May 27, 2013

REVIEW: Twisted by Amity Hope

About the book:

Maya Anderson has faced more than her share of tragedy and heartbreak. For the past six years she’s constantly been on the move with her mom. When another disaster strikes, she finds herself back in her childhood hometown of Beaumont, living with her older sister for her senior year.

A chance meeting reacquaints her with Ben McCaffey, a long-forgotten classmate from her past. After the death of his girlfriend, Ben has become a social outcast. He’s despised by some and feared by most.

Determined to become Ben’s friend, Maya begins to break through his layers of emotional protection. It isn’t long before they realize that they both have secrets in their pasts. As the line between dealing with grief and struggling with a desire for revenge begins to fade, the secrets that draw them together may be what will ultimately tear them apart. Because the closer Maya gets to Ben, the more dangerous her situation becomes.


My Review
"The only time I feel anything even close to normal is when I’m with you. You make me feel at peace.”

“I read because I like it. It passes the time and it sucks you in so you don’t have to think about anything else.”

“As long as you have one person you can trust, the rest of the world doesn’t seem so bad.” 

"Just because someone is hurting…it doesn’t give them the right to hurt other people." 

Twisted was filled with a community that took one tragic event and twisted the outcome of ones life by creating rumors and twisting them in order to hurt someone that was already at his low. The bullying that was endured through the pages by a whole town was so heartbreaking. I found myself feeling melancholy throughout the whole book.  Not to say that this was a bad thing. This book will grab you and take you on a journey that you don’t realize you are on until you finish the book and realize that you will never forget Ben and Maya’s story. Amity Hope weaves a story that will forever stay with you.

Not so long ago Ben’s life was like any average guy. He had friends; he had a girl her loved and a family that got along well. But then Ben’s life was completely turned upside down because of a loved ones cruelty. He lost everything in a span of hours and lived a very lonely year afterwards. He had to put up with mental and pyhsical abuse, hideous pranks and no protection by the people a person should always count on to protect you. My heart continually broke for him throughout the book and I rooted for Maya because she was just perfect.

Maya had her own crap going on but she was levelheaded. She didn’t give in to the nonsense of those around her and she didn’t cower when Ben pushed against her intentions. I loved her and I hardly find a heroine that is so amazing. She stood up for herself and she didn’t let people’s vicious demeanor push her away from the one person that brought solace to her life. She was Ben’s light in the dark. 

I need to take another moment and point out that the people in this town were terrible. They took an innocent person and ran him through the mud. To blame someone for knowing a person that was tragically loss is the most deriding thing ever. If everybody lived with that belief everyone in this world would be guilty of one crime or another by association. It was appalling and the residents of the town were simpleminded. 

Not to say that there weren’t those that didn’t enable such atrocities. There was Maya’s new friend, Phoebe, which stood beside Maya through the whole ordeal and encouraged her to help Ben. She was the best friend everyone deserves. There is also Remy that was an amazing sister and didn’t buy into what the townsfolk’s thought or said. She was supportive throughout Maya’s transition to her new school and life and her want to help Ben. 

This book was great! But I had to take a 1/5 star away because there was no declaration of love!! Like really? I'm a romance lover so I was waiting for that!

Anyways, I cannot wait to read more from this wonderful author! I guarantee tears will be shed throughout Maya and Ben’s story. 

Buy it. Read it. Love it.

Buy at: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
Happy Reading!

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