Author: Nina Malkin
Published: May 19th, 2009
Rating: 4 Birds
Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut...until Dice's perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree, and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She's intensely drawn to him -- but not at all crazy about the havoc he's wreaking. Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent -- and irresistible -- adversary, before the whole town succumbs to Sin's will. Only trouble is, she's in love with him.
What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?
I spend the better part of my time reading paranormal fantasy. Because I read so much of it, topics tend to repeat themselves, sometimes so frequently it’s mind numbing. So, when I come across a paranormal fantasy that has reached deeper into the bag of creepy creatures that go bump in the night and pulled out something so interesting, so well thought out, every page then is like a little bitty celebration for me. And Swoon, was an all around celebration from cover to cover!
Swoon, the novel much like Swoon, the town you will visit in the book, holds secrets. So much more then the blurb I provided lets on. You will see ghosts, and possession, yes – but something else as well. Something I have never read about in recent Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy. Something I know you all will enjoy. Something I’m not going to tell you about because I want you to read it for yourself and love it like I did.
Only portion I had a minor issue with was that the first few pages had that “information-off-loading” thing I’m not a fan of. You know, the kind that will leave you a wee bit confused until you are further into the story. I remember thinking that had I snapped this one up off the shelf at a book store and read the first 2 pages I would have put it back. I am incredibly grateful that this isn’t how I came into the book and continued past page 4 because from there the story starts a climactic roll with so much momentum that a brick wall, the stay puff marshmallow man and a horde of screaming Justin Bieber fans couldn't have stopped it. It will pull you in, twist and turn, throw you humor, sex, drugs, very non PC phrasing from time to time, romance, betrayal, you name it, Swoon has it.
Before I wrap up I so want to touch on the topic of it’s listing as a YA book, because I want to make sure you understand this – this is YA, yes…but for grown ups. Does this make sense? Basically I will not recommend this to anyone who isn’t 18+ and can honestly say there’s some really, really, hot and heavy, fairly graphic sexual encounters in this book. Not to mention the drug use and non PC language I commented on previously.
Every tiny aspect of this interesting tale comes together perfectly to make Swoon one of the better books I have read this year. I commend Nina Malkin for shocking us, and writing something “outside the box”.
Check back in early October for a review of book #2 in the Swoon Series, SWEAR, out October 18th 2011
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Thank you Simon Pulse for the opportunity to review both these books and the amazing copies!