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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Intertwined (Giveaway Points Post)

Intertwined
by Gena Showalter
pub: Sept 2009
448 pages

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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 of 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 them 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 shapeshifer 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...

A good editor should have gone through the book with a stern hand, but overall I enjoyed it. It's a paranormal version of the old movie, Heart and Souls, with Robert Downey, Jr. (Great movie, by the way.)

Aden is a strong and smart, but hot tempered character. The interactions between Aden and the four souls is absolutely wonderful and provide great comical relief at times. Three of the trapped souls are guys; one girl crazy, one shy, one level-headed. The last trapped soul is a woman, Eve, the mother hen who keeps all the boys in line. They bicker, they offer support, they lend their abilities - I could go on and on about how much I liked the interactions between Aden and the souls, but...

With this book, you get a little of everything: werewolves, vampires, fairies, witches, goblins, zombies, demons, ghosts, and more. It's a paranormal fan's dream book. And there are two romances going on here, two couples. Each relationship is different, but satisfying.

Now to what bothered me. The book starts with a bang which I loved but then loses momentum. My brother, Gregory, has a short attention span when it comes to books. They have to be fast-paced and well written to keep his attention. He passed me Intertwined after reading a hundred-some pages saying, "It slowed down, but you've got the patience to wait for pay-offs way in the distance. Here." If you're like Gregory, you won't find this book satisfying.

Sometimes the book was a broken record. Mary Ann or Aden would discover something, we'd discover it with them, and then we had to listen to them re-tell everything we'd learned last chapter to the other characters. It happened often. It was like Showalter didn't trust us to understand things the first time they were revealed. She had to tell us over, and over again.

Also, I can't find the point with a lot of the subplots. Mary Ann, for example. Her relationships with Tucker and Penny did nothing but take up pages. Maybe in the next book it will mean something? I don't know but the reader should receive some sort of payoff for slugging through their talks and I didn't. A lot of the subplots lead nowhere.

I really liked the ideas and main characters but found myself skimming. Intertwined is a book for avid paranormal fans, but you have to slog through some extra flotsam to revel in the good stuff.

I will be looking forward to the sequel as I am invested in the characters and want to see what happens next!


The Cover: I think it's awesome. I like the menacing look of the boy on the cover and the placement of the title is clever and the font is cool.

We have a copy of Intertwined available in our MegaBook Giveaway. Go the the contest post to enter!

50 comments:

brizmus said...

Oh man, I love Heart and Souls! And Robert Downey, Jr. Pity the book had to be repetitive, though.
Because a paranormal Heart and Souls should be AWESOME!

Blodeuedd said...

Hm, it does sound nice and I would like to see how Showalter writes YA

Llehn said...

I just picked this one up form the library! Can't wait to read it!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I have this in my TBR pile. Hopefully I'll like it a little more than you did!

Krista said...

I've seen mixed reviews for this one... I'm not so sure when I'll end up pcking this one up, but this was a wonderful review :)

Sara said...

I've been hearning comments like yours about Intertwined a lot lately. I do want to read it, but it keeps getting skipped over because of other books. I need time to read it, especially if it is a slower pace.

cait045 said...

I can't wait to read this book. I have heard nothing but good things.

elnice said...

I liked this book, but I agree it was not without flaws. I hope that the next book will answer some questions and develop some character plots. I am glad I read it and will be watching for the next. Loved the cover too.

elaing8 said...

I have this book,but read some good reviews and not so good reviews. Eventually I'll read it :)
Thankd for your honest review.

~Jennifer~ said...

I've been reading a lot of reviews about this book, both good and bad. Definitely going to have to read it and decide for myself.

Jennifer @ Reading with Tequila

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fab review. I loved Hearts & Souls :)

Jamie said...

I really liked this book and can't wait until the next one comes out!!

Brodie said...

Great review! I have been wanting to read Intertwined for a while... the interaction between the souls sounds great but the flaws are a little off putting. I'll still give it a go though - I love paranormal reads!

angeltyuan said...

I have to say the multiple souls sharing a body thing sounded like a really awesome idea, and now that you've confirmed it, I really want this book now
as for exposition, I don't mind skimming as long as there's at least one character I'm invested in, and Aden sounds like that character
also, the fact that Aden and Mary Ann are just friends also surprises me, but sounds like a refreshing take on the polar-opposites-meet scenario

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TJ said...

I want to read this one so bad. The other Harlequin Teens that were released were really good!

Nicola said...

This is still in my tbr pile. I'm looking forward to it.

The Book Vixen said...

I haven't heard of Heart and Souls. I gotta check that one out.

Jasmyn said...

I've been hearing a lot about this book in the Harlequin Teen world. Many agree with what you have summed up and are looking forward to a sequel. It's on my wish list.

Nikki said...

I've seen this pop up all over the blogosphere but never really bothered to read a review until now. I'm intrigued. I think I'll put this aside for one of those days when I'm in need of a paranormal read. Thanks for the review! It gave me a good idea of what I'd be getting into when I actually sit down & read it.

Michelle said...

I'm sad to hear this one doesn't quite live up it it's fame. It is a good premise (and I loved Heart and Souls BTW) too bad it doesn't work. Thanks for the review!!

ladystorm said...

Oh bummer, it sounded like a good book. Its on my wishlist so I think I will wait and see if the library gets it.

Dani. said...

I am like literally dying to read this one. It looks immensely good. And your review convinced me more so:)

pepsivanilla said...

Sounds good, I've been hearing a lot of mixed reviews. I still want to read it though!

Teddyree said...

This is on my wishlist, I've seen mixed reviews and I'm terribly anal about poor editing so I will keep that in mind.

Sassy CC said...

I'm a fan of heart and souls. (Recently brought).Intertwined definitely seems to be jam packed with paranormal creatures- Not a fan of zombies but the rest are fine by me. This review was well done.

Seahn

Sheere said...

This book is in my wishlist too.. I like the 4 souls plot.. but it seems that this is the kind of book that leaves you a little confused because you never know what's going on..

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

I wanted to read this book for a while now, but that review sort puts a damper on my excitement. I still want to read it, but I think I may be a little more wary now knowing it sort of slows down in the middle. I'll just have to put it in my TBR for my holiday break.

Orchid said...

I love paranormal books and have really wanted to read Intertwined, so slow or not I still want to read it. :)

Faith Adeline said...

I wanna read that book, it sounds awesome!! (:

Definitely on my to-read list XD

Mandy said...

This book sounds sooo amazing!

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Jill of The O.W.L. said...

The concept of this book interests me, but I wonder too if there aren't too many story lines running around. I will have to read it for myself tho. I love the cover too. Very cool.

ParaJunkee said...

Wonderful review. You made very valid points. I didn't notice the "repeats", and that is something that usually drives me crazy. I have a feeling Tucker is going to reappear a lot in the later novels - either reformed, or seeking pay-back.

rubylovesadventure said...

sounds like an awesome book to read

im not sure if they have it in my country yet though

mariska said...

I haven't read any of Gena's book. This one sounds great!

donnas said...

Good review. I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who hasnt read it yet. Cant wait for the sequel.

babygirlG said...

I think I will love this book!

Confessions of a Country Girl/Confessions of a Book Junkie said...

I just got done reading this one a couple days ago and LOVED it! Can hardly wait for the second book...Hopefully Riley will get a little more book time....I like 'em "Tall, Dark and Handsome!" ;)

booklover said...

Oh, wow. This book sounds so good! I really want to read it!

Great giveaway choice, guys!

Josef13 said...

I am just itching to read this book, it looks really good! :)

Alessandra said...

I've been reading this myself - you are right, things always get explained more than once, but I didn't find it too annoying. I'm actually finding this book to be a lot better than I had imagined. I like being pleasantly surprised by books!

Sandra Stiles said...

Sounds really great. Can't wait to read it.

oO Mariana Oo said...

Sounds pretty good, Ive read great stuff about it

booklover said...

Indeed I am a paranormal book fan, Alyssa. Sounds like an interesting read...

Oh, and yeah, I definitely think the cover is menacing. But in an intriguing way.

Bunny B said...

The plot of this book sounds intriguing. I wonder if I can put up with some 'slowness', but I would love to read this!

Mitz said...

I would love to have this one....

booklover said...

Me too, Bunny B. Slow books bore me too easily.

GFDesignz said...

OH wow I been wanting this one! Have heard loads of great things about it!

Rebecca said...

I like the sound of this book. I got it out of the library once but I ended up returning it before I could read it.

Cherie J said...

This book is on my wish list. I think it sounds so great!

Sarbear said...

Alyssa, it is kind of a menacing cover, huh?I love it too!

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