Before the White Rabbit Chronicles, before Firstlife, New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter wrote the Intertwined series, featuring a sixteen-year-old boy with four other souls trapped in his head…
Aden Stone has always been different. Despite his best efforts, he’s also been trouble. Living in a halfway house for wayward teens, he does his best to appear normal. Thanks to the souls sharing prime real estate inside his mind, he can raise the dead, time travel, possess other bodies and predict the future, but he can’t always control the abilities. And that’s the least of his worries! Creatures of myth and legend sense him...and now, they are hunting him. In this dark world of intrigue and danger, vampires and werewolves are out for blood—his. Can he trust the beautiful vampiress who claims she wants to help him? Will he find love…or the ultimate betrayal?
Originally published in 2009.
Supernatural forces of all kinds collide in this overcrowded offering from Showalter (Blacklisted), who chronicles the adventures of two unlikely couples. Aden Stone, 16, has been in and out of mental institutions and group homes all his life, thanks to the four disembodied souls inside his head. Each grants him a separate power "Julian... woke the dead, and Elijah could predict the death of anyone who passed him" but their constant presence makes it hard for Aden to blend in. Mary Ann Gray has the ability to negate powers, granting Aden internal peace for the first time. Shortly after they become friends, Aden falls for a vampire princess while Mary Ann romances a werewolf. Their newfound relationships are promptly tested when witches, faeries, demons and more come to town in search of an unexpected source of power. Toss in some shambling undead, ghosts with unresolved issues and a vampiric struggle for dominance, and all that's missing is the (haunted) kitchen sink. However, strong characterization, believable romantic interplay and a fast-paced plot do a lot to redeem this story, as does an underlying sense of mystery. Ages 14 up.