REVIEW: Unraveled by Gena Showalter **SPOILER ALERT**

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE PLOT & CHARACTERS

Title: Unraveled
Author: Gena Showalter
Year of Publication: 2010
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Hardback
Length: 572 pages
First Line: “Aden Stone thrashed on his bed, his sheets falling to the floor.”

Summary: Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he’s supposed to be crowned Vampire King—while still a human! Well, kind of.

With four—oops, three now—human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been “different” himself. These souls can time-travel, raise the dead, possess another’s mind and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.

The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.

Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn’t about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life…

Review: Note: Originally written in 2011

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THIS REVIEW WILL HAVE A BOAT LOAD OF SPOILERS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

I waited for the sequel to ‘Intertwined’ for a year. I was really excited because I thought ‘Intertwined’ was awesome. So when I finally picked up ‘Unraveled’ I was pretty disappointed.

‘Unraveled’ takes place immediately after ‘Intertwined’ and takes place for about a week.

The overlying issue for our heroes is the meeting with the witches they have to go to, and if they don’t go to it all of them will be killed. Only problem is that they don’t have the time or place for the meeting. So they spend the novel stalking witches to figure it out. When the meeting was finally called, it was like… that’s it? Really?

The second issue for our heroes is that Vlad is not dead. Which really was not surprising. But Vlad has Tucker (remember Tucker? Mary Ann’s ex who knocked up Penny) stalk our heroes. I thought that was more than lame. Vlad is using a half demon to spy for him? He’s Vlad the Impaler, mother fucker. He can take on Aden Stone himself.

Then there’s the new magical creature introduced, the Drainer. A person who only survives by sucking the life force of magical beings. And go figure, Mary Ann is revealed to be a Drainer. I feel like her character has been ruined now. I loved that before she repelled magic. Now even Riley is scared of her because of what she is. It didn’t help that Mary Ann was either whining about how she might be a Drainer or whining about how Riley might not love her anymore for the entire novel.

The final issue is that plot of Elijah’s prediction of Aden’s death. Throughout the novel it’s all Victoria thinks or talks about. I would have thought that Ms. Showalter would have used this plot for I dunno the whole book series not killing Aden off until the final moments of the novel. But… nope. She used Elijah’s prophecy of his death in book 2. Tucker who is working for Vlad kills Aden. To save Aden, Victoria uses her mighty vampire blood in a weird transfusion. The result being that Aden is now a vampire while Victoria is human and has Caleb, Elijah and Julian in her head.

Characterization wise, Mary Ann and Victoria were just whining about their boyfriends while Riley and Aden were being all bad ass and saving the world. It was over 500 pages of that and it was more than annoying.

‘Intertwined’ took me about two days to read. ‘Unraveled’ took me about 3-4 months. It took so long because I didn’t want to read such crap so I kept avoiding it. I was sad that this was the sequel I had been waiting for.

There will be a sequel to ‘Unraveled’ called ‘Twisted’ which I am probably going to read but I don’t have high hopes for it.

Worst part: The plots and characterization.

Best part: Probably Aden. His character didn’t get screwed up like everyone else.

Grade: F

Recommend For: I am honestly not sure who I would recommend this book to. You need to read ‘Intertwined’ to understand this novel, and to me this was just a horrible sequel.

Other Books by This Author: Intertwined (the book before Unraveled) and Catch A Mate

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