By: Melanie | November 6, 2013 | (22) Comments

Mini Review: Sweet Damage by Rebecca JamesSweet Damage by Rebecca James
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Horror, NA
Pages: 336
Source: Received in exchange for review
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'I still dream about Anna London's house. In my dreams it's as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn't the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage ...'

When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.

A thrilling rollercoaster of a story - read it with the lights on!(

My Review

I guess this just goes to show how much of a wimp I am. I nearly ran to my parent’s room because I could hear tiny creaking noises in the floorboard after reading a clearly not so scary scene for everyone else. I. Scare. Easily.

Tim thinks it’s a huge stroke of luck when he finds a not only dirt cheap, but also huge expensive house up for sale. However here’s the catch, he has to live with the owner of the house, Anna London. Anna is agoraphobic, meaning that she gets uncomfortable outside in crowds. She’s rather mysterious and freaked me out several times. Honestly, the crying and disappearing and to be said tragic history made me want to put the book down and back away from her as far as possible. I really liked Tim on the other hand. He is laid back and an average person just trying to live his life. He was generous towards Anna and tried to make her feel better about herself and aids Anna as we find out more about her ghastly past.

My main complaint with this novel was the pacing. Sure, it starts out swiftly, pushing us into the plot immediately however that’s where it lingers for the next 200 pages. The suspense was present, we have red paint on the wall, spiders in the bed (holy crap) and shadows looking over your bed. Nonetheless, we don’t know who or what is doing this and why it’s happening. Answers don’t appear until the very end, making it seem awfully rushed and too much to handle. Also, a little too much sex. I get that it’s NA, but it felt so unnecessary.

Overall, a satisfying read though a little too plain and monotonous in the middle.

~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~

3 Stars
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22 Responses to Mini Review: Sweet Damage by Rebecca James

  1. Amelia says:

    I really want to get my hands on this one! It sounds creepy and even though there was some unecessary content, I think I won’t really mind. Lovely review Mel 😀

  2. Awww this story really was creepy, although I felt some of those pacing issues that you described as well. I loved Beautiful Malice a lot more even though I enjoyed this story too. Great review Mel!
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  3. I like sex in my books but unnecessary sex is annoying. Sucks about the pacing too. but the concept is interesting.
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  4. Lexa Cain says:

    I couldn’t agree more. It annoys me when the first chapter is super exciting, but then it gets slow for a long time. I feel like I was tricked. And I’m not partial to sex in books, either. Great review, as always. 🙂
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  5. Jenni says:

    OMG he agrees to move into the house with the owner of the house still living there? CREEEEEEPY set up! I have never heard of this one but I think I may have to give it a go, I am always looking for something that will have me checking under the bed!
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  6. Rachel says:

    I love being creeped out, Melanie. This actually sounds really good. Sorry it wasn’t quite up to your expectations. Wonderful review! 🙂
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  7. The suspense part sounds great :D!
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  8. I’m sorry that the middle was so plain and boring. :/ The spiders in the bed thing would absolutely terrify me! *shudders* I’m glad that you liked Tim, though. Awesome review, girly! Hopefully your next read is better. 🙂
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  9. Sounds pretty interesting…and different than most NA I’ve seen around. Oh gosh, spiders in the bed?! I’d be horrified!
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  10. I love your little blog, Melanie. This is a new title for me, it does sounds delightfully creepy, and i am all about creepy. Spiders in the bed, though are just nasty! Scary. It sounds so interesting but the pacing and all the sex would probably put me off a bit too. I don’t think a lot of sex belongs in this type of book. Thanks for the informative review!
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  11. An NA horror, and lots of sex…hmm it sounds like a one of those B slasher movies. I love the creep factor, despite the drag in the middle I might give this a go..LOL Lovely review!
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  12. Candace says:

    I scare easy too and this one sounds really creepy! I just want to read the end to find out what was happening!
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  13. Henrietta says:

    Creepy book cover *shudder* This doesn’t seem like something I’d read but I think this has marketing potential since the story is a combo of horror and sex. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. I get scared very easily too, especially with atmospheric reads. Zombies and such don’t scare me in the least, but creepiness, oh, boy.
    I’ve never seen this one before, but it does seem pretty interesting, despite a few issues.
    Lovely review.
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  15. Jasprit says:

    This book sounds like it has a great premise Melanie, I’m sorry that it just took ages to finally get down to things. I actually don’t normally mind creepy books, so I think I would probably end up giving this book a try. Thanks for putting it on my radar!
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  16. This sure does sound creepy. I’ve never heard of this so thanks for sharing. It’s a shame about the pacing being off and there being too much sex. I know how much those can ruin a reading experience.
    Lovely review, Melanie.
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  17. I didn’t even know this was NA! For some reason I thought this book was YA the whole time. I find sex in horror movies just gratuitous for the male audience, so I’m wondering how it’s handled in a book where I would think the audience was mostly female. Sounds like there are some good horror tropes though. Spiders! I am squeamish by spiders. (But not as much as Ron Weasley.) Great review, Melanie!
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  18. Stephanie B says:

    Great review! I can’t take scary books. Just reading the synopsis freaks me out a lot of the time.
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  19. Romi says:

    I can definitely sympathise with scary scenes because I. cannot. stand/cope/read/watch/deal with them. Nope. Nopenopenope. Nope.

    This definitely doesn’t sound like my kind of book, and it’s unfortunat that it didn’t work out as well as it could have, for you, though at least it wasn’t a complete let down. ( :
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  20. Tanja says:

    Well I got goosebumps just by reading your review. Girl, talking about being scared easily – we match. This one sounds really interesting and really creepy. Not, trying to be creepy, while fluffy story. Only the pacing would be problem to me too. Still glad you enjoyed it overall.
    Great review, Mel 🙂
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  21. Ooohh… is this the author of Beautiful Malice? I read that when it came out. And I’ve lived in Sydney — one of my favorite cities — so I must read this!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics
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  22. Nooo! Don’t mention the spiders in the bed! I recently read something on the internet about a woman eating a supermarket banana and seeing poisonous spiders crawl out of it. I’ve been feeling phantom legs crawling over me ever since! *shivers*

    I scare very easily too, but I do like the sound of this one, despite the pacing issues. The frequent sex is a little unexpected though.

    Thanks for the helpful review, Mel!
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