Monday, February 25, 2013

Entangled! First in Spellbound Series by Nikki Jefford

Author Nikki Jefford

Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body. Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend. The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead. Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.
Review:  If the Secret Circle had an evil twin, it'd be Entangled. With all her witchy powers you would think that Charlene might have devoured her twin in the womb, but fortunately Gray lives on only to be tormented by her jealous, heartless twin sister. However, good will prevail or at least take on another shape. Coupled with all the high school drama and enriched with supernatural trauma, Entangled is a spell-flinging one-up teen fiction filled with a set of crafty characters, which makes for a quick, fluid read that will keep you interested until the end. This is a series, but doesn't leave you hanging by your fingernails from a cliff. Instead, there is some closer, but with just enough enticement that will hopefully make you want to pick up the next book. However, there isn't a lot of depth and it includes a mother that is conveniently absent whenever something important needs to be handled. I understand the plotting, since this is becoming a very common theme in many teen/YA fiction books. It allows the teens to have more freedom without the dreaded parental unit interference, but I can't help wondering is this a too easy of an out? 

If you like the show Secret Circle, you'll enjoy Entangled. It has a similar motif and premise with a similar punch. Much of what occurred was expected and fairly predictable, but did not diminish the overall entertainment value. You won't get a big twist or gasp moment - but you'll be rooting for team Gray and wondering what new trouble will come. I will definitely be reading the second in the series. A good set up in the end makes me want to see what happens next. This story is far from over and I can't wait to read on!
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*ARC provided by author for review

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