Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Unraveled by Gena Showalter

Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he's supposed to be crowned Vampire King—while still a human! Well, kind of.

With four—oops, three now—human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been "different" himself. These souls can time-travel, raise the dead, possess another's mind and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.

The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.

Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn't about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life…

I usually adore anything by Gena Showalter, unfortunately I just really couldn't get into this story, the promise from the first book was a huge let-down in this next installment. On a positive note; Gena's unique vision of vampire lore was enjoyable to read, I also liked the other paranormal elements to the book and there were lots of twists and turns keeping you guessing. Although I knew the characters from the first book, Intertwined, I just couldn't seem to form a connection to any of them in this book. There were a lot of different point of views throughout the story as well, and it was somewhat bothersome to be constantly bounced around. I felt the story was more about Riley and Mary Ann, rather than Aden and what was happening to him. I do have to say that a sense of family was a strong theme throughout the book, and Dan's (Aden's foster parent) genuine affection for Aden and the other the wayward boys made him a positive figure in Aden's troubled life.

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