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"No matter what, life goes on. Things keep getting tangled together, whether you want them to or not. You cannot change the past, and you can't see what the future holds. That's the lesson five friends are about to learn when something from their past comes back, and new problems start to pop up."

Intertwined II: The Lost Spirits is the sequel to Intertwined written once again by IAmHoussem17 and Watermelon Caticorn. It follows the group a year after the events of the first book. Things from the past start popping up and new problems show up.

The first chapter was released on March 8, 2021.

You can read it here.

On August 18, 2021, the second "Thank you" chapter was posted, along with the announcement of Houssem potentially discontinuing the book on his account, with co-writer Watermelon Caticorn taking over, but this is no longer the case.

On May 24th, 2022, the sequel was officially discontinued.

For the discontinued book based off this series, see Intertwined: The Series.

Tropes found in the book:

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  • Gadgeteer Genius: This is Eliza's specialty.

  • Ghastly Ghost: The mysterious entity is a downplayed example.

  • Good Parents: Most of them anyways.

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: In a way. The protagonists are still good people (in spite of a couple of them becoming more cynical or mean). Most parents and other adults are also good, as well as other family members. The truly evil characters are Mara's father Jack and Jordan's ex Mason. Mara's older brother Xavier acts like his father but he's yet to commit anything truly atrocious. There is one character who is sort of a mixture: an unknown ghostly entity who seems sympathetic despite being deemed a danger by other characters.

  • Greater-Scope Villain: Jack Nakamura, Mara's own father, is the one responsible for her Self-Harm tendencies through Domestic Abuse and Parental Neglect.
    • Downplayed with Mason. He was partially the reason (being one of Jordan's ex-boyfriends) she Does Not Like Men and started crushing on Evelyn, and we all know how that ended...
  • Group Hug: The gang initiates one to make Eliza feel better when she starts crying and getting emotional.
  • Gut Punch: Arguably Jack's abuse causing Mara to attempt suicide.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Jack flies off the handle easily.
  • Half-Sibling Angst: Averted with Kata. It was only implied as of now that her biological father is someone other than Jack (see Wicked Stepfather below) but she seems to take it in stride.
  • Happily Married: Most parents introduced are in a very healthy relationship, and love each other dearly. Then you meet the Nakamuras...
  • Hate Sink: Jack Nakamura, without a doubt.
  • Haunted Heroine: The mysterious entity seems to be specifically after Eliza, albeit with ambiguous intentions.
  • Haunted House: The mysterious entity resides in one.
  • The Heavy: The closest one here would be Mason. Despite (allegedly) lacking the will to commit atrocities such as murder (something Jack was implied to be capable of), it seems Mason drives the plot more than others in spite of being a Non-Action Big Bad himself. He makes up for it by being a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Heel–Face Return: Jordan comes back to the good side of things when she comes back.
  • Her Name Really Is "Barkeep": Jordan is surprised to find out that Eliza is not short for Elizabeth. Eliza merely says that's how her parents wanted it.
  • Heroic Lineage: Just like their offspring, most parents are good. See Villainous Lineage for the one exception in the whole story.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Lampshaded by the main cast in regards to Mason. He claims to want to date either Mara or Eliza but his plan to get Mara, to his surprise, lead to something even bigger: exposing that his ex Jordan is a ghost now thanks to Eliza being a secret Gadgeteer Genius. He seems rather pleased at this but considering that it was an improvisation on his part, it's unclear if he ever even planned to get revenge on Jordan, though that seems plausible when you remember that he says he was aware (since that's the secret he used to blackmail Mara), likely from eavesdropping on Asher and Eliza right before meeting them.

  • High School: In here, it's specifically mentioned that the characters are in eleventh grade, making them 10 graders in the first book.

  • Hopeless with Tech: Daniel cracks a joke that his wife has a hard time with apps on the phone, specifically maps, then remarks that some of them are trashy and hard to deal with anyways.

  • Horrible Judge of Character: Eliza thinks Mason is a nice guy. She's a bit far off on that one.

  • Housewife: Most wives are this, except for Dianna.

  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Evelyn was the first to assure Jordan she is forgiven, yet when she and Mara are with her in her house later, she starts being mean to her and berating her, but she's right to do so, considering Jordan ruined the friendship all six formed for the sake of her unrequited crush on Evelyn with murder and deception.

  • I Have No Daughter!: While Jack clearly has it out for both Mara and Kata, he makes an especially cutting remark about being glad she's not his creation due to her homosexuality.
  • Insecure Protagonist, Arrogant Antagonist: Mason never loses his Smug Snake attitude in the story, while the seven protagonists are each plagued by anxiety in one way or another.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: You can say this about the kids and all the adults, except for Mara's dad.

  • Invisibility: One of the abilities of the spirits.

  • Jacob and Esau: Appears to be the case in Mara's family: Kata and Mara favor Dianna while Xavier favors Jack.

  • Jerkass:
    • Mara's dad Jack.
    • Mason reveals himself to be one too soon after he's introduced.
    • Xavier is not any better than his father.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Matt and Asher, despite becoming closer to their friends, still have hints of this.
    • Tiffani, Matt's mom could count as well.
    • Winston is also this.
    • Austin and Zach too.

  • Knight of Cerebus: Jack Nakamura, Mara's father, does not have a single comedic moment and is a purely sadistic character played completely seriously.

  • Lack of Empathy: Jack's response to Mara telling him that she was visiting Jordan's grave? Chastising her for being a crybaby and not getting over it.
  • Laughably Evil: Mason (compared to Jack) had his moments, at least before turning out to being not so harmless...
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Evelyn is nice like both her parents.
    • Matt is more similar to his mom.
    • Mike and Henry are both like their parents.
    • Asher is definitely his father's son.
    • Eliza is very much like her mother.
    • Kata and Mara take after their mom. On the other end of the spectrum, Xavier is like his dad.

  • Like Parent, Unlike Child: Mara, Matt and Jordan stand out as this, with Mara and Matt taking more from their moms than their dads, and Jordan being the polar opposite of both her parents.
    • Dianna and her Jerkass son Xavier, and Kata and her father Jack.
    • Mark and Sophie and their children Zach and Austin.

  • Lineage Comes from the Father: In the case of Asher and darkly, Xavier.
    • The other way around with Matt, Mara and Eliza. Completely averted with Jordan. As for Mike and Evelyn, it's a mix.

  • Literal-Minded:
    Jordan: Wait, do you know what a crush and a boyfriend means?
    Eliza: Of course, it's obvious. A crush is a body injury where bones are fractured and a boyfriend is a male friend. (smiles innocently).

  • The Lost Lenore: Rose for Asher.

  • Love Triangle: You wouldn't think it'd happen again with the same people but it did. It seems both Matt and Asher took a liking to Eliza.
    • Apparently, both Hunter and Samuel were pining for Tiffani back in high school, and it's clear who was the victor.

  • Monster Brother, Cutie Sister: Xavier is a Jerkass while Mara and Kata are nice.

  • Neat Freak: The story offhandedly mentions that whenever he invites his friends over and they make a mess in his room, Matthew always makes sure to clean it afterwards.

  • New Transfer Student: Eliza's introduction.
    • Apparently, Mason was also this, but his actual introduction was never shown.

  • Nice Guy / Nice Girl: Mike and Evelyn, of course. Mara and Eliza as well. Most of the parents are this as well. Ms Santos too, and Mike's youngest brother Henry.

  • Nice Mean And In Between: The school staff consists of Kelsey Santos, the nice teacher and Gordon Winston is the mean one. They are balanced out by the sensible principal, Max Franklin.

  • Non-Action Big Bad: You'll notice that the story doesn't really have a Big Bad who relies on fighting. Jack is a Lazy Bum who decides to assign his son to be The Dragon. Mason leans towards gambits and emotional manipulation and the mysterious entity does not fight once either.

  • Numbered Sequel

  • Oblivious to Love: Although she seems to grasp what being together in a relationship means, Eliza doesn't know what is a crush or a boyfriend until Jordan explains it to her.

  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo

  • Office Romance: There are some hints between the two teachers, Mr Winston and Ms Santos.

  • Official Couple: Here we see Matt and Evelyn as a proper couple at last.

  • Offing the Offspring: Jack chases Mara, corners her and does this for getting him kicked out of the house. It was a nightmare dreamt by Mara, though the implications that it's plausible are there...

  • One-Steve Limit: Averted here. It's revealed that Evelyn's mom is called Rose, which is also the name of one of the bullies in the first book.

  • One-Word Title: "Trapped"

  • Only-Child Syndrome: Cemented here. Only Mike and Mara have siblings out of the main cast, but the others don't seem to have issues that majorly stemmed from it. Eliza and Matthew are probably the best examples, seeing as how they're both a bit disconnected from those around them (albeit for different reasons).

  • Ordinary High-School Student: You can argue all of the main cast were this at the beginning of the series but it becomes clearer here with the introduction of Eliza.

  • Orphaned Series: See the trivia page for an explanation of this.

  • Outliving One's Offspring: Poor Daniel and Lizzie...

  • Overlord Jr.: Xavier. He tries to be, at least.

  • Papa Wolf: Both Hunter and Norman are protective of their children.

  • Parental Obliviousness: Catherine has no idea that her daughter Eliza is a Gadgeteer Genius with a hidden lab. Justified because Eliza went out of her way to keep her out of the loop.

  • Parents as People: This book tells us more about the parents that are majorly absent in the first book.

  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Both Jack and Xavier have some lovely things to say about Kata's engagement to Amanda.

  • The Pollyanna: Mike and Evelyn less so this time around. Eliza has shades of this too.

  • Poltergeist: Jordan acts like one only at the beginning to let everyone know she's back.

  • Properly Paranoid: Matt is understandably nervous about facing off against the mysterious entity but Eliza assures him it will go smoothly. He's proven right when it scars her and she runs out screaming.

  • Protagonist Title: "Meet Eliza".

  • Questioning Title?:
    • "Where's Evelyn?". Doubles as Protagonist Title.
    • "Notes Again?"
    • "Why Do You Do That To Yourself?"

  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The principal of the school Mr Franklin is presented this way.

  • Ruder and Cruder: Downplayed. Here we get the first use of cuss words, courtesy of Jack.

  • Running Gag:
    • Boys are stinky.
    • Mike is not short. He's average height.
    • Eliza can never start a conversation without a Stealth Hi/Bye.

  • Sarcastic Title: "Time Is The Best Healer".
  • Secret-Keeper: Daniel and Lizzie for their own daughter after she comes back as a ghost, and for Eliza with her gadgeteering skills.
  • See the Invisible: Eliza's ray gun allows this when used on ghosts.
  • Self-Harm: It's revealed that Mara resorts to this to cope with her life and the emotional baggage it brings her, specifically cutting herself. She even hides the injuries using her gloves.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Matthew sarcastically suggests that the reason why Mason's parents are seemingly absent is because he's this.
  • Sequel
  • Shipper on Deck: Everyone in the group still ships the hell out of Mikara. Eliza thinks it's pretty cute as well, and Mara's mother Dianna even voices her approval!
    • Mattlyn gets the same love as well, from their friends to their parents.
    • On the other hand, Eliza's mom Catherine thinks Asher would be a good match for her daughter.
  • Ship Tease: Some moments with Eliza during her interactions with Matt and Asher.
  • Shoot the Dog: In order to find out what's going on with Mara, Mike and Eliza plan to listen in on her while she's at home using a microphone. It's an act of privacy breach with the best intentions, and Mara doesn't take it well when she finds out.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrinking Violet: Mara less so this time around.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Mike and his two brothers Austin and Zach seem to have this going on.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Mike and Henry vs Austin and Zach.
  • Science Heroine: Eliza is shown to have a hidden lab in her house.
  • The Smart Girl: Eliza again. She's the most intelligent teen in the series by far.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Kelsey Santos is the only female member in the school staff.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: It might've just gotten stronger here.
  • Speak of the Devil: Invoked by Matt with Mike and Mara as mentioned in the Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering? entry above.
  • Stern Teacher: Mr. Winston, compared to Ms. Santos, is hard on his students but with good intentions.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Mara, Asher and Mike answer their calls the exact same way, and there's no indication that they heard each other say it.
  • Take That!:
    • Daniel teases Lizzie about her being Hopeless with Tech, specifically with map apps, before conceding that most of them are not pleasant to deal with anyways.
    • When he goes to shopping with his dad, Matt has a train of thought criticizing people who buy too many things and hinder others. Then it's followed by a subtle jab at incompetent store clerks.
  • Talking to the Dead: Matt, Mike, Mara, Evelyn and Asher accompany Jordan's parents to the graveyard and everyone does this for Jordan. Asher also does this with Rose.
  • Teen Genius: Eliza is only in grade 11, yet she has her own lab and is capable of inventing useful devices.
  • Tender Tears: Eliza sheds them during the group hug with her new friends.
  • Tender Tomboyishness, Foul Femininity: Slowly becoming the case with Jordan Taking A Level In Kindness while Evelyn is Taking A Level In Jerkass.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: That's for both Mike and Evelyn, becoming less idealistic than before.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Evelyn is noticeably more clingy, possessive and inclined to make mean-spirited comments.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Jordan is clearly sweeter than she used to be.
  • Touch the Intangible: Eliza's ray gun allows this when used on ghosts.
  • Tragic Intangibility: This was the case for Jordan before Eliza stepped in to help.
  • Two-Teacher School: We're introduced to the school staff seemingly consisting of only three people: two teachers (one male, one female) and the male principal.
  • Undead Abomination: The mysterious entity is of the ghostly kind.
  • Unseen Evil: Evil is too strong a word but since the mysterious entity falls into the Big Bad role, it's also this.
  • Unseen No More: Many of the characters were only mentioned in passing in the first book, now they are officially introduced.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Jack and Xavier (father and son), more or less. Jack is the Knight of Cerebus Hate Sink Abusive Dad AND spouse of the book. Xavier is a Harmless Villain by comparison and is not taken seriously at all by the protagonists, but he's willingly complicit in his father's schemes.
  • Villainous Lineage: Xavier follows his father in his executing an Evil Plan on everyone else.
  • Villain Reveals the Secret: This is what Mason does, or at least causes for Jordan and Eliza. His manipulations of Mara led to Eliza informing Jordan of what happened. The latter decided to show up to school, revealing herself and Eliza's secret lab.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: It's still there, even after a year.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: This dynamic between Samuel and Matt creates quite a few funny moments.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "From Beyond The Grave", where Eliza uses her gadgeteering skills to build a ray gun that solidifies ghosts and then uses on Jordan, making her touchable and able to talk to the living directly.
    • "Eventful Evening", where Matt and Asher find out their fathers have been in a Love Triangle in High School over Matt's mother Tiffani, and it caused animosity between them.
    • "Why Do You Do That To Yourself?" uncovers Mara's Dark Secret: Self-Harm and an eating disorder.
    • "Trapped", where Mason manipulates Mara and lures Jordan out to reveal herself to the whole school and by extension, reveal that there's more to Eliza than meets the eye.
    • "Do It Yourself" has Mara attempting suicide out of fear of her father coming after her for causing his expulsion from the house. She thankfully survives, though. Also, Lizzie is revealed to be pregnant.
  • Wham Line:
    • "From Beyond The Grave":
    Jordan: C-can you see me?
    • "Do It Yourself":
    • "Eventful Evening" packs two:
    Samuel:'s really you...
    Mason: And before I go, say hi to Jordi for me.
    • "Why Do You Do That To Yourself?" is a triple:
    Mike: Mara, we finally found out what you have been doing.
    Jordan: [Mason]'s, well...He's my ex.
    Daniel/Lizzie: It's about Mara...
  • What Does He See in Her?: Asher questions why Samuel would marry Tiffani in the chapter that reveals they knew Hunter from high school and both of them had crushes on Tiffani. Matt feels the same.
    Matt: I ask myself that as often as I ask about the other way around.
  • Wicked Stepfather: A comment made in passing by Jack during a conversation with Xavier in "Do It Yourself" vaguely implies that he is this for Kata.
  • Workaholic: The first chapter mentions that Daniel became this as a defense mechanism for his daughter Jordan's death.
  • World of Snark: With Evelyn finally joining the snark train by becoming more of a Jerkass, this trait becomes common between the protagonists, save for Eliza. Lampshaded in this conversation.
    Eliza: I didn't realize how sassy [Matt and Mike] were.
    Matt: Yeah, it was my thing before it got to Mike. I think everyone of us, including Jordan, has been sassy at one point.
    Eliza: Interesting...
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jack abuses both his daughter and wife physically.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Jack, as stated above.
  • Wrong Guy First: It was first stated that Mason is one of Jordan's ex-boyfriends then specified that he was the first one due to being former Childhood Friends with her. He proved to be toxic for her.
  • You Are Grounded!: An unusually passive one is done by Catherine out of concern for Eliza after the secret about the lab and Jordan were outed by Mason.
  • You Can See Me?: A variant happens with Jordan's Wham Line in "From Beyond The Grave".
  • You're Not My Type: Mason says this to Evelyn when she takes offense that he's hitting on all the girls in the group except her.