“What Doesn’t Kill You” (Twisted #1)- Jo Ho

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If you’re like me, there are certain TV shows you secretly hope never finish. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was popular when I was growing up, as well as Heroes. Both pulled my interest in hook, line, and sinker. I’m also a BIG Supernatural fan. For some bizarre reason, people are absolutely fascinated with phenomena they cannot explain. And Jo Ho’s new Twisted series falls right into that category.


Blackville University has a history. A history which is given as a warning  to freshmen in the “Welcome!” speech of the dorm. While most college freshman balk at the idea of restrictions surrounding their first year of freedom, this particular warning has levity. A college girl was found on campus with a broken neck. While the case is still unsolved, police are actively investigating, and have a few rules to follow.

Marley, Cassie, Tyler, and Eve are settling into their dorms. Awkwardness surrounds each individual as they get settled in; especially Marley who is harboring a secret. Each girl seems to fit a stereotype that all of us are familiar with. Cassie is the girl with the picture perfect life, yet tries too hard to fit in. Tyler’s parents died in a car accident, and she’s fighting for custody of her little sister from her foster mom. Marley comes from a single parent household; her dad would move heaven and earth for her. And Eve is a college repeater. After having so much trouble the previous year, she’s attempting to redeem herself.

Our mixed group of heroines do their best to break through the awkwardness and become friends- or at least social enough to start building a friendship. On the way home from a party, our group goes into a church across campus. Here they witness two men attempting to kill one another. In an effort to stop them, the girls step forward, and are immediately bathed in a brilliant light.

It seems all the girls are changed by the light, each emerging with a newfound ability. Cassie is able to change her appearance. Eve can put up a wall of moths. Tyler was able to change rain drops into shards of glass. And Marley can put her hands through someone’s chest and stop their heart. Why do they have abilities? What could these abilities be used for? Tune in next time for the next episode of the Twisted series.

According to Jo, this particular series has been in the works for awhile now; each new project she delved into, Twisted seemed to get put on the back burner. Reading the “pilot episode” for this made for TV series, you can tell how much time and effort she spent creating this story. For a pilot, it’s your standard pilot. Just enough information given to get the audience interested and wanting more. I do hope that this series will broadcast in the states!


“What Doesn’t Kill You” (Twisted #1) by Jo Ho is available June 26th!  I was chosen to receive an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review. Given that fact, it has not altered my opinion on the book at all. In the meantime, check out this awesome trailer for the series!



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