My opinion about this book is much like that of Unraveled. It had good points and low points, and it seems like a book I would hate, but for some reas...moreMy opinion about this book is much like that of Unraveled. It had good points and low points, and it seems like a book I would hate, but for some reason I actually liked it. I wish you could give 2.5 star, a completely neutral rating, because that's what I would give this book.
*Some light spoilers follow*
In my review for Unraveled I said that I hate Mary Ann. Well, in this book I love her! In Twisted she actually does stuff for herself, instead of letting Riley, Victoria, and even Aden do everything for her while she tags along with no real purpose. (Really, why is she even there most the time?) So her character has gotten much better, as has Victoria's.
I've always liked Victoria. She's been the kind of character that there's not really much depth, but what is there is interesting. In Twisted she gets much deeper, and you get to see a new side of her. She's much more caring and she has more personality. [spoiler]Having her turn into a human was definitely the right thing to do.[/spoiler]
[spoiler]Riley turns into an a-hole in this one. After he begs Mary Ann to drain him and she does this almost subconsciously, his wolf is gone. He can no longer shift and his wolf senses are dimmed. If this Mary Ann's fault? No. Does that stop Riley from treating her like crap? No again. He acts like she did it on purpose just to spite him! If he hadn't been encouraging her, and if she wasn't almost unconscious and not even aware of what she was doing, she would never hurt him to save her life.[/spoiler]
The writing was very questionable. I haven't read the first book in a while, but it seems like it went downhill. Maybe I'm remembering wrong and my standards have gone up, but it seems like Intertwined had much better quality. You know how when some authors write both adult and YA books, the YA books always seem over-the-top teenager with not that good quality writing. I've noticed this about James Patterson and after Twisted it's become clear for Gena Showalter, too. Hint: I don't want to read something as if I'm talking to my friends when I'm slap happy. I want to read a professional piece of literature that's been edited and published. I don't want to read the word "freakin" every five seconds. I don't want anything outside of the dialogue to sound as if it's a sixteen-year-old's first draft.
As far as plot goes, Twisted had a very strong one. It was much better than Unraveled, which was so non-existent that I don't even remember what they were trying to accomplish the whole book, other than the usually "get the souls out of Aden's head" thing.(less)
This book is so freakin creepy! I first saw this in a bookstore and I wasn't sure if I would read it- something about the cover creeped me out. It was...moreThis book is so freakin creepy! I first saw this in a bookstore and I wasn't sure if I would read it- something about the cover creeped me out. It wasn't just "Oh, there's a girl hiding under a curtain," but something that's unexplainable: you don't know why, but you know this is gonna scare you.
I read it, and I was not disappointed! At some parts, if you're just looking at the surface, it's no big deal. But if you look deeper and really, really think about it, I guarantee you'll get the chills.(less)
If you're into really, really, really, really scary things, do what I did:
1. Turn the lights off. 2. Get into bed. Under the covers if you prefer, but...moreIf you're into really, really, really, really scary things, do what I did:
1. Turn the lights off. 2. Get into bed. Under the covers if you prefer, but it will be better without that protective cocoon. 3. Turn on a reading lamp. 4. Don't have doubts.
The last one is strange. But it's true. Most people watch scary things or read scary things with at attitude of, "I'm not gonna be scared, whatever you throw at me." But isn't the point of these creepy things to scare you? Give you that invisible finger crawling up your spine feeling? That's what I like. And that's what this book gave.
Don't except anything too scary, though. Judging from it's size, this is meant to be a little kid's book. Which is why you need to prepare yourself for being creeped out.
None of these stories were new to me, but they were told in a slightly different twist, or used some spine-tingly words. I dunno, but whatever it was, it worked. It's not the kinda thing that keeps you up at night. It's the kinda thing that you can think over and repeat the creepy parts again and again in your mind, each time having a new meaning to you. The kind of things that kids the age it's meant for wouldn't get, but you would.
And on just one last note: all but one of these stories have appeared in the CW's Supernatural. Epic show. Hook Man(though he never actually appeared in this book), Woman in White, even the bee hive but in a different light. The only one that hasn't was "When a Stranger Calls." Which was the one story that was really boring. [spoiler]I mean, the babysitter is alright and so are the kids. How is that creepy? Sure, he was close to the house. But who cares? The cops showed up and everything was all right.[/spoiler]
So if you're a hardcore horror fan and only want the best, this isn't for you. But if you like scary things and are open to new stuff, go ahead and read it! But don't except it to be too scary...(less)