Published February 2012|Self-Published by Nikki Jefford
E-book|From NetGalley|142 pages
Series: Spellbound #1
Genre: YA: Fantasy/Mystery/Paranormal
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-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.
I liked Entangled a lot more than I expected. I’m always intrigued with magic and witches and warlocks, and add in a mysterious death and trying to bring back the dead, you have a novel I really want to read.
Let’s start with…characters! Charlene and Graylee seem to be polar opposites. There’s a lot of potential for the two of them, but I just felt like I didn’t get to know them very well or get a good sense of their personalities, other than Charlene being the popular, evil one and Graylee being the nice but not too popular, good one. I’m hoping we see more of who they really are in the books to come. As for the other characters, Raj and Adrian were definitely interesting, and I really liked them as characters. As for their mom, she was just…frustrating. Like, she didn’t seem to care that Charlene destroyed Graylee’s things or that Charlene blocked Graylee’s magic for years.
The Magic: I was intrigued by the magic, and how modern it felt. There are no wands or brooms in sight as far as magic is concerned, but there does appear to be a code of ethics, which fit but was also intriguing. I really wish we had more details about the magic and the magical community.
The Plot: I was intrigued by Charlene and Graylee residing in the same body…but with the girls switching places every 24 hours. It’s a really weird Freaky Friday kind of moment, and you’d think there would be some sort of melt-down on Graylee’s part when realizing that she’s in her twin’s body. I kind of wish there was some sort of reaction on Graylee’s part- and even on their mom’s part, who pretty much leaves them to figure out how to take care of it themselves. I get their mom gave up her magic, but still…I feel like there’s something that their mom could have done to help them. Things seemed to drag on at times, and other times, things felt rushed.
The Ending: It was abrupt, and things seemed to wrap up a little too well. But it’s also the point when I started liking Entangled. Up until the ending, I wasn’t sure if I liked Entangled or not. But…I am really curious as to how things are going to work out.
While I enjoyed Entangled, I still have mixed feelings. I just really wanted more world-building and details about the magic, and seeing Graylee and Charlene have distinct personalities that were more than good but not popular and evil popular girl. Still, I really like the premise, and I want to know the answers to all of my unresolved questions! Entangled gets 3 stars.