by Elizabeth Montgomery


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ISBN-13: 9781523816071
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

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Twisted 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ErinsBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Erin's Book Reviews: An Author Reviewing Other Authors Dee was supposed to click her heels, make a wish, and POOF be back in her bedroom. But when those red shoes fail her, Dee has to find her own way out of Oz and back to Kansas. Along the way she meets a whole new set of interesting, borderline crazy characters who attempt to help Dee back to where she belongs. Things just don't go her way when a spell meant to take her home goes haywire, Dee finds herself falling down the rabbit hole and faced with a whole new set of problems. Twisted is a fantastical tale of Dee (Dorthy reinvented) and what could have happened if the ruby red slippers hadn't done what they were supposed to. The author has an awesome way with words and her descriptions make you feel like you aren't just following a character as they have amazing adventures, but like you are right there along with them. Now I do have to say I was really looking forward to this release and loved the sneak peeks I got from attending Facebook Release party, but after I began to read it I was a little disappointed. While there is some great descriptions and lots of wonderful characters, Wonderland isn't even mentioned until over half of the story is over and then since the story isn't very long your peek into Wonderland is brief and leaves you wanting more. The story does have an open ending so there is potential for a sequel, which is confirmed by the sneak peek of the next book Red Queen's Return to Wonderland. I look forward to seeing where the next book goes and hope it fulfills the emptiness I was left with because of Twisted. I give this read 4.5 bunnies!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite Twisted by Elizabeth Montgomery is an interesting YA fantasy story based on the well-known Wizard of Oz tale. Dee has lost the red shoes that should have returned her to Kansas, and with her pup sets off to find someone who can help. A winged lion called Samuel instructs her to find Aeris. Dee embarks on a strange journey through which she and her pup encounter magic, flying on broomsticks, the prince of Tin City, a glowing key, falling through portals, a mysterious underground Wonderland complete with rabbits, a wicked Queen, and Hatter, with whom she falls in love. Dee’s determination to overcome her fears enables her to discover her own inner power and acquire a prestigious role in the land of her new friends, leading her to realize “home” is something far more than just a place. Twisted is a beautifully written and very readable story that combines the magic realism of two fantasy worlds: the Land of Oz and the Wonderland from the Alice stories. From this, Elizabeth Montgomery has cleverly created a unique and original storyline. The plot is well-crafted and moves at a good pace – bizarre, magical, and imaginative happenings occurring as the scenes unfold. I loved the vivid and descriptive language and felt quite transported into this extraordinary world where everything everyday and normal is missing and is replaced by happenings and characters that show us something deeper about people or life. The places where Dee finds herself can be seen as extensions of the real world. There is plenty of conflict, danger and scary moments in the story too when it seems all may be lost. The characters are strong and well-defined. Dee herself changes from a young girl in need of help from others to the stronger young woman at the end of the story who has become the one who takes charge. I love the way she discovers her inner strength and realizes that she has a power of her own to use for good. Twisted is more than a fun and entertaining story for YA readers – it has layers of meaning and messages for us too. “Nothing is more precious than being reminded of the gifts we receive every day by the memories of our past,” Aeris tells Dee. And in the end, Dee finds herself holding on to the moment of happiness, surrounded by those she loves, knowing that the best and most important things have often been with you all along. Recommended.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Confession time: I have a review of one of Elizabeth (“No, not the deceased star of Bewitched”) Montgomery's earlier books that I jotted down over a year ago, and have not yet posted. I felt bad – I didn't like it as much as others did in their reviews, and I couldn't quite put my finger on why. Then, I received a copy of Twisted, the start of Ms. Montgomery's new series. I read it – and I really liked it! The author blends two famed fantasy realms together in this series – Oz and Wonderland – to tell a different tale than either of their original authors could have imagined. In my opinion, Ms. Montgomery captures the spirit of L. Frank Baum's Oz series, albeit with a bit more mature an edge than some of Mr. Baum's works – I can't see Santa Claus making a guest appearance in this series, for example. The author never actually says “Oz “ (I don't think), and the young woman acting as our protagonist goes by “Dee” rather than “Dorothy”, but we all know who she is. (NOTE: Legally, Mr. Baum's works are available for derivation – however, the 1939 movie is not. SO, one can allude or directly reference one as long as it does not bring in the other – which is quite the slippery slope. This may explain the author's reticence to be direct.) The new characters she introduces would fit in quite well in one of Mr. Baum's original works – to the point where I am assuming that they are new characters, but would not be surprised had they been taken from one of the later Oz books! Wonderland is not quite how I remembered it. The land that Ms. Montgomery describes is a darker place than I pictured from reading Lewis Carroll (or from watching the Disney cartoon, which of course being a Disney cartoon was brightened up a bit). Still, the tone set in this land is actually appropriate and explainable, based upon the behavior of the Red Queen and her subjects. All in all, an interesting and mostly enjoyable literary effort. I'd encourage our author to return to this / these world(s) and tell us more tales of Dee, the Hatter, and the rest. (And, I think I'm finally ready to post that original review, which I have tucked aside waiting …) RATING: 4 stars DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for a promise of a prompt and honest review. I provided no guarantees of any reaction, positive or negative, only my usual commitment to do so in a civil and polite manner.