Entangled by Nikki Jefford
Published February 20, 2012
Series: Spellbound, #1
Genre: fantasy, paranormal
Blurb: 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.
It’s a bit like Freaky Friday. Gray and Charlene are twin witches. Gray dies but is brought back…and put in her twin sister’s body. They have to share, each taking a turn every twenty-four hours. If they were close, maybe they would have handled it better, but they can’t stand each other. Gray can’t stand Charlene’s life, either. She’s forced to pretend to be Charlene. She has to hang with Charlene’s friends and horny boyfriend. Gray is completely different from Charlene, and she refuses to tolerate it.
Charlene starts to form a plan to get Gray out of her body…for good. Gray has to figure out how to stop her…but how does she do that when she lives only every twenty-four hours?
The story is told in two points of view: through Gray and a guy named Raj. Gray is a pretty normal, run-of-the-mill protagonist (except for the part where she USED to be this awesome witch with awesome talent and now she’s lost all that awesomeness). Raj annoyed me so much in the beginning, because he embodies the “bad-boy-but-good-inside-and-falls-for-the-good-girl” thing. Charlene is popular, bitchy, and desperate.
The premise of this book is great. Initially I was excited to read it. Teen witches who get trapped in the same body? It sounds like a great read. It certainly was enough to keep me interested. But it was messy and there were parts I hated.
Everyone makes light of suicide in the beginning of the book, where Charlene threatens to kill herself because her boyfriend has set his sights on someone else. But this seems to be just for show. Perhaps this was to show how dramatic and obsessed with her boyfriend Charlene is, but it just annoyed me. Then Charlene decides she’s going to kill the girl who stole her boyfriend.
Raj never grew on me. I hated him as much as I did in the beginning. He’s selfish and mean, even if he’s supposed to have a good heart. What he does to the teacher proves it. Part of me wishes he’d died for Gray or something, just so I could like him a little bit.
I was surprised Charlene had so much hatred for Gray. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I had to keep reminding myself that Charlene is supposed to be obsessed with her boyfriend, and that Charlene was supposed to be jealous of Gray’s magical talent. But I wanted to yell at Charlene, “WHY?”
Entangled did not live up to my expectations.
Rating: 2 stars
*A copy was provided by netgalley and the author for review purposes*
If you’d like another opinion:
- Entangled (Spellbound #1) by Nikki Jefford (somanybookssolittletimebookgroup.wordpress.com)