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Swoon, Connecticut, stands proudly on its heritage and the good behavior of its Lilly Pulitzer–clad inhabitants, so semi-psychic New York transplant Candice (Dice) sticks out like a sore thumb. On the autumnal equinox, Dice’s sweet and gentle cousin Penelope suddenly changes into a dangerous vixen, and only Dice is able to see that she has been possessed. Dice knows she must exorcise Sinclair, the ghost of a handsome young man from the colonial era, but she has fallen deeply in love with the appropriately nicknamed Sin. Finally, Dice follows Sin’s directions for an exorcism, which frees Penelope from his hold and releases Sin into his own physical form. The golem-like Sin finally reveals his goal: to exact revenge on the descendants of those who unjustly hung him for the murder of his fiancée. Since Sin awakens the quaint town’s denizens to all of their suppressed urges, this steamy and suspenseful romance with a psychic slant and time-travel twist will pull mature teens. The paranormal angle and several star-crossed love pairings will appeal to fans of the Twilight series. Grades 10-12. --Heather Booth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Sexy and deeply seductive...Swoon will make your every sense tingle!" -- Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series

"Fast, sexy, clever -- fans of Twilight have a new heroine to root for. I couldn't put it down!" -- Karen Marie Moning, bestselling author of the Highlander and Fever series

"A captivatingly unique story of first love. Nina Malkin's smart, vivid writing is a breath of fresh air. Simply unforgettable...Swoon will haunt you." -- Lara Adrian, bestselling author of the Midnight Breed series

"A spine-tingling collision of past and present, revenge and justice, lust and rage. True love has never been so truly terrifying." -- Robin Wasserman, author of the Seven Deadly Sins series and Skinned
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416998012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416998013
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Deee Lovely VINE VOICE on August 11, 2009
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I suppose the formula here is the supernatural teen romance ala "Twilight", but I think this book would be a complete turn off to most teens who read it. The plot is strange without being appealing. The narration voice is a teenage girl who switches back and forth between very contrived and inauthentic teen lingo and saying things that wouldn't mean much to anyone under 30; I found it very distracting.

The "love" story is weird. I never saw where the love came from--it came out of nowhere and made me feel like I missed something, 100 pages of story development maybe? ...but sadly that was not the case. The male love interest, Sin, is an abusive narcissist. Our damsel in distress, Dice, is obviously emotionally damaged to want him in the first place, although that baggage is never explained. Dice tells us on page one she has some sort of psychic ability masked as epilepsy...part of the story line, possibly? ...no, it is never mentioned again other than one line of dialog where someone asks Dice if she is having a seizure. Okay.

To top it all off the names are all terribly irritating; names converted to monosyllabic monikers (i.e. Candice becomes Dice) that we are supposed to believe are cool or trendy...you tell me:

Dice, Sin, Pen, Doll, Con, Marsh, Gel, Crane, El and Em (really), Duck, Wick, Boz, No and Way (not making those two up, either)

Rarely have I read a book and could not find one positive thing to say about it. The best I could come up with for this one is the book cover is nice.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert on June 2, 2009
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I got this book through Amazon Vine. I was excited to get it because I actually had this book on my wish list. Boy was I disappointed.

The concept is interesting. Dice has some psychic ability. When her friend Pen falls from a tree and dies for a moment; Pen's body is entered by the spirit of Sinclair (Sin). Sin was wrongly murdered many, many years ago and wants revenge against the town of Swoon (where they all live). Sins presence makes Pen act out and Dice tries to exorcise Sin; instead she ends up giving him a physical body that allows him to wreck havoc in person instead of through Pen.

Okay if the premise sounds interesting, it is. Unfortunately the execution of the story left a lot to be desired. All of the characters come across as stereotypical and flat. The story itself is inconsistent and disjointed; chapters end in the middle of a scene only to have new chapters start in a completely different setting. It leaves wondering if some pages fell out of the book or something. An example of this: a big deal is made about how Dice need to hitchhike to get someone to drive her back to New York city, she meets a psychic there. In the middle of their meeting the chapter ends. In the next chapter Dice is suddenly back in Swoon getting ready for a Halloween party. How did she get back to Swoon? A big deal was made about how she got out of Swoon, so how did she suddenly get back? What happened to her meeting with the psychic? I mean really would it hurt to have some consistency?

I also had a bit of a problem with this being dubbed a young adult novel. Throughout the novel drug use runs rampant. We are talking use of every kind of drug you can think of; it is casual use with no real purpose to the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mara E on February 28, 2011
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Truthfully, I was recommended this book because it is horrible. Although I was hoping it would be more Hush, Hush horrible instead of 425 pages of staring in mute astonishment that quickly verged toward confusion that ultimately ended in boredom. Even the glossed over erotica couldn't keep my attention, and there's a lot of glossed over erotica in this book. At first it felt sort of hilariously wrong, and then it just became stupid.

The plot...or whatever that was...involves cousins Candice and Penelope living in Connecticut. Only they are called Dice and Pen, because everyone in Connecticut shortens their name down to a completely random single syllable. (Also, everyone in Connecticut is blond. You only find curly brown hair in New York, apparently.) Pen becomes possessed by a ghost that probably has some very complicated gender identity issues. Dice falls in love with the ghost while it's inhabiting her cousin's body, although there's no telling why because even in Pen's body, the ghost is pretty much a huge jerk. I'll just let that sink in for a minute, because that's not even half of the horribleness. Eventually everyone comes to the conclusion that this possession thing needs to stop, because the ghost is making Pen steal the occasional Rolls while proposing incestuous orgies. (Likable, am I right? Who wouldn't fall in love with that?)

Except naturally something goes wrong in the exorcism, and instead of a possessed cousin, Dice has to deal with the ghost as a golem. Ghost/golem person also insists that they shorten his name (Sinclair Youngblood Powers) to Sin, a name he is determined to live up to, while Dice continues to fall in love for no reason as he's off deflowering her cousin (which apparently feels like being stabbed with a dull knife).
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