Unraveled (Intertwined #2) by Gena Showalter
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Published:   August 31st 2010
Hardcover, 572 pages
Challenge:  100 Books in 2011, YA Series, A-Z Challenge

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….

Gena Showalter’s second installment to her Intertwined series picks up after were Intertwined leaves offAden is the new king of the vampires, haven defeated Vlad, despite his attempt to “side step” his new role. Mary Ann is oddly acceptive of haven fallen for a werewolf, Riley, who in turn is Aden’s vampire girlfriend’s, Victoria, body guard and Aden’s new guard. Sounds confusing? Oddly enough Gena Showalter has managed to separate and bring together many plot lines together without any confusion.

As a king Aden has acquired some new and unusual responsibilities, that is if he can keep from being literally sucked dry by his new Vampire subjects. Aden is required to make decisions that might seem trivial to others (allowing more colors into the Vampire world) and to date other female vampires than Victoria – all of which he does not take seriously there could be a dire revolt in the near future.

Then there is Marry Ann.  Out of all the characters in this installment I would have to say that Mary Ann is the one that is developed the most and thus grows the most.  Mary Ann discovers she is no longer the only “human” of this group, and more so she might find herself separating herself from them permanently as she could kill them.  

If there weren’t enough problems for this entire crew, they all could die from a death curse placed on them by witches.  What paranormal creatures are not in this book? You have vampires, werewolves, trapped souls, witches, faeries, goblins, demons, and much more!  When Aden and Mary Ann are not running away from poisonous goblins that love to eat humans, they are trying to find a witch to interrogate to stay alive.

There are many reasons to fully enjoy this novel.  While very few new characters are introduced, Gena Showalter is constantly testing her characters and their strengths, both physically and mentally.  How much can one person take?! Well, in Crossroads, Oklahoma apparently a lot.  As I’ve already noted, Gena Showalter has created numerous plots all of which she fleshes out both individually as well as intertwining them together.  It becomes clear that each plot line and situation is dependent on all the others.  The entire time you feel like you are standing on the top of a house of cards, waiting for that one thing that makes them all come tumbling down.  You are constantly on the edge of your seat!!