May 31, 2012

Twined Part 1 by A.L Collins & Giveaway!

Hey guys, today I'm participating in the Twined blog tour. *Yay!*
I am doing a review, and a giveaway!
It will be my first giveaway, but I'm hoping that it will go well.


Avalin Marsh is used to disappointment. When her mother murdered a woman in the kitchen of her home on her eleventh birthday, Avalin decided that the people in your life were only there to let you down. She built up walls over the years making a mental fortress impervious to disappointment, heartache and sadness. However it also isolated her from others, making her bitter... and lonely.

When her mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia after the murder, Avalin began to see and experience things that she couldn't explain. She thought she could handle these episodes by pushing them back into her mind. Until the day she sees one of her classmates morph into a monster right in front of her eyes. Pushed to the brink of paranoia, Avalin truly believes she's insane. Then a mysterious man named Albert comes into her life. She's wary of his motives yet for some reason finds herself drawn to him even though they've never met. What's even more inexplicable is that Albert knows who Avalin is. She's the daughter of the famous Abigail Marsh. Her mother.

Now the two of them will need to put their differences aside and trust one another. If Avalin can't let her guard down long enough to let Albert in, then there might be dire and far reaching consequences in store for them.

It turns out Avalin Marsh isn't as crazy as she thought.

My Thoughts/Review:

I enjoyed this book, but there were a few things that I would've changed. For one, I would have changed the bits in the sentences where the author should have added commas. Because a lot of the sentences seemed a little bit run on and, well, comma less. But if you make pause at the appropriate places, it isn't so bad.

When I first started this book, I was kind of expecting a different kind of story than I got. It drew me in immediately, and kept me reading until the very end. And the end is a freaking cliffhanger! Authors must be trying to kill us with those. It's their super secret plan for infiltrating our very thoughts. It's working. I think about sequels to books all the time.

I really liked the character of Avalin, but it just seemed like she was a guy sometimes. She said stuff that no girl would say. Girls don't call themselves 'Jack-asses'. It's just one of the many differences between guys and girls. Other than that, Avalin was a terrific character, and I can definitely relate to her. She's kick-ass, and she definitely says exactly what she thinks. There were a few moments when I wished she was less 'Moan, moan, my mother is gone' and more peppy. She was kind of depressed.

I also liked the character of Albert, aside from the awful name, I mean. He seemed so sweet, and willing to protect Avalin, and he also seemed pretty funny. Some of the supernatural themes that were added to this book were interesting, but I don't think I'll really get them until I read the second book. Hopefully it will be more explanatory, and less cliffhanger ending. Maybe I can get on the tour for the second one too. ;)

I liked the insane headlong jump into the world of the Twined, but I found that I didn't understand all of the references made. So, all in all, I would say that this book was nonstop action from start to finish, and I would definitely recommend it, if you're willing to wait for the second book to come out.

*Book Provided by Author for Review*

Favorite Quote:
We don't celebrate birthdays now. We don't really celebrate anything anymore. My life has been hollow, been empty and filled with broken promises and destroyed dreams, so nothing nowadays receives much glee.

*Author Bio*

I'm a character enthusiast and lover of storytelling. I've spent most of my life listening to the tales that people tell and studying what makes a book or characters alive and interesting. Writing is my love and the details the flavor. I hope that people enjoy what I can create.


This giveaway is international, and has all of this cool swag!
The swag pack includes a copy of  A.L. Collin's book Twined (Signed!) , a signed poster, a signed bookmark, a signed postcard, one ink pen, two Twined candles, and a little author's bio card. :)

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  1. Oh thank you! This book was already on my TBR list so I would love to get it! :D Big big big thanks for the invite!

    1. Your welcome, Disincentive!
      I figured, hey, she invites me to all her stuff, and she loves international giveaways. :)

  2. thanks for hosting the give away. You don't see many books like this written by a guy. Looks interesting!

    1. I know, it seems like all YA authors are girls. I'm all for girl authors, but we need some guys books out there. :)

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    1. Welcome. :)
      I love giveaways too. Have you checked out I am a Reader not a writers Got Giveaways linky? It's awesome. :)

  4. This book has actually been on my To-read list from before, thanks for sharing :)

    1. I saw that when I check your entry. :)
      That's pretty cool, ain't it? :)

  5. This giveaway sounds so gooood!

  6. Thank you for this giveaway, this looks like an amazing book! And these candles are so sweet! I hope I'll be the lucky winner. :-)

    1. Welcome, It was pretty good for me, but I'm a little hard to please.The candles are adorable! Good luck! :)