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Nina Malkin

Nina Malkin fantasy author Nina Malkin also writes for young adults in other genres. Learn more at Nina Malkin’s website.

Swoon

Swoon — (2009-2011) Young adult (but see Kelly’s caution in her review of Swoon). Publisher: Sin is Coming… Prepare to Swoon! 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.

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Swoon: Strangely addictive

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Swoon by Nina Malkin

Some books are like candy. You know they're not good for you. You feel compelled to keep reading them anyway. Maybe, after a while, they start leaving an "off" taste in your mouth. Still, you keep reading. This is what Nina Malkin's Swoon was like for me.

The plot is sort of Twilight-meets-Heathers. The protagonist, Dice (everyone has a cheesy nickname, you get used to it after a while), is a misfit in moneyed, WASPy Swoon, Connecticut. Her closest friend is her beautiful cousin Pen. The two girls accidentally bring a ghost from colonial times back into the flesh, and that's when the trouble starts... Read More