Entangled

SUMMARY: (taken from the authors site)

When divorced teacher Cassie Miller dreamt about meeting her soul mate, her happily-ever-after didn't include threats of abduction to a parallel world to help him save his people from imminent destruction.

Alexos de Werner, exiled prince of a land now under Republican rule, is searching for the woman that can help stop the disasters devastating his home province of Ennis, in his world of Caedmon. Alex will do anything to save his people, even if they don't want his help.

Unnerved by the connection she feels with Alex and the new abilities awakening inside her, Cassie refuses Alex's request for help as ludicrous. A demonstration of his otherworldly abilities convinces Cassie her only choice is to help him.

Once on Caedmon, Cassie must learn to trust Alex and accept her gift before Ennis is lost. Can she open her heart and mind and become the student instead of the teacher?

FAVORITE LINE:

Her emotions-anger, desire, embarrassment, and fear-rioted through him, stirring his blood, increasing his need.

she swallowed and closed her eyes. " You didn't take advantage, did you?"

He glared at her. "Is that the kind of man you believe me to be?"

"Aren't you taking advantage of the situation now?"

"Aye."

"Then what's so different between last night and now?"

"You are conscious. This is not life and death. You can say no."~ Cassie & Alex

TEASER:

Why was the Wicked Weatherman of the West causing disasters in Ennis? What was the desired result? No rain in Ennis meant no water, no food. Basic needs could not be met. Scared, hungry people rioted. Became sick. Who benefited from this?

Her lack of knowledge about the history of this world, the people, of Alex bothered her. She was here to help rectify the situation. Ignorance never relieved anyone's suffering.

PLOT:

I consider Entangled a pleasant surprise. Since I am not a huge fantasy reader I didn't know how I would react to the story line, but the blurb intrigued me enough to accept Entangled for review. I must mention that Entangled's sub-genre of fantasy was easy to accept and meshed well with the story's other genres which are romance with a paranormal-ish twist.

In past reviews I have stated that I am a little leery of debut novels that have received so many high star reviews. Yet, as always, I am ready to jump in and share my thoughts on these books based on my honest opinion. If not for this I would have missed several gems worth a reader's time!

I was drawn into the story by the depth of character and plot delivered in Traci Bell's debut novel, Entangled. Her story seized my imagination starting with her quirky heroine, charming hero and of course with her unique story line. She took me across dimensions on an adventure to save the world and gave me a sense of family, friendship and love along the way. The basic theme of Entangled is oneness. Everything is connected. The author brings across this idea in a very evident and strong plot filled with creative world building and characters that deliver this message. From the conflicts thrown at Cassandra through understanding how important her role is in helping the hero save his world, to navigating the waters of attraction and connection towards the hero, Ms. Bell keeps her characters and readers pretty busy! Cassie is the key to solving the mystery behind the malicious attacks on Ennis, yet before she can help anyone she has to help herself reconnect to her surroundings, to the energy life force around her and to the people in her life.

There is no doubt that I loved the over all story and characters of Entangled, however the beginning chapters were a bit slow. There are several instances of author intrusion which threw me out of the story a bit. Yet, I came back because I loved Alex's and Cassie's story enough to want to know what happened next. The story's questions were all tied up neatly and delivered in a emotionally filled ending. In fact, I believe the ending was well worth my time and even brought a tear to my eye.

SETTING:

Entangled starts out in Houston, Texas then shifts to Alex's dimension, parallel to ours. Then the adventure starts and anything can happen when a malicious force has control of mother nature!

WRITING:

At first the author's writing style was a little hard to grow accustomed to. The choppy sentences and author intrusion took time to understand. Once I grasped the author's style of story telling though, I became invested in the characters and the book. The one thing I would have liked more of was description of the actions going on around Cassie. Instead of something just happening, a build up to the moment would have drawn me in faster for longer periods of time.

CHARACTERS:

Cassie made me laugh out loud one minute and then want to shake some sense into her the next. She's quirky, rebellious, and stubborn beyond what is good for her. At times her actions made no sense which brought me to think of her as to self involved to see what was going on around her. Then she would do a selfless act like save a dying child which made me indecisive of her character. The more I progressed through the story though, I saw a deeper side of her which brought her true feelings to light, making her more of a character I wanted to cheer for. Her best friend, Grace, was the perfect counterpart to Cassie's compulsive personality. Always ready to with a steady mind and sound advice, Grace never faltered to support and guide her friend when times were trying to say the least. Alexos de Werner, or Alex, stole my heart away. He was the perfect hero in my eyes. In fact, I am not sure I walked away from this book with all of my heart. I can state here and now swooning was involved when I finally got to 'see' his muscular physique. Opps!!! I mean when Cassie saw his masculine, well formed body! He was a gentleman that knew what he wanted and knew how to go about getting it even when it involved one sassy, stubborn woman determined to keep him as far away as possible no matter the embers that burst to life every time they touched.

LAST THOUGHTS:

Ms. Bell has written a story that is filled with a solid base of friendship, sprinkled it with light humor and a twist of paranormal then filled it with grand ideas of balance and peace. She didn't leave out the rush of suspense and mystery either. Entangled is a well rounded story that can be enjoyed by all that love a good story.


Book Blurb for Entangled

When divorced teacher Cassie Miller dreamt about meeting her soul mate, her happily-ever-after didn't include threats of abduction to a parallel world to help him save his people from imminent destruction. Alexos de Werner, exiled prince of a land now under Republican rule, is searching for the woman that can help stop the disasters devastating his home province of Ennis, in his world of Caedmon. Alex will do anything to save his people, even if they don't want his help. Unnerved by the connection she feels with Alex, and the new abilities awakening inside her, Cassie refuses Alex's request. A nudge from her best friend and a demonstration of Alex's otherworldly abilities convinces Cassie to help him. Once in Caedmon, Cassie must learn to trust Alex and accept her gift before Ennis is lost. Can she open her heart and mind and become the student instead of the teacher?


Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 3.75