Swear – Nina Malkin

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 of Sin’s love remains on her skin, still sore. But Dice had been throwing herself into music, finding solace in song and sometimes even in the arms of her bandmate 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?

Review:
Swear by Nina Malkin, the only reason I read this book was because Antonia read it as well as the first, which I did not care for, and she informed me that the second is better than the first. And I agree with her on this, but only slightly. The sequel to Swoon is only slightly less terrible than the first. There were quite a few things I didn’t like about this book.
Let’s start with the plot. It improved immensely compared to the first. In Swear, there is an actual plot and its relatively creative. Although, the way the books written it takes forever for anything to become interesting. I was also still confused while reading the majority of this book. The story doesn’t give anything away until the “big reveal” moment in the story. I didn’t like this because I like to be able to know little bits and pieces as the story unfolds rather than having all the information that connects everything thrown at me all at once.
The next thing that I did not like about this book was the love triangles, yes that’s plural, as in more than one love triangle. Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a good love triangle as much as the next girl, but in this book they just irritated me. First it was Dice wanting Sin and Tosh. Like, you can’t just stick with the first super hot guy you met? Then that kind of just goes away in the background. It just doesn’t get brought up again until Tosh and Pen ask for Dice’s blessing. I mean, it would have been a bit nicer to have the story delve into all the characters stories, not just Dice and Sin. Then there’s the second love triangle, although, this one isn’t so voluntary. Dice now has to deal with a crazy kind of ex of Sin’s. The ex, Antonia, is a psycho ghost that basically wants Sin to love her so she starts kidnapping people from the real world. This just, I didn’t like this.
A lot of this story just seemed thrown together, as if there was parts that were supposed to be added in, but never got there. All in all, I probably wouldn’t recommend this series to you. I will admit that Swear was absolutely better than Swoon, but that’s not saying much in my opinion.

Keep on reading lovely, Amanda.

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