Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Devine Intervention by: Martha Brockenbrough

Release Date: June 1, 2012 from Arthur A Levine Books
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"There is a great legend of the guardian angel who traveled across time and space for the human girl he loved, slaying those who would threaten her with a gleaming sword made of heavenly light.
This is not that story.
Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine's guardian angel. Sort of. He's more of an angel trainee, in heaven's soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he's just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead.
Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she's taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she's heard a voice in her head - one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.
When the unthinkable happens, these two lost souls must figure out where they went wrong and whether they can make things right before Heidi's time is up and her soul is lost forever.
Martha Brockenbrough's debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful, with a sense of humor that's wicked as hell, and writing that's just heavenly."

My Thoughts:

Devine Intervention is the kind of book that I can enjoy while I am reading, but I just could not fall in love with it. It is funny and lighthearted, but not very memorable. The characters were likable, but at times they were annoying and overly immature. Sadly, Devine Intervention is very easy to put down and stop reading for a while.

The best part of Devine Intervention is the humor. It is an incredibly funny book and you will laugh out loud. The book has lots and lots of amazing one liners and duh moments that will make you chuckle. Also, the way the characters think is simply hysterical. Jerome was so thick sometimes that it was just funny.

On that note though, sometimes Jerome is just too thick. I get that he wasn't supposed to be the brightest kid, but it was a bit much for me. He was supposed to be 17, but honestly I felt that he acted like he was 13. Now we all know that I am a fan of character growth, but not when it is unbelievable. I felt that Jerome grew up too fast. Pretty much in one chapter he goes from being completely irresponsible to taking responsibility for his actions. It felt very unreal to me.

Heidi felt much truer to her age. She was insecure but that is how a 16 year old girl should be. However, I still couldn't bring myself to love her character. I just felt very meh about her, no strong opinions one way or the other.

I also feel it necessary to mention the relationship between Heidi and Jerome. It simply felt forced. I honestly did not see it at all and I also didn't really care about it. Mini spoiler ahead: when they realized they loved each other I was annoyed. I felt like it happened because the author added what was expected but I think Heidi and Jerome were just great friends. The ending to Devine Intervention felt very dragged out to me despite it being a relatively short book. I got to a point where I was just ready for the conclusion already.

While I do have my issues with it, I did still enjoy it, I just didn't love it. It is a funny and lighthearted read, just not one that really stays with you. If you are looking for an easy and light read then this is for you. Actually, I think younger kids will enjoy this one.


  1. Dang, sucks this is one of those books that just doesn't ensnares you and won't let go. Those are the kind I love! I probably won't be picking this one up, I'd want something more, ya know? Especially if the character's relationship doesn't feel real, it's gotta feel real!!!

    Great Review Teresa!!!

    Magen Corrie

    1. Completely understand. The book was likable but it just didnt grab me ya know! I really think a younger teen would have enjoyed it much much more

  2. This is a book I meant to read when it came out, and it slipped by me. I hate that you didn't fall in love w/the characters and story.
    Great review!

  3. Too bad this didn't stick with you! D: And I agree, I like character growth too, but not when it's "fake" or rushed. I think, the characters have to feel "real" to the reader in order for us to connect with them. That has to be done right, otherwise the story stays a complete blank.

    Awesome, honest review, Teresa! :)

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. Thanks! I was kinda bummed cause I really wanted to love this book.


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