Monday, February 29, 2016

RELEASE DAY + BOOK REVIEW: "Twisted" by Elizabeth Montgomery

Title: Twisted
Author: Elizabeth Montgomery
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba, Mae I Design and Photography
Format: Ebook and Paperback

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.

Elizabeth Montgomery was born in Williamsburg, Va and raised in Yorktown, Va. Growing up in and around the historic triangle spurred her love for the unusual and paranormal. She is a mom to four amazing kids, a wife to an extraordinary husband and a full-time pediatric nurse. When not writing, working or helping with homework you can find Elizabeth with her nose stuck in a book or hovering around her Keurig waiting for that next cup. 

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I love seeing old stories remade with a new view. Sometimes it doesn't really work, but other times it is a magical thing, equalling or surpassing the original. Ms. Montgomery's story about Dee (AKA Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz) is a brilliant mash-up of Oz and Alice In Wonderland, showing us a mixture of two of the most recognizable and popular fictional lands in literature.
We all know Oz, Wonderland, and the characters, so how did she manage to elevate them to new heights? By not only merging them, but enhancing them with new creatures and characters. Oz has darker secrets in regards to their witches and even Dee's own past and abilities, and Wonderland is much darker, reminding me of the newer films' version of the realm as opposed to the brightened Disney version.
I was entranced from page one, drawn into the story, learning about the lands, and feeling as though I was transported to Oz and Wonderland myself. Not only would L. Frank Baum be proud of this novel, I think he would weep with joy at how wonderfully this book was written.
This is the kind of YA that can be enjoyed by anyone, be they 12 or 72!

5/5--stunning work!

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