SWOON by Nina Malkin


Age Range: 14 & up
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Recently transplanted from New York City, troubled hipster and semi-psychic Candice—nicknamed Dice—is trying to make the best of her new stuffy, suburban life in Swoon, Conn. An unfortunate accident with her cousin Pen leads to the materialization of a vengeful spirit named Sin, who briefly possesses Pen until Dice releases him into a golem-like earthly body. Not without his own agenda, Sin is seeking retribution upon the inhabitants of Swoon for the murder of his beloved, centuries earlier. Dice, full of teen angst and hormones, is immediately smitten by handsome Sin, leading to some rather uncomfortable scenes while he inhabits her cousin and building into a tense frenzy of “will-they-or-won’t-they” once she sets him free. Sin exacts most of his revenge in a sexual nature, creating a frantic and at times violent lust in his victims. Readers looking for another Twilight may be disappointed; while the romantic tension smolders between Sin and Dice, the sex abounds between the denizens of Swoon, with little left to the imagination in this oddly erotic outing. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: May 19th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7434-5
Page count: 432pp
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2009


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