Twisted Excerpts – Choose your favorite
- I pushed the guy’s weight off me so I could get up to see if Dom caught the ball, but I stopped short when I looked up at who had tackled me. It was… me? I must have hit my head. Hard. I heard cheers roaring, but they felt like they were coming from far away. That I was watching from a distance, even though I was there on the field.
- I started walking towards the door and felt something pulling me. Then I was flung back and thrown onto the couch. I tried to fight against it with my powers but at that moment, I didn’t have any powers left. My limbs went numb and my eyes got heavy.
- I held on to my memory of her as I took my last breath. Her wide bright smile and her beautiful green eyes sparkled as she looked at me. I stared into her eyes and, in that instant, everything was okay.
- He pulled my face back to his and started kissing me again. It wasn’t how I had always pictured it, the few times that I pictured it at all. I always thought if we ever kissed it would be full of passion, but he kissed me powerfully. Masterfully. I wanted to pull away and really tell him off, but what he was doing felt so nice…
- He told me all I ever wanted to hear from him, and it was horrible because it came at what cost? His death? Mine? Both? What ever happened to fairy tale endings? The endings in movies where the good guys win and where he and I would end up happily ever after? Instead it was a delusion while we waited for our deaths.
- I don’t know how to explain how I am, what I am. Ever since I hit puberty, I’ve been different. I was thirteen when the changes started happening. I started getting incredibly fast and strong. It wasn’t normal. I wasn’t normal. I was turning into a freak. I could crumple a brick in my hand like it was a piece of paper. When I ran, I was passing cars on the freeway and that wasn’t even me running at full speed. When I was running at full speed I wasn’t much more than a blur to anyone else. I never understood how this happened, or why it happened to me.
Cayden Rivers wants nothing more than to be normal, but we don’t always get what we want. For years he has been hiding a secret, afraid of being labeled a “freak”. Every day he goes to school, plays football, spends time with his girlfriend, and helps carry his drunken adopted father to bed. Nobody knows the truth about his unnatural speed and strength, including his life-long friend Camilla.
Suddenly, four strangers enter Cayden’s life, and not only do they know his secret, they also have one of their own. With their help, Cayden discovers there is more to his power, something much more dangerous. Something other people will kill to possess.
Camilla wishes her parents were around more. She gets lonely sleeping in her big empty house night after night. Sure, she has all the money she could ever need, but the only person who is there for her is Cayden. He has his own family and a girlfriend who takes up most of his time, so Camilla knows he won’t be there for her forever, and recently he’s been acting really strange.
Will Cayden be able to keep his secret and his friendship with Camilla, or will his new found power destroy everything, including his own life?
Switching between Cayden and Camilla’s point of view, Twisted will leave you aching for more.
- Cayden and Camilla are so perfect together their names are an alliteration. Their natural, relaxed interactions, their ability to understand how far to push, when to fight, and when to keep quiet is remarkable. They care for each other so much, transcend their not-so-fabulous lives, and make the world a brighter place by being together. They’re chemistry isn’t the kind of lusty, sexual tension that’s common in YA, but something more honest, deeper. It’s actually kind of beautiful.
- The story was unconventional, unique, and quite a refresher from the angels, demons, vampires, and werewolves.
- The plot was a little slow at first but as the mysterious nature of Cayden’s powers are revealed, the massive amount of questions about his past, his capabilities, and what exactly he is will have you digging in, frantically flipping the pages seeking a dramatic revelation.
- Cayden’s secret, his insecurities, and how alone he feels not only in his home life but in his confusion about his powers is moving. The exploration of his inner struggles, his fight to keep up his normal, popular image, and the war between who he really is, and who he wants to become is one everyone can relate to.
- Cayden’s necklace. What a creative, brilliant idea! Also, I seriously hope someone with jewelry making talent takes fangirling to the next level, and puts them out for sale.
- There were a few typos, spelling errors, and weird grammatical constructions. Also, several echoes (repetition of the same word in preceding sentences multiple times).
- Cayden is stubborn to the point of pushing people away, and is really harsh when he’s frustrated. Although he is a strong protagonist, some of his actions are questionable (he dates a very superficial, bitchy, paranoid, and extremely jealous girl with no substance). For being such a genuine, nice guy he’s pretty blind to what’s in front of him. This is infuriating, and his distancing from his family, and friends makes him hard to get to know.
- The pranks, training, and general fighting between the characters is hilarious. Their jokes are definitely something worth reading over and over for laughs.
KayCee is a 24 year old self-published author from Cleveland, Ohio. KayCee has always loved reading. After a re-occurring dream she decided to try writing about it. She wrote the first installment of Twisted when she was 20.
“I kept having this dream about these twins, and then I just decided to run with it. I wrote the beginning, the end, and then filled in the middle.”
KayCee finished the book in 8 months and then decided to share the book online. After seeing people get interested in the book and the characters, she decided to write another book and turn Twisted into a series.
KayCee has finished four novels in the Twisted series and is currently working on the fifth book.