Entangled (Spellbound #1)

Rated 4.63/5 based on 19 reviews
Hiding her powers was never a problem for seventeen-year-old Graylee Perez. Not until her diabolical twin sister decided to go on a rampage that could expose them all or get someone hurt.

There are forces threatening Gray’s existence and a powerful wizard willing to help . . . for a price. More
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About Nikki Jefford

Nikki Jefford loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. Books, travel, TV series, hiking, writing and motorcycle riding are her favorite escapes. She loves meeting people from all walks of life, from around the globe, and wouldn’t trade her French husband in for anyone – not even Spike!

She’s a third generation Alaskan, born & raised in Anchorage, now living in northern Washington. Crazy about her dog, Cosmo. (Writer’s best friend.) The dark side of humanity fascinates her, so long as it's balanced by humor and romance.

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About the Series: Spellbound
When it comes to music, fashion, and friends, twin witches Graylee and Charlene Perez have nothing in common. Following a tragic accident, their lives become inexplicably entangled.

Raj McKenna is a screw up. A delinquent. A coven reject. It's no wonder Gray questions his motives when he offers to help free her from Charlene.

Sparks fly between the unlikely pair, but as time runs out love might not be enough to prevent Gray from fading away forever.

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Review by: Merissa Sheppard on Oct. 27, 2016 :
Entangled was a slow burner for me. It took a while for me to get engrossed in it, and caught up in the characters' lives. Once it took off though, I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I would definitely recommend sticking with it past the first few chapters! Basically, you have a set of twins - one "good" and one "bad". One is good at magic, one isn't. You get the idea. However, when one of them dies and is resurrected in the other twin's body on alternate days, the chaos commences!

There are some great characters in this, and some awful ones too. There were a couple of instances when things just didn't seem to make sense to me, but nothing that detracted from the story too much. On the whole, the author managed to make an interesting story with different character 'voices' and attitudes.

Well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, this warmed up to be an exciting and thrilling story. Complete with a short preview of the next book, I definitely recommend it.

* Verified Purchase - February 2013 *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
(review of free book)
Review by: Live Laugh & Love Books livelaughandlovebooks@gmail.com on Oct. 11, 2016 :
This book had its highs and lows, so I settled for a 3 ½ star rating. I fell in love with the covers of the books and the synopsis drew me in. I really did want to love this book, but it just didn’t completely do it for me.

The way it started drew me in instantly and I loved how it was dramatic and made a great introduction of the two sisters. I immediately knew that I didn’t like Charlene, but completely loved Gray. So even though it was a bit long and took a bit to get to Gray dying, it was a good beginning.

This is told in two separate POV’s, those being Gray and Raj. OH Raj…. (insert swoon here) LOL he’s a such a bad boy image proven wrong by his sweetness and genuine caring. LOVE HIM! ANYWAY… the different point of views makes the story even better because you get a sense of both sides and it draws you even more in.

I wish that there were more events leading up to Gray finding out about what her sister was doing, it felt way too abrupt. So really the story was just a bit…confusing? Maybe that is not the right word, but I really don’t know how else to describe it right now. Some things are drawn out and too detailed, while others seem to happen too fast to really get a feel for it. Also, sometimes it seems a bit jumpy, like from one scene to another without much connection.

BUT overall, this was an enjoyable read and I liked the concept. Since I have the entire set I will happily read what happens next. I do recommend you guys give this a try!
(review of free book)
Review by: M.S Watson on Dec. 7, 2013 :
Personally, I love everything about this book!
The plot is perfect and carries through smoothly, whilst the characters are well thought through and I especially enjoyed Charlene's visciousness and the way she reacts at the very end. I love the cover and find that this novel simply has what it takes to make it in today's modern novel market. I will be recommending this read to my friends - I have already started! - and I have read the sample of the following novel - and I can't wait to get it! The fact that the first novel in its entirety was for free was a definite selling point for me. I find that it's the best way in order to generate interest for the remaining, not-so-free novels and find that they will most definitely be on my to-get list ASAP! For anyone considering this read - GO FOR IT! You won't be disappointed. :)
(review of free book)
Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Aug. 4, 2013 :
Please note: This book is free on Smashwords and Amazon, so if you want to read it, you can!

Book Info: Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: Anyone, everyone
Trigger Warnings: there is a scene that is sort of the equivalent of rape

My Thoughts: I meant to just start this book and ended up sitting and reading it straight through, then moaning, “Oh my god, DAMMIT” when it was finished. Yes, it was that good and I wanted more. I don't even know exactly why. It has a love triangle, which I hate. But at the same time it is very real. Unlike so many books featuring high schoolers, this one had them acting like high school students, talking like high school students, and despite the magical nature of the main character, it just felt... real. Now I have to go and buy the other books, which I do can't afford at the moment, and find out what happens next. If you like young adult books—heck, even if you don't—you should totally check this book out. I was completely surprised by it. Really good stuff.

Series Information: Spellbound series
Book 1: Entangled
Book 2: Duplicity, available since 2012; I do not have... yet
Book 3: Enchantment, available since April, 2012; I do not have... yet

Disclosure: I don't recall exactly how I ended up with this book; I think the author left a code in a group and I downloaded it as a result. I do know I downloaded it from Smashwords. I later noticed it on NetGalley and accepted it there to have another place to post the review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: 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.
(reviewed 13 months after purchase)
Review by: sunita thapa on Jan. 31, 2013 :
love the story.. really interesting story and intense characters.. love the ending.. never could have thought it.. i could not put the book down finished the day i downloaded it... ok spoiler alert.. !!!
(review of free book)
Review by: Becky Paulk on Sep. 5, 2012 :
I liked Entangled a lot. I thought I knew what the main essence of this story was going to be, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was going to end one way, but it ended in a completely different way and I was pretty happy with it. I was a little surprised by how dark the novel really is and that there weren't any optimistic people in Graylee's life. My favorite character was Raj and I love how swoon worthy he is. He is definitely your typical bad boy. I recommend those who love magical novels. I will definitely be continuing on with this series.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Yzabel Ginsberg on Aug. 22, 2012 :
Although I had to spread the reading of this book over two days, it went fast and smoothly, and turned to be highly addictive. The first chapters may have been a little slow—what was needed, I suppose, to set the backdrop for Gray and Charlene’s ‘ordinary’ life, and thus contrast Gray’s sudden death against it. But past that point, I was hooked. Firstly because of the themes tackled throughout the story: revenge, deception, resentment, grief, death, how do people cope with it and to what lengths would they be ready to go if they had a chance to have a beloved one back… Secondly, while those themes are of the dark kind, the narrative itself doesn’t feel desperate nor gloomy, therefore making for a lighter reading moment no matter what. Last but not least, because I wanted to know how things would unfold, all that simply (already suspecting the kind of outcome the author would come up with didn’t detract from my reading pleasure: it’s the kind of predictable I appreciate).

The characters were both archetypal for that kind of novel (the popular bitchy sister, the nice and hard-working one, the boy with a bad reputation but a heart of gold, the sidekick ready to do everything for the one he has his eyes on…), yet at the same time convincing enough. They behaved with the kind of intensity in feelings and actions that tend to seem fitting for teenage characters, and there were often some darker, secret areas to their personalities. After all, when the girl intent on snagging her boyfriend back is also a witch, can things really go as normally as they would if she wasn’t? When she’s jealous of someone, and want to hamper that someone’s efforts, why stop at just feeling frustrated? And yet, some of those traits may also become understandable: I can understand how suddenly having her dead sister snatch her body one day out of two, putting a regular dent in her life, may feel extremely hard to bear for Charlene. (Alright, this said, she was still an absolute bitch who deserved to be slapped around with a trout full of long, pointy nails. Seriously. Borderline psychopathic much?)

I also liked that the story followed not only Gray, but Raj as well. He was by far my favourite character, being an actual good guy, respectful of others, even though he kept entertaining a facade that in the end hurt himself the most. (And Adrian. Why, Adrian, always full of smiles: I hope you do realize that you’re so creepy, man! And that I love it.)

What I was less satisfied with in “Entangled” was some unanswered questions. The reason to Gray’s death wasn’t so clear (not to mention that it was pretty stupid, to the point of little old me wondering if the ‘culprit’ didn’t act so dumb on purpose, knowing that of course it was just but an accident waiting to happen). And I admit I didn’t really understand what happened with Raj and his mother at the end—well, I *think* I understood, only that part went too fast for me to be certain I really did; more details about that (and the role of the Zippo lighter) would have been appreciated.

Nevertheless, I liked this book, and definitely want to read the next installment.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Michelle Sedeño on Aug. 18, 2012 :
Read the full review post on my blog, Michelle Shouts Random

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I got an ebook copy from the author. She's hosting a giveaway with this book, but gave a coupon anyway on Smashwords for the hoppers. Wow, right? I've been really excited because this has been sitting on my Goodreads tbr for a while--and tada! Free from the author. ;) Thank you SO much, Nikki!

Look at the cover. A photograph of a beautiful girl who promised enchanting and magical adventure. But I didn't expect a lot from this book. As they say, looks can be deceiving. I might finish (or not finish) this with a frown on my face because I didn't liked it. And I did.

I've read several books with witches on it. All of them would end up dystopian or locked in a secluded world even if they started in a 'normal' time and surroundings. Entangled doesn't. From beginning to end, it was on a present 'normal' world, and it isn't what I didn't liked. I actually appreciated how Nikki maintained Entangled's world of 'normalcy' even though there are witches, warlocks and magics every where.

I must say that I REALLY hate Charlene. The evil twin sister. Forgive me for the word, but she's a bitch who knew nothing but being pretty and perfect and selfish. How could you do such things to your own twin sister? Or even an innocent person? And then she'd go gaga about a boy who's a jerk and a sure equivalent of her. If you could only see me how much I wanted to pull her perfect hair or cast a spell. UGH.

The other twin, on the other hand, Graylee, is a character you would definitely love to put on a book with an annoying character like Charlene. Who would knew that the next day you woke up is you're dead and on your twin sister's body? Sweet. But as I told you, she's the perfect match on Charlene's character. Graylee is not your typical sweet, too kind of female protagonist. I liked how she stands up for herself whoever contradicts or mess with her--as what she did on her sister. I liked her but there's some attitude I don't like or understand about her, like with her being short-tempered.

As much as you wanted to throw the book (or e-reader) because they're so annoying, with these type of characters, it surely will make a reader look forward into the next installment of the series, especially with the ending like this. It's not like I didn't liked this, btw, I have a frown on my face after reading this because I know I have lots of books to read for review and lots of school work to be done and have to ask the busy author a request (without knowing if it will be entertained or not) for the second book--and I. Can't. Read. It. Sooner.

Overall, the story is really good, all the characters are good and annoying and it just shows how much they are very effective to the readers (including me, of course) and this book and obviously, I can't wait to read Duplicity. I also liked the romance and looking forward to what will happen next especially with THE ending!

Recommendations:

If you love witches, magic and spells, paranormal, fantasy with a YA twist and haven't read this one, well, what are you doing?? Buy links are available above!
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Review by: Kathy Sattem Rygg on July 26, 2012 :
This is such a well written book. I was impressed from page one. Great pacing, creative concept--I loved it!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
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