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When her dad is transferred, Rachel Wood is uprooted from her home in Pennsylvania and forced to enter a new high school, in 10th grade, in an affluent suburb in Westchester, New York. She finds herself in way over her head, as she struggles to come to grips with meeting new friends, finding a boyfriend, avoiding the cliques of mean girls, and figuring out how to survive i ...more
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Published September 8th 2011 by Emma Knight (first published September 7th 2011)
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Cheyenne
Aug 25, 2012 Cheyenne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly this book made me mad. The thing that's so aggravating is that Benji just popped out of nowhere and all the sudden they're in love. Sorry if I spoil it for you fans or people who want to read it but there's nothing to spoil. It sucked. Rachel wanted to figure out all his secrets because she was so in love when they knew each other for five minutes so sorry if I'm being negative but really? I just couldn't even get through this book without getting mad and that's saying alot. I would hav ...more
Tiffany Zimmerman
Jan 17, 2013 Tiffany Zimmerman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm ashamed to even admit I read this book. It is awful. Horrible even. Poorly written and the characters were ridiculous.

It broke her heart that he didn't trust her! Sad but hey idiot, he met you less than 24 hours ago.

I hate to bag on authors because really, kudos to you for not only starting and finishing a book but for getting it published. But did you read it?
Patricia
Oct 16, 2012 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patricia by: Kindle daily deals
This book was honestly painful to read. So many grammatical errors it was distracting. I found the idea/story line to be interesting but the author included so many unnecessary details and seemed to leave out so many more details that would have really enhanced the story line.
Fortunately, the second two books in the series (that is all that have been released at this time) were much better and made it almost worth reading the first book.
I feel SO bad about being so harsh on the author but it r
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Ingrid
Aug 11, 2015 Ingrid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly felt that this was a big waste of my time. The grammar and spelling gave me a headache. The story telling brought tears to my eyes. I feel like I destroyed brain cells jut by reading this. The dialog was atrocious! Much of the story had so many Twilight parallels I felt as if I may as well have been reading a rewrite of the Twilight series. A big annoyance was the list of big name retail items mentioned. I counted at least 36 (Kipling, Urban Decay, Converse, etc...) and the majority o ...more
Brenda
May 16, 2016 Brenda marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
SWORN (Vampire Legends #1)
By Emma Knight
Read: Sep 19th, 2014 (Abandoned)


*** SOME MINOR SPOILERS***

I haven't finished this book, and I probably wont.
First off, Rachel is supposed to be this likable and smart girl, but just seems kind of shallow to me. All she seems to care about is being popular, and getting with this hot football player. Another thing that I find makes her so unlikable, is that she seems to hate her sister for liking bad music and being too popular and happy, but so far her sist
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Jessica
Aug 29, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite possibly one of the worst books I have ever read.

I'm not a fan of vampire books, which should have been my first clue, but it was free and I liked the cover. I don't have any knowledge whatsoever about vampires, and I could have written a better book. Actually, not once are vampires mentioned or even hinted at in this book, except for at the VERY end with Benji's cold hands and freakish super human strength. This book is essentially a boring story about a boring, desperate, patheti
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Steen
I don't even know what to say about this book. I only downloaded it off of the Google store because it was about vampires, free and I needed something easy to read. The only good thing about it was that it was fairly short.

The most frustrating part about it was that about half way through I realized that so far there has been no introduction to any 'person' that could be a vampire. We don't see him until almost the end and it was instant love. ~rolls eyes. She literally just was snubbed by her f
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Jennifer
May 14, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, paranormal
Sworn drew my attention because of it's kick arse cover and it's price. Twilight kind of ruined me for most normal Vampire-meets-a-human-chick novels. But I thought I would try this one on for size. And quickly learned that you cannot always judge a book by its cover. From the beginning I was slightly bothered by the writing. It was too abrupt and choppy for my tastes, but I kept reading because I wanted to learn what happened to Rachel. But it took the entire novel for her to meet her vampire. ...more
Holly
Feb 06, 2013 Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I added up the amount of times the name Rachel is in a chapter, let alone the whole book, I would probably puke. Rachel did this, then Rachel went here. Rachel said this. Rachel thought that. Rachel wanted this. It was like a bad fanfiction writing - shame as the storyline actually could have been good.

*SPOILER*

My next biggest dilemma is the romance. Benji literally just pops out of nowhere. Their meeting is so unrealistic as this stranger just picks her up out of nowhere and whisks her away
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Megan
Mar 07, 2014 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Brie
Oct 03, 2014 Brie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was honestly one of the worse books I've ever read. The writing was downright terrible, characters were quite shallow and not developed AT ALL, and lets not forget to mention the terrible insta-love. And this wasn't you're usual insta-love, this was just bad. (view spoiler) ...more
Alice
Sep 08, 2014 Alice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this is the first time I've ever given a 1 star rating to a book, but I have many reasons why so let's begin my rant. the book is super short. it's more of a short story. the ebook is 96 pages. the writing was horrible, it reminded of chick flick books towards middle schoolers. the main character had the typical "we're moving, I hate my life, I miss my friends, they're ignoring me" then it goes to "oh there's a cute guy at my new school who is super popular and for some reason takes an interest ...more
Keith
Briefly: a badly written and edited, unimaginative, uninspired piece of work that doesn't deserve publication.

My trawl through free Google Play YA fantasy e-books has thrown up some gems of bad writing, illogical and pedestrian plots, and outright bizarreness, but this has to be one of the worst to date. What's so bad about it? Let me count the ways...

-Copious errors that any editor worthy of the name should have found, including typos, missing words, incorrectly capitalized words, and more.
-Inc
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Elizabeth
Mar 08, 2014 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: my local library
This book could be the example of how not to show in every telling not showing English class ever.

So the best thing about this book is the plot, and considering it is basically a retelling of every other 'vampire' novel I've read (and I haven't read THAT many). New girl, new school 'unpopular' and average looking who suddenly stops hearing from her best friend 5eva and wow is suddenly and completely unexpectedly a boy magnet. Shocking and so different I know. However, there is some great stuff
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Marsha
Feb 16, 2012 Marsha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Sworn" was a really disappointing read for me. During the first fifty pages or so, I quickly grew tired of all of the references to various stores and brand names (i.e. JCPenney, etc). For a while there I thought it would never end. Then, too much time was spent exploring the whiney angst of the bratty teenage herione, Rachel. By the end of the book, I realized that I just did not like her character very much.

Rachel Wood and her family are forced to move to Westchester, N.Y. when her father's c
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Kathy Finfrock
Sworn is the first book in a series of five. The story is of a normal girl uprooted from the small home town she has always known. Family moves to a new town and Rachel (a tenth grader) is not feeling the love. She is sullen and moody with her family and thinks the world is against her.

At first, I was a little put off by Rachel's character as a perpetual poor me, no one likes me, victim. And yet, when you think of it, Ms. Knight has done a wonderful job of bringing out the depression, anxiety,
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Jody
Jun 10, 2015 Jody rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First off, there are so many grammar mistakes I was literally grinding my teeth. In the first chapter, the MC describes her new house as white with black shudders. Really?? Then, there is so much 'name dropping' of products I started to wonder if the author got kickbacks. Urban Decay, Maybelline, Covergirl, Wal-Mart, Target, the list could go on forever. The MC is unlikeable and washy-washy, being a typical rebellious teenager one minute, then straight and narrow the next.
As for the storyline, I
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Angie
Jul 20, 2012 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First off I am trying to give constructive criticism so if it comes across differently, I'm sorry. The idea is cool and the cover is intriguing but the writing made me think of a small child telling a story, how they go over mundane details too much and there wasn't enough descriptive or creative writing that draws you in. The story was too choppy. For example, when Rachel leaves homeroom to meet Mr. Mysterious they have a 2 minute overdramatic dialogue and then the bell rings for everyone to go ...more
Shelly
I’ve looked around for info on Emma Knight, the author, to see if she is, in fact, a high schooler. She writes with the heavy hand, self-absorption and weak vocabulary of a hormonal teen-aged girl. I haven’t been able to find any info on her, which is surprising in this day and age.

This story seems like a rip off of Twilight. The plot is thin and the characters are one-dimensional. There’s lots of self-pity, whining and peer pressure (and eye-rolling from the reader).

I recommend it if you need
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Katie
Oct 11, 2014 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this book. It's a waste of space. I think even the editor threw his/her hands up two thirds of the way through and said "I quit. Only select+all+delete could make this better." This book appears to be written as maybe Twilight fan fiction or plagiarism almost? It's like someone thought "hey, how can I make Twilight worse" and then they wrote this.
Joy
Apr 29, 2014 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2014
Extremely easy read-read in a few hours. I was distracted by the grammatical errors, the repeated references to name brands of all kinds, and the fact that this girl falls in love soooo easily. Really? You are totally in love with one boy who stands you up, so as you walk home, you get on a motorcycle with a boy you've never even seen before... Really? She seems like a character with a brain at first, then she does all these really stupid and reckless things. I don't find this believable behavio ...more
Nancy
Jan 20, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, honestly, the story has potential, but the execution was clumsy. The development of the plot was jerky and abrupt in places, and really slow moving in others. The random insertion of morals seems contrary to the main characters rash decisions in other instances (to leave class, skip school, go places she knows she isn't supposed to with people she barely knows, sneak out to go to a party, etc.). Another issue? The male lead doesn't really show up until more than three-quarters of the we thro ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
This was a frustrating short story to read. While the writing is not bad the flow of the story is all over the place. I actually enjoyed the way Knight's writing felt at times, but then the story would speed up suddenly and it no longer mattered. The relationships in this practically sprang out of nothing and her connection with Benji felt premature and childish due to the speed at which it developed. Also the over use of brand names was extremely annoying and was just too much.
I do give her cr
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Danielle
Jun 23, 2014 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my am I glad this unadulterated piece of crap was over with quickly. It must have been written by an 8th grader.

So horrible. So stupid. Why did I waste my time?
René
When the majority of review are 1 and 2 stars, I don't care how much you like to form your own opinion. Heed the warning!!!

I was completely and utterly bored the entire book. Rachel is a complete teen worrying about everything that no one cares about. Her sister Sarah is more interesting and she's only in two scenes. Then Rachel gets on a bike with a random guy driving by, in a city she's only been in a week. I'm trying to figure out if I want to continue to the torture that I assume comes with
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JenniferJ
Sep 17, 2012 JenniferJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2012, kindle
A great introduction into a new series. It was a quick fast paced read but I was sitting on edge waiting for the vampires that never came! Basically this was just a set up for the second part. There was a little vamp action towards the end but the vampire has not even been introduced yet. Rachel has no idea the guy she's been hanging with is a vampire but she does feel he is different.

The story was okay but mostly all about Rachel and her family trying to fit into a new community and school. Gue
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Nandita Dhanda
Feb 27, 2016 Nandita Dhanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know if this is worth one star. I adore vampire novels and this book happened to be an utter disappointment. It didn't make any logical sense to me. Here's a detailed review of what I felt:

1. It was too cliche - Moving to a new city and new school + the girl dreads it. I think what happens next is predictable enough.

2. Logically speaking,the links to events and introduction to new characters was poorly done. I mean the guy, Benji, happens to be the lead character and yet he doesn't
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Lacey
Feb 16, 2016 Lacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forgot about this freebie.

Unfortunately, this was better left forgotten in the cloud. Even for a free book geared toward YA readers, that I chose for mindless beach reading, it's poor. It reads like something I would have put together in creative writing in middle school, if Twilight had been around then to "inspire" me.

The protagonist suffers from a hefty case of middle child syndrome, though in fairness, her parents do treat her differently than her popular siblings. She claims to be indepen
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Halle
Jan 25, 2016 Halle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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E. C. McRoy
Dec 17, 2015 E. C. McRoy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could have given this zero stars, I would have. This was one of the worst things I've read in a long time. It's only saving grace was that it was only 90 some pages and I finished it in the same day.

So, I hated the main girl. Rachel likes to list things - bands, brands, high school stereotypes - is wish washy and flip floppy and things she's strong because she pretended to do a shot to impress her friends without actually doing the shot. Um, no. She also lets random guys pick her up though
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