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Smashwords book reviews by Katie Tuccelli
- Entangled (Spellbound #1)
on April 05, 2012
Entangled is a well-written, fun, captivating read with a unique take on magic, eternal love, sisterly rivalry, and the danger of power. Each character, even the minor ones, had impressive depth and personality, and the plot moves forward at a pace that will keep you devouring the pages till the very end.
The plot was really fun and suspenseful. I thought there were enough unique aspects to elevate Entangled above "just another story about witches". Much of the magic performed within the book was really cool and made me wish I had such powers :-) I loved the anticipation of turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I've found that if I can easily put a book down and not return to it as soon as I can, it's not good enough to earn 5 stars, but Entangled certainly captivated my attention!
What I loved most about Entangled, though, were the characters!
Graylee and Charlene Perez could not be more different, despite the fact that they are identical twins. Graylee is genuine, fun, witty, and most comfortable in a pair of old jeans and a ribbed tank-top. Charlene is popular, slutty, conniving and an idol for most of the dim-witted high school "sheeple". While Charlene flits from boy to boy in an attempt to make her boyfriend jealous, Graylee would appreciate it if she could just figure out why Raj McKenna, a trouble-making Warlock, is suddenly so interested in her.
The sisters are both talented witches... only, Gray seems to only be able to perform magic when she is on her own. She has looked like a fool time and again at the Gathering training sessions and cannot understand why. That is, until she finally figures out that her own flesh and blood -her twin- Charlene has been jealously blocking her power for years.
After Gray's discovery and a subsequent blow-out with her conniving sister, everything seems to calm down a bit with a surprising and out-of-character apology from Charlene. Unfortunately, someone else becomes the focus of Charlene's twisted rage: Stacey Morehouse, the new sexual play-toy of Charlene's on-again-off-again boyfriend.
When Charlene cooks up a murderous scheme, it's not Stacey who suffers the consequences - it's Gray.
I mean, c'mon! With a sister like Charlene, who needs enemies?! Charlene was definitely a villain you loved to hate. However, I also found myself hoping that she would come around eventually, which I think says a lot for how her character was written and portrayed throughout the book. Kudos to Nikki!
The boys in the story, namely Raj McKenna, were really well-written, too. Raj may be the brooding love interest, but that's where comparisons end to any other main male love interest in Young Adult literature. He's a bit misunderstood but he has a really good heart, which we, as readers, see first before any of the characters. When it really comes down to it, Raj is the guy you can count on when you're in trouble or when you need a friend. He also has an interesting past that makes me even more anxious to read the next book in the trilogy :-)
I think my favorite character, aside from Graylee, is her mom. Crazy, right? Usually the parents in Young Adult literature don't really make an impact. They're either barely mentioned or absent. While Mrs. Perez isn't necessarily a main character, she makes a BIG impact on the overall story arc - and on the reader. The love she shows for her daughters is the "eternal love" I spoke of earlier. She makes a big sacrifice for her daughters and now I'm curious to see how things turn out for the family.
There are other incredibly interesting secondary characters that bring a lot of humor and excitement to the plot. There are no boring or one-note characters here! Each one has a distinct personality and back-story. I mean, if I'm gushing this much about the characters, it's obvious they all made an impact :-) Once again, Nikki Jefford does not disappoint!
I cannot say enough good things about Entangled. You simply must read this book to find out why I am so impressed and why I am now anxiously awaiting Duplicity, the next installment in the series. Major kudos to Nikki Jefford for such a successful debut!
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