by Roni Teson


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ISBN-13: 9780991532230
Publisher: Brown Girls Publishing
Publication date: 03/12/2014
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Author Roni Teson developed a passion for writing, which stemmed from her love of reading. Faced with a blank sheet of paper and a desire to hone her craft, she completed a myriad of writing courses from the basics of grammar to the complexity of the ever-changing literary marketplace. But it wasn't until she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer that she completed her first novel, Heaven or Hell, which won an award at the 2013 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards and The 2012-2013 Los Angeles Book Festival.

Today, completely disease-free, Roni is living a life transformed. She makes her home in Southern California where she has completed her second novel and is currently writing a book about her transformation-RUN.

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Twist 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Ivory0707 More than 1 year ago
Unexpected Spirals Synposis: Beatrice Malcolm is living with her aunt and uncle after the death of her mother's death from Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease, her father was declared a traitor by the U.S. Government. She is trying to come to terms with her mother's death and the possibility of never seeing her father again when she meets Lucas Drake. She is inexplicably drawn to him and romance buds but is almost snuffed when he is drawn into the drama surrounding Beatrice's father. Beatrice is not sure who to trust and how to find the answers she desperately needs to fit back the pieces of her life. Twist lives up to its name, being full of surprises and unexpected changes in the story line. I became hooked from the very beginning and I didn't find myself in the lulls at any point. I felt like Bea and her friend Amilee were basically unsupervised in the care of Amilee's mom, Jessica Gray. I also sensed that if Bea had been adequately advised of how delicate her condition was she may not have went so far with her celebration which caused a decline in her health. The ending was the ultimate twist that left me wondering what was real, hallucination or fantasy. Overall a good read and would only recommend for older teens to adults due to content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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bookworm7770 More than 1 year ago
Definitely twisted Teen story. Beatrice (Bea) is devastated to lose her mother to a rare illness, then her father disappears. He told her he tried to save her mother by creating a cure for her illness at the pharmaceutical company where he worked, but his efforts put him on the FBI's most wanted list instead. Bea goes to live with her Uncle George and Aunt Charlotte in another state and tries to assimilate in her new school. There she meets Luke and they immediately connect. But someone beats him up, the FBI has pictures of them making love and so goes the weird twists...on and on and odder and more...I found it hard to follow what was supposed to be true and what wasn't...but you'll keep reading.
TrishyHJ More than 1 year ago
Twist is a heart wrenching story with a well developed plot. The book features a teenage girl whose life was torn apart with the death of her mother, change of school and house; add the disappearance of her father and you get a very emotional read. Twist also highlights certain dangers young adults face as a result of their actions.  Suffice to stay it is a good read.
BlackTulipJH More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and it certainly lived up to its title as twist and turn it does. The plot moves fast, too fast for my liking sometimes as I would have preferred to get to know more about the main characters and what made them tick – the relationship between Bea and Luke is so central to the story that I felt I would have liked to have spent more time with them and really enjoyed knowing them better. I would like to have some moments of tranquility in what is a fast paced thriller to bring a bit of balance, but at the end of the day I read it from cover to cover with only one break as I found it compelling and original. I very much look forward to the next book from Roni Teson and expect that her writing will only get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TTwist would appeal to any teen it is loaded with drama and suspense. It has some very interesting twists to it, pun intended. The book is about a young girl Bea, whose life has been turned inside out by a set of unfortunate events that has impacted her in the worst possible way imaginable. (Events I am not at liberty to write about for fear of spoilers) I felt her angst; I even got mad a couple a times with the adults in this book. I wanted to shovel the entire lot of them and toss them in the nearest bin. They all fell short in protecting Bea, but then I reminded myself this is a story and my anxiety level went down. All in all this was a good read.his book was a change from the norm for me, I usually go for historical romances and such, but Twist was different. This book is essentially for young adults, and as much as I lament the bygone days I much prefer being an adult. Because I am an adult with pre teen kids, I have to keep current. .
CassandraG More than 1 year ago
Twist is an apt name for this book, because the plot wasn’t predictable and there were many little surprises that kept me guessing. The book starts out relatively predictable and apparently shallow, but it is soon apparent that there is a lot more complexity to the story. I will say that some elements of the story are a little unrealistic, which was a pity, but overall it was a fun ride. Personally, the book wasn’t for me as I am above the age group that it seems to be targeting. Nevertheless, this is a good teenage suspense romance novel overall and it does stand out above many of the others in the genre. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twisted is a full length book that has a little bit of everything: Love, Drama, Suspense, Mystery. It’s more than just a novel for young adults. I think many people, adults included, will enjoy the story of Beatrice and Luke. Bea is a new student in a California, and when she meets a brilliant surfer named Luke, they fall in love, as teenagers tend to do. But this isn’t just a simple little love story for kids.  Beatrice has had a lot to deal with in her young life. Her mother has just passed away from a rare disease, and her father has been missing from her life for years, as a fugitive from the law. When her father comes for her, she realizes there is much more going on that what she had been told her entire life. Her father claims that the government had a cure for her mother, and forced him to leave. When the FBI intervenes with photo evidence that her father isn’t telling her the truth, she’s left wondering if anything she’s ever been told is true, and sending her reeling.  Teson is a wonderful and unique storyteller who will leave you eagerly wondering just what will happen next for her characters Bea and Luke, in this book I found very difficult to put down. This story is incredibly well crafted full of deeply emotional characters, shocking secrets, action and suspense. I look forward to reading more of Teson’s work in the years to come. 
SierraK More than 1 year ago
Now this is what I call a suspense novel!  Lots of action that keeps you reading and wanting to know more!  Sometimes authors can get to detailed in their books making it a long, harrowing read but the author of this book kept things simple yet thoroughly exciting!   Sixteen-year-old Bea Malcolm is living a complicated life - her mom has died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare prion disorder, and her father, a medical researcher for a pharmaceutical company, has disappeared and is now on the FBI's Most Wanted List, suspected of treason.  The novel is well-written, professionally edited, and carefully plotted!  You will seriously enjoy this book!
DJ_Clarke More than 1 year ago
As an overprotective parent of a young girl, I was a bit worried when I read the synopsis of Twist talking about the steamy backseat incident, and then saw the reviews talking about it. I like romance in YA and like it when they deal with hard topics respectfully, but when I hear steamy used in that way, I don’t think YA. However after reading it, my worries were definitely unfounded. While it could be a bit much for kids under 13 or 14 years old, only the strictest parents would have a problem with Roni Teson’s book for older teens. Beatrice is an enjoyable protagonist. But the main thing I liked was the mystery. Why did her mother die like she did? Why is her father wanted by the FBI? Why is she caught up in the middle of everything since she really doesn’t know anything? Roni Teson answers these questions and brings up more in a well paced, exciting way that kept me flipping the page wanting to know what would happen next. Seeing how Beatrice deals with everything as her life falls apart and she discovers that she is more important than she could possibly believe is just icing on the cake. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger teens, but 15 and up it’s a great read.
LA_Howell More than 1 year ago
Twist by Roni Teson is a 246 page young adult thriller. I almost hesitate to list this as a young adult novel, I’m nowhere near being a young adult and I really enjoyed it. It contains five parts, with a total of forty-two chapters. This award winning author had quite the start to her writing career. I would suggest reading her author bio. Twist will stay with you long after you turn the Kindle off.  I love it when a story has such depth to the characters. You really find yourself invested in what happens. I finished the book in one sitting. Beatrice Malcom was looking for anything except complicated, and to the readers delight that is exactly what she gets. Beyond such a character driven story, the twists, romance and fast paced plot will keep you guessing. It is nice not to be able to guess what will happen next. Everything I like in a book. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not even sure where to begin. During the start of this book and meeting each of the characters, I honestly did not think this book was going to be a hit for me. I thought that it was wordy and that there was a lot of unnecessary filler in there. About 1/4 of the way in, I was sucked into the story. The characters were pulling me in different directions, the plot thickened, and the suspense went off the charts. That being said, the author did a great job of making each person unique and then tying them all together in this little mystery. Now, the love story was quite timid, but the twists (pun intended) were phenomenal. It is not often that books will pull vocal emotions out of me, but I was left screaming at the end of this book because it was completely not what I was expecting. If you want a book that will totally mess with your mind, you have found it!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite Beatrice Malcolm’s life is complicated, with her mom dead from a rare disease and her dad on the Most Wanted list of the FBI. She doesn't need more complications, but then she meets Luke Drake and falls in love with him. More problems arise when Luke is beaten up to within an inch of his life and she is kidnapped by her dad, whom she hasn't seen in years. It seems that her dad being on the Most Wanted list has more to do with Bea than she realized. Why is her dad a wanted man, what did he do and what is Luke’s connection to all of the bizarre things happenings? Will Bea figure everything out before it’s too late in Twist by Roni Teson.  Roni Teson has created a complicated plot in Twist. It seemed like a young adult love story at first but it gets more complex with every chapter. The details of the story were intriguing and the surprises just kept coming. The novel was written well; I actually didn't know what was real and what was not. Bea and Luke were not simple characters, they have mood swings, they’re sometimes rude but they were strong and resilient characters. I like them. It’s really amazing what one would do for the people you love, as was shown in the book. They would risk a lot to keep the people they love. The last part made me teary and crave more of the story. The last chapter was really good, but the epilogue was the best part.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite Roni Teson has written a very enigmatic book in Twist, her second novel; it is part young adult fiction, part romance, and part mystery. Petite, brunette, sixteen-year-old Beatrice ‘Bea’ Malcolm has a hypnotic effect on everyone she meets, particularly males, and her first sexual encounter - with local hotshot, Lucas Drake - is the conduit that sets in motion a chain of events that will change both of their lives irrevocably. Bea finds herself thrown into the middle of a complex web of love, lust, kidnapping, violence, and government agency manhunts – but what is the link to her absent father and recently deceased mother? Why does the FBI want to question Bea and what is it about her that seems to lead everyone to ‘twist’ to her every whim? I enjoyed reading Twist, and I’m still not sure I’ve taken it all in! Roni Teson has written a very absorbing story and created two very compelling, if not exactly likeable, characters in its twin narrators, Bea and Lucas. I always enjoy a tale with multiple narrators and this was very effectively accomplished in this case. I was intrigued by the multi-layered story from its first page and Teson has a very easy, clear and readable style which draws you in and keeps you hooked throughout. It is very different to anything I’ve read before and has both an original premise and, aptly, many dizzying plots twists. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries and something a little bit different!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Twist is a contemporary thriller written by Roni Teson. Beatrice Malcomb has been living with her aunt and uncle in Southern California ever since her mother died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, an incurable neurological condition, and her father was put on the FBI's most wanted list. She misses her home and life in Seattle, especially her best friend Amilee. Bea meets Lucas Drake when he accompanies his father, a plumber and friend of her aunt and uncle, on a repair job at their home. She's never been very interested in the boys who seem to flock around her, but Lucas is different. Somehow, Bea is intrigued by the blond, funny surfer boy who just happens to go to the same school as she does. Their instant attraction leads to an intense and wonder-filled afternoon at the beach, a blissful moment which becomes a prelude to a nightmarish series of events. Roni Teson's novel of intrigue, Twist, is powerful and compelling. It starts out as a 'love at first sight' story, but it is so much more than that. Twist is narrated alternately by Bea and Lucas as they try to navigate the forces arrayed against them. Bea has a series of unsettling interactions with her fugitive father and the FBI, and Lucas is savagely beaten and left with traumatic brain injuries and amnesia. Teson is a masterful storyteller who weaves high technology, intrigue, and advanced medical research into this modern-day tale of star-crossed lovers. I got so involved in their stories that I couldn't put the book down. Twist is a marvelous story and is highly recommended.