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Intertwined by Gena Showalter
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Jul 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: series, fiction, young-adult, paranormal
Read from July 12 to 16, 2011

Now, I may not be the most well-versed YA reader, but I loved this book! I cannot wait to pick up the next one!

In a YA world where there are a lot of books with the same ideas running amok, it was nice to read something with an original plotline. I spent most of my time trying to figure out what was happening/what was going to happen, and surprisingly, most of my guesses turned out wrong! Yay for non-obvious mysteries! Not to mention that ever present need to keep reading! I love it when I'm reading and I don't want to stop because I need to know what is going to happen!

I also loved the characterization. It's not the best I've ever read, but I enjoyed getting to know what makes each of the characters tick. With that being said, I really enjoyed the way that Showalter set up this story. While there is clearly a main character, the story doesn't revolved strictly around Aden--there are several plotlines going on, but she doesn't let it become confusing.

While I really enjoyed this book, there are a couple things that kept me from giving this one 5 stars. First, while the story was memorable, the writing really wasn't. I don't think she's a bad writer, by any means--I'm just saying that it was pretty average for me. Also, I'm not a huge fan of books that end with huge gaping holes and questions unanswered due to the fact that a sequel/series is coming out. There are ways to keep a reader hanging onto your series without leaving a ton of questions up in the air. The last little thing that bothered me was that while I did compliment the characterization, I had a hard time distinguishing between the different souls in Aden's mind--Eve was fairly easy to tell apart, but the three guys didn't really have their own voices, or at least I didn't think they did.

Overall, though, I loved this book and I recommend it to fans of YA/paranormal YA looking for something a little different. I know I can't wait to read the second book and the third one comes out at the end of August!

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Reading Progress

07/12/2011 page 82
22.0% "I wasn't too sure when I started this, but I'm finding myself caught up in the story!"
07/13/2011 page 165
44.0% "SO intrigued by what's going on here!"
07/15/2011 page 316
84.0% "I HAVE to know what is happening!"

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