All day today, we will be posting reviews of the books that we'll be giving away for Blogmania tomorrow! Harlequin Teen has generously donated nine different YA titles for us to give away to you! So, be sure you keep checking today for all the reviews, and come back tomorrow and Thursday to enter to win!
****We're giving away hardback copies of INTERTWINED and UNRAVELED tomorrow for Blogmania. I haven't been able to read INTERTWINED yet, so I asked some fellow bloggers if I could "borrow" their reviews! Thanks so much to A Tale of Many Reviews and My Overstuffed Bookshelf for offering up their reviews. Here's the review from A Tale of Many Reviews, and you can go here to read the review from My Overstuffed Bookshelf.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (July 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373210124
- ISBN-13: 978-0373210121
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.
I was surprised to find Gena Showalter had a young adult book out. I have read all of her adult fantasy books and was curious if she would transfer over well into young adult. I must admit, I was skeptical, but ended up pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this first book in her Intertwined series. So much so, I finished the rather lengthy book in one day.
The book starts out action packed very quickly. The main character Aden is able to raise the dead and accidentally happens upon a cemetery. Quickly we learn that Aden isn't an average 16 year-old, but knows how to wield daggers like a gunslinger wields guns. Right after this first action scene, Aden meets another important character, Mary Ann. Their meeting is one that puts in motion the plot of the story. It seems Mary Ann is the opposite of Aden and can neutralize his abilities. This first meeting of the two opposites, however, brings about a force of power that has summoned all the suppose to be non-existent magical creatures in the world to Crossroads, Oklahoma. Being an Oklahoman myself, this pleasantly surprised me too.
Aden has been in foster homes his whole life. He hears voices and is a diagnosed schizophrenic. He has been sent to the D and M Ranch for wayward boys and one slip up could get him sent away from the ranch, public school, and his soon to be love Victoria, a vampire. She is one of the creatures that has been summoned. Her bodyguard, Riley the werewolf, also becomes an integral part of the story. He and Mary Ann seem to have a connection that negates her ability as a neutralizer. With all these abilities in play, the creatures are flocking to Crossroads in order to find Aden, the source of this power, and use him for their own purposes - none friendly. There are love interests that will make you feel happy certain characters are together. I can say I am glad I was not left with a love triangle that I needed to decide what "team" I was on. Very refreshing.
Until almost half way through the book, it feels like it takes time to set things up. There is a lot of background knowledge that happens before you come to the climax. At first, I wondered when we would get to the connecting aspects of why certain things were being explained. I thought the book was going in a totally different direction than it ended up based on how the story unfolds. I was still interested in the book at each step. This isn't a complaint, but a reference to how the book may seem to take longer to get going with the real plot, not that it is a slow read. The book reads easily, flows, and you do not want to put it down. There is the feeling of several different stories going on leading up to the climax. Each story is interesting in itself and flows into the climax quite cleverly. This climax is what will lead the reader into anticipating the second book in the series,Unraveled, released August 31, 2010. I can only hope the different story lines presented means Showalter has several more books planned for this series in order to unfold them all.
Read the rest of this review at A Tale of Many Reviews! Thanks so much for letting us use it!
Come back tomorrow for your chance to win!