05 July 2010

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

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. . .

So you can tell by the rating that this wasn't the best novel I've ever read.  It's hard to pinpoint exactly why I didn't like it.  The main character, Aden, was pretty cool.  Always cool and confident and all that.  But it's almost like the book lacked focus.  From the beginning, I expected to have some idea of the end game.  I felt like I was just reading about the characters meandering along, getting attacked by witches and swimming in a pond.  The ending didn't fulfill any hopes.  It was quick.  Too quick.

The romances were not my thing, either.  I cannot stand romances where one, or both, of the parties lose every sense of survival for themselves.  I can understand being willing to die in their lover's place, but to dedicate every molecule of their being to someone else?  It was very Twilight in that aspect.

The book alternates points of view between Aden and Mary Ann, which was interesting and which I enjoyed.  There are always subtle misunderstandings represented there and I always found it amusing.

This book didn't leave me with a good feeling in my stomach.  It just...didn't appeal to me.  I did manage to finish it, but I'm taking it back to Borders and won't read the sequel.

I still recommend that you try it, cause despite my review, you could still really like it.  So give it a shot, see what happens. :)

Book Info:
  • pages - hardcover, 440
  • publisher - Harlequin
  • rating - 3/5 stars