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  • Mass Market Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505527480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505527486
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,650,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abbey accidentally uncovers a vortex behind a crumbling wall in a house she is renovating, sending her one hundred years into the future and into the arms of the handsome--but doomed--Dr. Shane Maddox.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good, but has flaws. 6 Mar 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The premise of this book is very unique and interesting. A young woman finds a time twister and goes forward 100 years in the future where a race of vampire like aliens have taken over the world. The heroine, Abbey, happens to be a Time Guardian and the bad Vampire girl wants her to activate the time twister so she can use it to get more victims. The hero, Shane, is the local doctor treating the human survivors and happens to be a "Vampire" himself.

The first 26 to 30 pages are boring. I actually started another book before I picked this back up and finished it. Once Abbey goes forward in time, the story picks up but there are still flaws and parts I ended up speed reading through. One blaring oops was the plot twist that is used toward the end to have Abbey and the bad Vampire, Lucinda, talk. Several characters come down with bacterial meningitis and even though Shane says there is no more medicine left in the world, Abbey reminds him of the University medical campus. She goes and gets the medication...mindless of the fact that the medicine is at least 50+ years old! I work in the medical field, and I found this plot development very hard to accept, not to mention that the people recovered!

I would recommend buying this book used or rent from the library to see if you want to keep it in your personal library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Twist Ties 22 Dec 2011
By Justin A. Swartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Two of my many interests lie in anime and books. When a publisher combines them (a rarity, I'll admit), I definitely take a second look, which is what I did when I picked up Colby Hodge's "Twist" the week before Christmas. The book was categorized as an action/romance and was published under Dorchester Publishing's short-lived Shomi Romance line, which featured sci-fi, fantasy, and action-oriented romances written by fresh female authors. Sadly, Shomi was cancelled two years into its inception, and the anime covers only lasted the first year of its existence.

Despite that, Miss Hodge introduces us to Abbey Chase, our heroine, by giving us a piece of the novel's ending first. The story then backtracks to how Abbey got to that point by starting at the beginning--she's a poor college student who lost her dad in a car accident and flips houses to make money. She's currently flipping a house from the 1920's that has a brick wall built over the fireplace. Sledgehammer in hand, Abbey tears down that wall, proving that she's NOT sugar, spice, and everything nice. Plus, I always liked the idea of a girl with her own set of tools.

Abbey finds a time-traveling device behind that brick wall which hurtles her one hundred years into the future and into the arms of Doctor Shane Maddox, who she remembers from her past life. Shane is now the leader of a band of resistance fighters who battle the "ticks"--time-traveling alien vampires who invaded the day Abbey disappeared into her brick wall, one hundred years ago. Shane blames Abbey for the post-apocalyptic world humanity now lives in while she's fighting her attraction to him, just as she did in her old life. Abbey is forced to find a way to survive in this brave new world, which isn't easy, considering that every "tick" within fifty miles wants to kill her.

Miss Hodge constructs a very interesting, if somewhat hard to digest, world for this book to take place in. The time-traveling alien vampire thing fades over time, leaving us with Abbey, Shane, and the supporting cast of rogues who fight alongside them. Hodge's strength lies in her characters and in her dialogue, which moves the story along at a comfortable pace. The rhythm of "Twist" took a little time for me to get used to, but once I did, I really got hooked on Abbey's first-person narrative and her affable way of describing the events in the book. It sounded the way a modern twenty-something woman would talk, which is the key when writing from the first-person perspective, and Hodge had that down to a "T."

While there's certainly no shortage of paranormal/supernatural romances out there, Colby Hodge has created something unique in "Twist"--a good blend of action and romance that leaves you feeling satisfied when all the dots get connected and the heroine saves the day. The last time I read a book like that I was in my teens, and if you can say the same, then it might be time to pick up "Twist" and revisit the days when things really DID end happily ever after.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Ninja's are cooler than pirates" -- especially time traveling ones 24 May 2008
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Twist is a futuristic time-travel alien-vampire romantic urban fantasy action adventure. Whew, is there a genre I missed? Well strange as the combination may sound, it actually worked. As a jack-of-all trades it isn't the best of any one of those genres but it was very original in the way it pulled together alot of familiar themes - the average every day heroine discovering hidden powers when thrown into an extraordinary situation, the beautiful tormented hero struggling to control the preditory demon he carries within him and the connection between soul mates when one of pair may no longer have a soul -- and the result was a enjoyable light romantic read. Oh and if you at all like cats, they play an important almost mystical role in the post-pandemic vampire infested world of the future.

In case you were wondering not only does the heroine prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that "ninja's are (indeed way) cooler than pirates", the quote is the reason that the hero keeps struggling to hold to a vow that is the keystone of his character and it is the password carried through time to ensure that the unbelievable is at least given consideration. Twist is Hodge's entry into the multi-author futuristic Shomi romance series, and now that my curiosity is peeked I may just have to check out a few of the others.

SHOMI
Wired (Shomi)
Moongazer (Shomi)
Driven (SHOMI)
Time Transit (SHOMI)
Netherwood (SHOMI)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Even the cats are kick-arse 11 April 2010
By Tez Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's a serial killer on the loose, and a mysterious leather-clad lady is stalking Abbey Shore, who accidentally stumbles into a time portal she uncovers in the house she's been flipping. Now Abbey's one hundred years into the future, and the only people she recognises are Dr Shane Maddox...and the lady in leather. She doesn't want Abbey dead after all, but does have a nefarious purpose in mind. Plus Abbey has to get used to this new world where the ticks are hungry, and only those with ninja skills can defeat them.

I'm deliberately being vague so as not to spoil, but this book saved my bacon, pulling me out of a reading slump. An awesome concept with snappy execution and twist upon twist - and ninjas. Even the cats are kick-arse, in particular Jayne. This is a bloody good read.

But despite it being one hundred years into the future, everyone's slang is much the same as now. And Abbey's pop culture references are rather annoying. Okay, she's from 2008 - we get it. She watches a lot of TV and films, and Jennifer Aniston's name appears twice within the text. I would've deleted these things as they date the novel, and I don't relate to them. On the other hand, had TWIST been full of "Family Guy' references... ;-)

Also, the talk of "life-mates", fate and destiny is not my thing. That kind of gimmick breaks my suspension of disbelief.

So the book isn't perfect. It's still the best thing I've read in awhile.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another Excellent Read From Shomi 14 Jun 2008
By Lauren Dane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Twist gives us paranormal, time travel, spec fic - all kinds of things rolled into one. All of them done well and I thought Hodge put a great twist (no pun intended) on the vampire story with this one. Great world building, great characters - just really well done!

The romance was realistic. I felt the push and pull, the hopelessness, the yearning - all well done. Nice action, good tension - a really entertaining read!
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