Unraveled

Unraveled

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by Gena Showalter
     
 

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Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he's supposed to be crowned Vampire King—while still a human! Well, kind of.

With four—oops, three now—human

Overview



Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he's supposed to be crowned Vampire King—while still a human! Well, kind of.

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….

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the second installment of Showalter's Intertwined series, Aden and Mary Ann continue their breathless adventures in a world where, as Aden puts it, all myths are true. Aden has unexpectedly succeeded to the throne of the vampires, which only his vampire girlfriend Victoria seems willing to accept. It's enough to make every fairy in the vicinity want to kill Aden, in fact, despite fairies' natural propensity to protect humans. Meanwhile, Mary Ann is developing confidence in her relationship with werewolf Riley, but a pall is cast over their romance by a witches' death curse scheduled to manifest in five days. These are the simple problems. Showalter layers on complexities, and readers may feel frustrated as she attempts to recap the entire first book while simultaneously launching the next stage of the manifold plot. The frenetic tempo eventually settles, and though readers may have lingering questions about some aspects of the world Showalter constructs, the narrative develops clarity and romantic tension. But not closure: there is, inevitably, a further installment to come. Ages 13–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Brenna Shanks
Aden, the supernaturally gifted hero from Showalter's Intertwined (Harlequin Teen, 2009), returns, along with his vampiric girlfriend, Victoria, and best friend, Mary Anne. Aden, whose adventures in the previous novel left him the prospective king of the vampires, has lost one of the souls that inhabit his head, but the other three are still going strong. They give him a little warning when a fey attacks Aden, intent on killing him to stop a vampire invasion of the fey lands. The adventure does not stop there. Aden and his friends must thwart the fey, make sense of vampire politics and ward off the death curse of a witches' coven. The characters are charming (if a bit stock), the action is quick and the world is interesting. Nothing is groundbreaking, but those looking for another supernatural romance will find one here. It helps to read the first book, but the relationships are easy to decipher without previous knowledge. An easy choice for schools or public libraries where the first book is popular. Reviewer: Brenna Shanks
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Aden Stone's story begins just where it left off in Intertwined (Harlequin Teen, 2009). Aden has become the new ruler of the vampires, and he's not quite sure he's up to the task. But first and foremost, he has to find the location of the witches' meeting in order to break the death curse on him and his friends. Then he can deal with the challenges that come with being a king. He also has to mind the three souls still living inside his head, one of which has predicted his imminent death, while trying to be a normal teen. Meanwhile, his friend Mary Ann Gray has troubles of her own. While she's learned that she mutes the abilities of others, she also discovers that it may not be her only gift. As supernatural creatures begin acting stranger and stranger around her, she starts to wonder what she really is. At times the plot becomes a bit convoluted because of the many subplots. Each character seems to have specific abilities tailor-made to help them out of perilous situations. Regardless, the story remains action-packed and hard to put down. Despite the characters' supernatural abilities, teens will find themselves identifying with one or more of them as they all struggle with bravery, relationships, self-esteem, and a sense of belonging.—Kimberly Castle, Medina County District Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426865626
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Intertwined Novel , #2
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
105,041
File size:
680 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.

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Malchemy622 More than 1 year ago
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
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 11 months ago
That was Omg amazing. What happens to them in the end, I got to keep reading.so good and addictive
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Taylor Thomas Review on "unraveled" by Gena Showalter. (English 11, 1st hr. Kevonian)  You can never know what may happen when you have 3 voices stuck inside your head. I read the book "Unraveled" by Gena Showalter, which is the second book in the series "intertwined". I thought the genre of this book is young adult science fiction. she decided to write when she was young. she always had her nose buried in a book. when it became time for her to settle down and find a job, she knew writing was perfect for her.she has been publishing books since 2004, and has published over 20 books.most of her books are adult books. she wanted to attract a younger audience, so she wrote the "intertwined" series. the main theme is about a young boy named Haden who has 3 souls trapped inside his head and falls in love with a vampire in the process.  in this book Haden Stone, commonly called Aden, is trying to start his life over. He runs into many fictional creatures such as Drainers, Vampires, werewolves, fairies, and witches along the way. he always has someone watching out for his safety. this book starts out with Aden very sick. throughout the book, he became vampire king even though he is a human. he also has troubles with being king and living is a ranch for troubled teens. Victoria, the vampire priness and also Adens Girlfriend, fight alongside to keep the house of vampires safe. along side them are Riley a werewolf and Maryanne with undetermined gift. Victorias father, Vlad the Impaler is presumed dead.  The 4 teens come across many situations that are dangerous and unusual for a regular teenager. they embark on a journey to save their races.this book was very interesting and entertaining. I Couldn't put it down! it includes two things i love to read about, science fiction and romance.this book suggest that any can exist. some matters that the book leaves out are that the characters dont revolve many issues. this book affected my view on how some people should act. Aden is very nice and respectful towards all races and cares and wants to save everyone he can. reading this book has affected my regular lifestyle almost every night, due to me staying up because i couldn't stop reading! I cannot wait to begin reading the next book in the series called  " Twisted" ! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gen a Show alter has brought a hidden world into composts view..... this book is a must read for everybody.
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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.
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I couldn't put it down!
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