Saturday, February 16, 2013

Review: Entangled by 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.

Title: Entangled
Series: Spellbound #1
Published: February 20th 2012 by Nikki Jefford
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Picking a star count (which is 3.75) for this book is difficult, mostly because I really didn't like the beginning of the book, and really liked other parts.

As for the beginning, we start off with Charlene threatening to jump off of a building because her boyfriend, Blake Foster, broke up with her. Not only that, but she thinks it'll teach him a lesson (among other things). Graylee tries making fun of other people to make Charlene feel better, which isn't very kind. After deciding not to kill herself, she says she's going after her ex's new girlfriend.
“Charlene, give me the knife.”
“I’m going to kill her!”
At least Charlene wasn’t trying to take her own life. She gripped the knife so hard her knuckles were turning white. “Stacy Morehouse moved in on my man. She so picked the wrong girl to double-cross.”
“Charlene, I know you’re upset, but you can’t go using magic on someone you’re unhappy with,” Mom said
“Who said anything about magic?” Charlene snapped. She lifted the knife and grinned. “I don’t need a spell to take care of Stacy Whorehouse.”
“Right, because stabbing her without the use of magic doesn’t make it evil.” Probably not the best time for sarcasm.
Honestly, I wanted to put the book down (or my tablet for this matter, because it’s an eBook), then read and review a different book. But alas, I decided that maybe Charlene wouldn't be a huge part of the book, Graylee might be just acting that way because it’s her twins’ kind of humor, and read on.

It takes around 100 pages before Graylee dies and is in Charlene’s body, and after that there is very little of her in the book at all. I easily predicted what the true cause of Gray's death was, even though she didn't figure it out until long after.

Raj narrates quite frequently, and I must say I enjoyed it (Okay, I love when more than one person narrates a book!) He’s a complicated warlock, but I found the unfolding of his story to be one of the most interesting in the entire book. Along with that, his best friend, Shay, must be the first character that I truly liked (yes, after getting to know Graylee more, I like her character too)
Shay Baxter has been Raj's best friend since the third grade. She'd stuck by him after everything that had gone down, when his own mother had left him. Shay acted as though everything was the way it'd always been, which had it's ups and down.
Mrs. Baxter was the adult version of Shay, a friendly, accepting woman who had no interest in gossip, which meant neither lady asked her Raj's version of events.
Speaking of mothers, I found that the twin’s mother underreacted to many problems in the book.

I didn't think to mention this earlier, but I love this cover, I think it's absolutely gorgeous, and it looks like the covers for the next books will be as well. One of my favorite parts of the entire book was the ending, and I only guessed it a few pages before it happened, the ending is probably most of the reason that I will be purchasing, and then reading, the next book.

Sorry for a short review...
Book Nerd and Proud,

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