Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Harlequin Teen romance with too many fantasy plotlines.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Readers who are interested in fantasy may be inspired to search out other myths, like stories about Victoria's famous father, Vlad the Impaler.

Positive Messages

This isn't really a message book, but characters who try to be good triumph over those who do evil.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aden is very loyal to his friends, and tries to live up to his word. Mary Ann works to forgive her friend after she is betrayed. Aden's guardian, Dan, is a football hero who tries to help deliquents rehabilitate, going to extremes to make sure they have opportunities.


Some fantasy violence, like a vampire drinking blood, or a fight between a werewolf and teen boy. One fight between Aden and a school bully ends with Aden wondering if he's killed the boy.


Heavy "soul-shattering" kisses. Plus, two teen characters have unplanned pregnancies.


Some minor stuff like "crap" or "boobs."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A secondary character gets pregnant while drinking. A bully is thrown in jail for being caught with drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some fantasy violence, like a vampire drinking blood, zombies being decapitated, and a fight between a werewolf and teen boy. Aden gets into all kinds of fights: One fistfight between Aden and a school bully ends with him wondering if he's killed the boy. There are heavy "soul-shattering" kisses between the two romantic couples in the book. Plus, two other teen characters have unplanned pregnancies. In the end, there is an emphasis on loyalty and making good choices, and characters who try to be good triumph over those who do evil. Readers who are interested in fantasy may be inspired to search out other myths, like stories about Victoria's famous father, Vlad the Impaler.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byinflatorNickelbread March 29, 2010

if youre not turned off by the overload of vampire/werewolf action

I've read this book and I found it very interesting. Only it has an overworked story line. It's different from other [newer]versions of vampires/werew... Continue reading
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byitalian588 November 1, 2009

Perfect for tweens/teens. Young-ones not so much.

Loved this book! You find yourself sharing the characters emotions as you read it and relating to them kinda and Gena(author) did a good job by making such comm... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 9, 2014

11 year old bookworm and i LOVED it!!!!!

fine for your child!! the violence is not necessarily graphic. some of the kisses can be a bit passionate but really there's nothing to worry about!! I rea... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byStormsicle December 17, 2011

Intertwined Is A GREAT Book For Teens!!

I'e read this book twice now. Both times I ended up reading it in one sitting because I wouldn't dare put it down.
This is a great book that involves... Continue reading

What's the story?

Aden has the voices of four souls trapped in his \ head -- each of whom has a supernatural power, like the ability to time travel, but that's not all. He's also dating a vampire princess (who's being guarded by \ werewolf), is starting to see ghosts everywhere, has made enemies with a demon spawn, \ and is being hunted by a wide variety of witches, goblins, and more. Strangest of \ all may be his connection to a squeaky-clean girl at school who somehow makes \ all the voices in his head go away. And this is just the beginning of the series.

Is it any good?

Well, there is certainly something for everyone. Aden helps ghosts find peace on one page, and on the next he's fighting the vampire king to the death. There's time travel, zombies rising from the grave -- and then regular high school drama, too.

And Aden still finds time to share some steamy smooches with his pretty new girlfriend (who just happens to be the daughter of Vlad the Impaler). It's a lot to keep track of, and readers may sometimes wonder if the author wanted to write a romance, a psychological drama, or a fun fantasy. But why choose? Intertwined is certainly no great work of literature, but readers won't be bored.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different types of fantasy creatures in this book, from vampires and werewolves to characters who can hear voices, or feel other people’s emotions. If you could have any of these characters' powers, what would you choose? Why do readers -- especially teen readers -- like to play around with the idea of having superpowers?

  • Also, Aden is shown a vision of his own death. Is that something that you would like to know? What would you do with that information? Can you think of other movies or books that play with this idea?

Book details

  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • Publication date: September 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Last updated: September 16, 2020

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