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12.29.2010

Review: Unraveled by Gena Showalter


Unraveled (Intertwined #2) by Gena Showalter
Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Hardcover (HARLEQUINTEEN, 576 pages, $16.99)
ISBN# 0373210221

Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he's supposed to be crowned Vampire King—while still a human! Well, kind of.
With four—oops, three now—human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been "different" himself. These souls can time-travel, raise the dead, possess another's mind and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.
The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.
Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn't about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life…

Author Site: genashowalter.com

Love Gena, Hated This Book (1 star)

Aden Stone used to be considered a crazy, an outcast. Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma though life has been looking up. His home life at the D and M Ranch is pretty decent. He's trying to do well in school. He even has a friends and a girlfriend. So maybe some of those friends are vampires and werewolves, and maybe there are still three souls chatting him up in his head. Things could be worse, he could be about to be crowned king of the vampires in spite of the fact he's a human. Oh wait... maybe things aren't as shiny as they were starting to look.

This time around there are faeries, witches and strange spirit beasts in the mix. Top that off with a lot more drama, not-so-mysterious mysteries and your daily dose of paranormal malfunction and you get Unraveled.

I hate writing negative reviews. It's rare for me to write a "hated it" review but gosh darnit, I hated Unraveled. It's taken me two months to slog my way through this massive volume only to feel like the one thing I was reading it for—to find out more about the souls still stuck with Aden and hopefully see another one get free—wasn't really given much attention. I love Gena, she's not only a talented writer but a just plain cool author when it comes to her fans. This series though, now that I've had two samples, just isn't for me.

My main issues were the constant whining from Mary Ann, Victoria's personality shifts that made no sense to me, the draggy pace, too many things going on at once (made me think of that saying "too many witches spoil the brew") made it near impossible to latch onto one and enjoy it and overall the main reason I didn't give up after the first book was the souls storyline which barely was touched on this time around. The only things I enjoyed were the spirit beasts bits and Stephanie, Victoria's sister. I wish I could think of any more redeeming qualities for this one but I just can't. While I will continue reading Showalter's adult books I don't plan on reading the Intertwined series from here on out.

Other Reviews:
Danny of Bewitched Bookworms
The Good, The Bad and the Unread
The Story Siren


Notes: I received this review copy via Amazon's Vine Program.

2 comments:

Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

argh! it sucks you hated this! Im planing on reading Intertwined soon =/

Rhianna said...

I thought Intertwined was okay but what sold me on it was definitely the souls Aden has in his head. Since that plotline didn't really get much attention in this one I just didn't have anything to cling to by the end. Search Gena Showalter on my blog if you'd like to see what my review of Intertwined was like. I can say the one thing I do overall like with this series is that there is a little bit of everything from vamps and witches to weres and ghosts, faeries... goblins... she's made it work well too. They work without feeling like they were forced into her world.

Thanks for commenting Larissa!

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