Amanda's Adventures

Swear by Nina Malkin

Summary:
It’s been six months since ghost-turned-golem Sinclair Youngblood Powers confessed his love, stole Dice’s heart, and disappeared from Swoon, perhaps from existence. Despite the hurt, Dice has been moving steadily toward ordinary. Dreams of Sin still plague and pleasure her sleep, and the mark of Sin’s love remains on her skin, still sore. But Dice had been throwing herself into music, finding solace in song and sometimes even in the arms of her bandmate Tosh. Life seems almost…normal.
The last thing Dice wants is to mess with anything remotely supernatural. But when her best friend’s boyfriend goes missing, Dice has no choice but to become very much involved. She knows that his disappearance was no accident, and it somehow has everything to do with Sin. Because Dice can feel it: Sin is back. And the promises and deceptions he left in his wake have returned to haunt him.
What do you do when an oath of devotion threatens to destroy the one you love?
Review:
Swear by Nina Malkin, the only reason I read this book was that Antonia read it as well as the first, which I did not care for, and she informed me that the second is better than the first. And I agree with her on this, but only slightly. The sequel to Swoon is only slightly less terrible than the first. There were quite a few things I didn’t like about this book.
Let’s start with the plot. It improved immensely compared to the first. In Swear, there is an actual plot and it’s relatively creative. Although, the way the books are written it takes forever for anything to become interesting. I was also still confused while reading the majority of this book. The story doesn’t give anything away until the “big reveal” moment in the story. I didn’t like this because I like to be able to know little bits and pieces as the story unfolds rather than having all the information that connects everything thrown at me all at once.
The next thing that I did not like about this book was the love triangles, yes that’s plural, as in more than one love triangle. Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a good love triangle as much as the next girl, but in this book, they just irritated me. First, it was Dice wanting Sin and Tosh. Like, you can’t just stick with the first super hot guy you met? Then that kind of just goes away in the background. It just doesn’t get brought up again until Tosh and Pen ask for Dice’s blessing. I mean, it would have been a bit nicer to have the story delve into all the characters stories, not just Dice and Sin. Then there’s the second love triangle, although, this one isn’t so voluntary. Dice now has to deal with a crazy kind of ex of Sin’s. The ex, Antonia, is a psycho ghost that basically wants Sin to love her so she starts kidnapping people from the real world. This just, I didn’t like this.
A lot of this story just seemed thrown together, as if there was parts that were supposed to be added in, but never got there. All in all, I probably wouldn’t recommend this series to you. I will admit that Swear was absolutely better than Swoon, but that’s not saying much in my opinion.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda's Adventures

Swoon by Nina Malkin

Summary:
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 and 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 to aware of Sin. She’s intensely drawn to him-but nit 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 and 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?
Review:
Let me tell you about this book, Swoon by Nina Malkin. It wasn’t very good. I read the first fifty pages and waited for the plot to actually go somewhere. I did the same on page one hundred, one fifty until the book was over. This book ended and I’m currently still confused. This book made no sense, the plot doesn’t seem to go anywhere. I mean, she falls in love with a ghost that’s possessing her best friend. And she miraculously, without even really spending any time with him, falls deeply in love with him. Oh, and then the group thinks it’s a good idea to try and exorcise the ghost out of Pen! Who would ever think that this would end well?
Toward the end of the book, a little explaining was done. But the only explanation we got was Sin telling us that Dice was basically God to him because she created him. Sin gives her a god complex. Another thing that I didn’t like was how much of an asshole Sin turned into once he had his own body. Like, be thankful you have your own body, and life! Don’t automatically turn into a douche. The last thing that I really did not care for about this book was the main character. Dice. She’s whiny and doesn’t actually think anything through. She just seems ignorant. Like, oh I’m going to let my boyfriend, who I don’t know anything about, kill a bunch of people for revenge. Because that’s okay? This book just aggravated me.
There were, however, some things I did like about this book. I loved the idea. It’s super creative and unique. Although the plot doesn’t really go anywhere I feel like I got to know the characters more than I usually do when reading a book with a super complex plot. Either way, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I was just so bored the whole time. But at Antonia’s suggestion, I’m going to continue and read the sequel, Swear. I’ll let you know if it gets any better.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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