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by Terri Clark

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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

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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 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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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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