Author: Nina Malkin
Series: Swoon #1
Release Date: May 19, 2009
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Length: Novel (421 pages)
Genre: Young Adult
Long-dead Sin possesses Dice’s cousin Pen after she plummets from a tree. Dice falls for him before she separates him from Pen’s body. But rather than fading peacefully, Sin becomes flesh and blood…after a fashion. And he has a plan for vengeance he’s waited centuries to enact. Sin vows the destruction of several prominent Swoon families. And one happens to be Pen’s. Can Dice stop the boy she’s come to love?
Nina Malkin’s writing is like a semi-automatic spray of clever description. So often I see single-line recommendations from NYT Best sellers on books that declare an author is “a fresh new voice”. Well, this author is definitely a fresh new voice (at least for me). From the very first page we know we’re in for an entertaining read.
If I was rating on writing style alone, this would get a solid 5*. But I’m not. And unfortunately the plot went askew for me. My biggest problem with this book is I’d picked it up believing it was another YA with romance at its core. Though there was a romance-plot, I didn’t get the happy ending I wanted. The bittersweet finish didn’t inspire me to look at the second book in the series. And the hero sleeping around on the heroine with her cousin? Yeah, that turned me right off.
The writing style brings a 2* plot up to a 3* book.