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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; 1 edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144242110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442421103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Six months after the departure of Sin—the ghostly, revenge-seeking heartbreaker who wreaked all kinds of sexy havoc on his earthly lover, Dice, and the quiet town of Swoon, Connecticut—some people go missing, and others, including Sin, make an appearance from long beyond the grave. A jilted lover with powerful magic sets off volatile love triangles culminating in an ill-fated, motley wedding. Malkin maintains the lusty, theatrical writing style employed in Swoon (2009). The drama is high in this sequel, which will appeal to readers who enjoyed the passion and romance of the first book. Grades 10-12. --Heather Booth

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“Lusty…The drama is high in this sequel, which will appeal to readers who enjoyed the passion and romance of the first book.” --Booklist

"The plot runs along at a good pace.... This story will appeal to readers who enjoyed Swoon, as well as those who can’t get enough paranormal romance." -- SLJ

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's been six months since everything happened, six months since Sinclair Youngblood Powers disappeared. Dice misses Sin more than anything, but she's afraid that he might actually be gone forever--from existence. Still, she tries to have a normal life, playing music with her friends and trying to connect with new ones, especially Tosh, her attractive new band made. But just when everything seems back to the plain and ordinary, strange things start happening again. Little snatches of melody, plants that seem to come alive, weird weather, and the disappearance of her best friend's boyfriend all point in one direction for Dice: to Sin. He's back. Dice is sure of it, but she's also sure that I can only mean trouble.

Reading Swoon by Nina Malkin a couple years ago was an interesting experience for me, to say the least, and I can't tell you what made me pick up its sequel, Swear. I guess I was just curious to see where Malkin would take the story. What readers get in Swear is a lot more bizarre than everything that happens in Swoon. The plot just kept getting weirder and weirder and continuously made me wonder what the point was. Additionally, I've always felt a little distanced from Dice's story because of Malkin's writing. I've come to realize that I really don't like her writing all that much; in Swear, the descriptions were sometimes a little vulgar, the humor was forced for me as the reader, and there seemed to be an overemphasis on the extremes of teen behavior, such as doing drugs and holding séances. Despite all of the problems that I had with this book, I still found the story incredibly sexy. The one thing that Malkin does very well is develop Dice's relationship with Sin, and I did enjoy reading along as they worked out their personal issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dayna on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First off, I thought SWOON was alright. I mean there was some parts that I was confused about and some parts that I thought were orginal. With SWEAR the whole book left me really confused and annoyed.
Yes, the loss of the one you love is hard, especially when Sin was so very sweet? no. hot? yes. honest? well. It has been six months since Sin and Dice were together and boy, do we (as the reader) hear all about it. Do not get me wrong, I love a girl who constatly whines over the loss of her undead-ghost-who the heck knows what you are- boy (rolls eyes). Dice throws herself into a band (Brusie Blue), with imagine my surprise! all boys. We still hear from Pen (who brings some lightness and comedy into the book) as well as Marsh (who is also destroyed for reasons that are pivitol to the book and will not tell you here), but other than that this is Dice and her bandmates, Duck and Tosh who steer this sinking ship.
Dice is in the band, singing the blues and bam! things start happening. There is some explination as to why things start happening once Dice begins to "open up", but its really kinda 'yeah right'. The biggest problem I had with SWEAR, however, is what happens once things start to get exciting. (I cannot say too much about it because I hate reading spoilers and so I will not include them in any of my reviews)
Dice and her friends are once more lost (literally) in the land of the dead. There is a new "character" that makes life hard for all of them, mostly Dice and her beloved Sin, but this new character is quite annoying and I was hoping that I would get the chance to kill her myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenna Bee on February 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Nina Malkin's writing is, interesting. It's definitely different and while I can't quite pinpoint what it is exactly that makes it different, I did enjoy the writing style...for a while.

I felt like Swear had a great purpose and then somewhere got lost in all the words. So many words...472 pages of words. Lots of vocabulary that didn't really add to the book, in my opinion.

What I struggled with most was just the length of the book. And I'm an avid reader and can read a 300 page book in a few hours. But reading Swear felt like it took ages.

And really? The author put at least 5 pages of just song lyrics in the book of what Dice was singing. Did I need to read all of those?

Then I think the biggest page waster was reading two pages (yes two) of Dice listening to her cat meow and imagining the words that would be coming out of Rubycat's mouth. Really?

By the time I got near the end of the book, I didn't even care what happened to the characters. I personally think Dice is stupid for wanting to be with Sin after all the things he's done to her friends and family.

Again, the cover of the book is beautiful. I'll probably touch it in the bookstore. But that's about it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Format: Hardcover
i am a person who loves to read books and all but i like them certain. when i found swoon on my bookshelf and saw the name dice that was why i wanted to read it because i liked the heroine's name. stupid,right? no. it was a lifechanging experience. i do not mind that it took a long time to read because i never wanted it to end! then i finally finished it a couple days ago and my friends that i was retelling it too were all sad and told me to find if there was a sequel... and there was! i was so happy and i read bits and peaces of it and it was fabulous. however i only encourage you to buy it if you enjoyed her first book...swoon! i do not know why people were so degrading about it when i found it an extremely intriguing experience and constantly had to fight off random strangers reading over my shoulder. so all i can say is BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!!! you will not regret it unless you are an idiot which most people are. SWEAR was fabulous. I suggest if to reread it to space a good amount of time in between like a year or so where it is just enough time to forget what happened but still remember it was worth it.Swear
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