It is seldom that I get hooked on young adult fantasy books. Into A Million Pieces made the cut though. It offered a different flavor in the element of supernatural, daring to tackle creatures that are less popular and hard to sell somewhat. I mean, good-looking witches and dashing vampires are most often on the win. But the author made things quite so interesting, in that there's a challenge to it, from which she obviously seemed happy to explore. One is left to wonder on a number of resolutions. Cook's writing is on point and engaging down to the flippant expressions. She knows how to build tension and I like that her characters float in gray areas. The love angst in the book reminded me a bit of Eleanor & Park. Till the end I am left in a pool of sweet melancholy and craving for more. Second book, please?
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.
Title: Into A Million Pieces
Author: Angela Cook
Published: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ (This gets 4 reviving cups of java for a different kind of young adult paranormal/fantasy!)