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Author: Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin

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..

My review

Intertwined is my first attempt at Young Adult romance books. And it sure was an experience.

Since I've never read anything like it, I was not sure what to expect, but it didn't disappoint me. That much I can tell.

The concept of the story was interesting. Refreshing. Fast paced. I loved the male lead - Aden and the story of his life. Could definitely sympathize with him. The idea of four souls trapped inside his head was unique, more importantly, Gena Showalter managed to pull it off.

Other main characters though (and there were four of them total) were not as thoroughly developed as I would have hoped them to be. Truth to be told, the whole idea of four leads disturbed me quite a bit. But then, I remembered that this was not an adult romance. That said, I made myself overlook some details of Intertwined:

The fact that there seemed to be too many undeveloped characters. Such as vampires, shape-shifters, goblins, zombies, witches, etc.

Victoria's (Aden's love interest) hypnotic voice - to get them out of trouble - too convenient, making it too easy to maneuver anyway they liked.

The drama with Mary Ann's best friend Penny - unnecessary.

And the last scene was a bit unrealistic even for a paranormal romance.

But even with everything I've mentioned above, the book was a thrill to read. Constantly making me wonder what would happen next.

Moreover, I am not a teen anymore, so I tend to dig deeper, but I think Intertwined is definitely amazing for young adults. And maybe for some not that young adults.

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