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"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."
Thank you to the author, Angela V. Cook, for gifting me with a copy of this book, Into A Million Pieces, in exchange for an honest review!
So I'll start off by saying I haven't read all that many books about succubi. I've read a bunch of books where they are those characters that flit in for a scene where the main character fights them and then they flit out in a coffin but I've never read a story where they were the main character. I really enjoyed reading this book for precisely that reason (along with a bunch of other reasons of course). After seeing succubi in this horribly bias, dark, negative light, it was nice to see the story from their perspective and realize how there isn't a line between good and evil. Many times, they are one and the same.
One of the main things I loved about this book (besides the perspective) was all of the twists. They came out of nowhere but you could also see that something was coming. It kept me totally engrossed in the book and I couldn't wait to see what happens next. However, the one twist I couldn't get into entirely was Ren. He and Allison start talking and Allison lets down her guard. Badabing badaboom, they are in love. Typical right? Their love story was so sweet and it entirely represented the dark side of Allison being a succubus but it just wasn't all that surprising. I don't know, maybe I'm jaded.
What I really would like is a sequel! The end was so great and left just the right amount of wondering but I want to know more about Allison's family, their succubus history, and just succubi in general. I also would have liked one or two more scenes picturing Allison and Jade together as loving sisters. Or at least show them having some love for each other. I just couldn't see it for some reason.
The Final Verdict:
A very engrossing book with a new perspective that really gave meaning to the book. The twists were absolutely fabulous although the sisterly love was a little lacking.