Book #: Two
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Seeing good and evil spirits is a gift Zoe guards with her life. Despite her guardian angel's disappearance, Zoe forces herself to accept that she still has a purpose-but how does she carry the weight of her brother's drug abuse, the hardship of living with an autistic sister, and a best friend who's obsessed with a guy who only wants Zoe? She's never felt more alone.
When a mysterious spirit appears, Zoe thinks she has a new guardian angel. Instead, her brother's addiction worsens, her parents are on the brink of separation, and her best friend tries to kill her. The spirit she thinks is her new guardian isn't there to protect her: he's out to destroy her family and seize Zoe's soul. . . for Hell.
Will Matthias' return mean that he is Zoe's guardian angel again? Or is their love the reason the jaws of Hell now gape open?
(taken from goodreads.com)
The first book in this series, Heavenly, is one of my favorite books. I loved everything about it. From the plot to the characters, Heavenly is truly breathtaking. Penitence is just as amazing and heart-wrenching. The story takes a surprising turn but is still just as powerful and thought provoking.
From the very beginning of the book, I was swept away by a tidal wave of emotions. Zoe is such a normal, relatable character. I could easily place myself in her shoes and see things through her eyes. Her strength and wit make her a good role model for teens, as well as someone I could admire.
Ah, Matthias. I loved how pure and honest he was. I get so tired of authors spinning tales of bad boys with "deep, dark secrets." For once, the main character's romantic interest is someone who is actually good for her. Matthias' character was one of the major contributors to my love of this series. I found myself missing him as much as Zoe did when he wasn't around.
Once again, Lauren's novel is not only about romance or supernatural occurrences. The novel places heavy focus on the pain and heartache that come with having a autistic child in the family, as well as the roller coaster of dealing with drug addictions. There were times when I felt my heart would burst from the love and pain that Zoe and her family shared. As I said in my review of Heavenly, it was refreshing to read a book about such a tightly-knit family.
I would definitely recommend this book. Penitence is one novel that I will be reading over and over again. Powerful and moving, this novel will sweep you off of your feet and redefine the meaning of unconditional love.