Into a Million Pieces
by Angela V. Cook
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 206 pages
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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.
Into a Million Pieces by Angela V. Cook
We all search for that one novel that stands out from the rest, no matter the genre. You have that perfect chemistry with the book, the characters, the plot and the dialogue. When you find that chemistry, you are hooked, no matter where you are taken. Into a Million Pieces by Angela V. Cook had that special chemistry for me. A little dark, filled with jagged edges, relationship interactions, gentle romance and told through the eyes and heart of a teen whose life will always be different from others her age, I was all on board for a new hidden gem to hold up to the light to watch it shine in all of its dark glory.
Allison and Jade are twins, different as night and day, one shuns the limelight and the other glories in the adoration of her peers, especially the boys. Orphaned and living with their deeply religious aunt, they must hide a secret that gives new meaning to the Kiss of Death. They are both a succubus, thanks to a curse handed down through the generations. Toying with their powers can be deadly, and they can lose control easily, especially as hormonal teens. Allison, with her biting sense of humor does everything she can to keep people away while Jade does the exact opposite, pushing her boundaries with every male she conquers. One “hook up” gone bad becomes a viral nightmare for Jade and Allison will do anything she can to help her sister in their sometimes strained love/hate relationship.
Inwardly, Allison has begun to understand the pull, the need for the energy she could derive from a single kiss, thanks to Ren, a kindhearted young man who has broken down her prickly defenses, but one kiss could lead to another and Allison cares too much to hurt him, or worse, to kill him. Should she try to tell him who or what she is? Would he think she is one card short of a full deck? Would she become an even bigger pariah around school?
When Allison faces the second greatest loss of her life, she realizes there is only one way to keep Ren safe, but is she strong enough to follow through or will her feelings and her need for closeness and the warmth of another take over, destroying the best things that has ever happened to her? Only the shock and horror of a dark revelation can bring focus to Allison’s life. What will she decide?
Angela V. Cook nailed this tale from start to finish while keeping it completely fresh, unique beyond words and slamming home an ending that had me on the edge of my seat one minute and wanting to grab a tissue the next. Sure, it’s fantasy, but woven within is a heart-felt coming of age like you’ve never seen.
I received this copy from Angela V. Cook in exchange for my honest review.