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Entangled (Spellbound Trilogy #1) (Spellbound series) [Kindle Edition]

Nikki Jefford
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Magic, Murder, & Romance – A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong

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

“Freaky Friday gone wrong anybody? Being a big fan of witch stories, Entangled quickly topped the chart in my list of favourites.” ~ Xpresso Reads

“Entangled is that rare book that is going to make you tape your eyes open to read into the ungodly hours of the night…” ~ Book Whispers

**The Spellbound series is intended for older teens.

About the Author

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage and was an entertainment reporter before returning to her first love: fiction. After a whirlwind romance in France, Nikki married Sébastien in March 2000. They reside with Cosmo the Wonder Westie.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Aug. 30 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the plot and the way the book was written. It kept me interested all the way until the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read July 11 2012
Format:Paperback
Nikki Jefford's debut novel, 'Entangled,' reinvigorates the 'which witch is which?' dilemma.

From the onset, Jefford's story refuses to fall into predictable patterns. With twin teen witches (try saying that five times, fast!), it's reasonable to expect those Twitches'as I've come to call them'to be stereotypical YA twins: inseparable carbon copies; fluent in some form of 'twinspeak'; and ready to die for each other.

No spoilers here ' but not quite. Jefford pulls the rug out from below the reader. In fact, I'll venture to say that Jefford has a slight addiction to the act, since she does it multiple times throughout the story.

And it works. 'Entangled' is a refreshing, unpredictable tale into which Jefford deftly weaves magic, mystery, romance, tension, humor, teen angst, and sibling rivalry.

'Entangled' is the first book in the Spellbound Trilogy. I'm off to buy book two''Duplicity''now. Book three is scheduled for a September release.

I highly recommend 'Entangled' to YA and paranormal romance fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a good witchy teen book! March 26 2012
By Shera - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.

5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, but there is just something missing.... Nov. 24 2012
By BookGeek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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2.5 Stars

"Entangled" moves at a pace that can only be described as whirlwind. Graylee is in bed, then she's in her last class and then she's at the dinner table. No transitions or segue. The author puts us in a scene and tells us whatever plot point she wants the reader to know and then moves us to the next scene or plot point. No finesse or flow. Graylee just bounces around the book until it comes to its incomprehensive end.

What must be applauded about this book, besides its beautiful cover, is the author's vision of magic. "Entangled" is a very unique and different twist to witchcraft, the afterlife and possession. The magic that Raj is capable of is fascinating. The descriptions of the way that magic works, the healing process and the magic that brings Graylee back to life is new and unlike any other paranormal series.

Unfortunately, what Nikki Jefford wants her reader to understand about magic and magic users is unclear. Does magic or the power of witchcraft only come to those who are evil, morally bankrupt, stupid or crazy? That's the way it seems. Every magical character Graylee comes across is ridiculously stupid, unaccountably selfish or certifiably insane. While on the subject of magic, it would be great to understand where the magic comes from. What makes someone a witch or a warlock, how do they discover their magic and how do covens work? None of this is explained. There are covens and those covens have rules. There is also a code that every magic user must swear to follow, but it is not clear why this code is there and who enforces it. There is no exposition of this world whatsoever.

The characters in this book are extremely foolish. Yes, this is a Young Adult novel, but by the age 16 or 17 you have a concept of why it is that you do the things that you do. There is no reason behind the actions of everyone from the hero to the villain of this book. If there is reasoning then Jefford is holding back until later books in the series. The conflict between Graylee and her sister Charlene started way before the book begins, but the reason this conflict has started is unknown. Is it jealousy or simple sibling rivalry? For a character to be three-dimensional their actions have to stem from emotions and feelings beyond simple jealousy. What did Graylee do to make Charlene hate her so much? Did is happen after their father that is never talked about or mentioned, died? Or was it the actions of their extremely weak and ridiculous mother?

One of the biggest issues with this book has to be the mother of these twins. She is an incredibly weak, foolish and a huge pushover. From the first chapter the twins run amuck and the mother does nothing. Charlene's boyfriend breaks up with her and she is allowed to just mope around in her room, make magical threats and skip school, because her adolescent heart has been broken. The mother is completely ignorant of what is going on with her children. That can be said for most parents in YA, but at least other parents understand and know what their children are capable of. Mrs. Perez has no idea what kind of children she has raised and allows monstrous personalities to bloom under her own roof.

Then there is the love story. To call Graylee and Raj a love story would be a stretch. There is no build up or getting to know you section of this book. Suddenly, after years of knowing her, Raj is all about Graylee. He sees her use magic and all of a sudden he just knows she is the one for him. Reading YA and even adult romances can sometimes be tiresome, because authors don't believe in allowing their characters to fall in love. Raj could have seen Graylee do magic and been intrigued enough to want to get to know her. Nope, he's just into her. Just like that. Why do they like each other? Doesn't matter, because the author didn't give the audience anything to work with. They just become partners in crime and Graylee trusts him with all her secrets.

In fact, Graylee trusts every cute boy who smiles at her with her secret. Graylee comes back from the dead. It doesn't matter that her soul is entangled with that of her sister's, she is alive. It takes a lot of magic and probably some dark arts to accomplish something that huge. It doesn't take a magical witch in a coven to understand that, but these characters run around telling this huge secret as if it's hot gossip. Why are they so trusting? No reason, it just pushes the plot along. Characters are even capable of guessing the impossible, as if dead girls come back to life and inhabit their twin sister's bodies all the time.

"Entangled" is a perfect example of a fantastic concept with a sloppy execution. Sloppy, might be too harsh a word, but this book feels like a first or second draft. It doesn't feel fine tuned, polished or complete. The writer definitely needed to take more time to flush out her characters, her descriptions and her plot points.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf Reviews March 19 2012
By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.

Note: I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo mademoiselle jefford! May 19 2012
By Largent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Can't wait for my daughter to grow up and read it......hopefully she will admire gray and despise charlene! a good summer read for teenage girls!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A witchy book that just didn't do it for me Nov. 29 2012
By Crystal Starr Light - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Graylee "Gray" and her twin sister, Charlene, don't quite get along. They are both witches, but Gray's power is less than her sister's - until she finds out Charlene was shielding Gray's power and holding her back.

One day, Gray wakes up in Charlene's bed wearing Charlene's clothes. Worse, everyone is talking about her being dead! Turns out, Gray is dead and must live every other day in Charlene's body. Will Gray ever return to her body or must she live out the rest of her existence in her sister's body? And who killed her?

REAL QUOTE FROM BOOK:
"Gray nearly choked. "Jenna Hocking! But she's ugly." Okay, so that was rude, but at least she sounded like Charlene. And Jenna Hocking? The girl was bucktoothed and frizzy haired. Sure, she had jugs the size of melons, but it was a bit hard to believe that Blake Foster would sleep with her--not when he'd snagged the school's beauty queen, Stacey Morehouse."

This is the point at which I threw in the towel, at 41% through the novel. I had already had problems with it, but this single quote was what convinced me that I couldn't bother with this book anymore. If your main character is portrayed as a goody-goody, yet goes around insulting other girls about their physical features, you've lost me.

But honestly, the novel had many other problems that probably would have made me quit anyway. I'll get into these, after I spend a little time talking about what I did like.

One of the things I did like about this book was that Gray and Charlene already knew about their witchcraft powers and were pretty adept in them (though Gray has to learn a wee bit because she's been shielded). Too often, stories are hampered with characters learning they are Super Speshul Awesomesauce, and while those stories can be interesting, they do tend to be boring and fall into cliche traps.

I also liked how Gray was proud of her ability to perform invisibility, a skill no one else had. Again, how many female protagonists have a Super Speshul Awesomesauce Skill and are PROUD of it? Off the top of my head, I can't really think of anyone.

The third nice thing about this book was that, for once, there is a non-white major character, Raj. Of course, this has it's negative aspects....but I'll get to that in just a few moments.

For those that are tired of all the romance that is tossed higgledy-piggledy into novels these days, this was a refreshing read. Sure, Gray makes eyes at a guy, but it's kept very much in the backseat (or at least in the portion that I read) and it didn't become "I saw you once and talked to you, now I am deeply and madly in love with you and will give you my last kidney because I love you so much".

And lastly, the book has a nice light-hearted tone, which I really appreciated. I get tired of all these mopey, depressing, emo books where everything is melodramatic and life-threatening and blah blah blah. Sometimes you just want to have a little fun, no?

And really, folks, that's it. I had a tough time coming up with good stuff about this book, because there was quite a bit I found questionable.

1) With the way the cover blurb talks, you would think Gray would die within the first two chapters. Not so; she doesn't die until about chapter 10 or a good 30% through the novel. I suppose you could argue that the 30% was building characters, but the thing is: the characters aren't compelling, interesting, or even well-developed, even given all this time spent on them. Plus, a good author could have you figure out how a character was, using his or her thoughts and flashbacks, after the death had already occurred.

2) For an urban fantasy/paranormal novel, there is just way too much melodramatic high school antics and far too little witchcraft and paranormal. If I wanted to read a "Freaky Friday" high school drama, I'm not going to look in the Urban Fantasy section. That's not to say there is no place for it, but I had to remind myself constantly that these people were witches. A serious crime for a paranormal book.

3) The characters were just not compelling or likeable. No, I don't have to love a character in order to relate to them, but Gray wasn't compelling. She was boring. She was your typical "I'm not one of THOSE girly girls, I am FREE and INDEPENDENT and MY OWN PERSON", which is just so overdone (and not particularly convincing at this point - nearly EVERY SINGLE female protagonist is one of these "independent, free-thinking rebels"). I didn't like how she called HER OWN SISTER a slut on numerous occasions (or implied Charlene was a slut, based on the clothes); I didn't like how she looked down on everyone who was not like she was because they were "sellouts" or "popular" or wore different clothing than she did. Petty, immature, and self-righteous. If the author's point was to show that Gray was judgmental that would be one thing, but never once are the characters that Gray picks on given a chance to be anything but "sluts" or "bad people".

4) The only non-white, Raj, is yet another creepy, stalker-ish, abusive Love Interest. What a shame that one of the few Young Adult novels to have a non-white character is also one that makes that character into a creep! The way Raj looks at Gray, how he intimidates her, how he stalks her, how he uses magic to remove the buttons off a teacher's shirt just to get Gray's attention (yes, this happens!), how he thinks about her is just wrong and abusive. And yet, somehow I get the impression he is supposed to be a viable Love Interest. Uh, HELLOOO, this guy is BAD NEWS!! To her credit, Gray doesn't swoon at his feet, but honestly, she ought to be telling her counselor or mother about his creepy actions, and yet it's as if he's a mildly annoying guy that stole her pencil. NOT COOL.

5) At one point, it is brought up that Charlene would like to kill the girl that "stole" her boyfriend. Neither Gray nor her mother bat an eye. And the strange thing about this is that they are dead serious. What kind of mother just looks the other way when her daughter is serious about killing another girl OVER A BOY??? And why doesn't anyone blame the BOY for being horrible and cheating on Charlene? He is just as much, no, MORE to blame for leaving Charlene than the girl.

6) While I liked the light-hearted tone, I thought the book overall felt as if it were geared to a much younger audience, like early teens. And yet, some of the events (such as Raj's horrible stalkeryness) are definitely NOT things I would want a young teen to read!

So those are my reasons I gave up on this one. Maybe it gets better; maybe Gray learns not to be such a stuck-up snob to other girls that aren't in her clique. Maybe Raj gets his comeuppance for being a stalkery guy. Maybe there is a lot more exploration of the powers of these witches and such. But I have no interest in seeing how it ends, and given how short life is and how many books I have to read, this book and I are parting ways. I recommend checking out samples before purchasing this, see if it is something you like.

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