By Kate Pavao,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Harlequin Teen romance with too many fantasy plotlines.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers who are interested in fantasy may be inspired to search out other myths, like stories about Victoria's famous father, Vlad the Impaler.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Heavy "soul-shattering" kisses. Plus, two teen characters have unplanned pregnancies.
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Some minor stuff like "crap" or "boobs."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A secondary character gets pregnant while drinking. A bully is thrown in jail for being caught with drugs.
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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.
Where to Read
Based on 2 parent reviews
if youre not turned off by the overload of vampire/werewolf action
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Perfect for tweens/teens. Young-ones not so much.
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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?
- 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: July 12, 2017
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