Swear [Swoon #2] by Nina Malkin

Publication Date: October 18th, 2011
Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover, 468 pages
RATING: 2 out of 5 Stars
A promise broken. A bond betrayed.
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 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?
It’s been a while since I’ve read Swoon; I seem to remember loving that book, regardless of the not-so lovely reviews it’s gotten. When I picked up Swear, I knew I would have a hard time acclimating to the goings on post-Swoon. Well, hells bells. I think I just realized why Swoon had such adverse reactions from other readers.
Swear happened about six months after Swoon. Dice is plagued with dreams of the erotic kind co-starring, none other than her ex, Sin Youngblood Powers. Everything should be cool and by cool, meaning no haunting of any kind. So long as Sin stayed wherever the hell he was and not intent on unleashing another bout of debauchery via possession, Dice was okay being haunted in her dreams. But when a boy disappeared without a trace and they’d somehow traced it back to Sin, Dice had no choice but to try and summon her ghost-turned-golem ex. Oh boy. Here we go again.
There is a distinct difference between Dice sans Sin and Dice with Sin; predominantly obvious was she seemed to turn into an insipid, sniveling, shallow girl as opposed to a girl with deep feelings and even deeper intellect. It was frustrating, considering how much I enjoyed her monologues, which, incidentally, reminded me of beatnik poetry.
His return brought another round of ego-maniacal, self-love.  What I don’t get is the appeal. Also, Dice and Pen (her cousin) have pretty much fought over this bone from the beginning and his return didn’t seem to have reaped that much attention. Dice insisted that she’s still in lurve with him but after the initial quasi-argument they had, there was a whole lot of…nothing.
You know what pissed me off the most? The fact the Sin was all, riled up because Dice was caught kissing another boy. You know what I have to say about that? SCREW YOU, SIN! May I remind you that you slept with practically the entire female population of Swoon, CT the last time you were in town? You have no right, boy. No right at all. Jesus, God, Dice. Girl, why are you all broken up because the jerk was mad at you for kissing another dude? Get real. Or better yet, get a backbone. Tell the loser off.
VERDICT: My over all feeling about this book? Please God. Please let’s get on with the plot. If I have to read one more scene where Dice was pining for Sin and then waffling over Tosh, or Pen stuffing food in her mouth, and girls falling and fawning all over Sin, I’d swear I’d stick a hot poker in my eye. [Head desk]

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