Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review ~ ENTANGLED (Spellbound #1) by Nikki Jefford

Entangled (Spellbound #1)
A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong.

Two months after dying, Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body. As a witch, can anyone blame her mother for attempting to bring her daughter back to life? Now Gray is stuck sharing her sister’s body in twenty-four-hour shifts.

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.

The race is on for Gray to find a way back inside her own body before Charlene purges her from existence.

*****This book is intended for older teens.    ~From GoodReads

Graylee and Charlene are identical twins, which might be fun, but for the fact that Charlene is hateful, spiteful, vengeful twit. And...they're witches. Since Graylee lost her ability to perform even the most basic spells, she has become insecure and withdrawn from the high school social scene. A scene in which Charlene thrives. But when Charlene goes too far, Graylee wakes up dead. Due to a glitch in the spell her mother used to bring her back, Graylee and Charlene must share a body. Every other day, Graylee wakes up in Charlene's body. Every other day, she must pretend to be Charlene. As the clock runs down on Graylee's time on Earth, she must uncover the mysterious circumstances around her death, and find a new body, before she's gone for good.

I truly did enjoy ENTANGLED. The concept of sharing a body with another person presents the opportunity to tell a really interesting story. Most of us have read stories or watched movies about body switching, but body sharing is a much trickier scenario. And when you have two characters that are polar opposites in morals and personality, even better. This made for some awkward, funny, and mortifying moments for poor Graylee.

Though I did like the story, I will admit, I sometimes didn't understand Graylee and Charlene. Graylee rolled with the punches, much more than I would expect from someone who literally wakes up with no body of her own. Maybe it was shock, or maybe she's just that chill. But I would have expected a nuclear meltdown from a most characters in that situation. And Charlene...oh boy, that girl had no redeeming qualities. She was just truly awful. She was a user, a manipulator, jealous, cold-hearted and was willing to get rid of anyone who got in her way. I don't know where all the hate came from. I'm wondering if her motivation will be explained later in the series. I hope so.

I was a bit confused by the guys in ENTANGLED. I honestly didn't know what was going on with Ryan and Nolan. I wasn't sure how to feel about Raj either, for a lot of the story. He's a very misunderstood boy, perhaps. He started off as seeming like a sociopath. Then he developed a major fixation on Graylee, which was explained. I ended up really liking him, thank goodness, but it took me awhile to get there.

I spent a lot ENTANGLED liking it, but not in love with the story. However, the last few chapters were awesome. The author took the story in a direction I never expected. I was actually very thrilled with the turn of events and it left me very excited to find out what happens in book two, DUPLICITY.

Favorite Quote:

"How could she have died and missed out on this? Of all the reasons to be brought back, this was the best. Everyone should experience a kiss like this before parting." (ebook, 85%)

Published February 20th 2012 by Nikki Jefford
You can purchase Entangled at:
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Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This sounds like an enjoyable book. Too bad that the characters confused you for a while though. I don't know that I will read this book, but great review!!

  2. There's another book coming out soon that also deals with body-sharing but I can't remember the name of it. I think it's a cool story concept too. Not sure i'd take on writing though. Yeesh!

  3. I love the concept of this story! I really want to check it. Sorry you didn't totally love it . . . I'll be sure to download a sample first, just in case!

  4. Sounds interesting. It kind of reminds me of Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes with the 24 hours thing, except in that one it wasn't two people sharing the same body. So upon further review, I have no idea why I made that connection. Pretty cover, also.

  5. Different for sure. Love the cover though. Thanks for sharing.



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