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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.
I’m divided on this book. I liked portions of it and in other spots I felt like WTF. The story started out really well but started to feel rushed and probably could have used another 100 to 150 pages to properly flesh out the book in my opinion.
Allison is a complete Debbie downer from page one but you get it. She’s been fed only the negatives of life and her “curse” since she was old enough to remember. She has lost her mother and has a twin sister that seems more like a stranger at many points in the book. Her aunt is a religious nut who became the defacto mom after her mom’s death and this woman has no business around children in my opinion.
I would have enjoyed more background into Allison and Jade besides the 10 minute dialogue given to the “boyfriend” about the curse. How have women in their family dealt with it over the centuries and still continue the family line. Does it only affect the women? Have any male children had to deal with it?
The meeting of the boyfriend was really sweet but again was rushed. It started out sweet and slow with her letting down her guard but within a week she was practically dry humping the boy. Hello and what the hell just happen?!?!
Jade her twin sister was sometimes very much what you’d expect of a twin sister sharing the same curse and at other times just as mean and hurtful as the other kids in the small town they lived in. Jade felt empowered by her “curse” and had no issues siphoning the life force off unsuspecting teenage boys looking to get off with a pretty girl. Jade is actually beaten up by a boy and the situation is handled in a lackluster and appalling manner. The aunt never notices the bruises and you only hear that people are talking about it in facebook. How was this boy able to get away with beating up a girl and why did nothing get done, if not by her aunt then school officials? Shortly after Jade commits suicide or so you think and for me the book was rushed to finish after that.
The events at the end of the book happen so fast and nothing really seemed unresolved. You had your killer but it could have gone farther or been more suspenseful. Everything got wrapped up and that was that. Not really HEA but not really anything else either.
I’ll only give this book 2 stars and hope there could be a sequel in the future. An epilogue would have been nice.
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