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“Intense and Surprising
“Once I started this series, I couldn't put them down. Gena Showalter is one of my favorite authors.”Debra Lee Reichard wrote this review Wednesday, August 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: Aden 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 cemetery. No, no, NO! How had he ended up here?
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 relatable. 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.
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.
FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Intertwined. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
“Aden Stone is your typical 16-year-old boy, attempting to fit in with his peers and just trying to survive his teenage years. Oh, except for one thing…he has four souls trapped in his body. Each of these souls can do something special: Julian can raise the dead, Elijah sees the future, Eve can time travel and Caleb can possess another body. Since they can do these things, so can Aden. Ok, maybe he’s not such a typical teenage boy.
Aden’s parents gave him up as a toddler and he’s been shuttled between foster homes and mental institutions ever since. Now, at 16, he’s been placed at D and M Ranch, a place he likes except for the other teenage boys there whom he calls the Dregs. If he holds onto his temper, toes the line and doesn’t talk out loud to the souls in his head then maybe he can stay.
Not long after he arrives at the D and M Ranch he goes for a walk to familiarize himself with his new surroundings. After not paying attention to where he is walking and drowning out the voices in his head with his iPod he accidentally crosses the boundary into a graveyard and starts raising the dead. He fights the zombies, sustains some injuries and sees a girl that quiets the voices. Shocked, he cleans up and trails her to a coffee shop (Holy Grounds, love that name!), finds out her name is Mary Ann Gray and she goes to the local public school named Crossroads High.
Aden decides he needs to know more about Mary Ann and in order to do that he needs to go to her school. However, he’s considered dangerous and it’ll take some serious luck to convince Dan Reeves, former pro football player and owner of D and M, to allow him to attend.
With some help from Caleb’s ability Aden gets his wish. As he begins his journey to know Mary Ann and her special ability he meets a vampire, a werewolf, a ghost and a demon and learns about so many other creatures he thought myth. However, the fun is just starting for Aden as he learns who he is, who is parents are, who the four souls are and why they’re trapped inside him.
I look forward to reading ‘Unraveled’ and unlocking more pieces of Aden’s life puzzle.”
“I love this book. Reading ths second one now.”Samantha wrote this review Saturday, October 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ This book so far is about a 16-year old boy named Haden (goes by Aden) Stone. He is different, because he has four souls living inside him. One can time-travel, one can raise the dead, one can predict the future, and the last can possess other bodies. Unfourtunatley, people just thinks he talks to himself and diagnosed him Schizophrenic. Aden does'nt have a family or any friends and lives at D&M, a ranch for troubled boys. Then one day, the sould that can predict the future, told Aden he was going to meet a girl and they would fall in love. Little did he know that she would be a vampire princess.
This book is in thrid person point-of-view, and switches the focus on different characters sometimes. Like I said in the last review, I mainly enjoy first person point-of-view books. But I enjoy this book because the story plot is very creative. Plus, it may have vampires and werewolves, but it is completley different than sparkly vampires or a complicated love triangle. This book has a very sweet, normal(take away vampires and souls...) romance. Its suspenseful, has some horror, contains violence, and very (not) normal romantic. I would recommend for people who whould actually give the book a chance, and not put it down the moment they see vampire and think "Ew, sparkly people."”
“Aden has four different people living inside his head. One can raise the dead, one can time travel, one can possess other bodies and one can see the future. He is considered a juvinile delinquent, and has do deal with all of the difficulties of zombie and the like. Realle Good!”Grace M wrote this review Friday, September 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“great book; glad there was a sequel”cassidy h wrote this review Thursday, February 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Aden Stone can’t get the voices out of his head. They have been with him for as long as he can remember, and since he was given up by his parents when he was three, he had no one to ask how exactly it happened. Maybe he would have been able to ignore it, act like a normal child rather than going from one asylum to another to a foster house to juvie then finally to D and M ranch—a halfway house for criminally affected boys—if the souls didn’t have one key factor: They gave him extra powers. One can teleport him back in time in his past, but he has to be careful to not alter history. Another can raise the dead the second he comes near him, but the zombies like to attack Aden. Another can posses other people, but it is excruciatingly painful. And the last can predict the future, but tends to only see death. Aden wants them to have their own lives so he can also live his, but what if they already have lived?
I absolutely love this book! It incorporates all of the fantasy creatures that lurk in fairy tales, but suitable for teens. With a little romance and drama, and a lot of action, this mystery novel is to die for. This is a book for those who are tired of reading about sparkly vampires and wimpy were-wolves. This is not a book for little kids and the romance doesn’t drown the adventure. I recommend it to all Fantasy loving teens.
“Having a hard time getting into this one.... couldnt do it. I couldnt read it. Had to send it back.”Dani A wrote this review Tuesday, January 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No