Melody
ISBN-13: 9781890862626
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Published: June 2009
167 pgs




Lucy and Ellen are the best of sisters. So when Ellen was hit by a truck one day, eleven-year-old Lucy was heart-broken and devastated. Ellen's chances of survival was near to zero, and in desperation Lucy wrote a letter to "To Whom It May Concern" and put it into their backyard mailbox which they would pretend it is magical and that their wishes would be answered.

After Lucy had 'posted' her request letter, Ellen did wake up from her coma the following day, but when she went back to retrieve her letter from the mailbox, she found out that her letter was gone and was replaced by another that said it is a deal and that "Whom It May Concern" would be in touch with her soon.

"To Whom It May Concern" turned out to be the devil, and it is no surprise that Lucy became a facilitator to hell after he had granted her her wish. An adult now, Lucy has the beauty and power to send wicked souls to eternal damnation. It is not that she has any control especially over the latter, since it is her 'job' but eventually she got tired of it and after meeting a blind English professor, she craves to have a normal life and to be able to have a nice relationship just like any other people.

She also found out that her long-time musical idol, Teddy Nightingale, used to be a facilitator himself and he offered her some advice what she should do to get out of her 'contract' with the devil. But of course anyone knows that every deal comes with a price and it is definitely not an easy one as Lucy has to fulfill the devil's wishes before the expiring date but the most challenging of all is, she has to wrestle with her own thoughts and the consequences she has to face no matter whatever decisions she has made.

The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns is a breezy fun read; there are times that I chuckle at some funny moments but that is not all, this story also led me into thinking about the general aspect of life and the dilemma and/or consequences we have to face during difficult situations. What I liked about Lucy is, she has not turned into a she-devil over the years given her extraordinary 'position' and that she has morals above everything. The only flaw is this story is too short and it would be better if there are more developed characters to it but this is only my opinion.

There will be a Q&A post with the author, Elizabeth Leiknes tomorrow so do look out for it!

(Many thanks to the publisher for sending this book to me for review!)

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11 Responses
  1. Alice Teh Says:

    This is an intriguing read, Melody. I look forward to the Q&A post. :)


  2. Debi Says:

    This sounds like quite a fun book...I'd never heard of it before. Thanks, Melody!


  3. Beth F Says:

    Sounds fun. I'll look for tomorrow's post.


  4. I'm looking forward to the interview! Sounds like a fun read!


  5. Dar Says:

    Glad to hear you liked it Melody. I'll be back after I read it for your review-I'll be picking it up here in the next two weeks. I'm looking forward to it.


  6. Melody Says:

    Alice - It is an intriguing read and I enjoyed it! :)

    Debi, Beth - Yep, I sure had a fun time reading it! :D

    Amy - Thanks! :)

    Dar - That's great, Dar! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. :)


  7. Julia Says:

    Great review, glad that you enjoy it at least :)


  8. Iliana Says:

    What a fun premise for a story! It'd be fun to do away with wicked souls ;)


  9. Ladytink_534 Says:

    Not crazy about this cover but the synopsis sounds kind of neat.


  10. Melody Says:

    Julia - Thanks! :)

    Iliana - This book is a great escapism to me. :)

    Jen - I had a fun time reading this book. :)


  11. This does sound like a good one, Melody! I really like the premise of this one. It reminds a little of Bedazzled. I am glad you enjoyed it. :-)