Into a Million Pieces by Angela V. CookeBook, English, 203 pages
Debut: January 27, 2015
Genres: Dark / Violance / Angst, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Read First: April 8-11, 2015 | Snuck from: YA Bound Book Tours -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
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Although not as good as I hoped it would be, Into a Million Pieces was still a nice read. The idea was simple, a succubus teen and love, but chosen well for a stand-alone novel in my opinion, and I also liked the background story / lore Cook used. I also liked the background story on Ren, showing he wasn't all golden boy material, which made him a good match to Allison always hiding her true self behind her Goth getup. He was cute, very much so, and also a typical oldest brother. Jade and Allison were nice twin material: two opposites, but actually on the same wavelength. However, this was about as deep as the characters got, few pages and all, and probably the main reason I couldn't fully appreciate the romance.
The insta-component made sense, since we're dealing with succubi, and I also liked that it was pretty spiced for YA, but some of the dialogue between Ren and Allison seemed forced. The overall style wasn't too gripping either, but the plot was good, and I am giving extra kudos for the mad-as-a-hatter Bible fanatic aunt, since Cook herself is religious.
However, there were a lot of questions left unanswered. Would Jade really have gone through with her revenge plan? Did Sarah actually off her own sister too, since she had no problem with her nieces? I would've liked to read a final encounter between Sarah, Allie and Ren, the two teens still as a happy couple, having Sarah spit some more evil and maybe give Allison some answers, even closure. At the very least, I would've expected a solution to the physical problem of Ren and Allison's realtionship. The open ending isn't a bad choice, but maybe better on a story with more detail, thus more pages?
Area Scan: Idea: 3/5 -- Style/Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Action: 3/5
Discovered: 3+ Hoods
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