Review: Intertwined by Gena Showalter

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.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl — a girl who carries centuries old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger . . . but not everyone will come out alive.

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Review

Here’s the scenario: You come across a book you think isn’t your thing, but the synopsis sounds intriguing. You decide to give it a shot, begin to read it, but don’t have much expectation. Your expectations cover the gamot of embarrassing cliche love story, the possibility of said love story taking over the plot, girls are clumsy with low self-esteem, boys have to control everything.

These are usually the expectations or thoughts that run through my head when I come across a YA book with even a hint of paranormalcy and romance. Even a hint. Sometimes my expectations are met, rendering my enjoyment quashed, and that’s as far as it goes. Other times though, I can find myself not only enjoying the story, but wanting to read more. Sure, there are some cliches in there and the romance can make me cringe, but I’ve accepted I am not a romantic. I’m not saying I shouldn’t comment on the romance part, but unless it’s full blown romance, I should probably just look over it and pay closer attention to the plot.

The plot definitely snagged my attention. I found it fascinating to follow the story of a young man with other entities in his head while having no one believe him. I wanted to both discover how Aden and his problem would be written and what would happen to Aden. By the end of the story I was reminded a little of Heart and Souls, the movie with Robert Downey Jnr, and I loved that movie when I was younger.

I warmed up to all the characters quickly, including Mary Ann, however I had problems with most of them. Especially Mary Ann. It was more how she loved the protective nature of someone, a boy of course, and had a lower opinion of herself. I dislike female characters with such a character set, I’ve discovered it’s common in YA paranormal fiction and it disheartens me. And yet Mary Ann also has endearing qualities, which help to even out the unpleasant ones and this saved her for me. Apart from cringing somewhat with the scenes between Victoria and Aden, I found myself getting a kick out of the interactions with all the characters.

Whether it was piquing curiosity, amusement, or apprehension of what will happen next, there wasn’t a moment of reading when I was bored, and I feel that’s owed to the balance of plot and character. The pace didn’t differ, but held steady throughout. I even warmed up to the souls who were along for the ride. They weren’t verbally present as often in the later half of the novel as they were in the earlier half, which I thought was a shame. When they were having their voices heard I thought it was a great mix of personalities, made strong and impressionable without their own bodies.

All in all I thought Intertwined was a very enjoyable read when not expecting too much, able to ilicit chuckles, providing an interesting mix of supernatural and paranormal mythology, with plenty of detail in the mix to create the ability and possibility of going in many different directions.

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