Review: Entangled (Spellbound, #1) 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.

***Entangled is a young adult paranormal fantasy romance suitable for ages 15 and up.***

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Read from August 14 to 15, 2012
I heard about this book via the lovely people of the bloggersphere and after being mesmerized by the cover, I had to give it a shot.

Graylee Perez is your average bookworm, Glee-watching, teenage witch. One day she wakes up in her sister’s room, in her sister’s clothes, and finds out that she has been dead for two months. While she has returned to the world of the living, she and her sister, Charlene, are inhabiting the same body and must share it in 24-hour shifts.

About the book in general.
This book was one of those that I had trouble putting down. I found Jefford’s take on magic, how it works, and spellcasting to be very fascinating.

About the characters.
Though I did like her, I found Graylee to be frustrating at times. I thought there wasn’t enough internal conflict for her when the option is given of purging her sister’s soul from “their” body or the option of taking over another person’s body. She just seemed to jump right into the idea of essentially killing someone else a little too easily for my taste.

Raj was awesome. He was definitely my favorite character and is swoon-worthy as they say. He’s had a long-term super-crush on Graylee even though in the beginning she only notices him to be revolted. Raj has a bit of a vengeful streak and can be stubborn as Satan’s mule, but he’s loyal to a fault and will do anything for Graylee or his little sister, Aahana. And who doesn’t love that?

Charlene, the evil twin sister, is a stereotypical popular girl hell-bent on keeping her high school A-list status. Her character was believable if despicable and I thought she made an excellent antagonist.

There were a number of other characters, but those are the main three I wanted to mention.

All in all, this was an easy, enjoyable read. I most certainly recommend it for fans of contemporary fantasy or paranormal romance. I will most certainly be ordering the next two books and I look forward to seeing this story unfold.

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Review: The Light Tamer (The Light Tamer, #1) by Devyn Dawson

The Light Tamer (The Light Tamer, #1)

Jessie’s moved from New York to North Carolina one week after school lets out for summer break. Being a teen in a retirement area, is one more thing to add to her ‘this sucks’ list. It’s bad enough to have to move, but even worse her alcoholic father left them as he went on a quest to be an artist in Greece.

Things begin to look up when she is reintroduced to Caleb, the dorky boy that saved her life one summer at the beach. Caleb is no longer scrawny and nerdy, he is now tall, dark and handsome. Caleb is a Light Tamer. Now, Jessie and Caleb must learn how to control the light…before they lose each other forever.

Jessie and Amber become fast friends. Amber is a no frills girl, her snarky comments and sassy attitude will raise a few eyebrows and have you laughing out loud. Amber is rough around the edges, a light tamer with only two years left to find the one she is bound to. Her father’s surfing accident left her dad paralyzed and her brother dead.

This paranormal romance will keep you on the edge of your seat with humor, romance, and determination. Fall head over heels for Caleb and Jessie

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I’m giving this book a 4-star rating, because while it didn’t “rivet” me, I think it deserves that rating. I found the premise to be very fascinating and original with Greek/Egyptian mythology twists that I have not encountered before. The idea of Light Tamers and Dark Ones was very cool and I had fun exploring the world that Ms. Dawson has created.

The plot:
This book is about 20% action, 30% paranormal, 15% mystery, and 35% kissing. It was more of a sweet, gooey romance than a hardcore action flick, which is great news for you PNR fans! I don’t remember the story lagging at any one point, though the pace was moderate, being neither too fast nor too slow.

The characters:
Jessie, our MC, has a bit of an attitude in the beginning over coming to live in a po-dunky little North Carolina town. That is, until she meets Caleb, the boy who saved her life when they were little and the young man to whom she is now irresistibly drawn. Jessie was a relatable, understandable heroine and I did like her.

Caleb was a cute love interest. I really, really hate to add this part, but I did think he was just a bit…okay, this hurts, but I’ll say it anyway…stereotypical. There, I said it. But it’s true! Caleb’s character was good-looking and ripped (rather common in YA lit these days, whatever happened to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST?) and sweet. He really didn’t seem to be all that flawed and anyone who knows me knows I’m totally into flaws.

My favorite character was definitely, positively, unquestionably Amber. Her smart-mouth and dry wit brought a delightful sense of humor and a light touch to the scene. The fact that she’s really not as “okay” as she makes herself out to be, and is really hurting inside, made her a compelling, engaging character. I’m quite fond of her.

Since I don’t wish to give away any spoilers, I’ll just say that the bad guy isn’t obvious at first and leave it at that.

There were a few typos and error in this book that were confusing at times. Most of the book is told in first-person present tense, but there were places where you could see that it had been converted from third-person past tense narration and a few spots were missed in editing.

The graphic make-out scenes were a little too bountiful for my taste. I’m into romance (can you think of a teen girl who isn’t?) but not overt, steamy romance. I certainly prefer not to hear about tongues etc.

Anyway, this book was a decent read over all. I didn’t really get into it until the Great Twist at the end (which caught me completely by surprise, by the way) which almost made up for the rest of the book. I don’t think this is a book “anyone” could enjoy, but if you’re into paranormal romance and light fantasy, give this one a shot. You might enjoy it more than I did. =)

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