vs. evil, and not just a bad person but literally the son of Satan himself. The characters are likable, except Dakota, but he is not supposed to be. There is minimal character development in this story. The reader does not get to know much about the character beyond superficial details.

    There is a bit of romance mixed in with the evil butt kicking between Aly and Jameson. They make a cute couple and both are trying to follow the rules so that Jameson can get his wings back, even though they have fallen for each other. There is a bit of other paranormals introduced in this story, and the ending is open so you never know what the author might do if she were to write another book, but it really isn’t necessary since you do have closure to this plot and a happy ending.

    I highly recommend this book to kids in middle school (6th grade) and up. Adults might find this book a fun, quick read as well, but it is more of a kids book than other YA books I have read. This book would be perfectly fine for a teacher or parent to recommend to their kids, unless someone is anti-angels, but since this really isn’t a Christian book, I wouldn’t see it as a problem.

    Again, there is no sex, swearing, and minimal violence. Basically the violence is the good guys fighting the evil bad guy and his minions, trying to save the world.

    I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

    Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

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    God's Ringtone is Stairway to Heaven? The cover is brilliant, a

    God's Ringtone is Stairway to Heaven?

    The cover is brilliant, and actually, among those who live around the area, we DO call it Hollyweird. With good reason.

    Dakota Danvers is the latest teen heart-throb of the moment - and he's also the son of Satan. His personal assistant is a fallen angel out to thwart Satan's evil plans, and the battle revolves around three impressionable young girls: Aly, who won a contest to come to Hollywood and meet Dakota, her best friend Des, and Aly's slightly older sister Missy who's officially serving as (bad) chaperone.

    It's kind of a Girls Gone Wild, rated PG-13, and with the fallen angel, Jameson, acting only slightly more mature than the girls, trouble ensues. God sends him guidance via text messages, in teenspeak. The story alternates between Aly's POV and Jameson's, and by the end of the story, the voices are virtually identical.

    It's light, fluffy, short,and fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    I picked this up in search of humor, and I found it. Aly and Des

    I picked this up in search of humor, and I found it. Aly and Des are your typical teenage girls who watch shows for the swoonworthy boys. When Aly wins a trip to meet hot sensation Dakota Danvers, the two girls freak out. Their dream trip to Hollywood turns into a nightmare when they find out that Dakota is the son of Satan on a mission to wreck lives. Told through the alternating perspectives of Aly and Jameson, Hollyweird follows their lives as they work to figure out Dakota's big plot.

    While it was fun seeing Hollywood through the girls' worshipping eyes, I did find many of their actions and reactions naïve and without thought. They act based off pure emotion and don't think about their lack of special abilities when they push Jameson into accepting their help. If events didn't conveniently work in their favor, they could have easily lost their lives. Jameson was easily my favorite character. He's new to his work, but he acts with experience and reason.

    What I did like about this story is easily the humor. Hollyweird is a quirky supernatural read filled with laughs and giggles. The characters are pretty generic, groomed for their roles in poking fun at Hollywood. Because of the humor, I found it funny how events conveniently worked in the characters' favor, and the girls' naïeveness made the story all the more interesting. The book is short and can be easily finished in one sitting. Recommended if you're looking for a quick, generic read and laughs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    When I read this blurb and saw the words "Satan's son"

    When I read this blurb and saw the words "Satan's son" I knew I had to read the book. I mean how can't that make for an exciting character? To be honest, Dakota (Satan's son) doesn't have the lead male role. It belongs to Jameson, a fallen angel who is pretending to work for Dakota but is really lessening the damage Satan's son is causing on unsuspecting humans. Jameson is one of those characters who you have to love. He shares the POV with Aly, and I found myself really looking forward to his chapters because he had the insight Aly didn't into the world of preternaturals. Oh, and did I mention he's gorgeous? Yeah, that helps.



    Aly doesn't want to believe in a world filled with demons of all kinds mingling with humans, but she can't help but trust Jameson. And when Dakota starts throwing the seven deadly sins at Aly, her best friend Desi, and Aly's sister Missy, the girls are in for a rough road. Still Aly is determined to help Jameson stop Dakota. She's one tough girl with a big heart.



    There are a lot of books out with demons, angels, etc., but this one combines the very human sins that are so easily associated with Hollywood and making it big. The combination was perfect. I flew through this book. So if you are looking for a quick read with a strong female lead and hotter than hot fallen angel, check out Hollyweird.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Good

    It was funny

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Do not get it

    It has lots of bad word i am not getting it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Oh, wow! This book is new and i understand its not all that popu

    Oh, wow! This book is new and i understand its not all that popular, but this is truly an amazing written book. It has romance, action, mystery, and drama all at once. The way the author describes the characters makes you feel drawn to help them. The romance between Aly and Jameson is heart-throbbing, his reluctant personality draws you in deeper to know more about him. Aly's shy personality just fits perfectly with Jameson's character.
    The Interesting turns is just perfect for a true reader. In the beginning, it seems cheesy but want you take a good bite out of it (thats what i call continue reading), you really see how cool this book is. But, the writer did kinda seem to try hard to sound "young", using different types of Slang, I'm just glad the word Beast or Swag wasn't in this book. =)
    Besides that, it was a great book, and i recommend it to whoever likes a good mysterious romance.

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