Thursday, July 21, 2011

Intertwined (Intertwined #1) by Gena Showalter

Genre: paranormal
Series and Book #: Intertwined #1
Pages: 377

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. Once can raise the dead. One can posses another human. One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger…but not everyone will come out alive.


At first, I thought this book was all about the four souls living inside Aden and others with really strange abilities, like Aden's friend Mary Ann. But when we meet Riley, a werewolf, and Victoria, a vampire, and they tell Aden and Mary Ann that witches, faeries, and goblins exist, I realized that it wasn't just about Aden's abilities, it was also about other paranormal creatures.

I loved the originality Gena had with her creatures, and the twists that she included in the story. Her vampires were wildly different from any I've read before and I've never read of goblins in other books. Her ghosts were also different; they weren't just transparent people. Along with Aden and Mary Ann, it created a very original paranormal novel.

Aden's interactions with the souls was so much fun. Elijah--the one who predicts the future--was milder than some of the others. Eve--the one who time travels--was a sweet, motherly person whom Aden loved like his own mother. Caleb--the one who can possess others--and Julian--the one who can raise the dead--were so funny. They made me laugh a ton. Near the end when we learn they're actual people, I thought it was so cool since Aden had been wanting to give them lives of their own for such a long time. You can tell that Aden loves them, and you get to know their personalities throughout the novel. I thought giving them personalities was better than just having them be on the side and the cause of Aden's problems.

Overall, this was a hilarious, original, fun ride with awesome romances thrown in. Aden's relationship with Victoria was spectacular and the same goes for Riley and Mary Ann's. The creatures they encounter and the suspense was awesome. I can't wait to see what happens next in Unraveled!

The Cover: I think it really sets the tone for the novel, along with having Aden on the cover. The text is awesome too.

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