Thursday, June 17, 2010

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

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.... (Summary from Good Reads)

I just finished reading "Intertwined" and have to say I wasn't disappointed. I'm used to reading Gena Showalter's adult novels so I didn't know what to expect when she jumped to the YA genre. I picked this up previously and despite fighting zombies in the first few pages I wasn't into the book. So I set it down and read some other things. Then, while waiting for my next stack of YA books to come, I started reading it again. It started to get really interesting around page 82 as Mary Ann is walking to school. Many of you may get sucked in before then, but it took until there for me to care about the characters. All of a sudden the action starts and it doesn't stop until the end at page 440.

There's a girl Mary Ann, that shuts the voices up in Aden's head, but they aren't attracted to each other, just friends. There's a vampire that Aden has been dreaming of kissing that shows up. A werewolf walks the girl Mary Ann to and from school and talks to her in her head. Betrayal by friends. Mary Ann finds out things about her past she never imagined. Aden travels back in time to discover something about the present and he loses one of the voices in his head.

Then there's the Halloween Ball, where he's to meet his girlfriend the vampire's father, Vlad the Impaler. The original. And, Aden already knows he's going to die soon thanks to one of the voices in his head that can see the future. He's just not quite sure when. Add to that, Aden has somehow called all types of supernatural creatures, vampires, werewolves, fairies, goblins and witches. The book ends satisfactorily, but with a lot of things left open.

Everything is definitely intertwined in this book. Of the four main characters, I thought three were very well developed but felt the vampire,Victoria felt a little flat. Of all the characters, Mary Ann had the most growing up to do. She seemed to be little Mary Sunshine in the beginning of the book, but by the end, her eyes were wide open and she'd shown amazing character growth. Aden really didn't have any growth to make. He was already so mature with everything he had to deal with except he does need to learn to hold back on his urge to fight. We don't know the characters of Riley and Victoria very well, even though we only just meet all of them in the same book, but the story is told from Mary Ann's and Aden's points of view. There were a few subplots that didn't seem to add much to the story but perhaps the reason for them will come out in the next book or they were a subtle hint about what was in Aden's head. The next book is due out in August and I can't wait. This is a great series and I'm guessing there will be three other books including the one coming out in August as there are three other souls in Aden's head.

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