REVIEW : Divine Vices (Divine Vices, #1) by Melissa Parkin

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Synopsis:

The last thing sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster needs is trouble, but that doesn’t stop him from finding her.

Nine months after the tragic accident that killed her mother and sister, this high school junior just wants a fresh start. Settling down in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine, she’s found peace at last…until the new resident bad boy, Jackson Matthews, comes into the picture. Arrogant, sarcastic, and devastatingly sexy, he’s the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. Romance was never part of the plan. But when terrifying circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself further in over her head than thought possible. As local girls begin disappearing, Cassie can’t help but wonder if it’s just a coincidence that everything started when this blue-eyed Casanova strolled into town. Will falling into Jackson’s arms mean she’ll be falling victim to a real lady-killer…or worse?

The answer will open the door to a world she never thought possible.

REVIEW

*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 :

  1. The characters were all unique, described nicely, and had likeable personalities.
  2. The storyline was unlike any I have read before in Young Adult Paranormal.
  3. There were plenty of comical moments to lighten up the normally darker mood of the book.
  4. The end left you questioning and wanting more.

Dislikes :

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

AUTHOR INFO

Melissa Parkin

Melissa Parkin is a Chicagoland native who feels weird referring to herself in the third person. When she’s not binge reading, taking photographs, breaking the first rule of Fight Club, or playing music too loud, she’s writing young adult paranormal romances.

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