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Friday, June 4, 2010

Intertined by Gena Showalter

Title: Intertwined
Author: Gena Showalter
Published: September 2009
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads:
There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High . . .

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, for as long as he’s with 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. . . doomed. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger. . . but not everyone will come out alive. . .

Intertwined was a bit slow going at first and it took a while to get into it. Once I did I didn't stop reading until I was finished. I read the last two thirds of the book in one sitting. This book was just so original. The entire concept of a boy with four souls trapped inside of him, along with the entire paranormal world that was built was so much fun to read about.

It definitely is not your typical paranormal book. There are familar elements, yes, but they're presented in such very unique ways. I loved learning while I read and being surprised at things. That said, there were some predictable things, but I don't really mind predictable if there's also unpredictable. There was a lot of unpredictable.

Aden is a very unique character. I've never read about five souls sharing one body, it was quite interesting. Aden was still his own person though, and the other souls thoughts weren't always present. Mary Ann wasn't quite so unique, but very interesting. Victoria and Riley were very very unique and very very interesting, as were the relationships that they formed with Aden and Mary Ann.

I really liked this book, and definitely think that it's worth a read for any paranormal fan: there's a plethora of paranormal creatures. It's also a really good story, and I can't wait for the sequel, Unraveled, to come out!

Characters: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Originality: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 43/50 B
Title/Cover Comments: I love the title, and the title font, but I'm not a big fan of the cover picture. Something about it just turns me off.


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