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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  3,625 ratings  ·  575 reviews
"Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Freaky Friday."

A resurrection spell gone wrong…

Hiding her powers was never a problem for seventeen-year-old Graylee Perez. Not until her diabolical twin sister decided to go on a rampage that could expose them all.
To add to the aggravation, coven reject Raj McKenna catches Gray performing a complex spell and is convinced they would make a
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by Nikki Jefford (first published February 19th 2012)
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Initial reaction: I'll write a full review of this once I get home, but I haven't read a book that made me this upset in a while. It wasn't so much for the premise itself as much as the execution of so many things, and honestly, I don't think Jefford writes characters of color and their experiences well AT ALL. This book was not funny, not engaging, and ultimately did not improve as the story went on. Hopefully I can explain in more objective terms what went wrong in my full review.

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Kat Kennedy
If there’s one thing I hate, it’s this. When there’s a reasonably professional, respectful self-published whose book I just don’t jive with.

The concept is pretty cool. One twin dies and then her mother performs illicit black magic to bring her back. Problem? She has to share her twin’s body like a time share thing. Awesome, right?

And it’s not like the writing is necessarily bad. The novel’s been reasonably well edited and clearly Jefford has put a lot of effort into providing a professional prod
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
Freaky Friday gone wrong anybody? Imagine living only every other day. This is what Graylee has to deal with after she dies, only to wake up in her sister's body - except, her sister still uses it too. Eep. Doesn't this sound horrifying? It is! It's also wildly entertaining.

I'm guilty - again - at having completely forgotten what this book was about when I got around to reading it. I knew it related to witches (which is enough for me) but that is all I could recall. As soon as I was introduced
Alexis *Reality Bites*
3.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy



Resurrection Spell gone wrong...
Seventeen year old Graylee Perez is SHOCKED beyond belief when she awakens to find her soul trapped inside her identical twin sister Charlene's body.

For Graylee is a witch just like her mother and her sister; and they belong to a coven.
She awakes and begins her day like she does any other. She finds it weird that she was in her sister bed and in her teddy(night gown). She gets d
Crystal Starr Light
Graylee "Gray" and her twin sister, Charlene, don't quite get along. They are both witches, but Gray's power is less than her sister's - until she finds out Charlene was shielding Gray's power and holding her back.

One day, Gray wakes up in Charlene's bed wearing Charlene's clothes. Worse, everyone is talking about her being dead! Turns out, Gray is dead and must live every other day in Charlene's body. Will Gray ever return to her body or must she live out the rest of her existence in her sister

First off I have to say that the cover for this book is absolutely lovely. The colors make it really stand out.

I went into Entangled with the expectation of reading a decent book. The premise goes like this: Graylee Perez is a witch, and two months after her death she wakes up in her twin sisters body. Now they have to figure out the mystery of Graylee's death and how she ended up resurrected before she disappears for good. Sounds good right? Unfortunatley it only took me about 15 minutes o
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing

*I received this book from this Author for an honest review*

Before I start I would like to say that recently Ive been reading a lot of Indie books and most of them have become some of my favorite books and this book is one of them!

In Entangled we are introduced to Graylee "Gray" and Charlene Perez. They are Identical twins who share the same face but are totally different in every way. Except the fact that both twins are witches and are always trying to be a step ahead of each other. We have Gra
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I'm surprised at how much I disliked this book. I went into this book expecting a really great read. The cover is really pretty and the premise seemed really interesting. However, this book was nothing like I expected.

My first issue is that the characters are all horrendous. I disliked all of them. Each one is more self-absorbed than the last and not in a cute way. In a truly odious way. Greylee and Charlene are identical twins that also happen to be witches. They spend the first 25% of the boo
Shera (Book Whispers)
Good YA books about witches are the white whales of the genre. It seems like when you pick up a YA title about witches you can expect huge bounds of silliness like The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan, and the writing usually doesn’t get any better than the writing found in The House of Night series. So when I find a good one in that sea of muck, I’m beyond happy. Especially, when I get done reading it and think, “Holy cow!! That was awesome!”

Entangled starts off with teen angst right at the beginni
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, ebook
Please note: This book is free on Smashwords and Amazon, so if you want to read it, you can!

Book Info: Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: Anyone, everyone
Trigger Warnings: there is a scene that is sort of the equivalent of rape

My Thoughts: I meant to just start this book and ended up sitting and reading it straight through, then moaning, “Oh my god, DAMMIT” when it was finished. Yes, it was that good and I wanted more. I don't even know exactly why. It has
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Not much to say about this one, it was just okay. The story itself was a cool concept but was hastily executed and didn't go in depth enough for anything to really amount to much. It was hard to care about anyone other than Graylee and Raj as no one else's story was developed beyond the superficial. I gave it three stars because it held my attention enough to finish it, but I don't think I'll continue the series. ...more
Jean Valjean (OG 2010)
HOLY FREAKING CRAP. This really surprised me, which doesn't happen too often these days. I can't wait for the new installment in May! ...more
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
2,5 actually...
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

After reading this I still couldn’t decide whether this book warranted 3 or 4 stars, so I decided to settle safely in the middle, which is probably more accurate anyway. The first thing that caught my eye was, of course, the gorgeous cover (though even now I don’t really see the connection...) Add to that the concept of two people sharing one body and I was totally sold.

Graylee and Charlene Perez are twins...and witches. But despite the similarities in their appearances and the fact tha
~Review will contain small spoilers~

You see, I really have great respect for self-published authors. Writing a book is no small feat to begin with, but taking a chance with it, publishing it yourself, I think that’s great. I know some people shy away from self-published novels, thinking they are bad, but I’ve never thought that. A book can be good or bad, no matter the means by which it went to the presses.

With that said, the blurb sounded awesome. Graylee, the heroine, dies and wakes up two mon
Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it
it had it's highs and lags. review to come. ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
spellbinding read!

What would you do when you wake up one morning and realized you've been dead for a couple of months, and then your evil twin sister came to possess your body and the next day, everything is back to normal? How twisted and cool is that?

Twin sisters: both are witches, GrayLee and Charlene, total opposites - the other wanted to jump off from the roof but floated after getting her heart broken; the other died mysteriously because of SUDS (Sudden Death Syndrome)...

The other girl re
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Entangled is a well-written, fun, captivating read with a unique take on magic, eternal love, sisterly rivalry, and the danger of power. Each character, even the minor ones, had impressive depth and personality, and the plot moves forward at a pace that will keep you devouring the pages till the very end.

The plot was really fun and suspenseful. I thought there were enough unique aspects to elevate Entangled above "just another story about witches". Much of the magic performed within the book was
So, the story introduces us to two identical twins who are only the same in appearance but not in personality. They were as different from each other as day was from night. Charlene Perez, the wild child of the two, was selfish, insecure, melodramatic, vain, and possibly psychotic. All she cared about were her looks, her powers as a witch and getting people to notice her. Far from Graylee Perez's character who was sensible and smart and far from extraordinary. At school Gray was practically invi ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
All Graylee’s ever wanted is to be a normal high school student. To forget about dating a magically inclined members of the male species and for life to go on without interference. But it’s hard to do these things when you have an identical twin sister. Graylee accepted long time ago that her sister is nothing like her. Charlene is vain, selfish and manipulative. Good thing all witches and warlocks took the Vow of Honor at the age of twelve, or else Charlene would be using black magic…

Graylee mi
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started to read Entangled. I knew that I loved the cover, I knew that I loved the premise, but I also knew that some times indie books can be less than impressive. Let's just say that I need not have worried about this title.

I loved this book from the first page. The mix of magic, romance, sibling rivalry, teen angst, friendship and loyalty made this a perfect read. I kept turning the pages...wanting to know how this crazy resurrection spell gone wrong w
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a super fast read, it took me a little less than three hours, uninterrupted.

I thought the writing was pretty good and the story was awesome. There were a couple things I would have liked that weren't there. Like, (view spoiler)
Shelly Crane
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to be honest.

When I started it, I was a little worried. Gray, you could tell, was the laid back twin and I knew her sister was going to be trouble for her. And Raj was going to be the obvious love interest, but he was kinda mean in the beginning. I felt quivery in my stomach as I inched through the Kindle pages.

And then the heaven's opened up when Raj's pov chapter popped up on my kindle. It was game on after that. And yikes, did I love him! And Graylee, or Gray. I loved her, too. She
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-and-new-adult, arc
Rating: 2 out of 5

Entangled by Nikki Jefford

Graylee is a witch, as is her sister and mother. This is a closed world, where humans don’t know about witches and warlocks, and they are supposed to keep it that way. Graylee and her family is part of a local coven who meet up. When Graylee dies, her mum puts a spell on her so that she doesn’t die, but that she inhabits her sister’s body every other day. And so begins a race to find a solution instead of body sharing, as time runs out for Graylee.

Joan Clark
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stupendous excitement that literally had me bouncing on the edge of my seat. The plot was engaging in this unique tale of witches, betrayal, and survival. I found myself screaming at my kindle and questioning anyone whom had read this novel about what was going to happen. The author weaved a mystery so deeply that I now must immediately read the remaining in the series. The characters are three dimensional and evoked strong emotions from me. Graylee and Raj are my favorite. They are full of spun ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Original rating - 4.

This was a good read, but i never enjoyed it as much as the first time around.

I couldn't stand Charlene. She was so bitchy and immature.
Graylee was an okay character, but at the start, she was quite immature too.

The story was quite boring until about 60%.
Not a lot was happening, so it felt longer than what it was.

It did get better near the end, and i'm curious to see where it will go from here.

Lucy Swing
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, reviewed
I first read it as the short story "Spellbound" on the Death by Chocolate anthology and was ENTANGLED! I could not put it down, and with the full length novel, the same thing happened. The story is fresh and original. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to see what else Nikki comes out with! Especially book #2!!!
If you haven't read it, then you MUST! NOW!
Aliaa El-Nashar
Sep 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was 100% not for me. Although I found the plot intriguing, and honestly, if it had been better done, it could have had a lot of potential. But this version of it just didn't work for me at all.

1) ALL the characters felt flat and unrealistic. None of them had the semblance of being real. Not the way they acted, talked, reacted, or interacted with one another. The dialogue was not well done as well as ridiculously childish, and the actions were contradictory as well as made no sense. The
Megan Murphy
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witchy-woman
I am always hesitant picking up a book about witches since it has been done so many different times. However I was delightedly surprised the way Nikki took on magic. Here we get a book that's a mix of: the bad seed meets Sabrina the teenage witch at a rave, they take some LSD and BAM we got this.
Okay maybe that explanation is not the best of this masterpiece....let me start over.
Graylee and Charlene are identical twin witches who live in Kent, WA (which is my hometown so this book gets a star j
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
A very low 3 stars read, probably because this really wasn't what I expected and wanted. For some reason, I expected this to be a Rapunzel retelling, but it's not... It's a highschool/supernatural story, which isn't really my thing...
The best thing and the only thing I really like was Raj and Shay's friendship, as I've said multiple times I really LOVE male/female friendships :)
This was definitely not for me, but if you like the genre it may be for you. Also this was another book I got for free
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