Published: May 19th 2009 by Simon Pulse
isbn: 1416974342 (ISBN13: 9781416974345)
Reading Level: Young Adult (older YA, In my opinion)
Received from: Library Loan
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.
What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?
This one had me all over the place. Hot and cold and even lukewarm.
In the beginning I was surprised I was liking it. Though the writing was not really to my liking, the story was. There were parts that I just felt confused as the book went on and it's all because of the writing style. I don't even know how to describe it, but it felt all over the place. Like the words just rushed out so fast that things weren't formulated to make sense. Make sense? I get the feeling that that's sort of how it's suppose to be, but most of the time I just didn't care for that style.
That being said I did like the book. I never set it down and not want to pick it back up. I wanted to know what happened and I enjoyed the characters and the story.
This book is definitely more for older teens as there was a lot of sexual 'stuff' going on. There were drugs and foul language as well, but not over the top. I actually thought the authors portrayal of a teens life in a small town was pretty accurate. I grew up in a small town and didn't really have a lot to do. Drugs and alcohol were definitely a staple in a teens life there. Her teen-speak was believable as well.
I liked the main character and I 'got' her for the most part. I never found myself infuriated at her though some of the other characters did get me a bit angry, but that was the point.
Overall I liked the book and really enjoyed the story line itself. I just really am not a fan of the writing style.
I give this one 3/5 moons.
You can find Nina Malkin on her website.
Disclosure: I got this book from the library. I was not paid or influenced in any way for this review. The opinions expressed are my own.