ARC Review: Entangled by Nikki Jefford

Kindle edition: 303 Pages

Series: Spellbound #1

Publisher: Nikki Jefford

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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 and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.”

You see, I really have great respect for self-published authors. Writing a book is no small feat to begin with, but taking a chance with it, publishing it yourself, I think that’s great. I know some people shy away from self-published novels, thinking they are bad, but I’ve never thought that. A book can be good or bad, no matter the means by which it went to the presses.

With that said, the blurb sounded awesome.  Graylee, the heroine, dies and wakes up two months after her demise, in her identical sister’s, Charlene, body. Her mom, her sister and herself, they’re all witches, so when tragedy struck, Gray’s mom made a deal with a powerful warlock to bring back her child. Everything worked out perfectly, except Gray and Charlene now have to share a body. Every 24 hours a switch happens and the other twin gets the body for a day. Not ideal.

The premise was really interesting and promised some weird, awkward and funny situations. The writing was good too. It’s an easy to read book, the plot moves at a smooth pace, it has a few twists – which I did see coming – and an interesting ending. This would have made a great book if not for ..

The characters! Oh, they were such a hot mess. And I do mean every single one of them. For me, a book can be absolutely excellent when it comes to plot, storylines, pacing, etc but if I can’t relate to even a lowly secondary character, then I’m not going to enjoy the book one bit. Entangled, unfortunately, is one of those cases.

Not one of them was believable or decently fleshed out, which was terrible. I couldn’t connect to any of them, couldn’t sympathize, not even with Gray.

She has no reaction when she finds out she died. Even more so, before either her or her mom figure out how the resurrection works – the time share, 24 hrs thing – she’s not the slightest worried that her sister, for all intents and purposes, is missing. I get sister rivalry, but really? You don’t give a rats ass your own’s sister’s missing? Okay.

The relationship between her and Raj is another ridiculous, baffling thing. He starts off by terrorizing her using magic, but then you find out that’s his way of wanting her. Nice courting, there, bud. His plan for getting Gray goes something like this: scare her senseless, make her feel weak and powerless and you’ll get the girl. Sure.

Gray’s normal and mature response at what Raj does? She physically attacks and threatens him AND inwardly admits to liking it. That’s the point where he figures out he desperately likes her, by the way.

Next off, we have Charlene, who gets the Biggest Sociopath Award from me, who’s incredibly selfish, self-centered and an all around bitch. She threatens to kill herself when her boyfriend dumps her, threatens to kill his new girlfriend when she finds out about her, then thinks up the brilliant plan of sleeping around in order to get him back. She’s a ray of sunshine, that one.

Pretty much all the characters worth mentioning were flat, unbelievable and did stupid, often times, homicidal things. Even the twin’s mom, she’s so incredibly casual about her daughters crazy tendencies, “dealing” with them with barely a shrug or “oh, noes!” when she finds out about them.

If there were one normal, likeable character, I would’ve latched onto it and enjoyed this book. Sadly, there wasn’t. Great idea, interesting plot, but the characters put me off, big time.

Safe to say, I won’t be reading the sequel. If you can overlook the manic characters, then safe bet is you’ll like Entangled.

P.S. I do find the cover gorgeous, don’t’cha think?

*I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged.

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