Thursday, January 14, 2010

Swoon by Nina Malkin

Swoon by Nina Malkin.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Pages: 425.
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.
Let me start off by saying that Swoon is an incredibly beautiful story. The way it’s written, the detailed setting, the easily manipulated characters- I enjoyed them all. But every once and awhile, you’ll come across a book that no matter how good it is, you can’t fully enjoy it because you can’t fully understand it. This is a perfect example of that for me.

I’m not saying that Swoon is impossibly hard to understand. Writing and plot wise, it’s pretty simple. But I felt like there was a story under the story that you had to read between the lines to grasp. Most people will tackle it with one read through but I was not one of them.

To me, it just seemed like random events after random events with an incredibly surprising ending that left me so flabbergasted. In the beginning, Sin’s journey to avenge the soul of not only himself, but his murdered fiancĂ© and unborn baby, was pretty straight forward. But once Sin and Dice began traveling back to uncover the mystery behind his past, everything just seemed to unravel. I won’t elaborate because I don’t want to post spoilers, but I just didn’t get it.

I did enjoy Sin and Dice’s relationship, however short and prolonged it might’ve been. But other than that, the story didn’t pull me in like I had hoped it would. In the future, I plan on thoroughly re-reading this. Maybe you’ll see a retraction review? Maybe not. But this is a story that you’ll have to personally read and form your own opinion about.


  1. Great review! I am going to order it from my library and see what I think. Good luck and good reading!


  2. I loved reading this review. I have heard very mixed things about this. Not sure if I should try it :)

  3. Interesting review! I keep hearing mixed things as well, so I might just check this one out of my library as well...

  4. Great review! I've heard both good and bad things about this book. It's on my TBR pile, but not quite at the top haha :)

  5. I'm sorry you didn't like it, I'm not sure I want to read this now!

  6. Thanks for honest review!! I've been so iffy if I should read this or not? I'm undecided.

  7. You know, as much as I liked Dice I didn't understand how she fell for Sin so quickly. I felt like she fell more into lust than love D:

  8. The ending was a complete surprise. Really bummed me out. I didn't hate it, but I don't think I'm a gonna read it again any time soon. Maybe I'll read it again in a few years and see if I understand it more.