Author Archives: Twisted

Update

 

Hi all!

I’ve been quiet for a few months. It is time now to give you a little update on the latest reviews and other news about my books! 😉

Here are some great reviews of Twisted by:

More reviews, for Craved, by:

Many thanks to all the above bloggers for taking time to review my books, I appreciate it! 🙂

I’m also proud to announce that Twisted got a Red Ribbon at The Wishing Shelf Awards 2015 and a feedback from the Judging!

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Christopher Paul Meyer’s opinion on Craved

 

Christopher Paul Meyer is a writer of noir and non-fiction from US. Here is what he thinks about Craved :

I was a big fan of the first book in this series, Twisted, moreso for the necessity of Lola’s story than the actual storytelling. While I was mildly disappointed that the book didn’t resolve my previous criticism, my respect for Lola’s life story only increases with Craved.

I didn’t think it could get much darker than Twisted; I was wrong. It is a appallingly honest and cutting look at man’s darkside and the nature of a woman that voluntarily, almost hypnotically veered towards the darkness. Your bookshelf will be richer for having Craved on it, but that doesn’t make it easier to take down and open. It pushes the boundaries of our conceptions of desire, lust, pain and tolerance and that is no mean feat. You can’t help but root for the self-deprecating, self-aware and yet demoralized Julia; watching her pinball from depression to horror to very fleeting elation along a pathway lined with neon, coke and cum is a white-knuckle-inducing, sobering rollercoaster and a blinding shot of 200-proof verbiage for the average, teetotalling reader.

Wear a cup.

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Latest reviews of Craved & my Guest Post at Lozza’s Book Corner!

 

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Check out the latest reviews of Craved by Isaiyan Morrison at The Reader’s Hollow & by Serenity Sheild on Lovely Reads!

As well as my guest post about Christmas Gifts for Writers at Lozza’s Book Corner. 🙂

Let’s not forget to mention about the lucky winner Phoebe of the wonderful Giveaway organized by Aparna Singh on her blog Doodles, Doodles, Everywhere! 😉

 

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Book Giveaway for Craved on Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Craved by Lola Smirnova

Craved

by Lola Smirnova

Giveaway ends December 10, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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5 Star Review of CRAVED by Anita Lock for Pacific Book Review

 

5 Star Review of CRAVED by Anita Lock for Pacific Book Reviewpacific book review 5 stars

In the long-awaited sequel to Twisted, Julia and her two older sisters have left Europe and are working as exotic dancers in a Cape Town strip joint. Whatever hopes Julia has of finding a rewarding sex job in her new location are quickly dashed when she receives one client rejection after another. Convinced that she is not cut out to be a stripper, she plans to leave her sisters behind and return to Europe. An accident involving her dad changes the course of history and Julia uses her hard-earned plane ticket money toward medical expenses. But with ongoing familial problems, she has to find a way to make it work in the sex-entertainment industry since this is her only form of income. Ultimately, Julia becomes overwhelmed while desperately seeking control of her circumstances and well-being. The question remains, can she do that without the aide of her sisters as well as drugs?

To those new to Lola Smirnova’s literary style, the rising author does not mince words. Inspired by real-life events, Smirnova’s first person narrative is heavily laced in a mixture of vulgarity and sarcastic lingo to reflect the stark realities of life in the sex underworld. Spoken through Julia, Smirnova portrays her featured character and the youngest of three sisters, as beautiful and intelligent, but lacking self-esteem. And as ironic as it is to make loads of cash, Julia is often stigmatized as trash, which only magnifies her sense of worthlessness. She longs for a better life, yet she has no idea how to successfully achieve that.

Compared to hopeful moments in Twisted—the first in Smirnova’s trilogy—Craved is definitely dark and dismal. But amid the dystopian environ, Smirnova does a stellar job lightening her plot with Julia’s snarkiness, which is reflected in her running-commentary thought processes as well as through dialogue. Hilarious examples respectively are found in a work description with one of her clients (“If this is a lap dance then I am a bloody astronaut!”) and her consistent exclamations of “unf**ingbelievable”—reminiscent of Vizzini’s “inconceivable” remarks in the well-known comedy film “The Princess Bride.”

While chapters are replete with graphic scenes of Julia and a host of rather “colorful” clients amid her tumultuous personal and familial situations, unique to Smirnova’s plot is the paradoxical portrayal of Cape Town’s legal and moral mores and the corrupt sex entertainment industry, which focuses on everything erotically conceivable short of copulation. Julia compares the scandalous system to the addictive claw machine that constantly grabs for the prize, but never reaches satisfactory attainment. It creates the illusion that the client owns the toy, but then the illusion crashes “soon after the dancer hears ‘no’ to the next lap dance and moves on to another client.”

Closing with a depressing cliffhanger, Craved is a remarkably eye-opening, heartwrenching, and one-of-a-kind must read that is indubitably “meant for the open-minded readers who are not afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen.”review

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Craved – NEW RELEASE!!!

 

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Today I’m very excited and proud to announce that my highly anticipated sequel to Twisted – Craved – is released! 🙂

You can download it from from here.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments about the book. Hope you enjoy it!

In a meantime, I’m off to writing the third book 😉

 

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Amy’s Review of Twisted on WeStoleYourBookBoyfriend.com

 

Here is Amy’s Review of Twisted on WeStoleYourBookBoyfriend.com 🙂

Twisted by Lola Smirnova
4 stars
Reviewed by Amy W.

If there’s ever a title that perfectly fits a book, it has to be Twisted by Lola Smirnova.

Readers meet Julia, a young prostitute fro the Ukraine, and follow her experiences. This is not a book for the sexually repressed. Instead, it is a gritty story at what a girl does in order to survive. Sometimes comical, other times sad, it’s a roller coaster of emotion.

For the most part, the story flowed well. As a pampered American, it was a bit challenging for me to understand such a cultural difference when it comes to prostitution as a viable career option. The author pulls no punches with this dark and graphic novel. Each encounter strips away a bit more of Julia’s humanity as she gets caught up in drugs and alcohol. Yet it is not all doom and gloom because Julia has a truly amazing sense of humor.

Be warned that there is a cliffhanger that alerts the reader to a continuation. This is not a warm and fuzzy story, but it’s a depiction of strong young woman struggling to survive.

 

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Giveaway Winners!

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CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS of my latest Goodreads Giveaway for Twisted – Jennifer Meyer and Sarah Critchley from US!

Hope you enjoy the book! 🙂

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Book Blitz on See Kiki Read & Review on BookLikes

Here are the Book Blitz of Twisted on See Kiki Read & Review by Eden Sharp on BookLikes!

Book Blitz:

How often do you stop and think about the horrors of the world? I guess the answer to that question varies greatly from person to person. Some may not want to read a novel about a young woman who finds herself in an unspeakable position, but I challenge you to open your mind to various works of fiction and the impact they can have on our society. Today I’ll be highlighting Twisted by Lola Smirnova, an author who broaches a harrowing topic inspired by her real life experience.

Three sisters make an unimaginable choice when faced with poverty in Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union. While the novel may be fiction, the sex trade is a brutal reality for many young women throughout the world. Wow! The subject matter may be dark, but I am incredibly fascinated by the journey of Julia and her sisters.

Review:

A heart-breaking and moving story of the seedy underbelly of society that sex workers are forced to inhabit. The book is well-written with a vivid, visceral style and some beautifully observed insights into the human condition.

Gripping from the outset, this tale of three Ukrainian sisters also provides family drama and some revealing glimpses into a country struggling to recover from communism. Contemporary, relevant, riveting and highly recommended.

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A Drunken Druid’s View on “Twisted”

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Here is what A Drunken Druid’s View on “Twisted” is…:

From the opening page, “Twisted” by Lola Smirnova captivates the reader with a gritty story about a woman working in the oldest profession. I was really impressed with this book. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. While it was extreme in parts and very shocking – This book was a real eye opener. The cover may be a bit misleading as there is nothing erotic about this, at times it felt tragic – it shows how an error of poor judgement can forever change a young persons life. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a beating heart. This book made me think about what makes people do the things they do.

 

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Mini Reviews by Jancee Reads

Here is the latest editorial review for Twisted on Mini Reviews by Jancee Reads!

2014 – Adult Fiction – Realistic Fiction

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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Read & Review Program on Choosy Bookworm

TWISTED is part of the Read & Review Program on Choosy Bookworm in which the author gives away 25 eBooks for FREE in exchange for an honest review.

If you are one of the first 25 to request this eBook, you will receive an email from the author with further instructions.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity! Click the button below to request your eBook right now:

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Best Thrillers Book Review by Mishka: Twisted by L. Smirnova

Best Thrillers Book Review by Mishka: Twisted by L. Smirnova

The Bottom Line: Inspired by the author’s own struggles as a sex worker, this gritty, sharply written tale transports readers into a perilous world where every breath could be your last.

There’s no shortage of suspense in Lola Smirnova’s pull-no-punches novel about a young Ukranian girl named Julia, whose family finds itself poverty-stricken after the fall of the Soviet Union. In a world with few alternatives, Julia follows her older sisters into the sex industry.

Twisted opens in Luxembourg City, a wealthy municipality that squeezes 60 champagne bars into a town half the size of Disney World. Smirnova is careful to ensure that we won’t mistake Twisted for the erotic thrillers that are all the rage right now. “Champagne bar, whorehouse, brothel, house of assignation, bordello, den of vice; call them what you like, it does not change the core of these places. Although they are often called cabarets, and occasionally there is even strip-dancing involved, you shouldn’t associate them with merrymaking or extravaganza. ‘Trade’, ‘sex’, ‘transactions’, ‘carnal’,‘barter’ or ‘perversion’ would be the better words to portray this type of nightery.”

Further dispelling any sense of glamour, the offending traits of Julia’s clients are duly magnified. Every drop of sweat, blood stain and fluid described in painstaking detail. The passage where Julia does business with a guy named “Death” is easily the most brutally graphic passage I’ve read all year.

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, especially as she ventures to Istanbul in hopes of some easy money. Beautifully juxtaposed with the scenic extravagance that only places like the Bosphorus can provide, we’re constantly aware that Julia’s clients aren’t the only thing she has to be afraid of.

If it isn’t already obvious, Twisted is an adults-only novel that isn’t for the squeamish. But it’s also a story of truth and courage that I, for one, thank Smirnova for writing.

 

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