July 7, 2009

The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes: Review

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Lucy Burns hates her job. Sure, it has some perks: eternal youth, beauty, the power of mind control, but leading people to their damnation isn't what it's cracked up to be. Lucy is a facilitator for the devil. A job she got after making a pact with him years ago.

The loneliness is the worst. Lucy has to give up her family- too many questions. Her relationships are shallow one night stands. Relationships make her sick, literally. The people closest to her are her neighbours: Maggie, the stay at home Mom, her son, Finn and her husband David.

Although her job sucks, she knows there is no way out. Or is there? When her childhood idol reveals his own secret past to her, he offers her the chance to get out and have a normal life. Of course, it won't be easy. There is a price to be paid.

I enjoyed The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes much more than I ever imagined. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading but it drew me in right away. The book is very short, I read it within a couple of hours, but it has so many layers. It's clever and quirky. Although it is a funny book, it is essentially a modern morality tale. We all have choices in life and they aren't always black and white. It was quite the page turner near the end.

I only had two issues with the book. One, the thought of a child inadvertently making a pact with the devil gives me the heebie-geebies. And two, the end wrapped up too quickly, although I was still all choked about it.

I want to give a HUGE thanks to Harrison Demchick from Bancroft Press who sent me the most awesome email. He read my blog and found the right book to offer me for review. Great job! I think The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns will be a viral hit with book bloggers. A hidden gem.

Highly recommended!

11 comments :

  1. I know... he read my blog, too, before just shooting me a "will you review this?" email. I was impressed. I liked this book!

    Sheri

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  2. I forgot to mention, Chris, my blog address and feed URLs have changed. If you happen to follow my blog in a reader, my new feed address is http://anovelmenagerie.com/feed/ . Before, it was in a subdirectory that said "ghost" and it was a nightmare. But, you may not even subscribe... but, just in case.

    Sheri

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  3. Everyone loves this book! I will really have to check it out. Harrison sent me a great email, too, which he really pitched to my blog, although for a different book. Makes me really want to support Bancroft Press by buying!

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  4. I can see why the premise might give you the "heebie-geebies." This reminds me a little of Bedazzled, only different. I will have to look for this one. Thanks for your review, Chris!

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  5. All of the reviews of this book have been positive. It sounds like so much fun! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  6. Chris I'm glad you enjoyed it. I actually picked this book up based on the reviews of other bloggers who have read it. I'm glad to hear it's a quick fun read, that might bump it up in my TBR pile.

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  7. I've had this on my radar -- I'll have to track down a copy.

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  8. It does sound like a great read.

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  9. Thanks Sheri.

    Meghan- It was a fun quick read!

    Lit Feline- Yeah, I had to not think about that part too hard.

    Kathy- Yes, it was fun.

    Michelle- That's so good to hear!

    Beth & Carrie- Thanks guys!

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  10. Sounds interesting I think I'll head over to the library's website to see if they have it.

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  11. So glad to see another positive review! I have a copy at home and was thinking - it could either be really good or really bad. I'm glad that it seems to be pointing towards the really good option.

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