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 even 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 obvious 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?
I was really excited about reading this book. I'd heard it was a little trashy, and that was just what I thought I needed after finals. Alas, it was not. The trash came in heaps, but it wasn't very good. The premise was very interesting (spirit possession and psychic powers) but didn't come across stunningly. The book still held my attention, and Malkin's writing worked very well with how she wanted to tell the story. The amount of sex in the book was flat out ridiculous, though. I don't mind it as long as it serves a purpose, but a great deal of it was just gratuitous. The plot could have moved along using some other device. At times I felt myself skipping over parts because I didn't feel like reading about another orgy. Also, some major points were left until the end for a grand reveal, but that knowledge would have made reading the book much more interesting.
The characters were fun, but not much more. The short nicknames could border on stupid, but weren't terrible. Dice was amusing with her constant sarcastic quips. However, I was never able to relate to her and only began to form a connection with her at the end of the book. Sin was delightfully bad, but Pen got rather annoying quite quickly. Pen seemed to just be there to take up space in the plot and be a foil for Dice. Unfortunately, nothing really sustained her character and made her grow in any compelling direction.
If massive quantities of sex in novels bother you, skip Swoon. This is one that parents should be careful with and make sure their child can deal with the content before reading. The story wasn't compelling, but it was trashy to the extreme. If you want a tawdry no-brain book it isn't too bad, just know what you're getting into.