The Paisley Piranhas are delighted to join the blog tour for Jenn Marie’s Intertwined. Read on for our review (and there’s a giveaway!).
Description from Goodreads:
Quiet seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Parker is looking forward to another mellow summer with her goofy relatives: sun tanning at the beach and staying out of trouble. Which is why the thought of her younger cousin participating in what is, clearly, a setup disguised as an initiation, worries her to the point of intervention.
One that backfires … big time …
Mistaken for her cousin, Elizabeth finds herself transported to an abandoned plantation, a place deeply haunted with unresolved mystery and where horror reigns every summer between July 20 and August 13.
It is there, locked in the pitch dark, where she finds herself paired with the strange and mysterious Adam Hunt—an unexpected trespasser with his own agenda. Together, they find a list of instructions—follow the clues to various possessions in the house, store them in the backpack provided, and find the key that will grant escape.
Having snuck in to document the haunting, Adam offers to help her find the key so long as she helps him record paranormal activity along the way. But as they make their way through the house, they soon discover unexplained anomalies …
For the first time in the plantation’s recorded history, the haunting deviates from its known cycle of events, thrusting Elizabeth and Adam in a series of perilous circumstances that ensue long after the night is over.
As the last day of the haunting draws nearer, and as forces beyond their control ignite their growing attraction, Elizabeth and Adam must work together to uncover the plantations mysterious past before its too late.
Or die trying.
Review by Katy Haye:
I fell into Intertwined effortlessly. We got to meet two chalk-and-cheese cousins who were clearly very close and affectionate – then we vanished with Lizzie into the haunted house. Oh my, that was as creepy as all get-out – great writing; my heart rate was zipping up as Lizzie faced threat after threat.
Once Lizzie and Adam were back to (relative) safety, I found the pace became a bit uneven – and I found Lizzie a bit wet when she wasn’t facing evil spirits. She occasionally became rather a steroetypical YA heroine with lamentations of the type, “Oh, he shouldn’t have put himself into danger for me, it’s all my fault,” (like there was any choice at the time!).
I didn’t like the imbalance between assured, worldly Adam and insecure Lizzie. (As an aside, if authors could please stop with the ‘smirking’ – smirking is not a synonym for ‘smile’ – it is patronising, superior and irritating as heck. Adam did far too much of it for my liking). But then, just when I got cross with Lizzie for a lack of self-esteem (or with Adam for the smirking), something adorable would happen, like the twenty questions via text when Lizzie and Adam were in the same room but unable to talk.
And then the ending was superlative once more: tense, dramatic and pacey … right up until the – ARGH!!! – cliffhanger ending.
Anyone who reads this blog regularly, will know we Piranhas have strong feelings about cliffhangers – and they aren’t good! I understand the desire to leave your reader desperate for the next in the series, but finish the damn story already. I’d been through a lot with Adam and Lizzie and I felt I deserved a proper ending, not, “Oh no, there’s yet more peril and here it comes.” If nothing else, because it’s going to be next summer before the second in the series is out.
I loved parts of Intertwined, I disliked others. Overall this gets a 3 from me.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair review. That’s what I’ve given it.
Katy Haye loves a good story. When not reading she’s writing. Her latest release is Rising Tides, a dystopian romance set in a drowned future world.