Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Release Date: September 1, 2009 from Harlequin Teen
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....
This is the second release from the new Harlequin Teen line, of which, I am a bit of a fan. They're seriously sending me into fangirlland with these first releases. This will, I believe, be the first hardcover release.
First of all, let me just say that Aden is a dreamboat. I totally have a new YA leading man crush and it's with a guy who just so happens to have 4 souls, other than his own, who are sharing his body. That's okay though....we all have issues. Aden happens to handle his quite well. When not fighting off reanimated corpses or traveling through time, he's just your average high school student.
I appreciate that with Aden, Showalter has given us a character who has had to struggle in his life. He's been in and out of foster homes and mental institutions, but he still takes control over his life and his actions. It makes for a fascinating character and a compelling read.
All of the characters are great. I especially like the chemistry and sparks between Mary Ann and Riley, but then again, I have always preferred guys who howl at the moon. This is a great read. All of our favorite supernatural beings are present and accounted for including some classic vampires from history.
It's just a really easy read and the dialogue is great. At times it feels like your just talking to one of your friends, or eavesdropping on a juicy conversation. I definitely recommend this one and I look forward to the next book in the series, because from the ending I'm assuming and hoping that there will be more. I look forward to visiting Aden and his crazy world again and again.