Into a Million Pieces

Into a Million Pieces

by Angela V. Cook

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BN ID: 2940149864270
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/24/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
File size: 723 KB

About the Author

Angela V. Cook lives a very unexciting, but never boring, life with her husband and two children just outside of Detroit. Like most writers, she’s been making up stories for as long as she can remember and can’t imagine a life that doesn’t involve creating worlds.

Angela loves to write novels for teens because it’s the best outlet for her sarcastic personality, immature sense of humor, and love of romantic firsts. Her idea of the perfect day involves a quiet house, a good book, and a piece of cheesecake. Or two.

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Into a Million Pieces 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Khulood More than 1 year ago
3.5-4 Stars I liked the different premise of the book. This is the first novel I've read where the main characters are twin succubi. The two sisters are very different, and live with their religious aunt after their mother's death.  Allison and Jade couldn't be more different. Allison is the bookish type who hides by dressing and acting goth, while Jade is the outgoing reckless one. I was expecting to like Allison the most, but surprisingly, Jade was a little more likable. It is weird because Allison is the narrator, so the whole book is from her POV. Allison befriends Ren, who is a good guy, but they can't move on with their relationship because of Allison's nature. Being a succubi, she could kill him. There were two pretty unexpected twists, kudos to the author for shocking me!  Some issues were not resolved, like Jade's situation with Chris, and the whole bullying thing. Also, there were plenty of side characters who appeared and either didn't add much to the plot, or just didn't progress into anything.  With that being said, I feel that the story has potential, and hope that there will be more development in the next book. * An arc was kindly provided by Red Adept Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
BarbTaub More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel, Into a Million Pieces, author Angela V. Cook takes our familiar tropes about sisters and turns them inside out. Alison McKready is a typical seventeen-year-old girl. Mostly. She fights with her twin sister Jade, resents her guardian’s fixation with religion, reads Jane Austin, and fantasizes about falling in love. The only problem? If she kisses a guy, she’ll drain his life force. If she has sex with him, she’ll kill him—just like her mother did with her father. Like her mother before her, and like her sister Jade, Alison is a succubus, a demon whose stunning beauty attracts and pacifies her prey long enough to steal their life force—their soul. Her mother, exhausted from fighting her own nature, committed suicide. The twins’ guardian, Aunt Sarah, fights to sublimate her demonic urges with her all-consuming religious devotion. But, to Alison’s horror, her sister Jade rejects the lifetime of training saying that a succubus cannot fall in love. Where Alison hides her preternatural beauty and her nature behind goth clothing and heavy makeup, identical twin Jade flaunts her exquisite face and body at the top of her school’s judgmental social ladder. Alison’s frustrated resentment of her sister’s actions is cut short when handsome, brilliant, and socially successful Ren sees through her disguise. Terrified at the fragile seductive beginnings of attraction and romance, Alison comes to a reluctant understanding of what Jade is going through. As she begins to question her own nature and a lifetime of training, the stage is set for a horrifying tragedy. The succubus as demonic soul stealer is a type of vampire. But if the vampire trope is a thinly-veiled metaphor for sex, the succubus is a cautionary tale about the power and menace of sexual women. Of course, those tropes are as outdated as June Cleaver, Betty Draper, or Rosie the Riveter—right? Perhaps, as recent literature seems to suggest, some monsters can make the choice to be different. But where the “nice” modern vampires might settle down with loving relationships in True Blood’s Bon Temps, Louisiana or Twilight’s Forks, Washington, there doesn’t seem to be a way to be a “nice” succubus. As Alison and Jade struggle to come to terms with their sexuality, there is no way they can deny the evidence that even in the name of love, a sexual relationship will damage or even kill their lovers. Into a Million Pieces raises questions I wasn’t expecting in a YA paranormal. All the women in Alison’s family struggle against a nature none of them wanted or sought. Their stories all end tragically. But the message, surprisingly, is one of hope. Alison realizes that she is indeed capable of love, and maybe even deserving of it. The pace was perfectly suited to the story as it unfolded, and author Angela Cook has a confident and dead-on grasp of the character of a girl on the brink of adulthood, especially as she shows the sisters going from enjoying a popcorn and American Idol marathon to discussing the morality of using their nature to exact revenge after a vicious attack. You can see Alison’s reluctant growth and fragile self-acceptance. The story arc is well done, with the initial issues resolved but leaving room for Alison’s next step—figuring out just who she is and what she’s capable of. I had a few questions about plot holes, such as how Jade could drain a star football player enough to keep him from playing in the big game when it was the middle of the summer break, and how the girls could have clothes and technology toys and a swimming pool on (apparently) their aunt’s salary as a veterinary office assistant. But overall, this is such an entertaining and well-written book that I wouldn’t hesitate to read more from this very talented author. I would give it four stars, and look forward to the next book in the series. *I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
4-1/2 Stars. I'll admit going into this, I had no idea what a succubus was. Yes, I know... But I really didn't. Paranormal isn't my normal genre. Sure, I read the Twilight series, but after that, I'd kind of had my fill and only pick up a handful of of paranormal stories a year. But this one, with the twin sisters and the bible-thumping aunt, caught my attention. As the mother of twins, I'm fascinated by stories about twins. Allison tries to fly under the radar. She's a succubus, and falling in love just isn't for her. So by dressing like a goth girl, she attempts to keep people, particularly boys, at arms' length. Somehow Ren sees through the facade to the beautiful girl inside, but they can never be anything more than friends. Or can they? Allison's and Ren's relationship moves beyond the friend-zone with consequences, but Ren is willing to take the risk, even if Allison isn't. When her twin sister, Jade's, riskier behavior comes back to bite her, it also affects Allison, resulting in tragedy. But Ren is there for Allison, taking their friendship to yet another level. While the story starts off slower than I would have liked, it picks up about a third of the way in when it takes a twisted detour into tragedy. That was difficult to get through, but once I did, the story gripped me and never let go. Into a Million Pieces is a paranormal romance, but it reads far more like contemporary with a paranormal twist. That twist is responsible for creating a forbidden love that was so angsty, I could almost physically feel it at times. It's also a bit of a mystery, which I didn't see coming, although once I knew what had happened, I did figure out pretty quick who did it. That didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book, though, because at it's core, it's not a mystery. World Building The world building is very subtle, but utterly believable. The whole succubus thing is woven through the story without overpowering it. The story is about the romance between Allison and Ren. She just happens to be cursed with a gift that could kill the boy she loves if she ever has sex with him. If that isn't the world's best birth control for teens, I don't know what is. But rather than a story about the world of succubi (is that the plural of succubus?), it's about a girl, who just happens to be a succubus, falling in love with a boy. Plot The main plot is definitely the romance of Allison and Ren and it's extremely well done. The teenage angst is as good as any I've read, and I felt the emotional pull far more than I ever did with Edward and Bella. The subplot revolving around Jade is strong and weaves through the main plot, touching every aspect of Allison's relationship with Ren. Other than the slow start, I thought the plot was strong and there were a couple of really well-done twits. Characters Allison and Jade are both well-developed as is the aunt. Ren is a little more than just two-dimensional, but I never felt like I got as good of a sense of who he is as I could have. He's got some issues in his past as well, which are brought out, but I still felt like a little more development could have been done. However, if this is the first book in a series (please, please, please let this be the case) then it's fine that the author has left this for a later book. The Writing The writing is solid. Cook excels at scene setting and creating an incredible amount of heat between her characters without ever getting graphic. I wish more authors would do this, because it's not easy, but it's so much more intense to read. The Ending The ending wrapped up all the main plot points, but left enough for another book (see above begging) if the author feels inclined. The conclusion is satisfying and hopeful without needing to create the perfect happily ever after. Because succubus and human. Top Five Things I Loved About Into a Million Pieces 1. Twins. Because who doesn't love stories about twins? 2. Ren. He's sweet and the way he cares for Allison makes him a perfect book boyfriend. 3. Ren's Grandmother. She's an amazing woman who supports both Ren and Allison as only a grandmother can. 4. The mud fight. I actually smiled as I pictured the whole thing. 5. Allison's integrity. The fact that she never gives into her desire in order to protect Ren is one of the things I love most about her. Bottom Line Into a Million Pieces is a different kind of paranormal romance with a hint of a mystery that left me wanting more. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
wazi More than 1 year ago
Into a Million Pieces by Angela V. Cook Is there a family curse following this family from the mid-eighteen hundreds? Are the female descendants still responsible for their ancestor’s debt to the devil? Aunt Sarah turned to God as her savior to cope with her succubus blood, but her bible thumping wasn’t too far over the top to be unbelievable. She is the guardian for the twins, Allison and Jade, since their mother’s suicide three years earlier. Allison will not let being a succubus define who she is, while Jade is in the process of exploring the power without crossing the line. The sisters have the typical love/hate relationship so common between siblings. Their snide sarcastic dialogue came across as realistic as they fought as well as supported one another. Allison McKready has met her match with Ren Fisher. He’s not falling for her Goth makeup and is out to discover the real Allison underneath the black clothes and mask she wears. It was easy to like both of their characters and their dialogue seemed genuine. Allison finds a real friend in Ren. As their relationship grows, she finds herself opening up to him. I was disappointed that a story thread fizzled out between Jade and Chris. I would have liked more resolution there. However, with the story being told through Allison’s eyes we didn’t get that. This unique character driven plot maintains a steady pace with several twists and turns that will keep you flipping the pages. Especially when, out of the blue, the bottom drops out of Allison’s world. I did not see that coming… Probably because I was caught up in how Allison and Ren’s relationship was growing and they started exploring boundaries just like Jade had been doing all along. I can see this turning into a series as Allison sets out to learn more about the succubae. As far as she knows her family is the only one affected by this particular curse. But are there others? It seems like there has to be because this ancestor had daughters as well who would have carried the curse. And most importantly Allison needs/wants to know if a succubus is capable of romantic love? Format/Typo Issues: I was given a prerelease copy so I can’t comment on this. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** April 9, 2015
ArianneStClare More than 1 year ago
Allie and Jade knew they are different. They’re twins, yes, but they were oh so not alike. Jade had that notorious reputation of being a playgirl, someone who loved to have fun! She stayed flirtatious with boys, while Allie, hid herself from the guys. She dressed like a Goth, wore all black complete with dark eyeliner and black lips. She didn’t want to make friends nor meet boys. Because she knew what’ll happen if these guys get under her skin. She knew too well the curse that run down her vein. She and Jade both knew that their kisses can make the men lose their energy, can make them weak. Their kisses can lead to death. That’s the curse for being a succubus. Changes were bound to happen when Allie met Ren Fisher at the library where she usually spent her day.  Allie never thought they’d become friends, given that Ren was popular in school, a campus figure. And then there’s Jade. She played with the feelings of the guys she went out with, until tragedy struck her. Ultimately, in the end, someone had to pay the prize. This is my first time to read a book about succubus. I found this rather surprising, fascinating, captivating. I liked how the curse running through the twins’ veins affects the sisters differently, including the ones close to them. I did found some issues with religious belief being a taboo topic with the twins, much to the consternation of their aunt, but eventually I understood how it played a part in the story. Ren & Allie’s relationship – that is something to read about and look forward to. I await this book’s sequel, coz I feel there will be a lot of complications & stolen kisses from them. And I believe Allie’s new life ahead is definitely something worth waiting for..
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Into a Million Pieces The idea of this being a Young Adult book about twin succubi really caught my attention, and I was just as interested in the story as I was in how she did it.  You see, I love the Young Adult genre, but I get a little miffed when I'm reading something that is CLEARLY not appropriate for young adults.  I know, I know - young adults are also people in their early 20s - but there are a lot of teenagers that read this genre and, well, I think that if you want to add a lot of sex and stuff to your book, you might as well just label it adult. Not only was this a clean read, but it was really well written and kept me hooked from page one all the way to the end.  The story itself was very interesting.  And different - to be honest, I don't think I've ever run across a fantasy about a succubus, and I read a lot of fantasies.  It also kept me guessing, which is something that I look for in books that I read - I want to be surprised and have unexpected things thrown at me, and this author definitely had a few cards up her sleeve. The characters are great.  I felt a connection with both Allison and Jade, but I especially related to Allison.  Several of the other characters reminded me of people that I knew when I was growing up, some good and some bad.  What was really great about the characters was, after seeing the way they interacted with Allison and/or Jade, you really understood who they were.   If you are looking for a young adult fantasy with a DIFFERENT paranormal twist, this is one you should take a look at.  And even better - there's a sequel to this book coming soon. :) Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  Please remember that this review is my opinion based on my personal impressions of the book.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. 17-yr-old twins Allison and Jade McKready were born with a curse. They are each a succubus, but they approach the problem in very different ways. Allison shuns attention and Jade courts it. Jade says that she can stay in control, but they both know that their mother killed herself because she fell off the wagon she got on after she killed her husband on their wedding night. Jade doesn’t think it’s wrong to take a few kisses here and there, but Allison knows it’s only a matter of time before guys start to put together that they’re sick for a few days after being with Jade and start coming to bad conclusions. When Jade’s social life implodes and tragedy strikes, Allison’s life is turned upside down and she’s left with more questions than answers. Allison turns to her friend Ren Fisher for comfort and suddenly she understands more about Jade and their curse than she ever did. Allison has hard choices to make, but will they be the right ones? This is an interesting take on the succubus life. The few books I’ve read with a succubus in them have been about adults. This is told from a YA perspective and how Allison doesn’t want to end up like the women of her line, but she also yearns for love. How to have love and not kill your lover? What a dilemma! How Jade and Allison go about dealing with their curse in very different ways is thought-provoking and the writing is very good. There is a tendency to have a bit too much mundaneness in the plot and not as much action, so it tends to drag a bit in spots.  Other than that, this is a very well-written YA coming-to-terms tale seasoned with paranormal and sprinkled with romance.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is great! Easy reading, and a page turner!!  Love it!!