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I Belong


Review: Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Title: Intertwined

Author: Gena Showalter

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Intertwined (Book 1)

Publication Date: September 4, 2009

Format: Hardcover, 440 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373210027 (Harlequin)

ISBN-13: 978-0373210022 (Harlequin)

Reviewed by: Anjelica

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 possess 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.

Quick & DirtyAden has always known the paranormal exists. The four souls trapped in his head exposed him to that world a long time ago, but meeting a girl he’s seen only in his dreams and developing a power he doesn’t understand endangers not only his darkest secret but also, his life.

Opening Sentence: A cemetary. No, no, NO! How had he ended up here?

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Showalter spins an elaborate web of characters with rich back stories and destinies that only seem to grow more complicated with each passing chapter. The character development has to be my favorite thing about this book because, even though it happens a little fast in some cases as far as the dating relationships go, I feel like the friendships that stem from the events are realistic and even relateable. That is exemplified best between the main character Aden and the eventual arrival of Riley, a werewolf with an attitude. The pair seems to be in a constant battle for alpha male as the story progresses, but when a sudden plot twist throws Aden into a certain position of authority, Riley concedes without question and with what would prove to be unwavering loyalty.

Victoria, a vampire princess and Mary Anne, a girl who until Aden crashed into her life, had no knowledge of the paranormal also seem at ends with each other. However, the girls really aren’t forced to interact quite as much as the boys so their relationship development is less obvious. Since the main character is a male, I feel like Victoria and Mary Anne give female readers someone to bond with. They are not the damsel in distress types, which makes me quite happy. Another relationship that is important is between Aden and the four souls trapped inside his head. I find the souls to be a little annoying because they know that they are the reason Aden has so many problems in life. When they talk, Aden hears them in his head but he has to respond out loud for them to hear it. It drives me crazy that they can’t just stay quiet, and because of them, Aden is diagnosed with Schizophrenia. As a result Aden gets bounced from foster home to foster home only to end up at D & Ms ranch for troubled boys. The souls hurt more than they help by forcing their own special abilities onto Aden without his permission. Their commentary is shown in italics which I enjoy, because it sets their conversation apart from the rest of the text.

If character development is my favorite part of the book, then the many driving mysteries are a close second. There are so many unanswered questions throughout this novel. First and foremost, Aden is trying to figure out who each of the souls are, and how they ended up in his head of all places. Second, there is the curious connection between Aden and Mary Anne that has them desperate to hug but also run away from each other. How did Aden draw all the creatures of the night to him and why? What do the creatures want from him? The final, most driving and nagging question comes from a prediction Aden received from the psychic soul, Elijah. The prediction came with a vision that showed Aden exactly how he was going to die. This is repeated often, nearly every time something positive happens, Aden recalls the fact that he is destined to die soon.

I have read this book multiple times, and I will undoubtedly read it again. This is the perfect book for readers who need to be sucked into a story quickly.

Notable Scene:

In unison, the witches stretched out their arms and began muttering. Riley leapt forward, slamming against the same invisible wall Victoria had met. The power Aden felt pulsing from them grew in intensity, coagulating just above their upraised palms, first white, then blue, then exploding into golden flames. As one, they tossed those flames into the circle.

Riley, Victoria and Mary Anne screamed in pain, each of them dropping to their knees, panting, sweating, writhing. As Aden rushed to them, Riley morphed into human form, his bones realigning, his fur retracting under his skin, then switched back to wolf form, then returned to human form again. The sight was at once astonishing and gruesome.

“Until then,” the blonde witch said as if she hadn’t a care. The witches backed up, never giving them their backs, and soon disappeared beyond the trees.

Intertwined Series:

1. Intertwined

2. Unraveled

3. Twisted

FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Intertwined. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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