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RhiReading Feature: Weekend Reading [11/20-11/22]

Guess who is NOT going to be seeing New Moon this weekend? lol Yeah, that'd be me and my husband. Alas he is the Twilighter and not I so I'm not heartbroken but it would be nice to go out to the movies anyway.

Still really busy but managed to finish Intertwined and get the review up for both Vine and over here. Wasn't sure whether I liked it or if it was really just okay. When in doubt go with the lower star rating. That way no one gets mad when they think you loved it and they think it wasn't that good. :P

Working on Magic in the Shadows this weekend. I love this series soooo much! But not much time for it since the new one came out. Bah! Hopefully I can master the art of nursing a baby and holding a book open because so far mass market paperbacks are just too hard to do it with.

Hope everyone has a great weekend... and O M G has anyone seen the coverart for the newest Wicked Lovely series book? So pretty. Let me know what you thought of New Moon!
-- Rhi

Review: Intertwined by Gena Showalter

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Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Hardcover (HARLEQUIN TEEN, 448 pages, $15.99)
ISBN# 0373210027
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...

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Unravel the newest paranormal world with Intertwined. (3 stars)

When he first saw Mary Ann he knew his life was about to change. Since birth he has carried four souls inside him. Souls with unique abilities. Souls that can't help but distract him with their constant chatter. Bouncing from foster home to mental hospital to boy's home, his life has been anything but pretty. His latest home isn't perfect but thanks to the abilities of one of his trapped soul companions he's pretty sure it might be his last. Only time will tell if he can free the souls trapped within him and what role Mary Ann is meant to play in their release. Yet meeting Mary Ann is only the beginning as his eyes are opened to a world of vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts and faeries. Drawn to him like moths to flame these races will play a role in his future whether he's ready for them to know who he is or not. The fates of all may be intertwined in the destiny of one young man... Aden Stone.

One of the first releases from Harlequin's new Harlequin Teen imprint, Intertwined has been very much anticipated by adult fans of Gena Showalter's writing.

While definitely on par with her adult titles in the writing, Intertwined lacks solidarity in its plot. The switching perspectives of Mary Ann and Aden do not do the story justice. It's my opinion that Mary Ann is a square peg trying to be forced into a round hole, a secondary character being forced to be a key protagonist in a plot that should have been left to Aden alone. That said there is great potential here. Showalter's characters are all interesting, likable and real enough to be relatable. Sorting out which ones are most important to the plot may be the only real issue readers find with them.

On the whole, the plot of Intertwined has a great hook. A boy with four souls trapped in him wants to find them bodies of their own so he can live a semi-normal life. He meets a girl who makes the voices in his head quiet so she must be able to help him somehow. This plot thread works well. It is very enjoyable and the resolution of this plot thread had me tearing up which doesn't happen often with young adult books. What really screws with the story is the sudden random addition of all the other races and the plot they bring with them to prepare for the second book. I hate saying it, but it kind of feels like the author was pressured to cater to the sudden obsession with vampires by adding them to the story. While I love vampire and shapeshifter stories they somewhat muddle this book up and yet couldn't suddenly be introduced in a later installment in this series either.

If you're looking for something paranormal to read and don't mind the above mentioned flaws cropping up in a book this is one worth checking out. Showalter is an engaging writer and fans of her work should probably pick this one up because in spite of the issues I had with this one, a plot has been established for the rest of the series that should be much better now that the world building has been done. Enjoy!


RhiReading Feature: Weekend Reading [11/12-11/14]

Howdy y'all! Long time not much blogness. :(

What have you all been reading? I haven't had a lot of free time between moving from one home to another, unpacking and taking care of the new baby but I've been trying to find time to read.

I'm slowly making progress on Intertwined by Gena Showalter but so far I have to agree with a lot of the reviews I read before I got a copy. It's missing something. Can't figure out what but I'm frustrated with it. We'll see if I can figure it out when it gets finished. I also picked up Devon Monk's latest Allie Beckstrom book. I've had only enough time to read one chapter in a week! Very frustrating.

My weekend plans involve more unpacking, getting a pedicure with my mother-in-law and hopefully at least a couple of hours of reading. Wish me luck! And tell me what you're working on this weekend... I'd love to know what everyone is enjoying these days. :)


Review: Sex and the Psychic Witch by Annette Blair

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Sex and the Psychic Witch (Triplet Witch trilogy #1) by Annette Blair
Paranormal Romance, Witches
Mass Market Paperback (BERKLEY SENSATION, 304 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0425216632
Introducing the Cartwright sisters-Harmony, Destiny and Storm-triplets and unstoppable seductresses.
Harmony, the buyer for her sisters' vintage curio shop, can read objects and learn of their former owners. Now, a Celtic ring leads her to a castle on the coast of Massachusetts. King Paxton's money-pit is cursed, and he hopes that this leggy blonde can help him find peace with an angry ghost, a disgruntled renovation crew-and his own heart.

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Sex and the Nymphomaniacal Witch...? (3 stars)

Harmony Cartwright has a gift. As one of a triplet trio of witches she has the ability to touch an object and learn things about previous owners. Since she and her sisters run a vintage curio shop this ability certainly comes in handy in finding some of most authentic and valuable items. But when a garage sale dress calls out to her in more ways than one she finds herself with a psychic mandate which leads her to Paxton Castle on the coast of Salem, Massachusetts.

Visiting the castle might not be a big deal if it wasn't under renovation and haunted by one very unhappy witch's spirit. Maybe it might be simple if the castle's owner—the aptly named King Paxton—weren't struggling to get the renovations done so he can sell it. If only the ghost of a disgruntled witch weren't making chaos with her wailing and moaning surely Paxton and his crew would be finished. Enter Harmony Cartwright and the ghostly presence seems tamed. But can Paxton tame Harmony and finish the renovations without getting killed by his ghostly haunter?

This was definitely a tough book for me as a reader. Blair isn't a bad writer but after reading a couple of her stories now I've found that I really don't care for the emphasis being so heavily on the sexual side of the relationship. Sure, this book's title does point in that direction but sexual chemistry can't be the only thing driving a romance... right?

The plot was a bit formulaic with some decent twists thrown in. I do love that Blair finds a way to make family important to her characters and finds ways to weave that element into her stories. What I felt was missing here though was a thread of realism to counter-balance the paranormal (in this case witches, ghosts and magic). The quickness with which Paxton and his friends accept the paranormal explanations and the quirky Cartwright sisters didn't give me enough conflict to sell the story well.

If you're looking for a quick, slightly fluffy read with lots of sex (and Blair does write good sex) and cutesey bits I think you'd probably like this book a lot. Unfortunately it just wasn't solid enough for me to love.


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