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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (440 pgs)
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Fern

Like most teens, Aden Stone has friends. They just happen to be the four human souls living inside him.

One can time travel. One can raise the dead. One can tell the future. One can possess another human. And they’re causing him all kinds of trouble. All he wants is peace.

Then he meets a girl who quiets the voices, whenever he's near her. Why? Mary Ann is his total opposite. While he attracts the paranormal, she repels it.

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship that will soon 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. Now the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger—but not everyone will come out alive...

Four souls, trapped inside the mind of one sixteen-year-old boy. One can time travel, one can see the future, one can call the dead, and one can possess another human -- as if adolescence wasn’t bad enough already.

Young Aden is never alone, though he wishes to be. Graced and cursed since birth with the entities inside his mind, he’s been in and out of institutions for as long as he can remember. Now, he’s gotten a new lease on life. Living on a boy’s ranch, he’s had a vision of a girl with dark hair who kisses him, comforts him, and offers more than the hell of a life he’s always known. Yet, when he meets Mary Ann, he realizes she’s not the girl from his dreams. Instead she nullifies the voices, allows him to live for the first time with only his own thoughts to guide him. It’s not until the beautiful vision from his dream truly arrives that he learns the world is far more complex than he ever imagined -- and so is he.

Intertwined is an exceptional story with multiple twists and turns. Gena Showalter has written something that reminds a reader why her books are best sellers the world over. The premise is utterly fascinating, the varying subplots are intriguing, and the characters will captivate and excite you. You have the lovely Mary Ann, a girl who always does the right thing and refuses to rebel. You have the vampire princess, Victoria, who yearns for the freedom and love she only experiences with Aden. And you have the sexy werewolf, Riley, who protects Victoria, yet, longs for a future with Mary Ann who is a human and therefore considered off-limits by his kind.

From the moment I started this story, I was unable to put it down, and although there is a lot to process, I enjoyed every single moment of it. Each of the characters provides something fascinating to draw you in, and I couldn’t decide who I wanted to hear from most. Aden, while the centerpiece, is only one of four people you will fall in love with. I adored Mary Ann, ached for Victoria, and cheered for Riley. Each is unique and adds a necessary amount depth and richness to the material. The dual romances also create a nice dash of tension and suspense, while the fantastical creatures and entities make this so much more than your average young adult story. You get it all here -- magic, romance, love, hate, fear, anger, betrayal, and just as the blurb promises, death.

I’ve been very careful issuing my best book ratings, but it would be impossible to rate Intertwined as anything less than that. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and will be the first in line to snag my copy on release day. This is the storytelling that separates good books from excellent ones, and I’m so delighted I was given the opportunity to read and review it.

Young adults fans, be sure to place Intertwined on your TBR pile if you haven’t already. This is one book you definitely do not want to miss.

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