I've enjoyed the start of Showalter's series Intertwined. Picked it up on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. But how could I not? Time travel, possession, psychics, zombies, werewolves and vampires as well as the usual high school politics, hormones and homework. A delicate balance that, if strayed but a little, may cause one to slip of the edge. However Intertwined delivers a story with good pacing that kept me engaged and wondering what would happen next. Can't wait to see what happens next.
I also enjoyed Almasy's performance and what she brought to the characters, especially Riley. Too often when I'm reading and come across the phrase "he said gruffly" it is then added on as an afterthought. With Almasy's performance you got to hear Riley's rough nature and sense the animal even in times when he was being gentle, like his endearing sweetness to Mary Ann.
It was my mistaking to listen to this book on a whim. I had been hearing the title mentioned a lot and seeing it in stores on stands. I decided to see what the hubbub was about myself with out actually seeing what the book was about. A few chapters in I was having the strangest sense of deja vu, like I'd heard this story before. That's when I looked the book up and discovered it was a twilight based story turned erotic. Not really my cup of tea. I didn't know it was possible for something to be worse than twilight, but this just might be it. Perhaps the story gets better but I wont be finding out. If I must suffer through Anastasia's inner dialogue I wont do it with Battoe's voice in my head. Her inflections were to pointed and obvious to make them feel genuine and it made me dislike the main character. Not the sort of thing you need in addition to the repetitive sentiment (how many times in the first chapter alone did she say how gorgeous Grey was - and in the same exact way. If you are going to repeat an idea over an over again at least mix it up a little for the reader. Don't just flat out say Oh he's so gorgeous or he's so beautiful. It makes the character seem unimaginative.) This mixed with overtly obvious attempts to make the character seem witty "I must be the color of the communist manifesto" just doesn't work. There may be some characters that could get away with thinking/saying this, but I don't think any of them exist in this story.
Really good, I'm fairly easy to please though
The car bombing
Right on par
She'll get her man or die trying
Really interesting spin on Alice in Wonderland. Very imaginative.
Dodge, he stayed and fought even though everything was seemingly taken away from him. Granted he did tread a bit close to the deep end.
He did a great job on all the characters
Forget what you knew about Wonderland
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