Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Entangled by Nikki Jefford

Entangled (Spellbound #1)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.

Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published February 20th 2012 by Nikki Jefford

(summary grabbed from GoodReads)

The first book read on my eReader! Also, my first NetGalley ARC!

Entangled was a very enjoyable read.  It was fun, unique, and deserves attention.  There were some issues with the writing that I found off-putting.  I felt that the author could have put more time into descriptions and pacing details.

The biggest criticism I have for Entangled is that I wish scenes were more elaborate.  There wasn’t very much detail in the setting or what was generally going on.  Sometimes there would be somewhat confusing sections of dialogue where it simply jumped from character to character without mention of what they were doing or facial expressions.  The only impression you could get was that they were talking heads.

Another small issue was the pacing.  It was sporadic and irregular, making the story feel messy.  One minute we’re going to school, and then bam! At somewhere completely unrelated.  There would be transitions that were made too quickly, but then other chunks of plot would be much slower paced.  I think the story would have benefited from more even pacing.

For what it lacks in description, it makes up for in storytelling.  Entangled has that sort of magic that pulls you into the story.  I thought it sweet how Raj likes Graylee from the beginning while she hated him; it was a little different from how romances typically play out.  Furthermore, there was a lot that was untypical in the story, which was refreshing.  The idea of twins sharing the same body was new to me.  Overall, it was a very fun and quick read.

Final Thought: 38 out of 45 toadstools  

Review also available on GoodReads


  1. Ooooh, I've only read one other review for this one, but it wasn't crash-hot. I'm glad you enjoyed it, despite what sounds like some really weird pacing and scene changes :S

    1. It was a little awkward at parts but the author's ideas were good :D
      Thanks for commenting!