Twisted (Intertwined #3) by Gena Showalter
Publisher:  Harlequin
Published  August 30th 2011
Hardcover, 304 pages
Challenges:  100 Books in 2011, YA Series

His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he’s never felt more out of control. There’s a darkness within him, something taking over…changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last. 

Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker—just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.

Life couldn’t get any worse. Could it?

Wow! Fantastic! Perfect! Exciting! Unexpected!  I can go on but I think you get the point.  The 3rd installment of Gena Showalter’s Intertwined series is one of the best reads of 2011 – you won’t be disappointed, I PROMISE!

As with the previous installments, Gena Showalter has proven again she is the master at creating multiple plot lines and bringing them together without any confusion for the reader.  From the first to the last page I was literally on the edge of my seat; I could not wait to read what was going to happen next and never wanted the book to end.  To say I cannot wait for the 4th and final installment is one of the greatest understatements of this year, unfortunately we have to wait until 2013….

Beware, if you have not read the previous books, and don’t want any spoilers, do no read on…

Compared to the two previous novels, Twisted is much darker.  At the end of Unraveled the prophecy of Aden’s death has come true, while Victoria attempts to save his life.  Mary Ann has just run away to keep her new Drainer powers from killing her friends, most importantly Riley. In Twisted, we find that Aden is alive, but is greatly changed… he is a vampire with an unquenchable thirst for blood, and not just anyone’s blood, but Victoria’s.  Riley is on the search for Mary Ann while Victoria is experiencing more and more human qualities…

Most of the book is divided between Aden’s-Victoria’s story and Mary Ann’s-Riley’s story.  With Aden’s new Vampire powers, he finds himself uncaring, unfeeling, mean, and ruthless…. almost too much like Vlad (who is still alive), but at times the real Aden resurfaces… or does it?  Meanwhile, Mary Ann surges forward to find Aden’s parents and the bodies to match Aden’s souls in an attempt to keep her mind off of Riley.  But alas, of course that doesn’t really work.

There are many unexpected twists and turns.  It is impossible to even come close in guessing what is going to happen next.  New characters are introduced, new conflicts are created, and new emotions are felt.  My heart fell and rose many times – this book is an emotional roller coaster in all the right ways.  Gena Showalter’s use of character development in this book alone is amazing, and when you couple it when the previous installments, it is superb.  Every character, major and minor, are multi-dimensional, each closely tired to each other more than you may first believe.

The Intertwined series is a rare find in Young Adult literature, and if you have not read this series your life is a little paler without it.  This is one of the few recommended reads of 2011 for everyone, not just Young Adult fans. 

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** Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to read this book in ARC format, in exchange for an honest review through Around The World ARC Tours.