BOOK TOUR: Review: “The Malevolent Twin” by Mary Sage Nguyen

The Malevolent Twin by Mary Sage NguyenA 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

Book One

Mary Sage Nguyen

Genre: Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller,

Mystery, and a little bit of science fiction.

Date of Publication: April 2015

ISBN: 978-0996256100

Kindle ISBN: 978-0996256117

Smashwords ISBN: 978-0996256124

Ebook: 123 pages

Word Count: 37,560

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Book Description:

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.

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Mary Sage Nguyen

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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BLOG TOUR: Review of “Shattered Dreams” by Brenda Kennedy

Shattered Dreams A review by Vanessa.

Emma and Max are a typical young American military couple. With the arrival of their new baby James, they are ecstatic with joy. Their lives seem almost perfect. But when Emma loses Max to an unexpected bomb in Afghanistan, making Max a beloved hero to all who know him and Emma a widow and single mother, she must learn to live without him. Four years later, Emma and James have moved back to their home state of Florida to be near all of James’s grandparents and to try and move on with their lives. Alec is a handsome, athletic, tae kwon do-instructing doctor, with some sadness in his past and a daughter of his own. When these two single parents meet and keep bumping into each other, life seems to be setting itself right again. Their large and supportive families who care for them are cautious but hopeful that these two may find something in each other that they really need. Emma and Alec are hoping the same…

Shattered Dreams can definitely be categorized as touching and at times heartwarming. The readers’ experience reading the book however will depend heavily on their personal experience. Enjoyment of the book and engagement with the characters will be much easier for those who have shared experiences with the characters. Though Kennedy’s writing obviously reflects a connection to the specific circumstances in the story, and a desire to share emotions such as loss, grief, love, and hope, there lacks a deeper connection to those emotions. The writing itself feels as though it mostly embraces the same cliché of what a reader might typically find in any similar story. This could be a facet of the writing itself, as the word choices and sentence complexity rarely stray past the most basic. That aspect makes this read very clear and it makes understanding the motivation of the characters, and the point of the author, very easy. It also, however, makes the reading rather tedious. The overly brief, simply structured sentences have a more procedural and less emotional feel, and can stunt the reader’s ability to emotionally connect with the characters.

For those readers who have specific knowledge of what Emma and Max are going through with the birth of their son, or know what it is really like to lose a husband to war, or have specific experiences with being a single parent, the experience may be more engaging. Even so, most readers will be able to see how the subject matter is both heartbreaking, and heartwarming. Family moments are frequent in the book and reflect a feeling of home, family, and love that any reader can certainly appreciate. And the ending of the book contains a twist which I probably should have, but did not see coming. It might just be enough to make me pick up book number two.

Rating: 3/5 stars.

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