20 September 2009

Review: Intertwined By: Gena Showalter

Title: Intertwined
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 448 Pages (September 1, 2009)
From: Purchased from Amazon

Synopsis: 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, 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....

Review: 3 Stars - Somewhat confusing, with the many different story arc's but still a good read once you wade through the layers of the main and subplots of the book. Sadly, all the layers seem to only take away the ease of reading and relating to the main characters - let alone the four souls trapped in Adens head. It just makes it all little hard to follow with so much going on and so many mythical creatures popping up in what felt like every turn of the page.

The biggest let down for me by far, was that the story was sold to me on the fact that the it was about a person with 4 souls trapped inside of him and that each one had a different ability. Seeing the future, Possessing another, Waking the Dead and Time Travel - which was amazing to read when it finally happened throughout the book. I just wished there were more interaction with the trapped souls. In my eyes with the
whole mix of the many different things going on in this world that Gena Showalter has written, the main plot as I saw it (the four souls) had somewhat fallen to the wayside. In the end things were tied up with the souls a little bit to quickly for what I was expecting and left me with questions that I will only hope to see the answers for in the books to follow.

As a whole it was far from bad, just a little jumbled and confusing. Those few flaws wouldn't and won't prevent me from purchasing the next in the series as I look forward to learning more in the future and to find out just where the author will take us and her characters next.

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  1. Aw, sorry you didn't love it! I'm really looking forward to reading this one, though.


  2. It's okay that I didn't love it. Sometimes that happens. I did enjoy it and look forward to reading more. And, I wouldn't tell anyone not to read it who's looking forward to it. It was such a interesting concept, just was a tad confusing.

  3. Thank you for your honest opinion about the book! I love the cover of the book!

  4. I'm glad you thought that of my review. I love the cover as well. I need to start remembering to comment about book covers in reviews.

  5. I'm liking it so far but i keep putting it down because of other books *BALLAD* hehe(i got it yesterday)

  6. YOU LUCKY with getting Ballad! I got a email earlier today saying that it shipped to me and I should have it by friday at the latest! Ohh I can't wait. However, I'll have to put it on the back burner, because I need to read these 2 arc's first. I mean I haven't even read Catching Fire yet, OR Blood Promise and those 2 sitting here (among sooo many others!) are driving me NUTS! lol

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! And I completely agree with your review here. It was confusing, but it was definitely interesting enough to make me want the next book. (:

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog too! And I'm glad you agree with my review. I think I hold Gena's writing up to a higher standard and maybe that's one of the reasons why I couldn't rate it higher. If there was just a little less to it layer wise it would have been SO much greater.

    I really do look forward to the next book as well, I mean I still love the author, so I'll buy the book without a doubt.

  9. I have this coming to me in the mail from Amazon. Going to check out your Goodreads bookshelves now. You read a lot of books I like/want!

  10. I <3 Amazon! I got 7 books in the mail from them today lol. Crazy, I know haahahaaa

    I'm off to check out your goodreads shelves as well. :o)

    It's always nice to find others out there who read/like/want the same books as I do...

  11. Amazon can be dangerous, especially with the free shipping. I just ordered 3 books because I wanted Intertwined and the other 2 got me the free shipping.

  12. Amazon is very dangerous for me. I try to hit up used book stores and thrift stores too, but even that's hard these days to find the books I'm looking for... Everyone else is looking for those too! I just stay with Amazon, you can't beat the prices when you compare to stores.

    I mean if I see something at Walmart or Target for a good price then I pick them up there, or if we have some great coupons for Borders or B&N, then we hit those up as well. Since those come few and far between, I just stick with Amazon. My husband just rolls his eyes when he see's I new books have arrived, just as he did today. lol

  13. Target is dangerous too! I saw The Hunger Games there for $9 about 2 weeks ago. I didn't pick it up (thought I would see if I could get it cheaper on Amazon) and I'm kicking myself for it now! Next time I went back, it was $16!!! Are you a Stephen King fan? I haven't read any of his books yet but I have a few coming my way via Paper Back Swap. You can pre-order his new release, Under the Dome, for $9 at Amazon! $9 for a hard cover. Steal!

  14. WOW! That's a HUGE deak there. I'm not a HUGE SK fan, however hisnew book does sound pretty good and a lot like the book Gone by Michael Grant. If you haven't read that one yet, you should. It's a great series. The second book just came out I think un Aug called Hunger. I haven't read the second one yet, I have it on my christmas list lol.

    Just peeked on Amazon because of a email I had and man... the deals they are having right now. I think it has to do with the book wars they have going on with Walmart. From what I've heard about the war it is making all the other book sellers pissy because they just can't compete. Sad, but give me cheap books! lol


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