Jenni Arndt

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  • Entangled (Spellbound #1) on April 12, 2012
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    The cover of Entangled had me dying to read it from the first moment I saw it. Seriously, look at it, it's absolutely breathtaking! So naturally I immediately read the blurb and after that I was certain that this was a 'must-read' for me. It did not disappoint, from page one I was sucked in and captivated by the story. Nikki Jefford gave the book the perfect pace, I didn't feel any lulls and I was constantly excited for what was to come. I could not put this story down, I ate it up and loved every moment of it. The characters in Entangled are full and very well developed. Graylee was a smart, strong, witty girl whom I absolutely adored. The contrast between her and her twin sister was vast, and written so well. Gray was a character that I connected with, she felt down to earth and genuine, Charlene felt flighty and and very high on herself, she drove me nuts. She had playing the victim down to an art form and turned her terrible actions around on everyone else. Raj was someone I was very hesitant about in the beginning. The occurrence with him and Gray in the hallway was very unsettling but as the story went on I started to warm up to him and by the end I was a big fan. Entangled is a great read that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you excitedly turn the pages. It has the perfect balance of mystery and romance, it's funny and entertaining. Right at the tail end we get some resolve and the blanks in Raj's story are filled in leaving me wanting more. I will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of its follow-up Duplicity.
  • Entangled (Spellbound #1) on April 12, 2012

    The cover of Entangled had me dying to read it from the first moment I saw it. Seriously, look at it, it's absolutely breathtaking! So naturally I immediately read the blurb and after that I was certain that this was a 'must-read' for me. It did not disappoint, from page one I was sucked in and captivated by the story. Nikki Jefford gave the book the perfect pace, I didn't feel any lulls and I was constantly excited for what was to come. I could not put this story down, I ate it up and loved every moment of it. The characters in Entangled are full and very well developed. Graylee was a smart, strong, witty girl whom I absolutely adored. The contrast between her and her twin sister was vast, and written so well. Gray was a character that I connected with, she felt down to earth and genuine, Charlene felt flighty and and very high on herself, she drove me nuts. She had playing the victim down to an art form and turned her terrible actions around on everyone else. Raj was someone I was very hesitant about in the beginning. The occurrence with him and Gray in the hallway was very unsettling but as the story went on I started to warm up to him and by the end I was a big fan. Entangled is a great read that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you excitedly turn the pages. It has the perfect balance of mystery and romance, it's funny and entertaining. Right at the tail end we get some resolve and the blanks in Raj's story are filled in leaving me wanting more. I will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of its follow-up Duplicity.
  • Duplicity (Spellbound #2) on June 12, 2012

    When Nikki sent me Duplicity I immediately loaded it onto my reader and dug into it. I read Entangled (the first book in Nikki's Spellbound series) a few months back and it was a 5 star read for me. I loved the characters and the world building and have been anxiously awaiting Duplicity. We dive right back in with Graylee Perez (now Stacey Morehouse) & Raj McKenna and are thrown right into another mystery. The characters remain strong in Duplicity, Graylee is as witty and strong headed as ever. Once again I found myself laughing out loud at her dialogue and totally connecting with her. There is a lot of Graylee Perez to go around in this novel, we have the Graylee that is in the body of Stacey (known as Lee) and we have the Graylee who is in Charlene's body (known as Gray.) This whole concept did get me confused a few times and I found myself having to re-read passages to get a clear idea of what was going on and who was in the scene. This predicament created quite the pickle for our dear Raj as he was faced with dealing with a duplicate girlfriend. In this one I found Raj to have settled down a lot, he didn't really come across as the bad boy that we met in Entangled, though he played the role of the sweet supportive boyfriend perfectly. Taking Raj's place as the resident bad boy is Adrian Hedrick Montez. Yes, Adrian is back and in this one I found him to be a much more sympathetic character, I actually felt bad for him sometimes. Adrian plays a bigger part in this novel but his past still remains a mystery that I am dying to uncover. Mystery remains a bit part of this series and you never know exactly what is going on, it's great to watch the characters on their missions to uncover the truth. Nikki has created another great story that is easy to lose yourself in. Though I do feel that the premise of this one was a bit weaker and harder to follow I still loved it. I definitely recommend Duplicity to anyone looking for an Alluring Read.