Author: Holly Hook
Genre: YA, Supernatural
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: December 1, 2013
Recipe Variables: None
Series: Deathwind Trilogy
Sixteen-year-old Allie isn’t like other girls. Instead of spending her summer break sitting around on the beach, she takes the epic vacation of a lifetime. Tornado chasing. And she’s not disappointed. Just a few miles from the town of Evansburg, Nebraska, Allie meets her dream of seeing a tornado. In person. She can’t wait to tell her friends back home. Never mind that her parents are going to kill her. But her dream soon turns into a nightmare, and a strange event leaves her shocked. Confused. When she returns home to Wisconsin, something’s…different. Allie now bears a curse so awful, it could destroy everyone and everything she’s ever known. With her best friend, Tommy, Allie must return to the plains to find a way to reverse it. She enters a world that she had never imagined, where she becomes a pawn in a fight to save the people of Evansburg from her fate…or to destroy them.
Ah, yes. Another new year has arrived enabling the Choc-o-Lit Chick the opportunity to review, reflect, and resolve. But within hours I find rather imaginative ways to break those resolutions; for example, the ever-popular weight loss challenge is hosed by brushing the confetti off a swirled lollipop from last night’s New Year’s Eve party and finishing the sweet confection for breakfast. This is the method I employed upon approaching another YA supernatural title, Twisted, by Holly Hook. Thankfully, there was enough novelty in the story to keep my attention fixed.
Ms. Hook employs many of the same techniques we find in the YA genre today: a plucky, young female protagonist; possesses a unique personality (she’s a thrill seeker!); two delectable young men vie for our heroine’s love! The novel begins immediately with Allie caught up, literally, in her first storm. Kudos to the author for sucking the reader into the vortex of the plot from page one. (Haha, get it? It’s punny!) Allie’s voice is quirky and realistic for a teen and her BFF/possible love #1, Tommy, also shows a lot of courage, shuttling Allie across the flat plains of Nebraska looking for answers. An interesting aspect of the storyline is the fact that Allie’s best gal pal is immediately cut from the action—don’t worry, she doesn’t die—only making a brief appearance at the end, therefore forgoing much of the drama one languishes through in reading many YA novels that are girl-centric.
Once again, this is an entertaining YA read with a refreshing plot, but the author doesn’t spend enough time delving into the personalities and relationships between the characters, especially the main character. Allie is obviously close with her Uncle Cassius because…? Allie is consumed with storm chasing because…?There’s an immediate shift in Allie’s relationship with Tommy…he’s my BFF, wait, I think this Nebraska boy is hot, wait, I’ll make out with Tommy at the convenience store…wait, what?
Despite these shortcomings, sitting down and licking through the pages of Twisted really was a good way to start my new year.