Entangled (Spellbound, Book 1) by Nikki Jefford
Twin witches Graylee and Charlene Perez agree on one rule: No dating warlocks.
Not so easy when a certain rogue warlock is convinced he and Graylee belong together and will use anything, including magic, to try and impress Gray. When Charlene’s boyfriend dumps her, she threatens to kill either herself or the girl who stole Blake. Somehow, Gray ends up dead.
A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong:
Two months after dying, Gray wakes up in Charlene’s body. As a witch, can anyone blame her mother for attempting to bring her daughter back to life? Only now Gray’s stuck sharing her sister’s body 50/50 in twenty-four hour shifts.
The race is on for Gray to find a way back inside her own body before Charlene purges her from existence. Raj McKenna is rumored to meddle in the black arts, not to mention he’s after Gray’s invisibility spell and worse – her heart. But Raj might be the only one powerful enough to save Gray from fading away forever.
Good YA books about witches are the white whales of the genre. It seems like when you pick up a YA title about witches you can expect huge bounds of silliness like The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan, and the writing usually doesn’t get any better than the writing found in The House of Night series. So when I find a good one in that sea of muck, I’m beyond happy. Especially, when I get done reading it and think, “Holy cow!! That was awesome!”
Entangled starts off with teen angst right at the beginning when Graylee's sister, Charlene, is going to jump of the roof of the school because her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. When Charlene jumps instead of a gruesome death she simply floats to the ground below. The magic takes off right there and I love that it’s not all funky poems and weird chants. It’s more of a mind power, you know believe and you shall achieve. The teen drama in this book is tons of fun with twins Graylee—or just Gray—and Charlene. Just as Gray finds out her sister has been blocking her powers to undermine her confidence Gray wakes up the next morning to find out she died and woke up in her sister's body.
While I thought the mystery behind how Gray died was glaringly obvious, that's not the good stuff. The good stuff is watching Gray come into her magic and find out who her true friends are. Sure that sounds cheesy, but sometimes that is the hardest lesson in life. This book is about character growth and strength, a true treat for any reader.
Besides being an amazing new take on teen witches the romance is just refreshing. Awkward girl meets boy from the wrong side of the tracks, has always been a favorite ploy for romances. What's better is when the reader can watch the two see each other and develop feelings. I hate it when the two just gaze into each others eyes and it's instant magic. Speaking of bad boys, Raj is one dangerous leading man. What I loved even more was that the story is told not just buy Gray, buy Raj gets some running time. Let's just say by the end of the book I had a huge fictional crush on Raj. Almost big enough to rival my crush for Jace from The Mortal Instrument series.
Entangled is that rare book that is going to make you tape your eyes open to read into the ungodly hours of the night—that's just what Entangled is though. Sure, I will admit there were a couple rough spots, but this book comes close to flawless. The magic will prick your interest and then the characters will pull you in. Evil sisters, good boys that are bad, bad boys that are good, dark pasts, dark magic, wild . . . OK I'll stop. You get the point. This is one fantastic read and I highly recommend it.
Sexual Content: Charlene is quite the promiscuous little lady *cough-slut-cough* and Graylee has a pretty hot make out scene. There's sexual talk and humor, but nothing that will put readers on edge.
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