25 Dec 2014

Review - Entangled by Nikki Jefford

Title: Entangled (Spellbound #1)

Author: Nikki Jefford

Rating: 4/5 stars

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.

My thoughts:

Graylee and her sister don’t get along well – to put it mildly. Entangled deals with the well-known good twin vs. evil twin scenario, but introduces a twist: the twins got to share one body.

One night Graylee dies under dubious circumstances and two months later she wakes up in Charlene’s body. From that time on Gray occupies her sister’s body every second day and, since the situation is very uncomfortable, she is determined to find answers to her questions: Is she staying permanently? Is body transfer possible? How did she really die?

I think Nikki Jefford put together a lovely story. There are characters to root for and there is a malevolent bunch as well. I questioned Charlene’s sanity many times, she was uber psycho. I liked the grouping of characters; some changed sides towards the end of the book, I wasn’t expecting that. The mystery around Raj McKenna’s house-burning act was another reason why I wanted to read on.
I couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like if I had to live in another person’s body, knowing that my own corpse is rotting under the ground in a cemetery… I would definitely freak out. Graylee was cooler about it, than I would have been, that’s for sure.

Talking about the cemetery… my favourite scene was when Gray found Raj at her grave and told him she was back. Gray obviously meant a lot for Raj already at that point and I just wanted him to know she was around again. It was a well-written reunion in my opinion. Their relationship developed nicely throughout the book, even if it was a bit out of the blue in the beginning.

There were awesome spells and healing scenes in the novel as well, coven gatherings, and the characters often used magic at school too, which got them into trouble a few times.

I recommend Entangled to everyone who enjoys books about witches, warlocks and spells gone wrong. I can’t wait to read the sequel!

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