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Twisted [Kindle Edition]

Lola Smirnova
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Book Description

HONORABLE MENTION of The 2014 'London Book Festival' Annual Competition!!!


3rd Place of The Drunken Druids International Book Award 2014!!!



Riveting New Adult SUSPENSE THRILLER, Profoundly Moving and Dark REALISTIC FICTION...



Inspired by real life events, Twisted is a fascinating story of vulnerability, courage and the art of making a living in the sex trade...



“A gripping and mature story deftly woven by Lola Smirnova, "Twisted" is the kind of suspense novel that will linger in the mind and imagination long after it is finished and set back upon the shelf... "Twisted" introduces an extraordinarily gifted author to an appreciative readership looking eagerly toward her next literary effort.”
- Midwest Book Review

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Back in the 90’s, the corrupt post-Soviet Ukraine with its faltering economy, is thrown into a devastating depression. Times are hard. Opportunities are scarce.

Three young and eager sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia - dream of a better life and weigh their options: do they stay and struggle like their parents, or join scores of their compatriots in the sex trade in glittering western European cities, who earn in a night what they’d take several months to earn at home? Naive and tempted by the allure of 'quick' money, the girls set off on an adventure that changes their lives forever...

Can they stay out of trouble enough to fulfill their ambitions?

Can they hold on to their idealism in a world where depravity and danger are constant companions?

How far are they willing to go to make a buck?


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'TWISTED' IS THE FIRST BOOK OF A PLANNED TRILOGY. THE SECOND ONE - 'CRAVED' IS ABOUT TO BE RELEASED! To stay updated, follow Lola on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/twistedlolasmirnova or Twitter - @AuthorSmirnova

Editorial Reviews:

“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

“While the subject matter does not make for a light read, a breezy writing style and Julia’s willingness to fully and shamelessly lift the veil on her controversial lifestyle makes an irresistible combination.”

- IndieReader

“The book is a dark, straight-forward tale of how a young woman becomes a prostitute.”
– Portland Book Review

"TWISTED makes FIFTY SHADES OF GREY look like two little kids having a tea party while pretending to be married."
- The Armchair Librarian

“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."
- Foreword Clarion Reviews

“And yet it is through the dark lens of realism that Twisted gains its humanity. There’s never a moment when we aren’t invested in Julia’s plight…”
- Best Thrillers Book Review


Editorial Reviews

Review

"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.
 
You can contact Lola via twisted@lolasmirnova.com
 

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Twisted Ride! May 24, 2015
Format:Paperback
I was attracted by the book’s blurb and I hadn’t the slightest clue of what I was going to encounter. The title itself describes the book in a nutshell.

The story follows Julia and her sisters Lena and Natalia. After the fall of the Soviet Union, they find themselves poverty stricken and in desperate need of making some easy cash. Lena and Natalia leave first and Julia, lured about making easy money, shortly follows her sisters in the sex trade. Easy money but of course, nothing in life is easy.

There were many “ugh” moments and certain parts of the novel that were so raw and gritty that I actually didn’t want to continue reading it. I had to put the book down and absorb what I just read, hoping to make sense and to understand why anyone would put themselves in that situation. Yet, the more I read, the more I understood and actually found myself rooting for the sisters to find a way to free themselves of what they had to go through.

The writing was easy to read and the story moved smoothly. The scenes to be so graphic that I felt the main purpose was to put perspective on how dark this type of profession is/was for those out there living it. The author’s first language isn’t English (basing this on the fact that the novel is based on real life experiences) so I was impressed with how easy it was to read. Again, some scenes were graphic yet necessary to accurately describe this life to those from the outside, looking in.

After I finished the novel, I had to take a few moments to sit back and soak in what I just read. I wouldn’t describe this novel as erotica as sex is not romanticized (and I’m not a fan of erotica.) I don’t know how to categorize this novel and that may be a good thing.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Well that was...twisted. Yup, I think this book got its name right.

This is a New Adult book in my opinion, but it is certainly not a romance, and not even what I would consider erotica. There is sex — lots of sex — but it's not written in a way that's supposed to turn you on.

Twisted is much more of a clinical documentation of what Eastern European prostitution is (or was?) really like. I actually think that this book reads almost like nonfiction at times, but that makes sence because I think I heard somewhere that its apparently based on the author's own personal experiences.

Twisted is a haunting, brutally honest depiction of prostitution, and different from every book I've ever read.

I think that, as women, we've all had that passing thought of, "Oh f*** it, I'll just be a whore!" The sex industry is known for its ability to provide high-paying jobs for women (and men) and, sometimes after a rough day, it almost seems like it might be a better option than the whole 9-5 thing. I'll admit that I've definitely had this thought before! And even a little bit of morbid curiosity about what it would be like to sell my body for money.

But...after reading Twisted...the tiny part of me that always considered prostitution as potential "Plan B" (or more like Plan J) is now officially gone. This book is so personal, so truthful, so raw and disgusting in its openness about the lifestyle of a whore that I will officially never consider it as even the tiniest little option ever again.

I could never have done the things that Julia is either forced to or makes herself do in Twisted. Her willpower to succeed as a prostitute just goes to show you how awful the situation must've been back at home.
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Before you read this review, please proceed with the understanding that this book is not for those who shy away from violence and sex. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rubina
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Read
A story that is actually happening in real life. A story of sisters who make use of their own bodies for living. Reading this will change your thoughts about prostitution. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Faith Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted realities of life!
'Twisted' is a heart warming fiction tale based on writers real experiences in the field of sex trade. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Eishinas
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Interesting story about eastern Europe
Published 16 days ago by Steve Anders
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has full of surprises and I'm glad I read such a unique...
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