Book Review: Swoon by: Nina Malkin


Simon Pulse

Publish Date:
May 1, 2010

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Trade Paperback

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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?

Review: Candice Moscow is sort of new to Swoon, Connecticut – she’s visited her family there before – but never had to live there full time. She falls in with her cousin Penelope's crowd easily, despite the two being very opposite. Pen is the blonde popular cheerleader, while Dice is the quiet girl, who is gifted with psychic sensitivity.

When Pen has a brush with death that leaves her acting strange, Dice starts to realize something is wrong. She realizes that Pen is possessed and instead of “exorcising” the ghost, Dice has let him loose in the world to get revenge on the descendants of those who murdered him.

I couldn’t really get into this book at all and I couldn’t finish it. The characters are well-developed, but I couldn’t connect with them, and they sure don’t talk like most teenagers I know. The story concept was very interesting – Dice’s cousin is possessed by a soul in need of revenge. Dice witnesses to the possession falls in love with the soul and he becomes flesh, to her delight. Then he takes his revenge in through sexual means – rousing the townsfolk into “lewd” acts.

However, I do think Ms. Malkin's writing is good. There is a simplicity that I think that works for her and she does her research. Give this a try and see what you think…

Swoon Series: Swoon (1), Swear (2)


  1. I have heard so much opinions on this book. It's been really back and forth. I will add you opinions to the mix but I don't really think this one sounds worthwhile. Thanks for the review

  2. Yikes! I still haven't read this one... and I'm kinda glad now.


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