Intertwined (Intertwined #1) by Gena Showalter
Publisher:  Harlequin
Published  September 1st 2009
Hardcover, 440 pages
Challenges:  100 Books in 2011, Support Your Local Library, YA Series, A-Z Reading Challenge

There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High…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 possess another human.
One can tell the future.
Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.
Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger…but not everyone will come out alive.

This was a very nice surprising book!  I originally chose this book because of the cover, which I well known for doing.  The cover is very different, and I am loving the font.  Then I read the inside cover and was hooked into reading it.  However, it turned out completely different than what I thought it was going to be.  I was waiting for the two main characters to fall in love and the secondary character to be “bad” guys.  Boy was I wrong!

Aden has been shuffled around his entire life. He can’t blame people for thinking he is crazy (sometimes he thinks he is crazy) – he has souls trapped inside his body that constantly talk to him and ask him questions – to others he is talking to himself.  However, Aden finds an unlikely home in his new group home and new friendsWhen Aden meets Mary Ann all his “powers” and abilities are quieted – he has found peace, at least he thinks.  Without knowing anything about each other they are drawn together.  Once Aden tells Mary Ann who he is really is she accepts him for who and ‘what’ he is.  Then Victoria and Riley arrive to town, mixing everything up for Aden and Mary Ann. 

As you can guess, Intertwined has many things going on all at once and many things that make it “paranormal”: vampires, werewolves, witches, faeries, goblins, and even trapped souls.  There are numerous plot lines that somehow work together, and are not at all confusing.  Gena Showalter does an amazing job of intertwining many plot lines together, without confusing her readers.  Aden and Mary Ann have their own plot line, while Aden and Victoria have their own, and of course there is Riley and Mary Ann, Riley and Victoria, and even Riley and Aden.  And of course you can’t forget the souls trapped inside Aden.  These souls are hilarious!  Each one has their own distinct personality; while at first it was a bit hard to keep track of the souls that quickly goes away. 

The characters also are developed wonderfully.  While there are romances in this series, they are not created too soon – each one is developed in real time and in real ways (as much as paranormal romances can be real).  Everything about this novel is simple making it stand out even more.  You’ll fall in love with the characters, the plots, the excitement and Gena Showalter as an author.  She has definitely been added to my favorites!

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