Sunday, May 31, 2009

Swoon by Nina Malkin

Synopsis:

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.

Rating:

Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 10/10
Setting: 9/10
Recommendation: 8/10
Total: 63/70

Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?

Cussing: Frequent in both narration and dialogue.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Many characters (including protagonist) frequently peruse both.
Sexual Content: Much promiscuity, and sometimes quite offensive. I will not go into extreme detail, but be warned.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some rape.

Review:

I am very adamant about the ratings of this book. Namely, the originality, ending, and voice. W-O-W. I have never read an author with such witty and hilarious, yet dark and serious writing as Malkin. Dice's narration and commentary was both entertaining and informative. The plot structure was creative and resourceful. Everything about this book was very poetic.

Swoon was a completely unique book. Though the synopsis sounds rather generic for YA, not so! It was so...odd. So intelligent and new, with just a touch of surreality. I loved that Dice liked Swoon, enjoyed being there, because haven't we had enough of the 'misplaced-hero-stuck-in-hick-town' syndrome? No. This was much more elegant than that.

Despite its great aspects, Swoon is not for the faint of heart. I would even go so far as to call it 'for mature audiences only'. Overlooking the lewd and the all-too-detailed, however, it was a truly beautiful novel. At times I was slightly confused, but mostly I could write it off as a crazy dream thing, or else it was explained to me.

This book is a stand-alone novel, I am certain, and I haven't read a stand-alone novel in so long, it seems, that this is a wonderful thing. The ending was conclusive and perfect and not altogether happy, but satisfying. I was glad to reach it, and thankful for every single one of the 421 pages of Swoon.

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