First Impressions: I had just finished reading a super depressing novel when I decided to pull Hollyweird out of my every expanding To-be-read pile in hopes for a pick me up. The synopsis sounded fun and I liked the goofy cover art. Everything about this book seemed very unique and I was hoping for a good laugh to help bring my spirits back up. Well, this book delivered!
Characters & Plot: This novel was everything I expected it to be and I was in a great mood after I finished reading it. Hollyweird is about a girl named Ali who wins a contest, along with her best friend Des and her sister Missy, to go to Los Angeles to meet heartthrob Dakota Danvers. Well, Dakota isn't who Aly thinks that he is. In fact, he isn't a very nice guy since, well, he is the spawn of Satan. It becomes apparent that Dakota is up to no good and he has a plan that somehow involves Aly and her friends. Luckily for Aly and her crew, there is a fallen angel close by who is trying to earn back his wings, named Jameson. Jameson thinks by having Aly help him, together they will be able to bring down Dakota together, and by doing so he will get his wings back.
There was a lot to like in Hollyweird, and it didn't just consist of demons and fallen angels. Other supernatural creatures make some appearances too. The two main characters, Aly and Des, don't really see eye to eye when it comes to believing in the supernatural. Des totally believes in all things paranormal, while Aly is much more reserved and will only believe things when she sees them. There were some pretty comical scenes thrown into Hollyweird that brought up this books entertainment value and I found myself laughing quite a bit. The plot line was very cheesy though and Des could be very annoying at times. There were a few instances of Brand-Name dropping I personally could have done without, but hey! The girls WERE in Los Angeles, after all.
Romance plays into this story just a little bit, but it isn't front and center. I was okay with that because it wasn't necessary to the plot and I liked how it wasn't overdone. Not every single book has to have a plot line revolving around romantic relationships. It was a nice change for me.
Final Thoughts: I breezed through this book in just a few hours. It was short, fun, very cheesy, but a very good read. It's a "feel good" kind of book, which is exactly what I needed when I decided to begin digging into story. It reminds me of a good book to take with you to the beach, which I might just do over the summer time!