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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
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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
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
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
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Brenda
*** 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 sister Sarah has been quite nice to her, even offering to not join the cheer
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Jessica
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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Brie
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
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
Elizabeth
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
"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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Angie
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
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
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
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
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?
JenniferJ
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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Natalie Stanton
I thought this book had very powerful writing, because it explains how bad someones feels when they move to a new school. This book was beautifully written also because it makes someones life so much better, and explains how it happens, which I like to read about. The strength of this book is also keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire book. It tells you something, then ties it into something else, and it doesn't let you know what the scene is until the next chapter, so that you have to ...more
Carol
TWILIGHT IT'S NOT

The best part about this book is that it was free. That sounds a little harsh, but it is what it is. Maybe if I were fifteen I could relate better. There's a lot of talk, that I feel was just filler- there for the word count.

My alarm when off. I got out of bed to shower, but my sister bet me to it. I waited. I cleaned the mirror and got dressed and when down for breakfast.

That's a pretty good example.

I got book 2 first (also free). When I realized I skipped a book, I set out t
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Lana
Emma, I love your covers - the artwork is well done. The storyline was sorta ok, but you really need to find someone who can edit your work for you. There were so many mistakes in the story that I felt that you must be a teenager writing these books.

Even still, someone out there should really assist you to make these books a lot better. I gave you a poor review because you also don't read up on your previous work. You make mistakes that mess up the storyline. For example: you have the main chara
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Kim
When this book showed up on OHFB and at a sale price, I thought it deserved a chance to be read. It was a little out of my comfort zone since it was labeled YA, but I began reading the book with an open mind. Right away I got the sense that Rachel was the typical middle child who didn't know who she wanted to be, stuck between the seemingly perfect older sister and easy-going younger brother. Combine that with the trauma of moving from her small hometown into a larger, suburban city and it becam ...more
Lori
The book could have been so much better than it was. It seemed that the author just over wrote to make a point that could have been made faster and not drawn out. some grammar errors also. enough to not bypass. As for the the main character Rachael, she really wants to fit in at her new school but didn't do too well so.when the misfit group takes to her she's drawn right in but quickly realized she's not like them. Drinking, smoking, not her thing but she's too scared to tell them cause she won' ...more
Stephanie
It was free. I kinda felt like smacking some common sense into everyone, and mean EVERYONE. Hopefully the second one will be better.
Elena
There is just one word that can describe book: terrible. I was so damn excited to read it and it's totally messed-up. Twilight is better than this and that's saying something.

At the beginning of the book, this chick, Rachel, moves in a town in NY with her family. She keeps worrying about going to high school and not making any friends. Up until now there's nothing out of ordinary, she's new and I think everyone has worries like that. Things get bad after she makes friends. They are the worst ki
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