Book Review: Divine Vices by Melissa Parkin

Title: Divine Vices
Author: Melissa Parkin
Pages: 349
Publication Date: Nov 2, 2013
Source: ebook from the Author
Rating: ★★★★


Purchase Link: Amazon


Danger seldom leaves its victims unscathed in the ways of seduction, and this lesson is one that sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster now knows all too well.

Nine months following the traumatic accident that claimed the life of her mother and sister, this high school junior has at last found a fresh start in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine. In the company of her best friends, Ian and Gwen, she’s bracing the usual turmoil of adolescence and taking all in stride… until the new transfer student, Jackson Matthews, comes walking into her life. He’s arrogant, sarcastic, roguish, devastatingly sexy, and the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. But when circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself a bit too close for comfort as their bond intensifies. Plagued by unexplainable events, a sudden string of disappearances, and even a cult-related murder, Cassie begins to fear for her life. Is it all just a coincidence that these happenings began when this Casanova strolled into town, or has she in fact fallen for a real lady-killer, or worse?


Okay, honestly I have mixed feelings about the book. I mean, it’s a pretty cool book, with all that paranormal/supernatural stuff incorporated in a YA genre. It’s just that some things were all over the place, especially towards the end of the book.

Cassie was a great MC. She’s strong , smart and sassy. I liked her character. Gwen was pretty cool too but she’s annoying sometimes. Ian was just great. I loved him since the start and I’m pretty happy when everything turned out to be great between him and Cassie. Jack’s character was difficult to process. I honestly didn’t know whether to trust him or not, which makes the book really interesting.

The plot of the story is unique although I may have noticed something familiar with some aspects of the novel as a whole, though I might think of them as a coincidence. Some chapter titles are similar to episode titles of Supernatural, not to mention the Black ’67 Chevy Impala. Hahaha. Being a huge Supernatural fan, I just can’t seem not to notice them. But, like said, coincidence.

I also loved the fact that the book dealt with some unusual paranormal creatures. Not the usual, vampires or werewolves which I find really cliche nowadays. Angels really fascinate me and I find demons pretty interesting. Witches are pretty cool too so this book really got me good despite the mixed feeling.




True solace for this Chicagoland native is no further than a minute’s walk away from her, right to the keyboard. Having always been blessed/cursed with an overactive imagination, she’s constantly encouraging her predisposition with late night writing fits fueled by her mild Dr. Pepper addiction. A connoisseur of music, movies, and literature, Melissa is always finding inspiration in everything around her. When she’s not diving into the depths of her mind’s eye, you will undoubtedly find her with a book, a camera, her iPod, or a can of Dr. Pepper in hand.

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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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