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Swoon by Nina Malkin
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Aug 29, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult, early-review, fantasy
Read in August, 2009

Candice is beginning a new life away from New York City in the small town of Swoon, Connecticut. Dice spends her time in Swoon leisurely hanging out with her perfect cousin, Penelope, and her group of privileged friends. However, after Penelope falls from a tree during a bout of drug-induced fun, things begin to get interesting. Penelope has been inhabited by the spirit of Sinclair Youngblood Powers, a young man who was wrongly accused and executed for killing his fiancé in the town of Swoon over 200 years ago. Now Sinclair is bent on revenge and Dice must overcome her feelings for him and put a stop to it before her new town falls apart.

This was a compelling read that keeps up a quick pace and intriguing plot from the very beginning. The characters were likable, even when somewhat twisted. However, some characters were thrown in and never fully developed, in particular a friend from her past in New York. This is not a book for anyone who has trouble reading about sexual situations. It sometimes seemed like sex was thrown in just for the sake of making the book more appealing—like extra fight scenes in an action movie. I think the addition of these situations sometimes took away from the flow of the book. Sinclair’s revenge often came about in the form of enticing sexual expressions in the townsfolk. I like the revenge storyline, but it often became overshadowed by the nature of the situations.
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