Friday, March 30, 2012

A Magical Must Read

Entangled made it onto the 2012 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge suggested reading list hosted by Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf.

My eyes lit up when I came across this challenge on the blogosphere. Last month I released a witchy book and have two more in the trilogy coming out. I grew up on fantasy and magic. (Along with Nancy Drew, The Babysitters Club, Anne of Green Gables, and a brief lapse into horror. I'll take my sleep back thank you very much!)

Melissa also reviewed Entangled and awarded it 4 out of 5 clocks – well worth your time! : )

"I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started to read Entangled.  I knew that I loved the cover, I knew that I loved the premise, but I also knew that some times indie books can be less than impressive.  Let's just say that I need not have worried about this title.

I loved this book from the first page.  The mix of magic, romance, sibling rivalry, teen angst, friendship and loyalty made this a perfect read.  I kept turning the pages...wanting to know how this crazy resurrection spell gone wrong would be resolved...  Wanting to know how far Charlene would go to to regain 100% of her life...  And wanting to know how the strong and independent Graylee would manage to solve her predicament, maintain her morale compass and of course...decide what to do about Raj...

It's no secret that I have a bit of a thing for witches (I'll take them any day over Vampires, Werewolves,  or Zombies) and this book delivered on the witchcraft front.  However it was actually the inter-personal relationships in the story that really stole the show.  Charlene's relationships with her friends at school, Graylee's budding romance with Raj, a mother's love for her children that can cause her to turn a blind eye to the faults of one and be willing to do anything to save the other...

And most of all...I loved how Nikki wrote the relationship between the twins Charlene and Graylee.  It felt so true to me (and growing up with younger twin sisters gives me a good taste for what that kind of  kinship entails.  The love and hate..the codependency alongside the desire for independence.  How two people can be best friends and worst enemies all wrapped in one.  Nikki captured it all perfectly and then put her magical spin on it.

All of this may not be the main theme of the book.  I am not sure if it was the author's intention for the twins' relationship to be the focus of the novel...but for this reader it was.  And I can not wait for the second in the Spellbound series so that I can find out where the twins go from here."

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