A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
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.
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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?
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