Saturday, July 4, 2015

Review: Into a Million Pieces by Angela V. Cook

Into a Million Pieces by Angela V. Cook
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary

Allison McKready is a succubus. So is her twin sister. But while Allison spends her summer break hiding in the library behind her Goth makeup, Jade fools around as often as she can. Allison can’t believe Jade would ignore their mother’s fatal example so recklessly, but concealing a cursed bloodline and its dangerous effects is far from Allison’s only problem. Mean girl Julie’s snob mob is determined to ruin her summer, and Aunt Sarah’s Bible thumping is getting louder. Only her new friend, Ren Fisher, offers safe haven from the chaos of her life.

When one of Jade’s risky dates leads to humiliation and sudden tragedy, Allison reels, and Ren catches her. But as her feelings for him grow, so does her fear that she’ll hurt him—or worse—in an unguarded moment. The choice is coming—love him or save him—but Allison might not live to make it. One way or another, the curse will have its due.

A big thank-you to the author for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.  Well, honestly, I loved it.  From the cover to the story to the characters to the romance, I loved it all.  This was a unique story, being about two twin sisters who happen to be succubus.  Or should I say succubi, since we're talking plural here.  Whenever I've heard or read about them before, the succubus was a purely evil character who visited dreams, created nightmares, and hovered over men's beds trying to lure them into lust.  I liked the author's interesting new take on this.  The sisters were different, and the mythology of the succubus was as well.

These sisters can drain a boy's power with their kiss, and the act of sex with them can cause death and loss of one's soul.  How different and unique!  And can you imagine the conflict here?  This story was loaded with it.

Aside from that, the characters themselves were my favorite aspect of the story.  The twins, Allison and Jade are polar opposites.  One likes to live on the edge, playing with her curse (Jade), while the other tries to avoid it, push people away and make herself as unattractive as possible to prevent boys from being drawn in by her lure (Allison.)  Add into the mix Ren Fisher, who is somehow able to see past Allison's disguise and into the person that she is, and you have a great romance, some wonderful conflicts between the sisters, and a very exciting story.

I was drawn in from the very first page, and I felt so badly for Allison as she struggled not only to suppress her own urges, ones she's just started feeling for the first time because of Ren...great sexual tension there...but also to keep her sister on the straight and narrow.  A really big event happens in this story that I did not see coming, and it shocked me to my core.  Lots of secrets are revealed as well, one in particular that I did manage to see coming, but the author left clues that weren't hard to pick up on if you were paying attention.  This didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story, however. Even though I thought I had it figured out, it was still a shock.

The writing was engrossing, the story very well executed, and the characters endearing.  I loved this book from the first page and it held me to the end. I would most definitely recommend this, and will be watching for more from this author.  She hooked me!

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