Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Author: Nina Malkin

Source: Library

Summary: (goodreads) 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?

Review: Interesting...and unexpected. The title is fairly accurate since they live in the town of Swoon, and then suddenly people go all Brave New World on us with the coming of Sin. I just wasn't expecting such sexual tension from a YA novel, so Swoon took me by surprise. I don't understand the hype behind it though. After getting past the initial shock-factor, I still couldn't get into the story as much as the potential that was there would have let me.

Candice was a foolish character. At times, I completely forgot that she was supposed to be  upset about not being in New York City or that she thought Penelope was "perfect, privileged", because Dice was obsessed about Sin. Obsessed. Their relationship was just so off. Nothing about it felt romantic, but more clearly superficial. Sin just felt way too old for his age (probably because he was a ghost from like the beginning of the 1900s. And Dice felt too young. I absolutely could not believe her foolishness when she tried to exorcise Sin. It went horribly.

Overall, I was confused of Sin's intentions toward Dice and the reason behind turning the town's sexual appetite into a weapon against them. It didn't strike me like the kind of thing a blood-thirsty ghost would have done when *spoiler* the supposed love of his life was a victim of rape and killed. Sin Youngblood was also too smart and clever for most of the story. The fact that he spent so much time fooling around with the town, no matter if he thought they deserved it, instead of trying to logically find the murderer seemed very unrealistic for his cunning character.*end of spoiler*

Overall, it was an alright story about a charmingly clever ghost on a mission. Candice and Penelope where pretty well developed as characters even if I didn't completely like their personalities. Maybe I just had really high expectations, and that is why I couldn't enjoy it as much as I thought I was going to. 

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