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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review: Unraveled

Possible spoilers if you have not read Intertwined. I won't spoil Unraveled but if you don't want to know about relationship outcomes or what creature each character is (minor details known from first book), maybe don't read the summary or review! Make your way over to my Intertwined review ;)

Title: Unraveled
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Intertwined #2
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: August 15th 2010
Source: Harlequin Teen Australia for review

Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he's supposed to be crowned Vampire King—while still a human! Well, kind of. With four—oops, three now—human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been "different" himself. These souls can time-travel, raise the dead, possess another's mind and, his least favorite these days, tell the future. The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart. Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn't about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life….

One of the most marvellous things about Gena Showalter is her ability to make readers laugh, even in the most direst situations. Unraveled is no exception to this, with witty one-liners and hilarious conversations which will leave you bent over laughing with possible tears involved! In contrast, the dramatic and more serious scenes are also plentiful, and this beautiful balance allows for a wonderfully wholesome novel.

The first few chapters of Unraveled lulls readers into a false sense of security, with relationships progressing smoothly and with Aden beginning to learn the workings of Victoria's vampire world. Things seem to be under control but…we should know by now that the peace can't last. With King Vlad's funeral scheduled in two weeks' time, Aden has yet to be officially crowned the new king. Many of the vampires aren't pleased to be ruled by a human but slowly and surely, Aden begins to prove his worth. Aden greatly grows as a character, in my opinion. Whereas he used to be slightly awkward and unaware of his skills, he now takes control, makes good decisions and possesses some interesting abilities. Throughout the novel your heart will melt for many different reasons and your love for Aden will continue to grow as you await his impending doom.

Hating being the weakest link of the group, Mary-Ann asks for fighting lessons from Aden. Of course, Riley isn't pleased about this and his jealousy greatly contributes to the severe spicing up of their relationship. Someone get the cold water! From the beginning, Riley has been my absolute favourite character. He's strong, yet vulnerable, and you will be unresisting to his delicious charm. Posing as Mary-Ann's ginormous pet dog for the sake of her father, hilarity ensues. Prepare for some hefty rounds of giggling and choruses of "aww". Don't say I didn't warn you! Cuteness and sexiness aside, it comes as a shock when Mary-Ann begins losing her hunger for human food and instead craves the energy of magical beings. She deals with the complication of draining those she loves and again, we have an exciting story line which we can explore in the future books!

I love that we're able to delve into Aden's past and discover that some events in his younger life have a significant relationship with elements in his present life. Our knowledge continues to grow with every page and as always, this book is packed with action. Readers are constantly weary, waiting for someone to strike and set off a horrific chain of events. Unraveled ends on a cliffhanger and will have everyone begging for the next book! Each character is affected and fingers will be crossed tightly in hopes of a happy ending. A great continuation of the series!

This series so far has a solid 4 star rating from me. Which book is your favourite? I think the third definitely is the most eventful and exciting! Look out for the review ;)

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