Harlequin Teen romance with too many fantasy plotlines.

What parents need to know

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

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."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Harlequin Teen
Publication date:September 1, 2009
Number of pages:448
Publisher's recommended age(s):14 - 17
Read aloud:14
Read alone:14

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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 read this book about a year ago and at the time that I read it... I really hated reading! I now read at lest 5 hours every day! let your child read this they will thoroughly enjoy it!
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 vampires and werewolves (but nothing like the Twilight's a lot better in my opinion) , souls trapped in minds (it's easier to understand while reading than it sounds). I definetly reccomend this book for teens who are looking for exciting, immortal fantasy that ISN'T cheesy. Be aware that there is fighting and some sexual thoughts and actions (but none of which an average teen hasn't thought by age 15 or experienced by age 17). I love to read, over the summer I will read about 30-50 books, this is definetly one of the best that I have ever read. Addition information: I am 14 yrs old, this book has 440 pages (hardback copy). I have read, then bought, and love this book. I definetly recommend it.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
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/werewolves books whereas it has other fantasy creatures involved and it's more, for lack of a better word, hardcore. (But not blood and guts gory, it's basically old school vampires) There's also no mention of how the book is split between Hayden and Mary Anns point of view. Just to let everyone know, because I wasn't very happy when I read that and it was a woman (I got this book because I thought it was from the males perspective). It's a good book for almost everybody that likes fantasy, though.


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