Review: Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin (September 1, 2009)
Harcover: 448 pages
Price: $10.87 from Amazon
Summary: 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, as long as he's near 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. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger but not everyone will come out alive....


Review: Intertwined was fast-paced, filled with forbidden romance, and had a never-ending path of mysteries that left you wanting to read more. And dark, mysterious Aden was a definite plus. However, my main objection was probably that it was a bit too fast-paced. I was sort of confused at the beginning and had to reread it a couple times to get where and how the souls talk and Aden talks back. After the initial introduction phase though, it was great!

The idea is very intersting; not one soul, but four all inside Aden's body. They usually don't all talk around the same time so it's pretty easy to follow the flow of conversation. Like the summary says, all of the spirits have powers and all of them are shown in this book. I thought it was interesting how Showalter incorporated them into the plot, and it definitely added a lot more action.

There are definitely a ton of mysteries in this book. A lot of them are solved, but many more remain. I never got bored, and I'm sitll wondering what will happen next. The ending was ranked fairly high on my scale for a cliff-hanger, but it leaves me with enough to be content until the next book. I also liked Mary Ann, the other main character in Intertwined. She's very calm and logical and knows how to deal with some major issues (such as her friend having four souls trapped inside him...). Showalter sometimes wrote what was happening to Aden and the rest of the time it was about Mary Ann, which I liked because it let me see things from different perspectives.

Bottom Line: Overall, an awesome book! I wish it could have gone a little bit slower and allowed a bit more time for development, but it was packed with mysteries and left me wanting to know what will happen next. It set a good foundation for the later books in the series to build upon. I'm hoping more mysteries will be unraveled in the next book, so I'll definitely be watching out for the sequel! (:

A big thank you to Book Reviews by Jess for the ARC!