Review: Intertwined, by Gena Showalter

January 14, 2010 Harlequin Teen, YA 6

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (September 1, 2009)
  • Source: Publisher

Aden Stone isn’t your typical sixteen-year-old.  He’s not spending his time playing games on his Xbox 360.  He’s dealing with the four souls that share his body.  One is time traveler, one can see the future, one can raise the dead, and the final can possess the body of another human.  Aden speaks to each of the souls and this has forced Aden to move from foster home to foster home, from one psychiatric home to another.  The voices in his head never seem to quiet that is, until he meets Mary Ann.  Her presence alone brings him the peace and serenity he has craved for all his life.  While Aden seems to attract the supernatural, Mary Ann suppresses it. This peace doesn’t last long, for Aden & Mary Ann aren’t the only supernatural beings in town.  Aden’s supernatural “magnetism” has drawn all sorts of creatures in to town, including vampires, shape shifters, faeries. Aden & Mary Ann join forces with a shape shifter and a vampire princess to face the impending doom .

Overall, Intertwined was an engaging read. However, I do think it would be better served if it were split into two separate books.  There seemed to be so much going on at one time and got confusing in parts.  I think the character development was sacrificed in order to tie everything up into one book.  I would have liked to have learned more about the souls residing in Aiden’s mind.  I did note that a sequel, UNRAVELED, is scheduled for release in the fall of this year and I’m hoping we learn a bit more about Aden and his souls.

6 Responses to “Review: Intertwined, by Gena Showalter”

  1. Pam
    Twitter: bookaliciouspam

    Maybe I could handle her YA stuff more than the adult. I am interested in the Lords series after reading the short in Heart of Darkness but really don’t want all of the adult material.

  2. Kathy

    It does sound like there’s a lot going on in that one. The thought of four souls in one body just creeps me out!

  3. Becky
    Twitter: BeckyLeJeune

    I kind of felt like she was trying to throw in EVERYTHING in this book. It was a “kitchen sink” book for me. I just figured it would be more appealing to a younger audience. I’m actually reading one of her adult ones right now and think it would have made a much better teen book. Oh well.