An innocent, law abiding, and oblivious girl.
The ultimate brawl between contrasting sisters!
Murder, mystery, suspense and more
Avery is a normal teenager, except for Venice. Venice is Avery's imaginary friend or so she thinks. When the two begin to fight. Avery starts her investigation, to figure out what Venice really is. She encounters a wise old exorcist, and an albino psychic who assist her, with attempting to remove Venice. Which comes too late as Venice goes on a murdering rampage using Avery's body. Does Avery survive the Wrath of Venice?
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The Malevolent Twin
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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite The Malevolent Twin by Mary Sage Nguyen is a rather unusual young adult horror novel that will keep you wondering how it will play out for quite a while. Avery, a rather charming young lady, had an imaginary friend since she was little: Venice. At least everyone but Avery believed her to just be imaginary. The older Avery got, the more insistent and weird her best friend became. When very bad things happen, and signs lead to Avery being the source, Avery is forced to take action - she needs to find out who Venice really is, and why Venice accuses Avery's mother of horrible deeds. What is the secret of Venice? And what is Avery's mother hiding? The Malevolent Twin by Mary Sage Nguyen has a refreshing, unusual plot. At least I've never read anything similar. Of course, there are horror stories about twins being light and dark, good and evil. We know about those. This one, however, takes the problem even further. What happens when the twin is within you, and the evil becomes part of you without you even knowing, and when you finally become aware of it, what can you do? And can the evil overpower your goodness? This is the problem Avery is facing, and the plot develops at just the right pace. I enjoyed reading this story very much - and the end of the book makes it clear enough that the problem isn't quite solved yet! I would recommend this book to all readers who enjoy unusual plots and good writing.
The beginning of this book is chilling. I had to go back and check that it wasn’t listed as a horror story. Then I read on and discovered it was Avery having a nightmare. Avery has had an imaginary friend, Venice, since she was a young girl. Now she’s a young woman, working with her mother in a nail salon, being a good girl and dreaming of something better. Venice still keeps coming around. As their wills class, as Avery wishes Venice would just go away, Venice turns evil. Just who is Venice? What does she want? What will she make Avery do next? Avery must find answers and seeks the help of an old exorcist and a psychic. She fears her time is running out. I was having such a good time, I read this from start to finish in less than a couple of hours. It starts with a very creepy scene, then introduces you to Avery and Venice. Avery is a dutiful daughter and never gets in trouble. Then Venice starts messing with her. She’s forced to do things she’d never consider doing. I felt for her. How do you fight something you don’t understand? As for Venice, she’s bad to the bone. Such a wicked, malignant villain. I’ve seen movies and read books with a similar plot and possession and evil entities always give me goose bumps. I know a book is good when I startle at strange noises and see things move out of the corner of my eye. The Malevolent Twin creeped me out. And I loved that. It’s not easy to spook me anymore. I’ve seen too many scary movies and read too many scary books. I didn’t know this was going to be a series when I started it. But after I read the end, I knew there had to be. It’s not a cliff hanger, more of a hint of things to come. Evil things. Bad things. I can’t wait.
Mary Sage Nguyen is a great writer! The Malevolent twin is a intriguing and provocative read! The climax of the book was unexpected, and this book led me on a truly dark and suspenseful journey! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to read something different and new!