Author: Elizabeth Montgomery
Release Date: February 27, 2016
Who could’ve known one pair of shoes could cause so much trouble.
Dee’s lost the sparkly red heels, and when she befriends a witch to help her find a way home, she finds herself down the rabbit hole. With the veil between Wonderland and Oz torn wide open, things go awry.
The flying monkeys are loose in the Kingdom, Hatter is lost on the sun-colored brick road, and betwixt a battle of the worlds, the Red Queen seeks power, but all Dee wants is to go home.
An intriguing mash up of the magical worlds of Oz and Wonderland, Elizabeth Montgomery delivers a quick, fun read with Twisted. Picking up after our heroine has found the Wizard only to be left behind in Oz, Dee’s harrowing journey is only just beginning as she struggles to find a way home. From the moment I laid eyes on the gorgeous cover and read the intriguing synopsis, I was hooked. I adored the concept that Elizabeth Montgomery has created, enjoying the curious characters and the promise of two beloved novels coming together in unexpected ways. Dee was easily likable. In fact, her sass, smarts and curiosity was very reminiscent of classic Dorothy and I appreciated that Elizabeth Montgomery didn’t stray from the true heart of the character. I also enjoyed the relationship she had with Samuel and Aeris. Those friendships helped give Dee depth and personality through their interactions and dialogue.
“The best things are always under the surface, my dear.”
Unfortunately this novel didn’t quite live up to its stunning cover for me. Twisted felt like the beginning of a story, which was hard to reconcile since it was marketed as a standalone book. The majority of the novel took place in Oz so by the time Dee made it to Wonderland, the story was almost over. From then on it was a rush to the end and the relationships that developed in Wonderland and beyond suffered from this – especially Dee’s supposed relationship with the Hatter. It happened too quickly and, in conjunction with her strange feelings for Pox, just felt disingenuous and random. Since the synopsis focused on this crossing over of the two worlds, I was disappointed to find that it wasn’t the main focus of the novel. This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy what I read. I did. I just needed more. Plus, there was so much potential in the world building and writing that I couldn’t help but want something more substantial from Twisted.
“There are monsters everywhere, my dear.” His eyes glazed over as he stared up into the sky. “Most of them are inside us.”
I adored the relationship that Elizabeth Montgomery hinted at between Aeris and Jasper. Honestly, this was probably one of the strongest parts of the book and I would gladly read an entire novel dedicated to their story based on what was revealed to us in Twisted. Jasper and Aeris’ connection (and the depth it gave both the characters) was a prime example of some of the potential I saw in this author. There was genuine emotion brewing and I would have loved to see more of that throughout the story. Elizabeth Montgomery’s writing was colorful, painting a vibrant picture of her fantastical world and allowing me to experience her words as I read. There is definitely a magical quality to her writing that just needs to be honed and polished. While Twisted didn’t wow me, if you’re interested in a short, intriguing read, this may just be the fun, fanciful book you’re looking for. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this author and look forward to seeing what Elizabeth Montgomery comes up with next.
Elizabeth Montgomery’s cover for Twisted is breathtakingly stunning, which definitely led to my need to dive into this story. The premise described in the blurb sounded unique and promising with beloved characters from my childhood. If that combination wouldn’t make you click, I’m not sure what would!
“I have faith that she will get you where you want to go.”
While I did find the story to have lots of potential, there were several things that left me a bit underwhelmed in regards to Twisted. The story felt very surface level, which resulted in my difficulty connecting to most of the characters and their emotions. There was quite a bit of conflict presented over the span of two worlds, and yet we never truly dove into any of those scenes. Given the breath and history that readers are familiar with in regards to “Dee”, I just expected more in terms of Montgomery’s take on it. Furthermore, the pacing seemed to be a bit off for my taste. I felt like we spent too much time getting to the bigger moments, to then rush through them. Montgomery certainly had all the pieces to the puzzle, but by the time I turned that last page, I felt like she just couldn’t arrange them together the correct way.
“It will be up to you as to where you end up.”
That being said, I did find the writing to be refreshing. The author truly breathed a new life into the land of Oz, while still maintaining the integrity of the world. The way that she is able to build up some of the scenes allowed me to imagine myself there and truly appreciate what she was trying to do. Oz and Wonderland were two perfect worlds to try and merge together, and it was nice to be transported back there for even a short bit of time in Twisted.
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