Review: Entangled by Nikki Jefford

Entangled by Nikki Jefford
Series: Spellbound (# 1)
Release Date: February 20, 2012
Publisher:  Nikki Jefford
Pages: 149
Source:  author

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 while working out a way to disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

**The Spellbound series is intended for older teens.

 

Review:  Entangled is not your average YA. I was drawn to the book when I read the summary, and once I started reading Ms. Jefford continued to deliver. Her characters were realistic and her portrayal of high school was spot on. I found myself transported to my youth. Ms. J did a fabulous job at keeping me guessing, and invested in her characters. Teen angst meets supernatural in this thrilling page turner fraught with magic, betrayal and mystery.

Graylee and her identical twin sister Charlene are total opposites in everything but looks. Charlene is self centered, vein, and obsessed with her boyfriend Blake, who’s just ditched her for the high school beauty Stacey. Instead of letting the bad egg go Charlene is determined to win him back, and is making everyone else’s life a living hell in the process. I wanted to jump into this book and give her a stern talking too and possibly a shake. Charlene has a serious case of princess syndrome, and blinders on. I’m all for sympathy when a relationship ends, but Charlene is over the top. I was not a fan, but I guess that was the point. Kudos to Ms. J on a well made villain. Trust me the v word is fitting for this teen.

Have I mentioned Gray and Charlene are also witches? In addition to high school the girls attend coven meetings weekly, where they learn to harness, develop and grow their powers. Too bad Gray’s full potential has been stunted for the past five years. Gray is a sassy girl who lives on her own terms and often gets lost in her sister’s drama. This really burned my biscuit. I wanted to see their mother lay down the law instead of giving a ‘You know how Charlene is excuse or turning a blind eye. I liked Gray. Her ability to simply be herself and not worry about peer pressure was refreshing and admirable. High school is tough, and having to keep a secret like being a witch makes it that much harder. Of course. Gray has her own problems to deal with when her ability to make herself invisible captures the attention of bad boy, and coven school dropout, Raj. The powerful Warlock is dangerous, but she can’t help but be attracted to him.

What seem to be simple teenage issues turn out to be so much more as dark truths are revealed. Charlene isn’t who she seems to be, and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants. Gray is forced to make some tough decisions and learns the hard way you can’t judge a person by outside appearances.

I really enjoyed this read, and I’d recommend it to any YA lover.