I was actually expecting a different kind of story, considering that there are twin succubi in the story. Allison and Jade McKready are born into a family of cursed women, whose kiss alone can absorb a life force, and an act of passion can take a life.
Pretty freaky and interesting for a story, but “Into a Million Pieces” is less about the supernatural and paranormal spectrum. It’s more about how a very different girl, who has been hiding her entire life, deals with experiencing love for the first time, knowing that just being with boy she loves might kill him.
Also, it’s about a tragedy that strikes a family, and how a young woman has to move on and carry on.
Being a succubi sucks. For Allison, it sucks big time. For Jade, it’s a powerful feeling. Descended from a family cursed by the devil, Allie and Jade attract men, young and old. Because of the unwanted attention and lust, Allie decides to cover herself in black and goth make up. Jade, on the other hand, uses her succubus charm to manipulate people.
For Allie, being a succubus puts her in a precarious situation where men objectify her, “loving” her not for being her actual self. For Jade, though, her succubus charm puts her on a position of power.
A succubus’ kiss can weaken men, but doing the dirty deed with them will end in death – of the men, of course.
Unfortunately, for Allie, she finds love in the library. After a series of judgmental accusations, Ren, the school’s Most Likely to Succeed/Running for Valedictorian, and Allie become friends. Her twin sister, Jade, becomes increasingly more brazen with her boy-toying until a set of incidents leaves her with a bruised body and ego, and ultimately a tragedy.
Considering the twins are supernatural creatures, I was really expecting something bigger. I haven’t seen anywhere that this book would be the beginning of a series, but I hope it is, for the sake of some clarity to the story. There’s a Bible-manic aunt, a kind and moral detective, a bunch of bratty teens who deserve to be taught a lesson, and the existence of supernatural beings. I was expecting some action! A really big mystery! I was expecting the tragedy to draw out deeper and stronger discussions or issues on soul and sin, on justice and mercy, on being a succubus and human, on love and lust! “Into a Million Pieces” failed to deliver on that.
The story was not badly written, and Allie is an okay narrator, but she could’ve been more interesting and more proactive. This is so important in portraying a character with agency. She or he has to be pro-active. She or he has to change the tide of the story before 70% of the story has already happened! It’s frustrating to see a main character only start growing a spine near the end of the novel.
So, if there is a sequel, I really hope to see the characters grow and address some unanswered questions left in “Into a Million Pieces”.
Should you read it?
If you like to read about the teen world (school, snotty girls and jerk guys, identity-crises, annoying family members) with just a touch (read: slight touch) of the supernatural, then Into a Million Pieces is a good novel to read on a free period. But if you’re the type to expect some action and an introduction into an actual supernatural world that’s bigger than one story, then this isn’t the story you’d be satisfied with.