Intertwined (Intertwined Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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Intertwined (Intertwined Series #1)

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Overview

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….

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Supernatural forces of all kinds collide in this overcrowded offering from Showalter (Blacklisted), who chronicles the adventures of two unlikely couples. Aden Stone, 16, has been in and out of mental institutions and group homes all his life, thanks to the four disembodied souls inside his head. Each grants him a separate power—“Julian... woke the dead, and Elijah could predict the death of anyone who passed him”—but their constant presence makes it hard for Aden to blend in. Mary Ann Gray has the ability to negate powers, granting Aden internal peace for the first time. Shortly after they become friends, Aden falls for a vampire princess while Mary Ann romances a werewolf. Their newfound relationships are promptly tested when witches, faeries, demons and more come to town in search of an unexpected source of power. Toss in some shambling undead, ghosts with unresolved issues and a vampiric struggle for dominance, and all that's missing is the (haunted) kitchen sink. However, strong characterization, believable romantic interplay and a fast-paced plot do a lot to redeem this story, as does an underlying sense of mystery. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Aden Stone is not your typical 16-year-old. Since birth he has had four souls trapped within him that possess special powers: the ability to time travel, raise the dead, possess a body, and predict the future. As a result, he has spent his whole life in and out of mental institutions diagnosed as a violent schizophrenic. Now able to control the voices in his head, Aden has moved to Crossroads, OK, to live in a halfway house for delinquent boys. His goal in life is to find a means to free these souls and at last be at peace. When he meets Mary Ann Gray, she miraculously acts as a neutralizer, and for the first time in his life, he truly feels normal. The two become fast friends, establishing a sibling-type bond. Little do they realize that when they first met, their connection sent a power surge throughout the world drawing every paranormal creature from fairies to vampires to Crossroads on a quest for power. To complicate matters, Aden becomes romantically involved with a vampire princess and Mary Ann with her werewolf bodyguard. Together the teens must figure out a way to protect themselves, and all of humanity. This fast-paced, action-driven plot has many unexpected twists and turns. Well written, with a unique story line and strong characters, Intertwined is fresh and original at a time when there is an overload of paranormal romances on the market.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Everyone thinks Aden Stone is a violent schizophrenic, but he doesn't hear voices: He's an unwilling host to four time-traveling, dead-raising, future-predicting and body-snatching souls. If one of them accidentally summons a zombie, he decapitates it with silver daggers stashed in his boots, behavior that has landed him in a halfway house in tiny Crossroads, Okla. When Aden meets Mary Ann, who neutralizes his powers and quiets the voices of the resident souls, the two form an intense, platonic bond. Unfortunately, the combination of their abilities summons every magical being in the world-goblins, fairies, ghosts, witches, werewolves and vampires-to find and exploit Aden's power. Aden and Mary Ann meet and fall for two of the more benevolent visitors-Victoria, a soulful vampire princess, and Riley, her devoted werewolf bodyguard-and the four teens band together to save humanity from an all-out supernatural war over Aden. The hard-driving action and sexy but (mostly) chaste romance is occasionally bogged down in the exposition and world-building typical of initial series titles, but hooked readers will clamor for more. (Paranormal romance. YA)
Melanie Hundley
At sixteen, Aden is different from other teens. Other teens have friends, but Aden has four souls living inside him. These four souls can do magical things—raise the dead, travel back and forth in time, predict the future, and possess another person. All Aden wants is to be left alone. Mary Ann is Aden's opposite. She's friendly, outgoing, has friends. The voices are also quiet when she is around. Their friendship is unexpected but provides Aden with a sense of peace. That sense of peace is threatened by a werewolf shape-shifter who is interested in Mary Ann and a vampire princess who is interested in Aden. The four of them get pulled into a dangerous situation that threatens their survival. This story combines vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and the paranormal. Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426864162
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Intertwined Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 53,722
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 556 KB

Meet the Author

Gena Showalter
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than thirty novels in a thrilling blend of genres: breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, supernatural humor, and cutting-edge young adult novels. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.

Biography

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, and Young Adult novels from a multitude of publishers. She has appeared in Cosmo and Seventeen magazines, on MTV, and has also been featured on many regional and national news programs.

Good To Know

Gena credits much of her success to her wonderful fans, amazing family, and the three slobbery English bulldogs who sleep under her desk. She is a self proclaimed coffee addict and when she's not writing she likes to...well, we're not sure. We've never seen her do anything but write.
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A cemetery. No. No, no, no! How had he ended up here?

Clearly, wearing his iPod while exploring a new town had been a mistake. Especially since Crossroads, Oklahoma, perhaps garden gnome capital of the world and definitely hell on earth, was so small it was practically nonexistent.

If only he'd left the Nano at the D and M Ranch, a halfway house for "wayward" teens where he now lived. But he hadn't. He'd wanted peace, just a little peace. And now he would pay the price.

"This sucks," he muttered, pulling the buds from his ears and shoving the shiny green distraction into his backpack. He was sixteen years old, but sometimes he felt like he'd been around forever, and every one of those days had been worse than the one before. Sadly, today would be no exception.

Immediately the very people he'd been trying to drown out with so-loud-your-ears-bleed Life of Agony clamored for his attention.

Finally! Julian said from inside his head. I've been screaming for you to turn around for, like, ever.

"Well, you should have screamed louder. Starting a war with the undead was not what I wanted to do today." As he spoke, Haden Stone—known as Aden because, as a kid, he apparently hadn't been able to pronounce his own name— backtracked, removing his foot from the graveyard's property line. But it was too late. In the distance, in front of a tombstone, the ground was already shaking, cracking.

Don't blame me, Julian replied. Elijah should have predicted this.

Hey, a second voice said. It, too, came from inside Aden's head. Don't blame me, either. Most times, I only know when someone's gonna die.

Sighing, Aden dropped his backpack, bent down and palmed the daggers he kept anchored in his boots. If he were ever caught with them, he'd be tossed back into juvie, where fights erupted as regularly as lunch was served and making a trustworthy friend was as impossible as escape. Deep down, though, he'd known carrying them was worth the risk. It was always worth the risk.

Fine. This is my fault, Julian grumbled. Not like I can help myself, though.

That was true. The dead had only to sense him to awaken. Which, like now, usually involved Aden accidentally placing his foot on their land. Some sensed him faster than others, but they all eventually rose.

"Don't worry about it. We've been in worse situations."

More than leaving the iPod at home, he mused, he should have been paying attention to the world around him. He'd studied a map of the town, after all, and had known what areas to avoid. But as the music had pounded, he'd lost track of his surroundings. He'd been momentarily liberated, seemingly alone.

The tombstone began to rattle.

Julian sighed, the sound an echo of Aden's. I know we've endured worse. But I caused those worse situations, too.

Fabulous. A pity party. This third, frustrated voice belonged to a woman—who also took up prime real estate inside his head. Aden was only surprised his other "guest"—as he sometimes thought of the souls trapped inside him—didn't pipe up, as well. Peace and quiet were not something any of them understood. Can we save the festivities for later, boys, and kill the zombie before it emerges all the way, gains its bearings and stomps our collective butt?

"Yes, Eve," Aden, Julian and Elijah said in unison. That was the way of it. He and the other three boys would bicker and Eve would step in, a formidable mother-figure without a finger to point, but a formidable mother-figure all the same.

If only that mothering were enough to fix the situation this time.

"I just need everyone to zip it," he said. "Okay? Please."

There was grumbling. And that was as quiet as things were going to get.

He forced himself to focus. Several yards away, the headstone teetered back and forth before tumbling to the ground and shattering. Rain had fallen this morning, and droplets sprayed in every direction. Handfuls of dirt soon joined them, flying through the air as a disgustingly gray hand poked its way free.

Golden sunlight poured from the sky, highlighting the oozing skin, the rotting muscle…even the worms slithering around the enlarged knuckles.

A fresh one. Great. Aden's stomach rolled. He might puke when this was over. Or during.

We 're about to smoke that fool! Is it bad that I'm hot right now?

And there was Caleb, voice number four. If he'd had a body of his own, Caleb would have been the guy taking pictures of girls in their locker room while hiding in the shadows.

As Aden watched, waiting for the right moment to strike, a second oozing hand joined the first, both straining to heave the decayed body the rest of the way from the ground. He scanned the area. He stood on a cemented walkway, high on a hill, lush trees helping to form a path and block him from prying eyes. Thankfully, the long span of grass and headstones looked deserted. Beyond was a road where several cars meandered past, their engines humming softly. Even if the drivers were rubberneckers and failed to keep their attention on traffic, they wouldn't be able to see what happened below.

You can do this, he told himself. You can. You've done it before. Besides, girls like scars. He hoped. He had plenty to show off.

"Now or never." Determined, he strode forward. He would have run, but he wasn't in a hurry to ring the starting bell. Besides, these encounters always ended the same way, no matter the sequence of events: Aden bruised and broken, sick from the infection the corpses' tainted saliva caused. He shuddered, already imagining yellowed teeth snapping and biting at him.

Usually the battle lasted only a few minutes. But if anyone decided to visit a loved one during that time… Whatever happened, he couldn't be seen. People would assume he was a grave robber or a body snatcher. He'd be hauled into whatever detention center this hole-in-the-wall town offered. He'd be forever labeled a no-good delinquent, exactly as he'd been labeled in every other town he'd ever lived in.

Would have been nice if the sky darkened and rain poured again, shielding him, but Aden knew he didn't have that kind of luck. Never had.

"Yep. I should've paid attention to where I was going." For him, walking past a cemetery was the epitome of stupid. A single step on the property, like today, and something dead would awaken, hungry for human flesh.

All he'd wanted was a private spot to relax. Well, as private as a guy with four people living in his head could get.

Speaking of heads, one peeked through the now-gaping hole, swinging left, right. One eye was rolled back, the white branched with red, while the other was gone, revealing the muscle underneath. Large patches of hair were missing. Its cheeks were sunken, its nose hanging by a few threads.

Bile burned Aden's stomach, threatening to double him over. His fingers tightened around the hilts of his blades, and he finally quickened his step. Almost… there… That haggard face sniffed the air, obviously liking what it smelled. Toxic black saliva began dripping from its mouth and its struggle for freedom increased. Shoulders appeared. A torso quickly followed.

A jacket and shirt bagged around it, torn and dirty. A male, then. That made what he had to do easier. Sometimes.

One knee shot onto the grass, two.

Closer… closer still… Again, he increased his pace.

Aden reached it just as it stood to full height, a little over six feet, which put them at eye level. His heart slammed in his chest, a frantic drum. Breath blistered his lungs, scalded his throat. More than a year had passed since he'd had to do this, and the last time had been the worst of all. He'd needed eighteen stitches in his side, had worn a cast on his leg for a month, spent a week in detox, and had made an involuntary blood donation to every corpse at Rose Hill Burial Park.

Not this time, he told himself.

A hungry growl burst from the creature's ruined lips.

"Lookie what I have." Aden held up the blade, and the silver glinted in the light. "Pretty, isn't it? How 'bout a closer look, hmm?" Arm surprisingly steady, he reached back and struck, going for the neck. To kill a corpse—permanently— the head had to be removed. But just before contact, the corpse gained its bearings, as Eve had feared it would, and ducked. Survival instincts were something that never died, apparently. Aden's knife whizzed through empty air, his momentum spinning him around.

A bony fist pushed him face-first to the ground, and he soon found himself eating dirt. A hard weight immediately pounced on him, crushing his lungs. Fingers encircled his wrists and squeezed, and he lost his hold on the blades. Thankfully—or not—those fingers were disgustingly wet and couldn't maintain a strong enough grip to keep him still.

No, it was the teeth in his neck that subdued him, chomping toward his artery, wet tongue sucking. For one pained second, he was too dazed to move, burning up, dying, awakening, burning some more. Then he snapped into focus—win, had to win—and used his elbow to crack the fiend's ribs.

It didn't budge.

Of course, his companions just had to comment.

Wow. Are you out of practice or what? Caleb said.

Laid low by a toe tag, Julian scoffed. You should be embarrassed.

Do you want to be dinner? Elijah added.

"Guys," he gritted out, his struggles increasing. He managed to roll to his back. "Please. I'm fighting here."

I wouldn't exactly call this fighting, Caleb replied. More like being spanked like a girl.

Hey! I take exception to that.

Sorry, Eve.

"Don't worry. I've got this."

Guess we'll see about that, Elijah said grimly.

Aden tried to squeeze the creature's neck but it kept moving, kept pulling from his grip. "Be still," he commanded as he punched it in the cheek with so much force that what was left of its brains rattled—but that didn't weaken it. Actually, the action might have strengthened it. Aden had to anchor both of his hands against its jaw to prevent it from swooping in for another bite.

"You, more than anyone, know this isn't the way I'm going to die." The words were broken with the force of his panting breaths.

About six months ago, Elijah had predicted his death. They didn't know when it would happen, only that it would. And it wouldn't be in a cemetery and his killer wouldn't be a corpse. No, he would die on a deserted street, a knife in his heart, the tip cutting the organ every time it beat, until life slipped from him completely.

The dire prediction had come the same day he was told he was being sent to the D and M Ranch just as soon as there was an opening. Maybe that should have deterred him from moving here. But…

At the same time, he'd begun having visions of a dark-haired girl. Of talking and laughing with her… of kissing her. Never before had Elijah foretold anything other than a death, so Aden had been shocked to know—or rather, hope—the girl would one day enter his life. Shocked but excited. He wanted to meet her for real. Was desperate to meet her, actually. Even if that meant coming to the city of his death.

A death that would happen all too soon, he knew. In the vision, he hadn't looked much older than he was now. He'd had time to mourn his own passing, though, and had even had time to accept his fate. Sometimes, like now, part of him even looked forward to it. That didn't mean he'd roll over and take whatever the undead wanted to dish.

Something stung his cheek and he blinked into focus. Unable to get its yellowed teeth within range, the corpse was now clawing at him, nails cutting deep. That's what he got for allowing another distraction.

You've got this? Really? Well, prove it, Julian said, the challenge probably meant to strengthen him.

Roaring, Aden reached for one of his fallen blades. Just as the corpse broke free from his hold, he slashed forward. The blade slid through bone… and caught. Useless.

There was no time to panic. Hungry and oblivious to pain, his opponent made another play for his throat.

Aden threw another punch. There was a growl, another baring of teeth, and a stream of that thick, black saliva seeped from the corpse's mouth onto his cheek, causing his skin to sizzle. He struggled, gagging at the fetid smell.

When a long, wet tongue emerged, inching toward Aden's face, he once again grabbed the corpse by the jaw, fending it off while reaching for his other knife. Mere seconds after his fingers curled around the hilt, he began sawing at its neck.

Crack.

Finally, the head detached from the body and fell to the ground with a thud. The bones and tattered clothing, however, collapsed on top of him. Grimacing, he swiped them off and scrambled to a clean patch of grass.

"There. Proven." He, too, crumpled.

That's our boy, Caleb said proudly.

Yes, but now isn't the time for rest, Eve added, and she was right.

"I know." He had to clean up the mess or someone would stumble upon the desecrated remains. News stations would swarm the place like flies, begging the entire town to help locate the evil, twisted person responsible. Plus, others were going to rise whether he stayed here or not. He needed to be ready for them. But as he lay there, squinting up at the sky, hurting, the sun glared down at him, draining what little energy he had left.

By the end of the day, the saliva's poison would have worked through his system and he'd be hunched over a toilet, his cornflakes nothing but a fond memory. He'd sweat profusely from fever, shake uncontrollably and pray for death. Here, now, though, he had a moment's respite. It was what he'd been searching for all day.

Up and at 'em, sweetheart, Eve urged.

"I will, I promise. In a minute." Aden didn't know his real mother, his parents having signed him over to the state at the age of three, so he liked—sometimes—that Eve tried to fill the role. Actually, he loved her for it. He did. He loved all four of the souls, in fact. Even Julian, the corpse whisperer. But every other kid in the world could walk away from their families for a little "me" time. They could do things other sixteen-year-old boys were doing. Things like… well, things. They could date and attend school and play sports. Have fun.

Not Aden. Never Aden.

Whatever he did, wherever he went, he had an audience. An audience that liked to comment and critique and offer suggestions. Next time do this. Next time do that. Idiot, you shouldn't have done that.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Reviewed by Breia "The Brain" Brickey for TeensReadToo.com

    Aden Stone is a sixteen-year-old boy with four souls living inside his body.

    One can time travel, one can raise the dead, one can tell the future, and one can possess another human being.

    He has spent most of his life in and out of institutions, never really making friends. He doesn't like having the souls sharing his body. A lot of problems have been caused due to Aden not being able to control the powers that the souls have.

    Aden soon gets sent to a ranch for troubled boys, and his first week there he meets a girl, Mary Ann. Mary Ann is the exact opposite of Aden. She has friends and he spends most of his time alone. Being around Mary Ann quiets the voices.

    They form a bond of friendship that neither really understands. She meets a werewolf shape-shifter and he meets a vampire princess. Two forbidden romances begin amidst the dangerous lives that the friends have found.

    INTERTWINED contains beautifully written characters that keep you entranced from page one. I simply could not put this book down until the very end. Gena Showalter's characters are an engaging and exciting group that, when woven together, form a beautiful tapestry that adults and teens alike will enjoy.

    If this is just the beginning of Harlequin's new teen line, then we the readers will definitely not be disappointed. We have much to look forward to!

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2010

    OMG!

    okay, first off, this book was amazing! i got it at the store not really for sure if i would like it or not...i came home and started reading...i could NOT put it down!!! and when i first picked it up, i thought it would be another predictable romance like Twilight and all the other remake vampire books...but the relationships were different than you'd think and way better than the books where you KNOW they're gonna get together! i cannot wait until the second book comes out! I would TOTALLY reccomend this book! it has a mixture of vampires, werewolves, and ghosts all at the same time that makes the plot full of twists and turns that will leave you hooked and begging for the sequel!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

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    Clever & Charming New Young Adult Paranormal Series!

    Move over Harry Potter there's a new kid in town, Aden Stone in INTERTWINED (Harlequin Teen/Sept. 2009), penned from the fertile imagination of super talented New York Times bestselling author, Gena Showalter, which should be a big hit with young as well as adult paranormal fans! In present day Crossroads, Oklahoma, Aiden Stone is one unusual 16-year-old as he battles the waking dead in the local cemetery. If that's not bad enough, he has four souls trapped inside his head, and their chatter is driving him crazy. Which is exactly what he's been labeled all his life, having been diagnosed with schizophrenia from a very young age. His parents didn't know how to handle him and gave him up at age three; he's lived in mental institutions until recently, and he now resides at the D and M Ranch, a halfway house for "wayward" teens. All Aden wants is a normal life. Instead, he has those souls: Eve, a mother-figure who can time travel; Julian, who can raise the dead; Elijah, who can foretell the future and has even predicted Aden's death; and Caleb, who can possess another human. While they are battling the graveyard demons, a pretty brunette girl walks by and all four souls quiet. When the girl rounds the corner, the noise starts up again. Aden becomes desperate to know how - and why -- this particular girl aids him, but only when she's nearby. He also wonders if she's the shadowy girl from his dreams. The one Elijah has told him that he will kiss. The one he's half in love with already. Or is that girl the one he meets in the dead of night? One with secrets and abilities of her own? One whose shifter bodyguard follows Mary Ann's every move? Soon, the four teens will find themselves immersed in a world of vampires, demons, werewolves and power-stealing fairies. Aden, Mary Ann, and their two extraordinary friends will have to band together to figure out why the souls inhabit Aden's body - and how to free them. Clever, unique, charming, touching, witty are just some of the superlatives that describe Gena Showalter's amazing young adult paranormal debut, INTERTWINED, which will delight young and adult readers everywhere! It will also have them greatly anticipating Book #2 in the Intertwined Saga, UNRAVELED scheduled for Sept. 2010.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

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    Intertwined was amazing! I loved it so much more than I expected!!!!

    I really enjoyed this book. It was refreshing to read a book with two love stories in it (like two for the price of one - lol). I really liked how Gena Showalter "intertwined" the characters in this story. Aden searches for answers to so many questions in this book: Who are the souls inside him? How did they get there? Why is he drawn to Mary Ann? How does she quite the souls? Can he prevent his prophesized death? All of the answers may not be fully explained in this book but you are not left completely hanging like some other series do. I think that most will enjoy this book if they like supernatural themes. I can't wait for Unraveled (book 2 in the series) which is due out Sept 2010.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

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    InterTWINED

    Intertwined was a fun read but it got kind of tangled(if that make any sense), let me explain,i LOVED Gena's writing style but the storyline had too much going on. I got a little confused here and there. I think this is one of those books that would probably get untangled in the next book.What kept me reading was the World that Gena put me in. Fairies,flesh eating goblins, throw in a couple hot guys. This book was good but it had it's flaws.


    I liked all the characters, even the souls in Aden's head. Aden kept the story interesting. Although the focus shifted off him to Mary Ann. I found the characters well developed in the world of crazyiness.

    As for the two romances,it was kind of rushed, O.k So it goes like this: the first people we meet in this book are Aden and Mary Ann. They meet the other two main characters and BAM crushes have been formed.I understand the soulmate thing but, there has to be a development in the relationships. Call me old fashion but i like the I getting to know you to happen first. So the romances didn't do it for me, but there was a couple of cute moments.I can totally see all of them being together. Just take it a little slower.


    There was alot of action in the book, from the first page.There was alot of biting, stabbing, time traveling, and well kicking some evil butt! lol It was fast paced but at the last 2 chapters the book sort of fast forwarded to a quick ending that left me still looking for the last page. It wasn't a cliffhanger, but it felt well....rushed again. Like o.k BYE! you know?


    A biggest problem I had with the book was that there was a lot of ideas being thrown at the reader,it kind of worked for the story because it keep you on your toes. But at some parts it was a little too much.I would have liked that the author concentrate on Aden and his story.Intertwined is promising, i'll be reading the next book in the series.I know the next book would be better. Plus, i hope it would be, because I LOVE paranormal books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

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    Not a book I would recommend

    I read the synopsis of Intertwined and expected to love it...I was wrong. The plot had the potential to be fascinating however it wasn't. Nothing seemed to really happen. There was this "WOW" moment between Aden and Mary Ann that made you wander what would happen. But in the end it (as well as the whole book) seemed pretty much anti-climatic. The bright spot of the book is Aden who is a great character. I felt so empathetic towards him and his situation. I didn't quite understand the reasoning behind Mary Ann's decision concerning Penny. It didn't seem realistic to me. Without giving anything away, the relationships seem to lack depth. Ok, so I understand that Aden had a vision of The Girl but still it doesn't make his and her feelings towards the other believable. There seemed to be no basis except the vision (and perhaps the final acceptance from another being?). All in all, I would encourage you to bypass this one unless you have absolutely NOTHING else to read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Too Much Plot

    Gena Showalter's writing and imagination does not fail in this book. *But* there was too much plot. Way too much going on. Aden's story was fascinating, as was Mary Ann's. How their lives intertwined and all the elements that went with it was intriguing and intense and . . . too much. You have the alternating POVs, the different story lines, subplots for each POV, and, on top of the main aspects of the story, you have *their* subplots. Does that make sense? And honestly, I could guess the plot from the very beginning. Way to go for not masking the hints very well. Sometimes NO hints are the best. Could have flat out told me exactly who Eve was the first time Aden sees Mary Ann. Also, I really hate poetic, cryptic sentences that make you scratch your head afterward.

    Yeah. It was just a lot to have in one book. Hope the next is less of a tangled web and more of a flowing story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    Excellent new series!!!

    Ever since I first heard about this book, I've been counting down for the release. When I was finally able to get my hands on it after how many long months... I died after I read the last line and deemed the book worthy of the wait! It had everything you could ask for... Supernatural powers, ghost, vampires, werewolves, faeries, witches, goblins, school bullies, action, and of course ROMANCE! What I found most intriguing, were the two romances. Usually in books with romance... we're only focusing on 1 main couple. Here, we got to fall in love with two couples... where neither was underdeveloped and had enough to grow together and you find yourself rooting for the both equally. Our two main characters, Aden & Mary Ann, are very lovable and easy to relate to. They're counterparts, Victoria & Riley are just as equally charming with an extra added air of mystery, which makes their characters that much more enjoyable. Even the 4 souls trapped in Aden's body are lovable! With each soul having their own gift and own quirks... I found that they provided some comedy to the story. With all that being said, the story has easily earned a spot on my top favorites and I'll be dying everyday until Fall 2010 for the release of the follow up... Unraveled!!!

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Twisted start to a new series

    This book starts with a crazy chapter that will immediately pull you to the edge of your seat. We meet troubled teen Aden and learn about the four souls trapped inside him, each with their own unique power, and Mary Ann, the only girl who can silence them. Aden enrolls at Mary Ann's high school, bringing with him non-stop action and adventure. Friends are quickly made, alliances are formed. Layers of the story peel away as Aden and Mary Ann learned just how twisted together their lives are.

    Showalter has created a very complicated world and pulls it off effortlessly. Still, readers have to pay close attention to detail if they want to be able to understand what, why, and how everything is happening. If you are picky about your super-natural beings, have no fear. INTERTWINED has a little bit of everything paranormal- from vampires, werewolves, and undead, to possession, time-travel, and of course, romance. Keep your eyes peeled for a sequel next year!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    Do Not Read or Buy.  The Author has decided not to finish this s

    Do Not Read or Buy.  The Author has decided not to finish this series.  She will not be completing book 4.  Do not waste your time or your money on another unfinished story.  The story itself is very well written, with good characters, but unfortunately it will not be completed.  Invest your money and time into a story that will be finished, hopefully by an author that will not abandon the readers that follow them.  I would be wary of buying any additional books by Gena Showalter.  She may choose to abandon another project before the final book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

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    love this series. i can't put the books down. got in trouble a f

    love this series. i can't put the books down. got in trouble a few times but they're worth it. can't wait til the final book!♥

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    diss appointing Disappointing...

    When i read the synopsis my firdt thought was that it would be different than the redt of the books i had read. Boy was i wrong. The beginning i thought was really good then all the sudden a werwolf and a vampire pop up and i lost intrest. I couldve been a great book but the author decided that everyone lved to read about vampires werwolves fairies goblins an demons all in one book. I was hoping this book would have nothing to do with those thing and i would have never guessed from reading the summary and the first few chapters. After a while it felt like a generic book that was just written to make money and i had a hard time finishing it. The relationships felt forced and the plot was predictble.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Intense and Surprising (Reviewed by TheBookworm)

    Intertwined
    By Gena Showalter
    Pub. Date: September 2009
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    PG-13 Violence
    Recommended

    "Both attracted and repelled, he thought. Were they like magnets? And if so, did that mean she was like him? Or his opposite?"

    Aden has always been the outcast, but never alone. Four drastically different chatty souls reside in his head. They don't know how they got there or why, all they know is that none of them can get out. Left unable to do anything else, the spirits resign themselves to a life were all they do is narrate and criticize everything Aden does. There is never a moments silence in his head, until Mary Ann crosses his path. Whenever she is near, the voices disappear. He doesn't understand how it works, but he does know that if he wants more quiet he needs to spend as much time with Mary Ann as he can. Unbeknownst of them, their meeting caused a power surge that hurt every supernatural creature across the world. None of them are happy about the aching tug Aden created and they are about to let him know that.

    Intertwined immediately drew me in. Not only did I never want to put it down, I also completely lost track of time.

    Every fight was intense, horrible, and quick, taking me faster and faster along. The best of logic was torn apart by unanswerable questions. Romance budded within their midst and blossomed into passionate, loyal love. Intertwined ran from the beaten path of common love triangles and replaced it with unexpected romances, mutual untrusting tolerance, sibling-like caring, and ultimately. friendship. It was very refreshing to have characters who knew what they wanted and weren't afraid to chase after it. even when everything went downhill. The characters' supernatural abilities and nonhuman divisions, were amazingly well-developed. They were authentic and palpable.

    Awkward moments of misunderstanding and touching intimate conversations were perfectly executed in present tense, allowing me, the reader, to feel them first hand. The ending was unexpected, gruesome, and left me wanting more.

    I cannot wait until the next book comes out, and not just because of the cliffhanger last page. I hope it turns out just as intense, unputdownable, and unpredictable as Intertwined was.

    Date Reviewed: June 14th, 2009

    For more book reviews and book information check out my blog at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Book nerd

    Must read. Best book ever and also she is a great author.trust me this book will blow your mind, things u wil never imagin is in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Amazing!

    This book will keep you guessing, an dit is an amazing read! As soon as i was done reading the first chapter, i was hooked. And now i cant wait to read the second!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Good book, but too much like Twilight

    This was a very intricate book that kept me wanting more. I like how there are twists and turns, but there were too many twilight names in this book. I mean, come on! How many times do you hear Victoria the Vampire, Riley the protecter, and Dmitri the vampire warrior in a book? And at first I REALLY WANTED Aden to go with Mary Ann, but then Riley came along, and I wanted RILEY to be with Mary Ann. I am not a fan with Victoria. I just tolerate her. And since Eve was one of my favorite characters, I was pretty sad to see her go. It ruined my perspective on the book. And I hope you readers out there dont make this into another Twilight with sides and everything, because that would make me MAD. Like the Hulk mad. I cant wait for the next book, Unveiled. If you like this, you should read Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter too. Good readings!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Great

    Great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Amazinger

    The new, bigger, better version of twilight!!!"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Highly Recommended-you MUST check it out!

    I loved this book! Interesting from the beginning to the end-I couldn't wait to read the next installment : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    8DAri

    Anyone care to be nook buddies?
    :)

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