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With four—oops, three now—human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been "different" himself. These souls can time-travel, raise the dead, ...
With four—oops, three now—human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been "different" himself. These souls can time-travel, raise the dead, possess another's mind and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.
The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.
Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn't about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life….
At the end of Intertwined (2009), Aden Stone, who plays host to three dead-raising, future-predicting and body-snatching souls, was named king of the vampires and negotiated an uneasy truce among the many supernatural creatures—fairies, vampires, witches, werewolves and goblins—he and his resident souls attracted to Crossroads, Okla. Readers entranced by Aden and his Scooby Gang of friends will be eager to return to their world, but this follow-up is a plotting disappointment. Showalter's surfeit of narrative threads—a witches' curse, interspecies romances (human—or is she?—Mary Ann/werewolf Riley and Aden/vampire princess Victoria), Mary Ann's horrifying realization that she is a Drainer of supernatural powers, Aden's continuing education about vampire culture, former vampire king Vlad's secret recovery and yet another potential war among witches, fairies and vampires—never quite weave together. Instead, the threads remain discrete and dull, as the plot plods along with far less heart-thumping action than in the first book. There is more genuine sexual heat here, though both couples refrain from fully consummating their relationships. Essential only where the first book was popular.(Paranormal romance. YA)
Okay, then. She was officially ready.
Breathing deeply, shaking a little, she gathered her books, stuffed them into her backpack, swung that pack over her shoulder and headed downstairs toward the kitchen. Where her dad was waiting. With breakfast she would be required to eat.
Her stomach churned in protest. She'd have to fake-eat because she doubted she would be able to keep a single bite down. She was simply too knotted with nerves.
From the living room, she heard pans clattering, water pounding into the sink and a man sighing in…defeat?
She stopped just before snaking the final corner and leaned her shoulder against the wall, losing herself to her thoughts. A few weeks ago, she and her dad had entered new territory. Ugly, deceitful territory. We'll always be honest with each other, he used to tell her. All. The. Time. Of course, at the same time, he'd been feeding her lies about her birth mother. The woman who had raised her had not given birth to her, but had in fact been her aunt.
In truth, her real mother had possessed the ability to time-travel into younger versions of herself, yet he'd refused to believe her, had considered her unstable. She couldn't prove otherwise, either, because she was dead and her spirit had moved on. Lost to Mary Ann forever.
God, the loss still hurt.
Mary Ann had gotten to spend one day with her. One amazing, wonderful day because Eve, her mother, had been one of the souls trapped inside her friend Aden's head. Then, boom. Eve was gone.
Tears burned Mary Ann's eyes as she remembered their parting, but she blinked them back. She couldn't allow herself to cry. Her mascara would run, and then she'd look like a domestic abuse victim when Riley arrived to pick her up.
My boyfriend. Yes, she'd think about him instead, looking forward to the future rather than wallowing in the past. Her lips even curled into a small smile as her heart raced uncontrollably. She hadn't seen him since they'd attended the Vampire Ball together, when his king had been murdered and Aden had been named the new vampire sovereign. Not that Aden wanted the title—or the responsibilities that would surely come with it.
Sure, that had only happened on Saturday. But two days apart felt like forever when Riley was involved. She was used to seeing him every day at school, as well as every evening when he snuck into her room.
And, to be honest, she'd never liked anyone the way she liked him. Maybe because there was no one quite like Riley. He was intense and smart, sweet (to her) and protective. And sexy. All those muscles…honed from years of running as a werewolf shape-shifter and fighting as a vampire guardian. Both of which forged the many facets of his personality.
While acting as guardian, he was unemotional and distant (to everyone but her). He had to be, to do such a violent job. But as a werewolf, he was soft, warm and cuddly. I can't wait to cuddle him again, she thought, her grin spreading.
"Are you going to stand out there all day?" her dad called.
She snapped to attention, grin fading. How had he known she was there?
Just get the morning's emotional bloodbath over with. Raising her chin, she marched the rest of the way into the kitchen and settled at the table, dropping her backpack at her feet. Her dad set a plate of pancakes in front of her, the scent of blueberries and syrup suddenly coating the air. Her favorite. Her stomach had settled considerably as she'd thought about Riley, but even so, she didn't think she could eat. Or rather, didn't want to risk the possible consequences. Like vomiting in front of her brand-new boyfriend.
Her dad eased into the chair across from her. His blond hair was spiked around his head, as if he'd raked his fingers through it a few thousand times, and his usually bright blue eyes were dull, with dark circles underneath them. Lines of tension branched from his mouth, making him look as if he hadn't slept in weeks. Maybe he hadn't.
Despite everything, she hated seeing him like that. He loved her, she knew that. But that was what had made his betrayal sting so badly. And by "sting" she meant toss-her-into-a-meat-grinder-and-use-the-pieces-as-fish-bait.
"Dad," she said at the exact moment he said, "Mary Ann."
They peered at each other for a moment, and then grinned. It was the first easy moment they'd shared in weeks, and it was…nice.
"You go first," she told him. He was a doctor, a clinical psychologist, and he was tricky as hell. With only a few words, he could get her to spill her feelings without her realizing she'd even opened her stupid mouth. But she'd chance a spilling today because she had no idea how to kick things off.
He heaped a few pancakes onto his plate. "I just wanted to tell you that I'm sorry. For every lie. For everything. And that I did it to protect you."
A good start. She followed his lead and filled her plate, then proceeded to push the food around, pretending to eat. "To protect me from…?"
"The stigma of thinking your own mother was unbalanced. The thought that you had somehow…that you had…"
"Killed her?" The words croaked from Mary Ann's suddenly tight throat.
"Yes," he whispered. "You didn't, you know. It wasn't your fault."
Her real mother, Anne—known to Aden as Eve— had died giving birth to her. That happened sometimes, right? No reason for her father to blame her. But then, he didn't know the whole truth. He didn't know that Mary Ann muted paranormal abilities.
She had only just learned of it herself, and all she knew was that her mere presence prevented people—and creatures—from using their "gifts."
If not for Aden, she never would have discovered even that. He was the biggest paranormal magnet of all time. (And if he wasn't, he should be. 'Cause anyone who was stronger—shudder.) Her mother had weakened each day of her pregnancy, little Mary Ann literally sucking the life right out of her. And then, at the moment of her birth, Anne/Eve had simply slipped away.
Right into Aden, Mary Ann thought with a sigh. Aden, who had been born on the same day, in the same hospital. Aden, who had also drawn three other human souls—ghosts—right into his head.
Only, Anne/Eve hadn't remembered Mary Ann right away, her memories wiped when she'd entered Aden. Once they'd figured everything out, her mom had been granted the thing she'd wanted most in life, that which she'd been denied by her death. A single day with Mary Ann. And once her mom had gotten her wish, she'd vanished. Never to be seen or heard from again. Stomach… churning…again…
Her dad didn't know any of that, either, and Mary Ann wasn't going to tell him. He wouldn't believe her. He would think she was as "unbalanced" as her real mom had been.
"Mary Ann?" her dad prompted. "Please. Tell me how you're feeling. Tell me what you thought when I—"
The doorbell rang, saving him from finishing and her from having to form a reply. Heart dancing wildly, she popped to her feet. Riley. He was here. "I'll get it," she said in a rush.
But she was already racing from the kitchen to the front door. The moment that thick cherry wood swung open, Riley visible through the netted screen, her stomach calmed completely.
He smiled his bad boy smile, half wicked, half really wicked. "Hey."
"Hey." Yep. Sexy. He had dark hair and light green eyes. He was tall, with the body of a dedicated, can't-be-sacked football player having an affair with weights. His shoulders were broad, his stomach roped. Tragically, she couldn't see those mouth-watering ropes under his black T-shirt. His jeans bagged a little on his strong legs, and he wore boots caked with dirt.
Wait. Had she just given him a total body scan? Yep. Cheeks heating, she brought her gaze back to his face. Clearly, he was trying not to laugh.
"Do you approve?" he asked.
The heat intensified. "Yes. But I wasn't done," she added. He wasn't beautiful in a male model kind of way, but he was ruggedly appealing, with a slightly crooked nose—probably from being broken so many times—and a strong jaw. And she had once kissed him, right on those gorgeous lips.
When will we kiss again?
She was ready. More than ready. That was the most fun her tongue had ever had.
He opened his mouth to say something, then snapped it closed. Footsteps echoed behind her, and she turned. Her dad approached, her backpack dangling from his arm. She closed the distance between them, claimed the pack and stood on her tiptoes, kissing his cheek before she could talk herself out it.
"I'll see you later, Dad. Thanks for breakfast."
The tension in his face eased just a bit. "See you later, honey. I hope you have a wonderful day."
His gaze shifted to the boy still standing in the doorway. "Riley," he acknowledged stiffly.
They'd met once, but only briefly. Her dad didn't know it, but Riley was older than he was. By, like, a hundred years. As a shape-shifter, Riley aged slowly. Very, very slowly.
"Dr. Gray," Riley returned, respectful as always.
"Mary Ann," her dad said, attention returning to her. "You might want to take a jacket."
It was the first of November and every day was a little colder than the last. But she said, "I'll be fine." Riley would keep her warm. "I promise." Pleasantries done, Mary Ann returned to the door, pushed the screen open with her shoulder, and grabbed Riley's warm, callused
hand. She shivered. She loved touching him. As a human and a wolf.
As they walked, he confiscated her pack with his free hand.
"Not a problem."
Morning was in full swing, though the sun was muted behind clouds and the sky a dark gray. Blackbirds were squawking continuously—they stayed in Crossroads all year round—and the air was cool and crisp. Still hand-in-hand, they bypassed the few houses surrounding hers.
Each house was shaped like a train station of yore, with posts, decks, colored wood and sloped two-story roofs. Once they'd passed the very last one, they approached a brick wall about half a mile ahead, a heavily populated forest directly behind it. The trees there were thick, their leaves now yellow and red.
Her dad assumed she and Riley took the long route to school, staying on well-traveled, paved roads. Not cutting through the forest. Her dad was wrong. Sometimes a girl needed to be alone with her boyfriend, with no prying eyes. Or ears. The walk to Crossroads High was one of those times.
"I can't believe how much time has passed since I last saw you," she said.
"I know. I'm sorry. Feels like eternity to me, too. I wanted to see you, believe me, but more vampires have been popping into the house in preparation for Vlad's funeral."
"I'm sorry," she said softly, squeezing his hand. "About his death. I know you respected him."
"Thank you. We have to wait fourteen days before we can hold the funeral—no, thirteen now, I guess. After that, Aden will be officially crowned king."
"Why wait fourteen days for the funeral?" She did not want to imagine what the corpse would look like after lying around for two weeks.
Riley shrugged. "He was king. The people want to make sure he's dead."
"Wait. He could be alive?"
"But you just said—"
"The people want to make sure he's dead, I know, but they're in shock, hopeful. Nothing like this has ever happened to them before."
She could understand that. She'd been a mess after both her moms had died. "Aden will be happy to have a reprieve, at least. He's not looking forward to being king, I don't think."
"Oh, he's already king, no doubt about that. Not even Vlad could recover from such a severe burning."
Again she found herself saying, "But you just said—"
Posted October 23, 2010
A lot happened to Aden in the first novel, and when this second story begins, he's suffering from the after-effects of bites from two different vampires, and his symptoms include seeing the world through both their eyes (well, through one of them's ears, since he's already dead). Also, "Aden shared his head with three other human souls. More than that, each soul possessed a supernatural ability. Julian could raise the dead. Caleb could possess other bodies. And Elijah could predict the future" (pg 9). Aden used to have a fourth power tied to the fourth soul he carried around, a lady-soul who could take him time-traveling. This lost soul was the deceased mother of Aden's friend Mary Ann. Mary Ann's special power is dampening paranormal abilities, and she's dating Riley, the werewolf bodyguard of Aden's vampire princess girlfriend Victoria. Victoria's dad was Vlad the Impaler, whom Aden killed in book one, making him the de facto leader of the vampires, even though he's still human.
The recaps present the information in a very understandable way, which was helpful. I wasn't ever really confused while reading, but I was very overwhelmed at times.
Some examples of where I was overwhelmed with all the details :
-Victoria can hypnotize people, has the power of teleportation, and is also possessed by a sort of demonic beast.
-Aden is taken to Fairy Tale, the Fae dimension, and attacked by a Victoria-hating fairy who later becomes a vengeful fairy ghost.
-Tucker, Mary Ann's half-demon ex-boyfriend (who got her best friend Penny pregnant) shows up and may be involved in some shady paranormal dealings.
-The vampires are threatened by fairies, goblins, and witches, and Mary Ann, Riley, Victoria and Aden are under a death spell that will kill them all if they don't meet with the witches within five days.
Then there are some logical problems:
-Vlad is dead, but the vamps decide to let his body sit around for two full weeks, so they can be certain he won't rise. But no one wants him back, so it seems like the best way to make sure he won't rise is to just incinerate the remains.
-Mary Ann's power-dampening abilty only seems to be effective at random intervals, because she can't stop Riley from turning into a wolf or stop Victoria from hypnotizing, teleporting, or drinking blood.
There are good parts, of course. 1. Aden and Mary Ann are both very concerned with doing the right thing and protecting those they love. 2. It's wonderufl to see a strong platonic friendship between a girl and a guy in YA, and Aden and Mary Ann carry it off very well. 3. Mary Ann learns self-defense and trains herself so that she can keep up with her supernatural friends and not be a liability. 4. Both couples are sweet and go out of their way to show their genuine affection. The story has a solid, entertaining core, but the embellishments are overwhelming.
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Posted September 6, 2010
When I finished reading the first book, Intertwined, in March, I was soo upset that it had ended; and I kept looking online every week for the next one. When I finally saw that this one was going to be released in August, I couldn't wait for August to come around soon enough. I pre-ordered it & read it in 5 days! (I do work, so I was reading on my way to & from work on my way home); I just could not put it down. The story flowed nicely from the first book, and there are more events that occur that just makes the relationship between Aden & Victoria, & Riley & Mary Ann even more connected with each other! The best part is that there's going to be a 3rd book!!! The depressing part - we all have to wait an entire year!!! That is torture! Honestly, I think this series would make a great movie; I'd love to see them made into movies. =D
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Posted December 25, 2011
This book has the great mixture of romace, adventure, and mystery. Although I do wish that some of the mystery made more sense. This series is fantastic and goes DEEP.....
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Posted June 23, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I didn't realize that this was a series so I never read the first book. At the begining of Unraveled it was hard to follow because I never read the first book but I caught on quickly. This book kept me interested and I couldn't put it down. I am going to get 1 & 3. This is a must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 26, 2010
aiden didnt kill vlad..dmitri did and then he went after aiden because he was/is in a relationship with his fiance and so in the battle between aiden and dmitri aiden was bittin when he was wrestling with him. so when dmitri killed vlad dmitri was king...then when aiden killed dmitri the role of king was givin unto aiden.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2010
I'm beginning to think I need to eat my words when I say that the second book usually disappoints. As of late, that has so not been the case. After reading Intertwined, I might not have read Unraveled had it not been for that fact that I won a copy of it. I would have missed an excellent addition to a series I will be continuing!
Poor Aden! All he wants to do is have a normal life, attend high school, etc. But, now he's the king of the vampires. He has to make decision regarding blood-slaves, challenges, and finding a Queen. It was not surprising no one would accept that all he wanted was Victoria. Not to mention he has to deal with the witches. His abilities are really starting to come through, and I find him a really interesting character. It's no wonder everybody wants a piece of him. Speaking of Victoria, I liked learning more about her and why she is the way she is. She seems more like a person now and not just a character throw into the story.
I LOVED Mary Anne and Riley in this story. Their romance is sweet and sometimes raw and emotional. I like the new development of what Mary Anne really is. I also really loved how that didn't matter to Riley. I wonder how much trouble he will be in for what he has done to protect her. It should make for some interesting subject matter in the next installment.
I also enjoyed the involvement of the witches and the fae in this one. I love it when a story twists how you normally think of a mythical creature (although the fae weren't that different). I did think the ending with the witches was really anti-climatic. It was way to abrupt, but I guess the author felt there were more pressing matters at hand. I really enjoyed the ending. It was not I was expecting! I can't wait for the next one!
Posted November 23, 2010
I am a 14 year-old girl and I loved this book! Hunky werewolves and vampires, girl-power, fairies, and witches? What more could a girl ask for in a book! (Cute demon 'pets' maybe?) Of course, Gena manages to include all of these wonderful things in her newest installment, 'Unraveled' in her Intertwined series. Haden Stone, otherwise known as Aden has 3 souls in his head, a hot vampire girlfriend, a best friend who is dating a werewolf and is king of the vampires. He's not exactly a normal teen. In this fast paced book, Aden needs to find the witches who have placed a death curse on his friends, and deal with being king of the vamps. Oh, and lets not forget about how he and his guard Riley (werewolf) killed the prince of the fairies. Will Aden meet the witches deadline for a meeting and break the curse? Will he gain the respect of all his vampire subjects? Cover up the murder of the fairy prince well enough? Read and find out!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 18, 2010
This book was a disappointment for me. I really expected more. I love Gena Showalter. So when I finally got to read this, it did not do what I expected it to do.
Ayden is faced with becoming a king. And with that, comes the territory of followers, friends, and so many other kingly duties he must attend, all the while he must do school and fight for his crown. Ayden is faced with girl drama, as well as fighting to keep his secret safe.
This book was told from several different points of views. We have Ayden with all the souls trapped in his head, Mary Ann, Tucker, Riley, and Victoria. One thing I enjoy is the souls. They always bring a smile to my face and I love to hear about their past as well. Here we once again got to see in Caleb's past and how he is connected with Ayden.
The girl drama. Now that he is king, Ayden must date other girls or else there will be an uprising. Ayden reluctantly agrees. But what got me was how insecure Victoria was. No matter how many times, Ayden said he loved her, she still needed reassurance. I can understand the stress that she was under, but putting more stress on Ayden only made him weaker.
The ending was no surprise. I had a feeling as what would happen and well, it did. I can only hope that they next book would pick up the pace and bring me some action.
Posted October 26, 2010
Gena Showalter has done it again! There is not a single book by her that I haven't loved and this series is def at the top of that list. There's always so much excitement in this series, especially this book. The first book, Intertwined, was great but Unraveled is even better! If your an adult and a fan of Gena's, don't skip this book just because its in the "young adult" section. Those are some of the best books/series I've ever read and I'm 28 yrs old. And if you've read Intertwined but thought it was just ok, still read this one. It takes Intertwined to new and far more exciting places. Don't skip this book!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2010