A review by Domoni.
I would first off like to thank the author, Mary Sage Nguyen, for the opportunity to take part in this book tour and read her novel in exchange for an honest review.
Avery is a bright young Vietnamese woman. Raised in a poor household, she never had many luxuries. She attends college and works at the nail salon with her mother. She also has an imaginary friend, Venice. Venice has been with Avery since she was small. She first appeared to her when Avery’s drunk abusive father was terrorizing the family and Avery needed the support. Venice has been there ever since. Avery doesn’t particularly like Venice though, she just can’t make her go away. Venice enjoys wilder things while Avery is a rather innocent good girl. When things start to get to be too much, Avery tells Venice to leave for good. Venice tells Avery she won’t leave that easily, she is her twin and she will make Avery pay.
The idea of this story caught my attention and I looked forward to reading it. Unfortunately that excitement faded quickly. It is a very quick read, if you can finish it. The story rushes through without any building on the setting. There is no description to anything except clothing items. The author does not add any real details to bring the story to life. I would have loved to hear details about the weather, or even the wallpaper. Anything that could help my mind create the world of Avery and Venice. The timeline of the story is also impossible to nail down. There is no transition from scene to scene and occasionally it contradicts itself.
You would expect Avery to be a sympathetic character, but she did not come off as one in my opinion. She constantly complained about people who had more than her. Avery seems to despise obese people and is both disdainful and jealous of anyone who dresses or acts sexy. I found it impossible to relate to any character in the story and unfortunately the only thing I have to say good about this story is it was very short.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars.
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The Malevolent Twin
Mary Sage Nguyen
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller,
Mystery, and a little bit of science fiction.
Date of Publication: April 2015
Kindle ISBN: 978-0996256117
Smashwords ISBN: 978-0996256124
Ebook: 123 pages
Word Count: 37,560
Cover Artist: http://www.ebooklaunch.com
A murderous wicked twin.
An innocent, law abiding, and oblivious girl.
The ultimate brawl between contrasting sisters!
Murder, mystery, suspense and more in The Malevolent Twin.
Avery is a normal teenager, except for Venice. Venice is Avery’s imaginary friend or so she thinks. When the two begin to fight. Avery starts her investigation, to figure out what Venice really is. She encounters a wise old exorcist, and an albino psychic who assist her, with attempting to remove Venice. Which comes too late as Venice goes on a murdering rampage using Avery’s body. Does Avery survive the Wrath of Venice?
Find out in… The Malevolent Twin.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/KdscPo2LMbM
About the Author
Mary Sage Nguyen is the youngest daughter of Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants. Vietnamese was the language spoken at home, so the only way she was able to learn English was through the public school system. Even though English was not spoken at home, Mary became an avid reader as a young child and always dreamed of being a writer someday.
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