Blurb: “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.
*I was sent this book by the publisher but this in no way affects my review*
The story opens with the protagonist – Allison – walking through her town, describing details of her surroundings in such a way that I felt as if I was walking alongside her. The basis of Allison’s home life is her parents are dead so she and her twin sister Jade live with the their religious aunt. However, Jade is rarely home leading Allison to naturally feel quite isolated. To add insult to injury, she’s not the most popular girl in school: choosing to dress in a stereotypical “goth” way makes her the target for bullies.
As mentioned in the blurb, Allison is a succubus and so is her sister. If you’re not sure what a succubus is, here’s a little bit of information. The main example of why it’s best to just stay clear of boys is given by the aunt: Allison & Jade’s mother fell in love with their father and he started to become ill. They got married and he died. The mother then took her own life out of grief and self-blame.
Allison chooses to dress the way she does in order to keep men away from her, whereas Jade actively goes out of her way to try and seduce even her friend’s boyfriends. When one of her seductive attempts goes terribly wrong she becomes a recluse while horrible rumours about her spread across the internet. This book does do a very good job of showing the negative side of the internet and how in the modern world, it’s just too easy to bully others and the “delete” button doesn’t mean it’s definitely gone forever.
While this plot element goes through the motions, Allison spends a lot of her time in the library only to stumble across Ren, a significantly-higher-on-the-high-school-food-chain boy, who just happens to work there. Of course, Allison has her preconceptions about him just as Ren does about her. But as they spend more time together they start to see each others faults and fears. I really enjoyed this part of the story because we all have our expectations and preconceived ideas of other people before we get to know them and find out that what we actually thought about them isn’t true at all.
The use of first person perspective was fantastic. It worked so well in telling the story and I felt like I really knew Allison and as if she was telling the story to me, rather than me actually reading a book. She also made a wonderful protagonist, her outlook on things, despite her situation was intelligent, she spoke like you’d expect a teenager to and she was relatable But maybe that’s down to the fact I went through a goth/emo phase in High School. *hastily burns all photographic evidence*
I went into this book feeling like it would be focused on Allison, which for the most part, it is. But the plot took a rather sickening and unexpected turn. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you! While this is the sign, for me, of a good book, the introduction of this plot twist made the last few chapters of the book feel very rushed and liked there was a specific point it had to end on and wasn’t allowed to go beyond that.
This book does contain mature themes which may be unsuitable if you’re at the younger end of the YA age bracket, but as always, I’m not one to tell you what to and not to read.
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