Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Swoon by Nina Malkin

Swoon by Nina Malkin
published by Simon Pulse
421 pages
$17.99 (hardback)

FTC: I bought this book and will not be receiving compensation for reviewing this book.

What it's about:
Sin is coming, prepare to swoon.
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?

My thoughts:

This whole book was about sex and drugs. Candice's character seems to be obsessed with sex. She's always talking about it and it's never far from her mind. This then spreads to the whole town once Sin comes along. There are lots of detailed scenes as well. All the characters also do lots of different drugs, such as pot, cocaine, and Ecstasy.

The writing style was different. It felt like it was trying to be a movie. The scenes would switch fast with no transitions and big chunks of time were missing. Malkin tries to do flashback scenes to make it sound more mysterious but all that really happened was the reader was left confused and missing information.

I did not feel the love between Dice and Sin. I thought everything about Sin was pretty cheesy, especially his name. He was trying to ruin every ones lives and didn't care who he hurt in the process. I couldn't help but wonder what in the world Dice saw in him. She felt bad for him and that made her fall in love? I didn't buy it and never really felt the connection between them.

Overall, I did not enjoy this book. I felt the writing was confusing, the characters were unlikable, and the plot was cheesy. If you want to read this book, I would recommend you read the first chapter before buying the book. See how well the writing style is going to work for you.

my rating: 5/10

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