Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Book #24: Swear

Title: Swear (Book #2 in Swoon series)

Author: Nina Malkin

Date started reading: March 13, 2013
Date finished reading:  March 17, 2013

Publish date: September 2012
ISBN: 978-1442421110
Number of pages: 480

Official summary: "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 Sin left 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?" (

How I obtained the book: Bought for $5.94 through Amazon using a giftcard I earned through

My commentary:
  •  I really love how this book has roses on each side of the chapter numbers. It's a pretty touch throughout the book. Of course, roses play an important role in the book, so it makes sense that the cover would include roses and there would be roses throughout the book.
  • I was so angry with the first book in this series for having so much sexual content and so many scenes of teenage drinking/drug use. This book did away with the vast majority of the sex, and you could focus much more on the supernatural content. Once all that sex/drinking/drug stuff was gone, the story was really great... well at least until....
  • SPOILER ALERT: Dice ends up meeting with a bunch of gods and took on some of their powers, namely the ability to talk to animals. In the end of the book, Dice isn't the one who saves the day and the lives of her friends. It's a damn bird and Dice's kitten who recruit a bunch of other birds and mice to take down a ghost from Sinclair's past who has been causing havoc and kidnaps one of Dice's friends and the younger sister of another one of her friends. I was all about the supernatural storyline until suddenly Dice become Dr. Doolittle.

Memorable quotes:
  • "Love is blue. A clear cerulean when new. A bright, bold, true blue in its glorious throes. And when it hurts, as it inevitably will, love turns deep, dark, the color of a bad bruise. I know all about that deep, that dark — I’ve been dealing with it for a while now. One night of true bliss with the boy I love, and then he was gone."
  • "My nemesis is a sociopath with bloodhound tendencies who, as an added bonus, is already dead and ergo indestructible."
  • "What do you think, I tote tarot cards around in my purse, just in case? They're not tampons, you know."
  • "Sinclair Youngblood Powers is back in town. Time to get naked!"
  • "The truth hurts, they say, but that's all they say -- they don't say how it hurts. That's because each painful truth has its own unique recipe for agony."
  • "If she calls me a slattern -- that’s eighteenth century for 'slut' -- she’ll be picking Cocoa-Puffs out of her hair for days."
  • "Pledge, promise, oath, vow -- if there's one thing I've figured out, it's that you can't swear to love."
  • "Sometimes you can be up to your eyeballs in blessings and still blunder around like a babe in the woods. Sometimes you have to let hope and faith and trust do their thing, relinquish the control you never had in the first place, and accept what’s going to happen like a wave coming in from the sea."

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