Amnesty by Jo Noelle
Cassie is going to heaven—if she can get amnesty from hell in the next twenty days. Her assignment is to change the eternal destination of a girl in Albuquerque to earn admittance into heaven. No sweat. But when Cassie returns to earth during her three-week, mostly-mortal assignment, her old habits get in the way, (apparently habits don’t die when you do), the partners assigned to help her are anything but helpful, and it turns out the girl she is supposed to help is the only enemy she made on her first day of school. Oh, I’m so going to hell. Things aren’t all bad—it helps to have a hot angel on your side. Mmm-Marc. Even though he’s all about heavenly business, Cassie would like to make it personal. Assignment with benefits. This young adult novel is a coming of age story with a clean romance, packed with action and suspense.
So Amnesty took me by surprise, that's for sure! This book is completely different from any that I have read, seriously! Cassie takes her friend's car while she is drunk, convinces two of her other friends to come with her, and ends up crashing and they all die. Enter judgement, where you kind of judge yourself by your own life and choices. Cassie feels remorse for her actions and pleads for forgiveness and is granted a twenty day period back on earth to receive amnesty through her assignment to help someone else change their life. I love the premise of the book and I was drawn to the idea that Cassie had a chance to redeem herself. Marc and the gate were one of my favorite parts of the book. While I had some major parts of the story pegged and felt like there may have been one too many visits to 'the gate', I still truly enjoyed reading Cassie's story!
Author Jo Noelle
Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people— Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team. They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation. Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family. Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.
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