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It was once said that love is giving someone the ability to destroy you, but trusting them not to.Well, I don’t trust him.I don’t even like him.But hot damn, do I crave him…Nine months after the tragic accident that killed my mother and sister, all I want is a fresh start. Settling down in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine, I’ve found peace at last...until the new residenIt was once said that love is giving someone the ability to destroy you, but trusting them not to.Well, I don’t trust him.I don’t even like him.But hot damn, do I crave him…Nine months after the tragic accident that killed my mother and sister, all I want is a fresh start. Settling down in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine, I’ve found peace at last...until the new resident bad boy, Jackson Matthews, enters the picture. Arrogant, sarcastic, and devastatingly sexy, he’s the very last thing I want to entertain. Romance was never part of the plan.To make matters worse, local girls begin disappearing and there’s suspected cult activity involved. Is it just a coincidence that everything started when this blue-eyed Casanova strolled into town? When terrifying circumstances drive the two of us together, I find myself in over my head and drawn in by his allure. Will falling into Jackson's arms mean I'll be falling victim to a real lady-killer...or worse?Love may bite…But desire kills....

Title : Divine Vices
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ISBN : 9781516841431
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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Divine Vices Reviews

  • Melissa Parkin
    2018-11-13 17:42

    Well, I did write the book after all, so I obviously enjoyed it. I hope that others will have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

  • Kym
    2018-10-21 20:03

    I was given a electronic copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. I have to say that when I began this book I had high hopes. I liked Cassie. She was a bit edgy and I loved reading about her relationship with her father. When Jackson Matthews showed up, I'll admit the author did a good job of beginning to form his character. I couldn't tell if he was a jerk, of some misunderstood kid. I liked watching the dance between Cassie and him, although I knew that Ian had a thing for her. Now... I had very few issues with the book until the Ouija board. It all just felt... I don't know, off. Like it didn't belong. Until that point, I didn't realize there would be paranormal elements in the book so I was a bit taken aback. Even still, I was alright with the book, until the very end, when they were decorating for prom and everything hit the fan. It made no sense to me. I felt like the author was trying to hard to make the book mysterious. Jackson's character was deliberately being obtuse, and it was like the author was trying to confuse us to encourage us the want to read more but in reality I was just frustrated. The book was trying too hard, it no longer felt natural or real, everything was forced. I'm giving this book three stars because until the end I did enjoy it. Everything just got out of hand. I have high hopes for this series, with a few adjustments.

  • Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)
    2018-10-22 17:08

    http://functioninginsanity.blogspot.c... Divine Vices by Melissa Parkin was not originally on my TBR list, not because it didn’t sound interesting or anything but I had never heard of it. There are so many great books out there that are not huge releases and as such may get overlooked. I'm glad I was contacted about this book and able to check it out because I really enjoyed it. The story is a thriller/mystery/suspense type that follows around high school junior Cassie Foster. She has been in New Haven, Maine for the last seven months and is still the new girl and is happy in her life with her best friends Gwen and Ian. She is taking everything well and trying to be normal, well as normal as one can be in high school. Then comes the new guy, Jackson, who takes over the new kid role. He is sexy, arrogant, sarcastic, and cocky which is not her type at all. When they get thrown together and their bond intensifies it is hard to ignore even with the craziness that is happening in town. The unexplainable events, a string of disappearances, and cult related murder, lead to many questions and coincidence of timing with Jacksons arrival in town and mysterious past. This book was very interesting and I like the cloak and dagger of it all. One thing I find amazing is that it was listed as having a paranormal/supernatural/fantasy aspect to it but I forgot all about that as I read. It wasn't until the last part of the book when I was on the edge of my seat trying to fight the rational part of my brain that said I needed to sleep before work the next day that it came about. That can work for those who are just starting to get into a supernatural type of story. I've had people ask me about books that I think they would enjoy but without too much 'way out there fantasy'. Finding those based more in reality with a slight twist is always a good place to begin and dip your feet in. And this one fits the bill because I believe it can be easily enjoyed by anyone. Cassie is a girl who is trying to get over a tragedy. She has found comfort in two friends and she just wants to finish high school and have as normal an experience as possible. Her attraction to the new guy is a whole other story, she doesn't want to like him. She battles with herself constantly. She doesn't want to like him and she wants to strangle him sometimes but then as things happen her views shift but she still doesn't know what to rust. And as she starts to open up and trust, he becomes her best friends prime suspect given his questionable past. The best friends Gwen and Ian are also very relatable. They are people I remember going to high school with. I think everyone knew that one people who knew everything. The person that could tell you what was happening with everyone in school and even the news around town because they had the hook up. If you wanted info you went to them to get it. And the eccentric person who dressed to their own beat and seemed a bit out there and even took pride in being the different one. I admit I was not that person. I'm all about comfort and common sense. I'm clumsy and trip on flat surfaces unhindered and I'm 5'7. I don’t need to wear 4-6 inch heels every day. That is a safety hazard. Do I own them and like to dress up on occasion where I might care more about the outfit than my 100% comfort? Yes. I was friends with people at school who dressed like that though and I admired their courage to wear it when I knew others would joke about it. The mystery of Jackson and what is happening around school all flows together seamlessly. It' impossible not to question it and get caught up in the mystery even when it scares you. Can you figure out what is going on before the characters do? Is it going to work out the way you think? I admit I didn’t get this one figured out, which is pretty big for me. I normally have it all clued in before the first half. So enjoy the mystery and see if you're smarter than the characters. I don’t want to give too much of the story away so I think I will close it up saying simply that I give this book 5 Stars. Once I started I didn’t want to stop. And it stops at a very unfriendly place let me warn you. I almost dropped my poor kindle trying to make more appear but it said book complete at the bottom and that was it for now. I am eager to read book 2 and see where the story goes and will make an update when I learn anything about the next book.

  • Jennifer Aldrich
    2018-11-12 21:52

    *Received Arc in exchange for an honest review*Divine Vices is a paranormal romance that I would put in a YA category. This book has a real mystery feel to it, which I personally love. There is plenty of action and paranormal activity along with some definite twists. This is Book 1 in a series so be prepared to be left wanting more. Divine Vices is about a 16 year old who is struggling in life after the devastating loss of her mother and twin sister. She is dealing with issues related to coping with grief. She has two best friends who love her and are trying their best to support her. I love her best friends because they stick by her no matter what. I think the author did a great job by having these two characters in the book by Cassie’s side.What did I loved most about this book? The plot twists. This book is far from predictable, which surprised me thoroughly. I was totally expecting a different ending, but I am not disappointed. The way the author uncovers more of the story at a slow pace is delectable. It is like watching a flower in slow bloom. You want to see more, but you also know if it is rushed it will end too soon and you won’t truly be able to enjoy its beauty. Oh and the major plot line was on point. I never saw the ending coming and when I got to it, I had to reread it a couple of times before I could truly believe what I read. The author went there and I loved every minute of it.The character development was crazy in this book, but in a very good way. Jackson is the new boy in school who takes an instant liking to Cassie. Jackson is mysterious on his own, so when we get to see him interact with Cassie, it has readers on the edge of their seats. Part of me wondered if Cassie was involving an innocent teen boy in her crazy life. Then there is Ian, her best friend. For a while, I wasn’t sure what was going on with him, but by the end of the book, I liked him. The only thing I didn’t like about the book is that we didn’t really see her father as much as I thought we would. Cassie is going through a devastating time, and I thought that maybe her father would check in a bit more with her since she is all he has left. With that being said, the author did show that he cared in other ways and this was just a minor issues that was personal for me, and might not effect others.Overall, Divine Vices was a great book. When I agreed to read it, I didn’t read the blurb and opted to be surprised by the book. I do this sometimes to truly get a feel for the authors writing. I was not disappointed. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised as event unfolded. I would recommend this book to other who like YA Paranormal Romance.RatingsPlot = 5/5Characters = 4/5Heat = 3/5Writing Style = 5/5Overall Rating = 4/5Favorite Quotes:“As Franklin P. Jones would have said, ‘The trouble with bring punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.’” “I love it when you talk like that.” –Cassie and Ian, Divine Vices“Because, guys like you make women feel inferior. An that standard is complete horse pucky! If a man has countless partners, he’s honored with the distinguished label of ‘Casanova,’ but if a woman has even a quarter of those encounters, she’s immediately deemed as an ‘Untouchable.”- Gwen, Divine Vices“.. And secondly I can think of plenty of other things I would rather do to occupy my time than wasting it with you.”“Like what?” he smirked.“Gee, I don’t know. Sticking a paperclip into an electrical outlet. Playing in traffic. Laying out on the railroad tracks, perhaps. All would be better choices than you.” Cassie and Jackson, Divine Vices.

  • Saptarshi Prachi
    2018-11-13 21:03

    *** I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***WOW! This book really surprised me. All the plot twists, suspense, romance, horror, mystery....this book is one big roller coaster ride which will leave you breathless and dazed at the end, and have you running to buy the sequel right away!I loved every single second that I spent reading this book. Right from the start I was hooked to the story and it just kept getting better and better as it went along. This book had a really nice blend of everything that I love reading in a young adult paranormal book. It had the mystery, horror and just the perfect amount of romance to make this book a highly enjoyable read!I absolutely loved all the characters, especially Cassi and her two best friends Ian and Gwen. They were super funny and supportive of Cassi, and I loved that. Cassi herself was a very strong main character, and I really enjoyed the arguments she had with Jack and how she stood by what she believed. Jack on the other hand.... I am not sure what to make of him. He seems like the good guy but he is just so secretive. And after everything he did, I just can't figure him out. But overall, all the characters were really well portrayed.However, the story did kind of get confusing towards the end. There were just so many twists that sometimes I couldn't really understand exactly what was happening. And the love triangle kind of threw me off too. I am not always a fan of love triangles because in the end one of the characters always ends up getting hurt, and I don't want any of the characters in this book getting hurt, especially Ian. I never thought that Ian had any feelings for Cassi or vice versa throughout the story, but that was what happened towards the end. I am still not sure if Cassie chose Ian over Jack because Ian is her best friend, or because she really did have feelings for Ian that she never realized. I wouldn't have minded if she didn't choose Jack at all in this book because he didn't really seem like a trust worthy character. But the whole thing with Ian just threw me off. Either way, I am still very happy with how everything turned out. And even though the story kind of did confuse me towards the end, I still really loved it because all the plot twists were amazing and added a lot of suspense and mystery to the overall story.This was a really well written book, and I truly enjoyed reading it. I should warn you though that this book does end in a cliffhanger. And like I always say, as much as I hate cliffhangers, I also really love them because they make the story that much more interesting. I really loved this book, and I can't wait to read the next one. I am really looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here, and what happens with Jack, Ian, and Cassie!

  • Maghon Thomas
    2018-11-16 18:43

    Ok, well I am so glad I read this one. There are lots of surprises, and there’s always the hawt bad boy, BUT what if there really is a chance for the kind hawt best guy friend too. :) One of the reasons I loved this one is because though it has it’s Twilight references, it’s not like Twilight. It’s also written by someone different and the writing style was just awesome.Let me just say that I LOVE a particular series, *cough* Mercy *Cough* by Shannon Dermott, and Mercy talks with big words because she is smart, and she has that damn word a day calendar. Well, Cassie doesn’t need the calendar and I kinda like that about her. It’s a little refreshing that not all girls seem like air heads as teenagers. I wasn’t an airhead, and had a big vocabulary, so why can’t others. SO, I like Cassie. I felt a little bad for her, but I am totally ON BOARD with the Team she chooses between those two hunks! AND I’m terrified for her. There is so much coming and that ending was a little whammy. :) Note the spoiler alert, it’s not a bad cliff hanger, because there is some wrappage, yes I made that word up too, but not everything got wrapped pretty in a bow, which made me say holy **** because I know the ish is about to hit the fan! Those hawt boys are something. When you learn what Jack is, you may be surprised, and you’ll even be more surprised to learn about Ian. I still am not sure about what exactly Ian is. BUT I KNOW that this little start of a triangle ended and she has chosen and it’s a GOOD choice. I cheered. YES!!!! :) So, don’t freak out if you don’t like love triangles, there really won’t be one, just some decisions that needed to be thought through. AND besides, a little extra attention is good for a lady LOL Jack is my trickster. He likes to make jokes, doesn’t take things seriously, and has the whole HAWT mysterious vibe. He does it damn good too! Ian is your best friend, who help your hand when you needed it the most, and still supports you when you make bad decisions, and he has his own eclectic style. I like them both for different reasons. :) Plot line and story of the book is fantastic. You spend a whole lot of time trying to figure out what the hell is really going on, that you read through the book nonstop. It’s definitely a suspenseful page turner. AND you’ll never guess who the bad guy is. Seriously, I thought I had it like three different times and I was still wrong! HA! I loved that. And there’s some great side characters too, like her BFF Gwen, who just cracks me up. I happen to love her character. I enjoyed the writing style, I also enjoyed the fact that I know what to look forward to in the next book but still don’t have all the answers. OOOOH…. So, now GIMME GIMME book two! LOL 5 MAGICAL PAWS… because there’s magic and I totally don’t want to spoil the supernatural beings in here for you!

  • Miki
    2018-11-07 20:06

    This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure Quite compelling. It’s an enjoyable YA story , quickly read; The beginning gives a insight of what the paranormal creatures are in the prologue so we know where we stand a little however I found the the beginning a little slow at first which doesn’t last and before the middle of the book you are so caught in it that you can’t stop turning the pages. The characters are intriguing and the plot has some twists preventing him to be too predictable. There is a sort of love triangle (sort of since she didn’t know for one) but the “insta-love”, that could deter some, is explained later and it makes sense so it did not bother me at the end of the book.I was immediately on Ian side, the good friend and, so different boy who doesn’t play by the standards. I guessed a little about him but not everything and I must say it was really well done and I would love to see more of him. He is quite mature for his age too. Jack… that one I didn’t like he is too egoistical in my opinion, too proud, I don’t trust him at all but he has me curious nonetheless. It’s not hard to see there are more to him however even himself doesn’t really know so only more books will reveal us more information. I must confess there were moments I was irritated with Cassie’s behaviour as she is afraid of someone ( won’t say more to avoid spoiler), even terrified but the instant after she is defending him with everything she has…. Not really understandable in my opinion even if ado can be quite undecided. That put aside, she had to grow up quicker than normal and she is quite mature for her age. She is trying to do her best but forgot along the way what she really wants for herself. Her friendship with Ian and Gwen is something precious to her and even if each one is really different from each other they don’t hesitate to fight for their friends. I’m not that fond of Gwen has she likes dating different boys quickly and I don’t really agree to that, we get another insight of her character later but still something is off with her in my opinion.The suspense is well maintained I really would be happy to read book two as soon as it’s available because one of the bad point of this book is unfortunately the cliffhanger just when you wanted more. If you want a classic a well written YA paranormal romance (soft one for this book) and don’t fear the cliffhanger, this is one you want to try.Score: 3,5/5Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was received.

  • Tina Lynne
    2018-11-08 21:56

    I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. Here is what I thought....This book was quite the pleasant surprise. I had never heard of it and was excited to get to dive in. It is full of witty banter and intelligible conversation. I found myself laughing out loud at the catty remarks and smart comebacks. More often than not, I forgot that they were in high school. Cassie is a remarkable teen. She endured the loss of her mother and sister in a terrible accident yet she pushes forward. I loved her individuality and spunk. Her fashion sense was killer and her sharp tongue made me wish to find a friend like her in real life. Her loyalty and dedication was strong. Ian and Gwen are what best friends should be. They encouraged her character yet pushed her to step out into new things. Jack, with his good looks and sharp wit, made for a great male lead. I was never really sure who I wanted Cassie to be with. As far as love triangles go, this one did not drive me crazy. I feel like Cassie was level headed and followed her heart, learning who she was and what it was she wanted in a companion. One of my favorite things about Divine Vices is how the story keeps you on your toes. Most paranormal stories seem a bit predictable but this one was not what I thought it would be. You still have questions when it is over, not in a neglected way but in the way that there is more you are needing to learn as you go; and that ending, WOW! The story centers around Cassie as she uncovers secrets about Jack and learns more about herself and the mystery of what is happening to women both near and in her town. She grows from a teenager to a fierce woman who is able to speak her mind on a whim. I feel like it was a fresh take on the Nephilim story. It expanded the popular spin on the paranormal myth and added more layers, as well as secrets to be unfolded at a later date. My only regret with this book was the ending and cliffhanger. I am still wondering who Cassie and Ian are. What role they play and what is chasing them remains a mystery. Jack is still a muddled mess for me. I understand but I don’t know if I really do (all in a good way). There seem to be more layers and history there that needs to be developed in the next book, which I am sure will be revealed and elaborated when the time is right! With all the reveals and teasers at the end, it is assured that I will be looking for book 2 . I am curious to know how things turn out and what will become of Ian, Cassie and Jack. If you haven’t checked this book out, then make sure to grab a copy. It will keep you engaged and ready for more.

  • Sam
    2018-10-19 19:40

    What begins as a seemingly normal contemporary slowly progresses into a murder mystery before revealing all in a paranormal explosion. I had no idea what to expect around every corner of Divine Vices and I was kept interested all along the way by what it had to offer.It's set in a high school and told from the POV of Cassie, a girl in her junior year. She has two best friends Ian and Gwen, and she's still trying to get back into the routine without her mother or sister who died several months earlier. Then there's Jack, a new student, and he's hot as hell with a charm to draw in every girl and Cassie is one of them. But Gwen is convinced that he has something to do with the girls in a local town who have been murdered; and it seems like Cassie is next.Don't be put off if you find that when you start reading there are no paranormal aspects because - believe me - they will come around when you least expect them to! Divine Vices is a book that you can put down and know that there is so many things to look forward to. The characters were really fun to read about. Cassie was quite boring in my opinion, but looking past that we have Ian and Gwen who just can't stop the banter. Ian is a lovely, lovely guy and honestly... I want him. He's a great friend to Cassie throughout through thick and thin; he was there. While Gwen is just wild and free and doesn't care what anyone thinks of her.My only observation is that all the main characters spoke like adults in terms of the words they used. I found this difficult to believe at times that the characters were all meant to be typical seventeen year olds. However, that did not affect the creepy factor of the storyline. As there is also a murder-mystery plot, Parkins does a brilliant job at making the scenes chill you to the bone and want to find out more. I also feel like the blend of murder-mystery, romance, paranormal, and contemporary were an absolutely exquisite combination! There's so much that is going on and will appeal to a lot of different audiences.I'm very much looking forward to the sequel as the cliffhanger at the end of this book is just torture and I'm sure that the plot line to follow in the next installment will be just as or even better than this book. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoyed Sweet Evil, Slide, or anyone who likes a good and solid paranormal romance or murder mystery.

  • Romance Bound
    2018-11-18 15:55

    See full review here: http://romanceboundreviews.wordpress....I wasn’t sure what to expect from Divine Vices as I picked it up. This is the first novel written by Melissa Parkin that she self published in November 2013. There aren’t too many reviews out there for this book, but the ones that I read gave it high marks. Combine that with receiving a copy to review from the author herself and I was pretty darn excited to start reading (Thanks, Melissa!)!As someone who has read a lot of books, I admire the time and commitment that the journey of creating an imaginary world takes. I always love reading an author’s first book so I can follow along with his/her literary journey. Lucky for me I got my hands on this gem because Divine Vices has made me a Parkin follower! Once I got to the second chapter, I became immersed in the effortless flow her writing takes as her characters share easy and hilarious banter with each other. I could see myself back in highschool [shudder!] all over again with mean girls like Stacey and “outsiders” like Ian. I got so sucked into this book that I forgot to go to sleep. When I remembered that I had work the next day and went to sleep, all I did was dream about what could possibly happen next. Let’s just say not even my imagination could have come up with the twists and turns that Parkin takes.As a YA Paranormal Romance, Parkin gives us a story about angels and demons unlike anything currently on the market. The story is wrapped up tight in mystery as Parkin slowly reveals the true motivations behind each person’s acts. This really kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages (aka tapping my kindle screen) as quickly as possible. There is a love triangle, super sleuthing, and references to Jane Eyre. I mean seriously, you can’t go wrong with that combo.The matching of wits between Cassie and Jack is priceless. I love how she comes out of her introverted shell to sock it to him verbally. The love and support that her friend Ian shows her is utterly sweet and comforting. Her friend Gwen is an all around peppy Nancy Drew looking to solve mysteries and get Cassie hooked up all in a day’s work. With characters that are so relatable and funny, Parkin gives us a look back on high school with the twist of the paranormal. I highly recommend Divine Vices. It is currently $.99 on Amazon, so get over there and start reading this book ASAP! I cannot wait until she comes out with the next book!

  • Inda
    2018-11-09 16:01

    *I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*So…I’ve been mulling over for the last twenty-four hours how I want to write this review. Usually I have exactly what I want to say ready when I finish a book, but this one was different. There was so much going on, so many twists and turns that even now, a day after I’ve read it, I’m still confused as to what all happened lol. Having said that, I have determined that the best way to lay out my thoughts is to simply do a like and dislike column, as inserted below.Likes :The characters were all unique, described nicely, and had likeable personalities.The storyline was unlike any I have read before in Young Adult Paranormal.There were plenty of comical moments to lighten up the normally darker mood of the book.The end left you questioning and wanting more.Dislikes :Way too many plot lines happening. It felt like four books could have been made out of this one, all in different genres. It was pretty confusing at times what the hell was actually happening lol.Dialogue made up 95% of this book. I felt like more world building and scene description was needed instead of just pages and pages of strict dialogue.Three quarters of this book read more as a murder mystery than a YA paranormal. I actually had to look up some reviews on Goodreads half way through reading it to make sure this wasn’t actually a crime fiction novel. I would have liked to see the paranormal aspect come in to play a lot sooner.That ending – though it was good – was completely unexpected and left off at a weird time in the book. I know the author gives a small preview of the second book at the end, but it felt kind of…awkward. And confusing. Heck, this whole thing had me scratching my head most of the time, to be honest.All in all this book wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. Maybe I’m just too slow in catching on to multidimensional plot lines or something. But in the end it did catch my interest and I guess that made it worth reading/finishing. Over all, “Divine Vices” is definitely a book you’ll remember if you decide to give it a chance and read it.Divine Vices (Divine Vices, #1) by Melissa Parkin = 3 stars

  • Rochelle
    2018-11-10 18:48

    This is about a girl named Cassie who just moved into a new town to start a new life after her mother and sister's death. Not long after, a new boy named Jackson enrols in the same school as her and since his arrival, things in town starts to change as many girls disappear. I read this not knowing too much about it. I read the summary once and the moment I started reading it, I already forgot what the book was about. I was amazed by the writing style of the author. It was easy to read and there weren't so many long descriptions. For about the first hundred pages, nothing supernatural really happened, maybe there were a few mentions here and there, but I felt like I was just reading a YA contemporary romance book. I didn't mind though, I was entertained with Cassie's best friends and the arrival of Jackson. I've always loved love/hate relationships. There's enough romance in it, I was glad it wasn't cheesy because gosh, I'm just tired and annoyed of cheesy romance couples! I also loved Cassie's best friends Gwen and Ian. The author made those two seem like they're important characters and not just side characters that readers won't care about. I somewhat felt connected with those characters and learned to love the both of them. The author did a really good job on making the readers admire the characters in this book. I always thought I knew what was going to happen next after each chapter, but I was wrong a couple of times. One of the great things about this book is that you never really know what to expect because of all the plot twists. I know most of the readers LOVE and ENJOY the book more when it surprises them and this book definitely has that aspect. I'm not surprised this book has a high rating on GR. It truly deserves it and I recommend it to all the YA readers out there who enjoys paranormal romance. Trust me, you won't regret picking up this book. (;*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Laura Agnella
    2018-11-09 13:47

    As I first began reading this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. It began like many other YA novels. We have our trio of friends, Cassie, Gwen, and Ian, with Ian secretly in love with Cassie. Enter the hot and sassy new kid, Jack, who takes an immediate interest in Cassie as well. Cassie isn't interested in the attention and the resulting sarcastic banter between the two is quite humorous and enjoyable to read. Cassie does slowly let her guard down but this is where most of my hunches fell apart. When there is a local murder, Gwen enlists Cassie to help her solve it. As they investigate, they realize that the murder may be even closer to home than they thought and let's just say that some characters aren't what they seem. I was expecting a huge love triangle but, aside from some minor tension, it was refreshing to see that the story was able to avoid making this the main plot and focused more on story development. The paranormal element of the story emerges slowly but is always there, right under the surface. I loved the scene with the Ouija board because it was perfect old school horror. I have an incredible urge to go back and watch some old 80's horror movies. In addition, Cassie's nightmares and the mysterious hooded figure Cassie keeps seeing kept me turning the pages. Even though the real action didn't begin until late in the story, there was always just enough mystery and intrigue to keep me going. Once things finally escalated, there was no way I was putting the book down, especially after most of my theories were blown out of the water. My one wish would be that there were a bit more action and an explanation about the paranormal element earlier in the story. I felt a bit rushed toward the end and would have liked more time to absorb the facts before the big cliffhanger, and it is a BIG cliffhanger! One that will have you wishing the next book was already available so you can continue the story.

  • Four Book Freaks
    2018-11-14 15:01

    Review: 4.5 StarsMelissa Parkin contacted us and asked for an honest review, so here it is: This book came just short of five stars. I fell in love with the characters and their relationships between them. The development of the characters wasn't super deep, but they were in no way underdeveloped. I loved the friendship between Cassie, Gwen, and Ian, but I had mixed feelings on the love triangles. I knew that Ian liked Cassie right from the start, no doubt. Their relationship seemed like they were really good friends, I never got any sort of indication that Cassie reiterated some of those feelings back. I thought that Gwen still liked Ian and frankly they are a pretty big ship of mine. For the first half of the book I wasn't sure where the plot was going. I wasn't confused and I still really enjoyed reading it, but I think it made for a confusing ending. You never get straight answers from Jackson and it gets really confusing in the last few chapters. A book with so much complexity needs to have a clearer plot in the beginning so the reader can put together some information by themselves. The ending, although confusing, was really climactic and I loved that. I wanted a climactic ending throughout the entire book and I got it and I was sooooo happy! I recommend this book and can't wait to read the next one!~EmilyAlso here is a list of all the amazing references in this book:Harry PotterStar WarsStevie WonderLed ZeppelinFree BirdTim BurtonThe Wizard of OzSherlockMonty PythonDivergentMany more I'm sure

  • Amanda Masters
    2018-10-29 17:48

    Wow! Melissa Parkin is a full on genius! this book has quickly become one of my fav of the year! I love the story to death and the characters where by far the most awesome! Ian especially was a fav of mine!I have to talk about the ending because I think that was the biggest thing for me I was so surprised by it that I was like NOOOOOOOO this can not be the ending!!!!! I kept flipping the pages back and forth hopping upon some miracle that more writing would appear..lol...sadly none did...lol...It ended so abruptly that it feels so unfinished like the stories still running only the films run out and we are awaiting for the projector to be restrung before we can see what happens next. Its very suspenseful and aggravating all at the same time..lol ahhh now that I have gotten that out I can talk about the rest of the book which was totally fantastic in every way! I loved the witty banter between the characters it often had me laughing quite hard. I loved Ian so much! I loved the way he dressed and his overall unique character. The Bad guys were so super creepy! I loved it! you never knew who or what they were till the end and they popped out at the most awful and worst times.I would highly recommend this book to everyone! it was amazing and unique. Melissa Parkin is a blessed writer who knows how to captivate her audience and leave them hanging! begging for more! get your copies today!

  • Kristy Hamilton
    2018-10-21 21:50

    Divine Vices is worth 4.5 stars. I am rating it 5 stars because it is worth more then the 4 stars. I wish that there was an option for half rating.I was given a copy of Divine Vices by the author for an honest review...Cassie was looking to start over after a tragic accident claimed the life of her mother and sister. She thought she was getting that chance until Jackson came into her life.Divine Vices starts out like a typical YA story. I thought it was just going to be love story about Cassie trying to figure out what she wants in life until several chapters in the story when Jackson and Cassie were in a car accident. Melissa Parkin did an excellent job in developing all her characters.Then story started picking up from there. The mystery surrounding Jackson and Cassie kept me going. I loved the suspense that was thrown in and thought it would be a suspenseful YA romance, but I definitely was wrong.One night everything turned for Jackson and Cassie. Then Cassie's best friend Ian was added into the suspense.Divine Vices is a well written suspenseful paranormal story. I enjoy that the suspense was focused on because it drew me in rather then the paranormal side to it. But as I read the last page, I wanted to find out more about Jackson and what he is and what made him search out Cassie. Hopefully more of the story will be coming out soon.

  • Vanessa
    2018-11-13 16:40

    I have to say that Divine Vices was definitely not what I expected it to be. To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect but I was glad that it proved to be an awesome read. :) I was pretty much hooked from the beginning of the book. This was such an interesting and pretty unique read. I would definitely recommend to fans of paranormal romance or suspense. Cassie was a pretty great character. She was a realistic character and had some unique ways of thinking for someone that age. She had an interesting personality and there were more than a few times I could relate to her. She was different from the other kids and more mature as well. Her friends were nice as well and I enjoyed the fact that they were each different in their own way but still hung out with each other. Jackson was definitely something else. I was certainly surprised with what we find out at the end of the book. I can't say that I saw it coming. :) It's not really till near the end that we find out about what is going on in the town and with the characters. Once we do though, it's pretty interesting and I can't wait to find out more about it. Overall, an interesting and captivating read! I definitely recommend and cannot wait to see where Melissa goes with this series.

  • Jennifer (Wonderland Books)
    2018-10-19 13:56

    I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.This book seriously blew me away. There were so many twists and turns; I didn't know what to expect. The dialogue was epic. I loved how snarky the characters were. All of the characters in this story definitely had some spunk and I found it to be quite enjoyable. Now I'm just struggling with whether I love Ian or Jack more. The story itself was well thought out and original. It was very fast paced and it was difficult to put down. I highly enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it. I can't wait to continue on with this series.

  • All Booked Out
    2018-11-18 13:53

    This is fan freaking tastic!!!! What a cliffhanger, it just ends...just like that! Oh, questions are answered and the story is going on to the next level and then omg it ends...... Paranormal but no Vampires!! Cann not wait to read the next one..... I love it when I go back to high school with a group of friends, especially when the friends turn out to be a little bit out of the ordinary......Well written and developed and I thoroughly enjoyed it, a page turner and i tutted when I had to put it down..... Great read and I would recommend to YA and Adult...

  • Brittney
    2018-11-03 20:07

    I like this book a lot but for me in the very beginning it was a bit slow of a read, but once it picked up it was really good. Melissa Parkin did a great job with developing the characters and keeping the reader on the edge of their seats. My full review can be found at https://abookwormsescape.wordpress.com

  • Jacklynn Sizemore
    2018-10-18 21:45

    This book is freaking awesome. If you love read about Angels and demons then you are going love this book. My favor characters are Cass, Ian, and Jack. To know more abot this book grab your copy today a so so so must read!!!

  • Casey Marie
    2018-11-14 16:06

    The Divine Vices is a fantastic book! It has a strong female character, it's thrilling, creepy, witty, and cannot be easily put down.My full review can be found here: http://www.littleredsreviews.blogspot...

  • Melissa Parkin
    2018-11-01 17:56

    Well, I did write the book after all, so I obviously enjoyed it. I hope that others will have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

  • Darian Carter-Pace
    2018-10-25 19:40

    Rating: 4 of 5 stars Series book: YesWill I read the Next: YesI am truly surprised I had never heard of this book! I guess it's what you call "under the radar" but it really should be up there with the rest of the well known paranormal romance books. It's got everything you regular "Twilight" genre book should have: Mysterious hot guy, girl who doesn't know she's pretty, mysterious deaths...all you need for a run-of-the-mill yet enjoyable YA paranormal romance book. And at first I have to admit I wasn't really into it and was really knit-picky with my notes on it, but once it really got started---holy bleep muffins it really got started.First let me just say, the writing in this book wasn't bad just kind of...annoying. And not for the whole book either, only about a third of it. When was it annoying? WHENEVER CASSIE SPOKE. Not even kidding. If Cassie was expressing her opinion it was with long winded paragraphs and big words that I only use when I'm writing essays. Seriously. WHO TALKS LIKE THAT? Someone I don't want to know that's who. And so does Jack...And Ian..And shoot me that is the most annoying thing. Thank the Lord it wasn't like that for the whole book. After that stopped being the case, I found myself reading non-stop and by the last page I actually repeatedly tried to flip the page. I was reading on my phone and I don't really check to see how many pages are left, so at the very end I actually spent about three minutes tapping the edge of the screen to turn the page. Then I realize that was the last page and I'm just like....Shit. Oh and speaking of the last few pages, one more knit-picky thing about the writing that annoys the hell out of me in any book!?! Mini rant on !?!: (view spoiler)[ You see that!?! I ended the sentence with "!?!" That is the single most annoying punctuation any one can ever use ever. I don't know whether or not its correct grammar but really. !?! is something I use to do in elementary school until I started to read over what I wrote and you can tell that the question mark is lost between the two exclamation points, so the upward inflection we read and speak questions with is gone. It is literally just me yelling at myself in my head when I'm reading. And if !?! is used more than once you can actually lose a whole paragraph or more just because the meaning of the words are gone. Seriously. No. (hide spoiler)]Oh here's the fun part: the plot. I have very few complaints. Only one actually. One: The plot line promised is pretty much a stereotypical people are getting murdered maybe the main character is next. But my complaint isn't that, my complaint is that the book focuses more on the romance for about half of the book with sprinkles of the actual plot and then a little over halfway through, the plot picks up. What would have been great would be if the plot had jumped a little sooner. Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance but it cannot be the only focus of half of the book. But the good part of this plot? The TWIST! I thought I had it figured out who the bad guy was from the very beginning. And then BAM! It's not who I thought it's.... and then I'm like wait a second...BAM! Is it..Wait no...Yes...It is...No...BAM! Does that make sense? Like I said when this book actually gets started...it gets started. AHAHAHA CHARACTERS. There's Cassie, there's Ian, there's Gwen, there's Jack, and then all those minor characters that matter but not all that much. At first with Cassie and Ian, their clothes are described and I'm just like...WTF. I actually wrote that in my notes, "WTF?" Ian is wearing what can only be described as a steampunk/gothic/ magician look. And Cassie is wearing leather pants, a leather jacket, a homemade shirt, and stiletto boots. She's 16 going on 17 and I'm pretty sure they're both in maybe 11-12th grade. Maybe it's just my "private school where we all wear awful navy blue, white, gray, or khaki uniforms" side coming out but damn. Even our local senior Gothic theatre geek Kelli doesn't dress like that. And she owns one of those miniature top hats..Ian has an excuse later b ut I just don't understand. Otherwise, I'd say the characters are all pretty well written, my favorite being Gwen. She has a pretty 2D personality but I have a soft side for all those gossip obsessed(not that I can relate to that....*cough*)Can you say oblivious? As in what Cassie is when it comes to Ian. Theres actually a seen where they are in the ocean, hugging in their underwear. Cassie's just like "best friend" and Ian's all "I love her so much." Honestly.... And then theres Jack. He's like Patch from Hush, Hush but sightly more...devilish. I can't decide if I'm team Jack or Team Ian. On one hand, Jack is very good at romancing (view spoiler)[But that's literally his job "Protect and seduce" (hide spoiler)] But he's also a huge jack-ass (ahaha punny). But maybe he has a sweeter side. I don't even know. NEXT BOOK WE NEED YOU NOW.SUMMARY OF REVIEW(In case you don't actually feel like reading the review):Writing: 3.5 out of 5Plot: 4 out of 5characters: 4 out of 5 Romance: 4 out of 5Overall: 4 out of 5PG-13 ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Bookfanic
    2018-11-03 21:42

    I was sent this book to read and give an honest review of it, so here it is. This book's synopsis doesn't tell much on the story, so I went into this book not knowing whether it was a fantasy or realistic book. This book had a very slow beginning for me, I didn't get very into the story until about 70% percent in. I was kinda of dragging my feet in it. I would give Divine Vices 7/10 stars. It was fairly well written, just the beginning didn't grab hold of me. I think this first book was for character a little bit of world building, so I'm guessing from the ending of this book that the next books will be a lot more interesting from the start. I'm thinking that this book is one of those you have to read the first few books or so to get into the series, since it does have some very promising things happening, it just doesn't happen until the end of the story. There were times in the book where the wording got me a little confused, like it would say that Cassie sneered, but she said something that I just couldn't imagine anyone sneering when saying it. Some other things left me really confused, like something will happen and I'm still confused about this now. Also, the world building seemed a little hasty, but maybe that's just me. There were also some pretty weird comparisons like Jackson's eyelashes were 'as long and dark as a cows' it doesn't exactly put a great image in your mind. So anyway, this story is about a girl named Cassie. It takes place nine months after her mother and sister died and she and her father moved to a small town in Maine. She lives a fairly normal life, two best friends, goes to high school, all that stuff, but the new boy- Jackson Matthews- has taken particular interest in her, and around the same time Jackson shows up, a bunch of weird things start happening. Like a few girls being murdered and someone trying to break into Cassie's house but not leaving evidence. Who is Jackson really? And is Cassie the murderer's next target? Yeah, like I always say, I suck at making a synopsis. I can't really say much about the story without giving the book away, which kind of makes summing it up a little complicated, don't you agree? Well, here's the real synopsis: Danger seldom leaves its victims unscathed in the ways of seduction, and this lesson is one that sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster now knows all too well. Nine months following the traumatic accident that claimed the life of her mother and sister, this high school junior has at last found a fresh start in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine. In the company of her best friends, Ian and Gwen, she’s bracing the usual turmoil of adolescence and taking all in stride… until the new transfer student, Jackson Matthews, comes walking into her life. He’s arrogant, sarcastic, roguish, devastatingly sexy, and the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. But when circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself a bit too close for comfort as their bond intensifies. Plagued by unexplainable events, a sudden string of disappearances, and even a cult-related murder, Cassie begins to fear for her life. Is it all just a coincidence that these happenings began when this Casanova strolled into town, or has she in fact fallen for a real lady-killer, or worse?The first line of the synopsis rather confused me when I first read it. This book is pretty new, it was published less than a year ago. Like I said before, this series looks promising, and I think that once you get past the first book or two that this series will probably be great. This first book was more about getting to know Cassie, Gwen, Ian and Jackson and who they are. If you plan on reading this book, don't expect to be pulled in immediately, you have to be patient, but when you get closer to the end it gets better, I promise. I'm looking forward to seeing what Melissa has come up with for book 2. Boring parts? SomeConfusing? Yeah, there were some very confusing things happening, especially near the endRomance? A littleSad parts? Sort of, but not reallyWas it hard to really get into the story? Yes, it took a whileFunny? There was kind of a sassy humor but nothing that really got me laughing out loud

  • SeraphimBook Reviews
    2018-11-09 14:52

    Divine Vices is a paranormal romance that I would put in a YA category. This book has a real mystery feel to it, which I personally love. There is plenty of action and paranormal activity along with some definite twists. This is Book 1 in a series so be prepared to be left wanting more.Divine Vices is about a 16 year old who is struggling in life after the devastating loss of her mother and twin sister. She is dealing with issues related to coping with grief. She has two best friends who love her and are trying their best to support her. I love her best friends because they stick by her no matter what. I think the author did a great job by having these two characters in the book by Cassie’s side.What did I loved most about this book? The plot twists. This book is far from predictable, which surprised me thoroughly. I was totally expecting a different ending, but I am not disappointed. The way the author uncovers more of the story at a slow pace is delectable. It is like watching a flower in slow bloom. You want to see more, but you also know if it is rushed it will end too soon and you won't truly be able to enjoy its beauty. Oh and the major plot line was on point. I never saw the ending coming and when I got to it, I had to reread it a couple of times before I could truly believe what I read. The author went there and I loved every minute of it.The character development was crazy in this book, but in a very good way. Jackson is the new boy in school who takes an instant liking to Cassie. Jackson is mysterious on his own, so when we get to see him interact with Cassie, it has readers on the edge of their seats. Part of me wondered if Cassie was involving an innocent teen boy in her crazy life. Then there is Ian, her best friend. For a while, I wasn’t sure what was going on with him, but by the end of the book, I liked him.The only thing I didn’t like about the book is that we didn’t really see her father as much as I thought we would. Cassie is going through a devastating time, and I thought that maybe her father would check in a bit more with her since she is all he has left. With that being said, the author did show that he cared in other ways and this was just a minor issues that was personal for me, and might not effect others.Overall, Divine Vices was a great book. When I agreed to read it, I didn’t read the blurb and opted to be surprised by the book. I do this sometimes to truly get a feel for the authors writing. I was not disappointed. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised as events unfolded. I would recommend this book to others who like YA Paranormal Romance.Star Ratings:Plot = 5/5Characters = 4/5Heat = 3/5Writing Style = 5/5Overall Rating = 4/5Favorite Quotes:“As Franklin P. Jones would have said, ‘The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.’”“I love it when you talk like that.” – Cassie and Ian, Divine Vices“Because, guys like you make women feel inferior. An that standard is complete horse pucky! If a man has countless partners, he’s honored with the distinguished label of ‘Casanova,’ but if a woman has even a quarter of those encounters, she’s immediately deemed as an ‘Untouchable.”– Gwen, Divine Vices“.. And secondly I can think of plenty of other things I would rather do to occupy my time than wasting it with you.”“Like what?” he smirked.“Gee, I don’t know. Sticking a paperclip into an electrical outlet. Playing in traffic. Laying out on the railroad tracks, perhaps. All would be better choices than you.”– Cassie and Jackson, Divine Vices.***A copy was provided, in exchange for a fair and honest review***REVIEWED BY JENN.

  • Ana Quiambao
    2018-11-11 15:44

    This book clawed its way in my heart page by page. It started slow, really slow. But it never got boring. There’s a lot happening in the story that there’s no time for me to feel any boredom. Though I was kind of getting frustrated waiting for the climax of the story. I’m already halfway and it’s still about the chase of Jackson Matthews to Cassie. I could feel the looming danger ahead, the dark mystery of Cassie’s past and Jackson as well, but it seems like I can’t reach it. But when the climatic event came, boy, did it came. It’s so full, intense and breath taking that I’m getting tired just reading all of it. Ms. Parkin defined plot twist into a whole new level! I would like to talk more about this twist, but I would like the reader to enjoy it themselves. Haha!Cassie’s character is the typical heroine. A beautiful girl who thinks of herself as ordinary. Had a sad life due to what happened in the past. She has her sidekicks, which are Gwen and Ian which are equally unique and entertaining to read. They both gave life in this book as well. I even thought Gwen would make this whole story into a Nancy Drew mystery novel with her bubbly detective character. I enjoyed the banter of Cassie and Jack. Jack successfully brought Cassie out of her shell but in a really annoying way. I was torn between loving and getting annoyed with him! Seriously! He’s a knight in shining armor in the making but we can’t deny that he’s sort of a jerk! Haha! Sorry Jackson, but that’s the way you are made. Well, when everything were cleared, when the real motivations were revealed, and all else came to the open, how the characters are, were justified. Sadly, I feel like half of the book was wasted with minor things and for me, the book actually started on the second half so the 2nd half became overwhelming with information. But still it’s just a matter or arranging the plot and events, but in general, the book came out really good.This book is a perfect blend of mystery, fantasy, horror, some drama, comedy and love story. What I enjoyed most in this story is how the story was fitted to some biblical events. It shows how much research was made in the book. It’s a story that tells about demons, angels, nephilims and urban legends. It’s like Dan Brown meets Stephenie Meyer and Cassandra Clare type of book. It’s the first book of Meliisa Parkin and I was requested to write a review for it. I’ve seen the plot and it’s really good so I accepted. I haven’t seen much review form this book other than those given with ARC same as me. This book reminded me why I started book blogging. It gave me the opportunity to introduce good books like this one but are not that popular. I highly recommend this book, I’m sure for those who love this kind of genre, it’s something you shouldn’t miss. Actually, it’s something you should anticipate reading. 

  • Becca (PrettyLittleMemoirs.com)
    2018-10-23 20:40

    Divine Vices took me on quite a roller-coaster! We learn that Cassie Foster had lost her Mom and Sister to a traumatic event, nine months previous to the starting point of the book, and that she's managing to push through that in a new town as school and life in general continues. Cassie and her father seem to have a very strong bond, that we see right from the start, too, although we see that differ as Cassie goes through the novel with the occurrences that take place. What I loved the most was definitely how Divine Vices started in the Prologue - it definitely made for a page turner, and I must have read half the book straight after taking a peak at the prologue, so that will say something about just how enthralling it was! Melissa wrote in such a way that each voice was distinctive from the next and painted a vivid picture of possibly what they would sound and look like in person, which hit my favourite things when I'm reading right on the mark. But even then in the Prologue, the road for where the novel will go is still unclear and left me wanting to find out just what was going to happen next, which gives way for what's to come. Cassie is a very strong narrator and girl, overall. I actually really enjoyed reading in her perspective, because she was a very aware and the way she just is seems to me like she's lived through a lot and survived it, making her stronger on the inside. She was also a great friend to Ian and Gwen, so that made her an even better person as a whole. And her style of dressing wasn't very mainstream, so it gave her a twinge of unique to add to the many great things about her character. Jackson, where do I start? He was the perfect mix of sarcastic, handsomely described, and the perfect bad boy we all love in a novel. He reminded me a lot of a Patch-esque character from Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush series and had some elements of good-hearted characteristics too, especially for Cassie. Their romance was a favourite part of the novel for me, because it wasn't all smooth-sailing and it wasn't that girl-meets-boy and falls head over heels, it had depth and connection, although it was a very quick realisation that there was that connection. But still a favourite thing for me!The plot was fast-paced, addictive and definitely fitted in with what I love in a Fantasy book, alike the feeling I had for similar books in the genre. Divine Vices in itself was unique in it's setting and Fantasy world as a whole, and I loved the different turn Melissa took the book on than what I had expected, so a surprising turn of events added to the mix left me wanting more. And that ending! Suspenseful doesn't cut it. From: http://prettylittlememoirs.blogspot.c...

  • Ange
    2018-10-23 21:56

    Divine Vices is a fantastic read, with an Angel/Demon theme like none I've read before. I really enjoyed the story, even though it started off a little slow for me, but it built up to a gripping plot with elements of horror, thriller, intrigue, not too mention teen angst and romance.Sixteen year old Cassie moved to New Haven to live with her Dad after the death of her mum and older sister. She has settled in well, hanging out with her best friends Ian and Gwen, striving to achieve her best at school. The body of a girl is found in a near by town with evidence of cult involvement, research shows there have been others and the new guy, bad boy Jack, arrives at school taking a special interest in Cassie - her life will never be the same. With weird nightmares, unexplainable incidences not to mention a crazy stalker in a trench coat hunting her down, Cassie's life is turned upside down and inside out. Why is she being hunted? What has Jack got to do with it? What secret is her best friend Ian hiding? Will she be the next murder victim?Cassie comes across as strong and confident with who she is. She is in no way your typical 16 year old with that vocabulary or cynicism. I understand Cassie is supposed to be "not your typical teenager", but her "holier than thou" attitude and demeanor were a little off putting at times. In saying all that, the book had me reading into the wee hours of the morning, so she can't have bothered me too much!Jack and his seducing antics were an absolute delight. The chemistry and banter between him and Cassie lightened the mood of the book considerably.Ian, Cassie's best friend was also a gem. His support and devotion to Cassie were admirable. Their friendship actually reminded me of Clary and Simon from the Mortal Instruments.I'm going to admit, I'm so glad my kindle app has a dictionary because it was like I was reading another language some of the time; some of the words I've never come across. It may just be that I'm Australian, and we don't use the same or as big a vocabulary, but let's just say, I'm starting to question my intelligence! LolThe biggest kicker of all, and one I wasn't expecting, was a bloody cliff hanger! Nooooo!!! I want to know what happens NOW!! I'm so frustrated because I really wanted closure! The author should have no doubt that all her readers will be waiting with baited breath to buy the next installment to see what will happen next! Touché Ms. Parkin! ;DView all my reviews

  • Sophie
    2018-10-27 19:00

    Rating: 3.5 StarsType: YASteamy: Not reallyI received this book as an ARC. I really love reading ARCs and although I tried to like the book it did not convince me. Here is why:What the official synospis reads: Danger seldom leaves its victims unscathed in the ways of seduction, and this lesson is one that sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster now knows all too well.Nine months following the traumatic accident that claimed the life of her mother and sister, this high school junior has at last found a fresh start in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine. In the company of her best friends, Ian and Gwen, she’s bracing the usual turmoil of adolescence and taking all in stride… until the new transfer student, Jackson Matthews, comes walking into her life. He’s arrogant, sarcastic, roguish, devastatingly sexy, and the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. But when circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself a bit too close for comfort as their bond intensifies. Plagued by unexplainable events, a sudden string of disappearances, and even a cult-related murder, Cassie begins to fear for her life. Is it all just a coincidence that these happenings began when this Casanova strolled into town, or has she in fact fallen for a real lady-killer, or worse?What I read: Dialogues. Endless Dialogues.Contains no spoilers:As the synopsis already gives away, this book has all the classical YA settings. What I liked about the book is that the author has a talent for scenes where a lot of interactions are taking place. Also I liked that it is not clear up until the very end (give or take a few chapters) whether it is a normal YA or a paranormal one. The author plays with this uncertainty really well. I enjoyed (most of) the characters and their banter (albeit a bit Dawson’s Creekish over-the-top sometimes), however, what I did not enjoy were the endless dialogues. In the beginning they were refreshing but seriously there are whole chapters just filled with dialogues. I found it rather tiresome to read and would have loved to have a break in between and some description of the surroundings. Also the heroine … well what can I say? A lot of effort has been put into describing her characters and her likes and dislikes buuuuuut I found her a bit to arrogant in order to connect with her. Therefore I give this book 3.5 stars. I’d recommend it if you like to read dialogues (lots of them in there).Originally published with http://bookedaway.wordpress.com