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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Review : Intertwined by Gena Showalter



Title : Intertwined
Author : Gena Showalter
Publisher : HarperTeen
Genre : Young Adult - Paranormal
ISBN : 978-0373210022
Series : #1 in Series
Release Date : September 1, 2009
Rating : 4.5/5 - Very Good.

Description from Amazon :

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time-travel.

One can raise the dead.

One can tell the future.

And one can possess another human.

With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now they're causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he'll blink and suddenly he's a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he'll change the future. Or he'll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she's going to die.

He's so over it. All he wants is peace.

And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as he's near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He's a loner; she has friends. He doesn't care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it's too late....

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own, and a vampire princess Aden can't resist.

Two romances, both forbidden. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger but not everyone will come out alive....

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Review :

All through out Aden Stone's life, he has been labeled as cracy, schizophrenic, and violent. It's taken him 16 years to finally be released into a more 'normal' environment. It's almost unreal that he has the freedom to walk around a town on his own, and interact with people. Aden isn't crazy though, he's just forced to live with the souls of four others inside of his head. They constantly battle for his attention, and what makes things worse, they have abilities that Aden can't control.

Each soul has a gift for the supernatural. One can time travel, while another can raise the dead. This can get quite annoying for Aden when he is trying to live a peaceful life. It gets worse though, as the remaining two souls each have an ability as well, one being able to tell the future, more namely what will cause the death of those Aden passes in life. The last, can possess the body of another human, taking Aden and the other souls along for the ride.

Aden has made it his goal to release the souls in side of his head, so for once in his life he can have some peace. When he meets a girl that can quite the souls just by being in his presence, he is certain she will be able to help him figure out the mystery. Aden and Mary Ann have a bond that can't be broken. While they are drawn together, they are both repelled as well, knowing that something is weird about the way they feel about each other. They feel as though they are two magnets, both drawn to each other, but repelled in another.

Things only get more weird for Aden and Mary Anne as their friendship progresses. They meet a werewolf that is hell bent on having Mary Anne for his own, and a vampire princess that Aden can't help but be drawn to. While their love for one another is forbidden, they work together to enter a world full of creatures that both Aden and Mary Anne never knew existed. It will be a bumpy ride, full of surprises and danger, but they are determined to come out on the other side.

I was extremely excited to read this story, and waited eagerly for it to arrive in my mailbox after having ordered it online. It had to sit for a little bit, unfortunetly, due to catching up on a few other reviews that I had promised to have finished beforehand. When I finally was able to dig in, I couldn't stop. Within the first two hours, I was already half way through the story, and itching to find out what would happen next.

This is the first novel I have ever read by Gena Showalter, and I can honestly say I'm more excited to read more of her work than ever. While there was so much going on in this story, it all meshed together very nicely. I thought that by focusing on four characters in this book, plus the souls of four others, it was going to be a jumbled mess. Interwined, was in fact, an action packed rollar coaster with lots of dips and turns.

The story was addicting, and when I finally hit that last page I was eager to know what would happen next with Aden and his friends. Luckily, Showalter has a sequel in the works called, Unraveled, and all I can say is that I absolutly can't wait to get my hands on it, it scheduled for release in September of 2010. In this first installment, Showalter's characters are so well-rounded, and intriguing. I can only imagine how they will progress over time, and itch for the chance at another adventure.

Where did I get this book? :

I ordered my copy of Intertwined by Gena Showalter from BookDepository.com, in order to participate in the Blog With Bite discussion.

Amazon Affiliate :

Clicking on cover images, or title link in this review will relocate you to Amazon.com. If you choose to purchase a copy of Intertwined by Gena Showalter upon clicking the links, I will receive a small percentage of the sales.

11 comments:

J. Kaye said...

You liked this way more than I did. I was really felt disappointed. I think she could have done a better job. Nona, however, agrees with you. She thinks this is way awesome...lol.

Faye said...

Aden is HOT! lol, but i'm wanting more as i read.

Falling Off The Shelf said...

J Kaye - I'm glad I could agree with at least one of you, lol. Hopefully when Unraveled comes out you'll like the story a little more.

Faye - Yes! He is, lol...for a youngin, lol.

Confessions of a Country Girl/Confessions of a Book Junkie said...

This was my first book with the group and I really liked it...Plus Aden is a little hottie! But then again Riley is "Tall, Dark and Handsome" too :)

Falling Off The Shelf said...

Confessions of a Country Girl/Confessions of a Book Junkie - I'm glad you enjoyed it! I do hope you will continue to review with Blog With Bite. This was my second title with them, and I'm loving it.

I'd have to agree that while Aden is a little hottie...Riley sounds so much more mysterious to me, so I find him more attractive, lol.

Book Whisperer said...

Great Review, still loving the page.

ParaJunkee said...

Excellent review, darlin'. Glad you enjoyed, we got a good one this go round.

Falling Off The Shelf said...

Book Whisperer - Thanks so much!

ParaJunkee - Thanks hun! I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone will enjoy Queene of Light, because I myself loved it!

ParaJunkee said...

CONGRATS - You are the BWB Top Reviewer! Your review rocked - and everyone agreed that you deserve this award!

Falling Off The Shelf said...

ParaJunkee - Thanks! I'm soooo excited! WOw, never thought that would happen :)

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

I want to read this so BAD!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and that there is a sequel in the works!

Excellent review again!