Vanishing Twin  by Tanja  Kobasic

Vanishing Twin

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From author Kobasic (Angels in Stone, 2012) comes an urban fantasy about conjoined twins and their search for love.

Jade and Scarlett lead far from typical lives. Joined literally at the hip, the two are independent from the waist up; however, they must function as a single person from the waist down. Having written an inspirational best-seller about their trials and tribulations, the two live a relatively comfortable, albeit romantically void, existence. But when the mysterious, highly successful magician Sebastian Cole meets them, their lives change. Smitten with Scarlett, Sebastian introduces the girls to his world of SRO Las Vegas shows, fine dining, and an assortment of assistants, admirers and important friends. The talented, seductive Sebastian is more than just a common illusionist; his own story involves the supernatural and a connection to a powerful group known as Lucifer’s Chosen. As the three become intertwined, the reader follows along on a subsequently bizarre love story full of reincarnation, diabolical figures and the roaring club culture of present-day Las Vegas. Creative in concept, the novel ably depicts the inherent difficulty of romantic love for conjoined twins. Sexual at times (“Wetness pooled in me as his hand inched closer”), the plot sometimes stalls with frequent descriptions of hairstyles, clothing and food (such as when Sebastian cheerfully acknowledges his involvement in the making of a dessert: “I had a hand in the recipe; we roast the pecans in honey and brown sugar. A little rum too”). Still, the novel, the first in a projected series, succeeds in creating a believably fantastic situation, and the main characters’ unusual back stories make for intriguing urban-fantasy characters.

An inventive love story full of curious twists and turns.

Pub Date: July 25th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9881554-2-8
Page count: 415pp
Publisher: Stone Series Publishing
Program: Kirkus Indie
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