{Book Reivew} Swear + ARC Giveaway!

By: | Sep 26, 2011
SwearSwoon #2Author: Nina Malkin
Pages: 472
Format: ARC
Release Date: October 18th 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 3 – 3.5
A promise broken. A bond betrayed. It’s been six months since ghost-turned golem Sinclair Youngblood Powers confessed his love, stole Dice’s heart, and disappeared from Swoon, perhaps from existence. Despite the hurt, Dice has been moving steadily toward ordinary. Dreams of Sin still plague and pleasure her sleep, and the mark of Sin’s love remains on her skin, still sore. But Dice has been throwing herself into music, finding solace in song and sometimes even in the arms of her band mate, Tosh. Life seems almost…normal. The last thing Dice wants is to mess with anything remotely supernatural. But when her best friend’s boyfriend goes missing, Dice has no choice but to become very much involved. She knows that his disappearance was no accident, and it somehow has everything to do with Sin. Because Dice can feel it: Sin is back. And the promises and deceptions he left in his wake have returned to haunt him.
What do you do when an oath of devotion threatens to destroy the one you love?
Ever had a book that when you put it down to do those things you actually have to do while your not reading (i.e: work, sleep, eat, shower…) all you can think about is what is about to happen in said book? This is how SWEAR was for me. Every time I had to set it down I was constantly trying to sort out where Nina Malkin was taking things. I was almost never right and I really liked that aspect, because it kept me guessing all through out.

Dice and all her one-syllable pals (Duck, Marsh, Sin, Pen….and so on) really bring you a full serving of both romance and romantic angst, right along with all things paranormal picking up right where SWOON, the first book in the series, leaves off.

One thing that I had a little trouble with, was language and thusly also the writing style a bit. Now, we do have a few character's from other times in history and their language being suited for them makes perfect sense, if they didn’t speak as if they were from their time it would ruin the effect of the book. However, there are times Malkin will go from “trendy-typical-teenager speak” into something that felt like a forced, over done Dawson’s Creek vocab, meshed with a bit of British slang tossed in for good measure. Since the book is written in first person, following Dice, an 18 year old, American born gal living in Connecticut this was sometimes (okay, nearly always) really hard to swallow. I would actually twist up my face in confusion trying to understand what teenager would say things like “poste-haste” when asking friends to hurry.

If I had read this book with out knowing it was YA, I wouldn’t have pegged it as one. It falls for me, between YA and Fiction, leaning a bit more towards Fiction based on writing style alone. Malkin is obviously a walking thesaurus and remarkably intelligent which flows onto her pages. While I love learning new vocab words, I did have to stop a few times wondering if maybe I should look that word up to be sure it meant what I thought it meant. And I’m not dummy. I promise. ;0)

The story is strong and fluid, and therefore I tired very hard to ignore the obvious hopping language issues I was facing. You get a little Stephan King’s ROSE RED and a little Single White Female even in a tiny way. It’s a never been done before Paranormal Thriller that despite the things I didn’t particularly love about, still feel is worth a read. Both book sin the series are!


 Want a chance to WIN an ARC of SWEAR? Well the wonderful people at Simon and Schuster provided me one to read, and I want to pass it on to you! Simply fill out the form below and
GOOD LUCK!
 



28 comments:

  1. Great review. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

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  2. Ahaahaha, post-haste! Yeah, it sometimes bothers me when the language is a little unfitting. -.- Great review! :) And thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

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  4. Swear sounds good. YA has good story lines.

    smg5775@yahoo.com

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  5. thanks for the giveway! Swear looks like a fantastic book!

    kelsey d

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  6. Oh my! I just got Swoon a couple weeks ago for $0.75 at the library bookstore! I didn't know it was a series. Yey :D

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  7. this book sounds so good! thanx the giveaway! :)

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  8. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I hadn't heard of this book before, but it sounds awesome!

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  9. I just love the cover of this one. Very interested in this series, but I just haven't picked it up yet.

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  10. This series sounds really great. Thanks for the chance!

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  11. The book sounds great! Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity!

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  12. awesome giveaway. courtnut1990 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I am excited for this book. Haven't read Swoon as of yet was going to wait for the second book to come out. Although it does temp me sitting on my shelf :)
    Thank you for the giveaway and good luck to all!!!

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  14. Sounds interesting!

    valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  15. Hey! I am a teenager and I use words like post-haste! (Then again, I am kind of obsessed with historical fiction and obscure words.) :) Thank you for the great review and giveaway! This book certainly looks intriguing. :)

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  16. The cover is so freaking gorgeous!! :D

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  17. I love this cover. The vocab issue is interesting. That would bug me but I'm still curious enough to read it.

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  18. Totally can't wait to read this one. Swoon was pretty good. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    Rabiah

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  19. great review and sounds like a great book sequel!

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  20. The books sounds intriguing!

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Definitely looks like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Kelsey d

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  22. thanks for the giveaway! looking forward to reading this book. :)

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  23. you always have the best giveaways

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  24. I haven't read Swoon yet but my reasoning is if I win Swear then of course I'll be justified in buying another book, Swoon. That does happen when I read, I'm thinking about where the story is going but life gets in the way of me being able to read. But those are the books I enjoy the most. The ones that keep me thinking.

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  25. Thanks for the review...and the heads up on the language issues. Glad to hear the book is still a great read!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway! I have been interested in reading Swoon for awhile.. so it would be great to win the companion book! :D

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  27. Has been on my wishlist for awhile now. Gotta have it.

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