I don't normally read contemporary books so this was out of character for me. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Scott so I figured I'd give it a shot. My initial...moreI don't normally read contemporary books so this was out of character for me. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Scott so I figured I'd give it a shot. My initial review: A twisted look at first love. Not sure how I feel about Brianna but I loved Sarah and of course Ryan. ;) Official review to come. My official review is that this was a basic love triangle that involved a self centered brat, Brianna, who hangs on to her boyfriends because she's afraid to be alone. And the best friend of the brat that is just too polite to say or do anything that would upset said brat friend. I didn't care much for Brianna's character but I understand why she was portrayed as she was. I loved Sarah's character and found her completely relatable. I wish Ryan would have been more of a man and spoke up but I guess it was to be expected of a teenager. If you enjoy contemporary YA love stories you'd probably enjoy this book too. I must say that I absolutely hate the cover of this book. Couldn't they have picked better looking feet for the girl? And why showcase their feet? There was hand holding in the book, why not play off of that? I believe I received this as a review copy from the publisher: Simon Pulse.(less)
I only made one Goodreads status update on this one: Finished: A powerful book.
And it most certainly is a powerful book. It's centered around a high s...moreI only made one Goodreads status update on this one: Finished: A powerful book.
And it most certainly is a powerful book. It's centered around a high school student's date rape experience. Her decision to not report it to the officials or police but instead enlisting the help of a student based group of "jurors" (Mockingjays) that put the accused on trial and if found guilty the accused is stripped of the thing they love most, usually a spot on the sports team they are associated with. While I enjoyed the strong message this book sent out: that students can govern and penalize each other effectively in the end; I felt that the system that this jury used worked backwards; the accused was already guilty before the trial and received disciplinary actions against them prior to the trial, such as falsely marking the student tardy or absent for classes throughout the day, putting their name in a library book associated with students that were found guilty through the mockingjay system. These actions, while not severe, play a roll on how the student body perceived the student in question jeopardizing the accused students character. There's always a chance that the accused is not guily and these actions suggest that the mockingjay system is infallible and that simply cannot be. I personally have never been given the date rape drug or been raped so I personally could not relate to the core of this book and the scenes that unfolded along the way. I would not suggest this book be read by anyone under 14, unless they are sexually active or the victim of rape. I received this as a review copy from the publisher: Little, Brown, while attending BEA 2010.(less)
Since I'm sucking at posting reviews I've decided to let Goodreads do the work for me. I'm hoping this will at least let me express my thoughts on the...more Since I'm sucking at posting reviews I've decided to let Goodreads do the work for me. I'm hoping this will at least let me express my thoughts on the title at the very minimum even though it might not be formatted as I have in the past.
My initial thoughts after reading Unraveled: Amazingly perfect. Awaiting the next book already! :)
Gena Showalter never fails to impress me.
What I love about Gena's YA series is that it's relevant to the young adult age group while so full of awesome that adult readers would love this series too, which I do and probably a little bit more than I do her adult books but I might only say that because it's been a while since I've read one of her adult books. ;)
If you enjoy any of Gena's adult series you'll probably just love this series. If you love any paranormal adult series I'm sure this series would fit you too.
I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this series, which is titled Twisted and set to publish 09/11/11!!
First, I must say that I LOVED Rampant. Like, really, loved it. It was total kick-ass and full of awesome. If there's one thing I love it's a strong,...moreFirst, I must say that I LOVED Rampant. Like, really, loved it. It was total kick-ass and full of awesome. If there's one thing I love it's a strong, hard-headed female lead character that doesn't give up and Astrid is so strong and fearless in the first book. That kinda falls to the way side in this second installment. While Rampant was unforgettable Ascendant was the complete opposite and forgettable. It was almost tiresome to get through and while I had hope that it would all end well, it was very, very disappointing. I enjoy stories that have strong and positive conclusions. I ended Ascendant feeling lost and unfulfilled. I wanted Diana to end this on a positive note and with questions answered. There are so, so many unanswered questions it's not even funny! Another aspect that I had an issue with was the flow. Rampant flowed beautifully and ended very well. To say I was disappointed in Ascendant would be putting it nicely. I hope that Diana plans to make her next novel better because I want to read it, what ever it is that she writes about. I was also thinking that since I was reading the ARC edition that maybe, just maybe, the final edition would be different. I'll have to pick a copy up at Borders sometime and have a peek at it. What were your thoughts? Leave me a link to your review of Ascendant in the comments!(less)
I picked up a signed ARC of Intertwined while at BEA in May. I read it within a few days of returning home and devoured it very quickly.
Summary (Gena’s website)
There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High…
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, for as long as he’s with 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. . . doomed. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger. . . but not everyone will come out alive. . .
Read an excerpt!
Aden has 4 spirits in his head. One of them can raise the dead so he must steer clear of graveyards and such. One can time travel. One can tell the future. And one can possess another human. They prove to be cumbersome yet useful. One day he travels just a few steps too close to a graveyard in his new town, raises some dead people all because he was trying to get closer to a girl. That’s where we meet Mary Ann. They feel something when ever they are in close proximity. Their attraction isn’t sexual attraction but rather brother sisterly attraction, which I was a little upset about but got over that quickly.
Aden lives on a ranch for troubled teens and bunks with a few other boys who are not too friendly.
Mary Ann is being followed by a wolf. She quiets the voices in Aden’s head.
Aden glimpses a hot girl in a line of trees near the ranch. He begins dreaming about her.
Much, much, much more happens to make this story twisted between all characters involved. It unfolds very well but it keeps you on your toes.
Crossroads, Oklahoma is the town and Aden lives on the D and M Ranch. Most of Aden’s scenes revolve around the ranch and the surrounding woods. Some takes place in their high school. Mary Ann’s home and bedroom are visited frequently. Nothing extraordinary, except the graveyard and a few time travel expeditions, prove to be anything but a normal town.
I love reading Gena’s books. She’s what I call a safe read for me. I know that when I open one of her books I’m going to be thoroughly entertained and finish it smiling. Intertwined did that and more. I loved that there was an abundance of characters. Aden and Mary Ann being the main characters but they each find a love interest. The book is written in third person which allows the reader to grasp a ton of information without losing the connection with each character.
The voices in Aden’s head do tend to get overbearing but they proved to be entertaining.
I found this book to be very original. With Aden having all those spirits in his head each with their special power proved to show how creative Gena can be. Mix in a wolf shape shifter and some vampires and we’ve got a wonderful concoction of supernatural awesomeness. I love that this was a YA. It was the first YA book of Gena’s that I’ve read and it has proven to me that she’s very capable to writing both adult and YA. I will be reading her other YA books in the future.
I’ve already mentioned a ton about Aden. He has spirits in his head that proved him with some pretty wicked super powers. He uses each of them a few times during the story and they were pretty cool. He matures over the course of the book and that’s always fun to see.
Mary Ann was also very cool. I actually liked her story a bit more than Aden’s and can’t wait to read the next book in the story, which Gena is working on now and the title is Unraveled, to see how the ending of this book is handled. Unraveled will release September 2010.
The two love interests are Victoria the Vampire and Riley the shape shifting wolf protector of Victoria. Victoria is a nice vampire who really shouldn’t be falling for a human. Riley is freaking awesome! He’s the dangerous bad boy some of us just drool over. Some of his lines, which are usually short and to the point, are to die for!
This is a YA book so the passion isn’t hot and heavy but true to a teen romance. There’s some minor skinny dipping with Aden and Victoria and Mary Ann and Riley have some pretty deep conversations about their attraction to each other. Each relationship is handled very nicely. Each seems to happen naturally, not pushed what so ever. And I’m actually looking forward to seeing Mary Ann and Riley together more than Aden and Victoria.
I loved this book. I was just sitting here flipping through the pages and now I want to reread it! I loved this book for the very reasons why other reviews hated it. I loved the chaos of all the characters. I didn’t find it hard to follow but I can understand how others might find it confusing or overbearing. I loved all the supernatural elements. It was a true paranormal fantasy. And lastly, I loved it because it seemed real, even though it was absolutely crazy it flowed like it really happened.
I like this cover. The text font is super cool and the coloring is nice. I don’t like that Aden’s head is cut in half. I just had a conversation with another author about this very thing. Why do that? It works on his cover because I can still see the emotion being played out on Aden’s face but I would have loved to see his ENTIRE face. His clothes depict him as a true teenager: fitted yet comfortable. And I must comment on the size of the book. It’s shorter and just slightly wider than a normal book. I find that very cool and it felt very comfortable.
And Intertwined as the title? It’s perfect. The characters are nothing if not Intertwined.