What would you do if you knew the person you’d fallen for could endanger your life? A quiet, uneventful summer filled with supernatural combat training is what I expected when my mother dropped me off in the quiet city of Rome, Georgia. What I found was adventure, unexpected dangers, and the one thing I swore off after my ex shattered my heart—love. Intercrossed is a young adult shifter romance filled with adventure, thrill, twists, and curves that’ll grip you till the last page.
Maryelle is a funny character. She is likable most of the time but doesn’t always make very smart decisions. She has a lot of inner monologue but doesn’t always explain why she does everything (which is confusing at times). To make matters more complicated – enter Phantom. No I’m not joking that is his name. He was a bit of a contradiction. Spoiled but goodhearted. Aggressive yet sensitive. His character could have used some rounding out but this is a YA romance chock full of teenage angst.
It is a romance that makes a good attempt at a plot. Maryelle is sent to Rome, GA by her family to pass a test. The entire plot involving this takes a back seat to what is happening with Phantom (both the romance and with his family). This book will not win any awards for its plot but I was pleasantly surprised at the attempt to make it more than just a romance – such as hitting on the socioeconomic and cultural issues within each werecreature’s faction. Despite its softer touches at these harder issues, it is a romance at its heart, and a YA. Expect over the top moments and scenes that scream ‘I’m a YA novel and I’m proud of it.’
This book moves fast. It grabs onto the reader and doesn’t let go. It is VERY important to remember this is a young adult novel. If this was anything else I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. The characters are over the top, the plot a little flimsy in some areas, but it is a solid YA read. Enjoyable in more than one area and well written. I actually enjoyed the fast pace and that the author didn’t languish on the details. The characters are interesting but as with most romances, everyone takes a back seat to Maryelle and Phantom.
My biggest problem was with a few inconsistencies in the plot and character decisions and the rushed ending. I didn’t love or hate the ending, but it conformed to the normal YA romance ending and was a little disappointing. That being said for avid readers of the YA genre, particularly romance, this was perfect for its genre. When the author decided to name it a YA romance, they were 100% right.
Despite some glaring inconsistencies with both plot and characters in a few areas this was a well written novel that is an easy and enjoyable read. The plot, characters, and writing style were all within the YA romance genre, and all who like this genre will love this book! This author delivers exactly what they promise in the summary.
I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.