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Length: 316 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Charged with some disturbing sexual scenes (including rape), the book manages a steady, readable flow as it shines a light on the multifaceted world of the European sex trade." 
- Kirkus Reviews

"Smirnova takes us on a philosophical and pseudo-psychological pilgrimage through the sexual underworld as Julia, in first person narrative, describes her struggling introduction into a profession where she can ply the only skills currently marketable."
- 5 star review from Readers' Favorite

"I highly recommend Twisted to open-minded readers who aren't afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen. It's sure to shock and surprise you, with both its storyline and its literary value." 
- 5 star review from Red City Review

"In the meantime, Smirnova hopes that Twisted will raise awareness to the problems of the sex industry... Kudos to Smirnova for an outstanding job achieving that goal!"
- 5 star review from Pacific Book Review

"It is up front and direct; Smirnova thankfully avoids the guileless euphemism that writers with less comfort about sex and sex work use in their sex scenes. It also explores the business with a sensitivity and respect - though not approval - that is rare. The story is paced steadily, never lingers in melodrama, and can easily be read in one sitting." 
- 4 star review from Foreword Clarion Reviews

About the Author

Aspiring author from Ukraine, Lola Smirnova loves twisting a suspenseful tale through the dark lens of realism around the sexual underworld, so clocked in secrecy and shame. Lola's work is inspired by real-life events and is meant for the open-minded readers who are not afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen.
Her debut novel Twisted was released in 2014. The book placed as Honorable Mention in General Fiction Category of The 2014 London Book Festival's Annual Competition and took 3rd Place at The Drunken Druids International Book Award 2014.
Now living in South Africa, Lola is about to release her second novel - a sequel to Twisted - Craved, which proves just how many fascinating stories she has to share about the ordinary women in the global sex industry.
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  • File Size: 1494 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anita Lock on September 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A quick look at the cover of Twisted, one may draw the conclusion that it is a highly provocative erotica book. On the contrary, it does not fit that genre at all. Twisted is the raw and unsettling story about a young woman's experience in the sex trade. Amid the overwhelming premise of prostitution, Smirnova's eye-opening debut novel is filled with accounts of human tragedy.

Penned in first person, Smirnova's narrative relays the story of Julia Lazar, who leaves her post-Soviet and depressed socioeconomic Ukraine for a better life with better pay. She is not alone, though, since her two sisters are in the same dire straits. The three siblings venture over to Luxembourg, where they get involved in sex-oriented establishments. When Julia decides, against her sisters' wishes, to head out to Istanbul, she learns first hand that business dealings over there are not quite the "free-rider's paradise" she expects.

Based on her background in Ukraine and her personal work experience in the adult entertainment industry, rising author Smirnova has crafted a gripping story that takes readers into the mind of a women who is grappling with why she is "morally comfortable with what she's doing." Smirnova includes a number of literary tools to keep her narrative constantly moving. On the top of that list of tools is her use of paradox. A good example is Julia's racing and often disturbing thoughts that run concurrent to the salacious services she offers to a host of sleazy characters. Smirnova also keeps her chapters short and alternates them between Julia's clients, love life, and interactions with her sisters.

Julia is indeed a dynamic character. She is definitely conflicted. Her love/hate job is lucrative, but at what price?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jancee Wright on December 1, 2014
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Actual Rating: 3.5/5

The Story: Julia wants to make a better life for herself, so when her sisters head to Luxembourg to find work, she tags along. She quickly finds herself working for a cabaret. Her job is seemingly simple – entice men to pay for champagne. The amount and quality of champagne they purchase translates directly to how much personal attention will be lavished on them by one of the girls. The money is good, but Julia finds herself disgusted, endangered, and shockingly numb to the acts she performs as she simply tries to survive.

The Opening Line: “Sag es!” he screams at me.

What I Loved: This almost read like one of the industry tell-alls that I love so much. And with good reason too – the book is based on Smirnova’s experiences working in the sex trade. While extremely graphic, Smirnova never shied away from the details, good and bad. It was an enlightening look at a trade so clocked in secrecy and shame.

What I Didn’t Love: Sometimes the writing felt a little bit stilted and broken instead of flowing easily. And while the sparseness of the language fit the tone, I just wanted a little more in the way of writing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ireland on November 14, 2014
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Free download – a first. If I were to rate this book in terms of being entertained, I would give it a four-star. I read it during a long flight home and it passed the time. Lola will never win any awards for being a polished and talented writer, but Twisted is exactly that. Twisted. It’s highly entertaining and bold. Loved the character, Death. I literally laughed out loud when reading the scene when Death slid along with the ‘free standing leather couch’ and poor Julia had to pick his ass off of the floor and dress him. That said; her explicit details and what takes place in these brothels /peepshows is quite interesting. That alone kept me intrigued. Enjoyed the wit and rawness. Gagged a few times, felt as if I needed a shower or at least some Listerine. It was during the last 30 pages or so when Julia ends up being used by some gigolo that I felt that the story lagged. Her characters are poorly developed and unrealistic. Her dialogue is also weak. A lot of cliché terms. Still, if English is Lola’s second language, then kudos to her. A week later, and I still chuckle over the vision of Death, the creepy guy jumping up and down, getting whacked with his own tool until he you-know-whats, the very flexible client who can fold into a sandwich and pleasure himself and, what was probably the best line out of all, Chapter 16 - Julia's client has no more money and would like to see her pro-bono. I'm quoting Lola here: ‘I write back that there is absolutely ****ing nothing that could make me spend even an hour with him for free.’ The paradox is that I got to read Lola’s book for free and would actually pay to read the sequel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine McT on November 11, 2014
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Twisted is not for the young reader nor those easily offended. This fictional story reads very much like a memoir from the first person point of view of Julia. While the story itself is pretty engaging for the reader, it was difficult for me to make the jump from fiction to actually gleaning the informative “moral of the story”. Perhaps this was because the characters themselves seem so unapologetic and so unwilling to change their own plights by turning back to a life of legal means rather than prostitution. In the end though, the book was well written and very entertaining. Recommended for anyone interested in a graphic telling of the methods women survived post fall of the USSR.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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