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Harlequin Teen, September 2009

Harlequin Teen, September 2009

Back cover blurb (well, it’s on the flap of the hardcover):

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 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, for as long as he’s with 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. . . doomed. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger. . . but not everyone will come out alive. . .

I loved the concept of a character with four human souls living inside his head immediately. And when the book opened on him in a graveyard, accidentally raising the dead and then being forced to decapitate them, I was even more excited.

I was disappointed to find Aden didn’t fight any more zombies through the book, but I felt the use of his other abilities incredibly interesting.

Many people enjoy reading paranormal romance. I can handle it, but vampires and werewolves make me cringe straight away. I felt in this book, the four people inside Aden’s head, with their assorted abilities of time travel, seeing the future, raising the dead and possessing others, would have had enough interesting adventures on their own, and the introduction of the vampire and werewolf love interests was done only to pull readers of Twilight. When fairies, goblins and witches started to make appearances, I was a bit unsure where it would go.

In spite of this, I really enjoyed Intertwined. I liked the friendship between Mary Ann and Aden, as well as Aden’s relationships with the people inside his head. I like flawed protagonists in novels, and I felt Aden was, though Mary Ann was a bit of a Mary Sue. Invented details about vampires (like the fact that you can only hurt them in their eyes and ears) felt a bit unnecessary, and some of the fight scenes a bit prolonged.

There were a couple of things I didn’t like: The vampires all had typical vampire names (Victoria, Dmitri), and Aden and Riley always felt the need to protect Mary-Ann and Victoria, and constantly assert their manliness by threatening each other (Do teenage girls find this attractive or something? I don’t get it).

Those things aside, I felt this novel was well-executed. Though I went “What?” when more mythical creatures started to appear, my interest didn’t dwindle, the story was gripping. This will inevitably appeal to readers of paranormal romance, and if that’s you, it’s well worth checking out. I think if I were more of a fan of that genre, I would have enjoyed Intertwined a lot more. It’s already far better than Twilight for me, and really action-packed. Based on Intertwined, I’m definitely going to check out Gena Showalter’s previous YA novels.


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