Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review of Entangled by Nikki Jefford

Goodreads Summary: 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-four 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 Gray 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.
Goodreads Rating: 3.69 with just over 1,500 ratings
Genre listing: Young Adult, Paranormal, Witches, Supernatural, Romance, Urban Fantasy,
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Review:

Edited 12/1/2016

This young adult romance book has been on my kindle for ages. It's another one of the free books I find on Amazon routinely. I've been trying to go through and read some of those, mainly because they're usually shorter. I was hesitant to start this one. The ratings on Goodreads are pretty good, but a lot of the top reviews just make it sound terrible. I don't necessarily disagree with what they are saying, but I kind of liked it.

A lot of complaints I see about it is that there is either a lack of emotions from the characters or the emotions just feels wrong altogether. I  agree with this, but it wasn't so bad for me that it ruined the book or made me want to stop reading it. I was confused by the fact that she just up and assumed she was dead when everyone left, but couldn't remember being dead. That was weird and kind of forced. I think the only issue I have with it is we don't get a whole lot of character detail. Except for Charlene, who is a psychopathic attention whore, who wants to murder everyone. Oh, we also get a lot of character detail on Raj. I think Charlene and Raj got more detail than Graylee did.  Which was annoying? Graylee is written as this very blank, create your own, kind of character. The descriptions of her are very vague and lacking. It's here's this story of Charlene, and Graylee is the exact opposite of her.

I liked the range of powers that she gives the witches and warlocks. I feel like in a lot of witch books; their powers are just glazed over. I enjoyed how they all had very basic abilities, but also had their unique capabilities. Even Graylee and Charlene had different abilities, despite being twins. The detail in skills almost made up for the lack of character detail.

Once Graylee "dies" it seemed like a pretty predictable plot line. The premise is interesting enough, but it almost seems like the author went down a checklist. This is what I think the list looks like:
Yeah, I have mad MS Paint skills.

I was entertained by the book for the most part. I mean I read it in one night, so it wasn't too terrible, but it left me wanting more depth out of the characters. That's probably my fault for expecting depth in a teen novel that I found for free on the internet.

I give this book 3 Moons. I'm being a little generous, but I don't feel like it's bad enough for 2 moons. It's not worthy enough for three moons, though. I'm bumping it up though because I do want to read the next book.





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