Olivia Twist
​Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.

Olivia Twist Details

TitleOlivia Twist
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 6th, 2018
PublisherBlink/HarperCollins
ISBN-139780310763413
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance, Fiction

Olivia Twist Review

  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fastest book I have gotten through all year. The story is so captivating and well paced I couldn’t stop, I’m serious I finished this is one sitting with no breaks. The story is very well written and it reached all my expectations. I’ve read so many amazing books this year and this is one of them, it is possibly one of my favorite retellings. I read the original Oliver Twist a long time ago and I am sad to say I don’t remember too much of it, but I undoubtedly love Lorie Langdon’s ver This is the fastest book I have gotten through all year. The story is so captivating and well paced I couldn’t stop, I’m serious I finished this is one sitting with no breaks. The story is very well written and it reached all my expectations. I’ve read so many amazing books this year and this is one of them, it is possibly one of my favorite retellings. I read the original Oliver Twist a long time ago and I am sad to say I don’t remember too much of it, but I undoubtedly love Lorie Langdon’s version.The story follows two people who made their living in hell and still grew up to be amazing people who are willing to help the children stuck in the same violent, depraved conditions they faced in their childhood. Olivia spent her childhood in the poor streets, in a life filled with thievery and deception. One day a job went out of hand, but through the failure her uncle finds her and raises her to be a ‘proper’ lady but she never truly let go of her tumultuous past and chooses to steal from the wealthy sections of society in order to help orphan thieves stuck in a situation similar to her own childhood. Jack, formerly known as the Street Lord Artful Dodger, is now a gentleman of the wealthier section in society. In truth, he assumed this identity to steal from the wealthy to survive and maintain his false identity with the help of a society matron who needs Jack to steal for her because she’s going broke. He knew Olivia from his days on the streets, but not as Olivia but Oliver Twist as she maintained the guise of being a boy in her childhood, now as he sees her he senses something familiar about the ferocity in her eyes but he is yet to guess that she is, in reality, his childhood partner in crime.They’re both robbing the rich blind!Both these people are wonderful characters with the best intentions at heart. They have both been through a lot because of their time living on the streets, more so for Jack, but because of this they understand and willing to do anything to protect any other kids from going through the same thing. I loved watching Olivia take care of those orphans no matter how dire her own situation gets. They live by a code of loyalty and love that is absolutely endearing. Watching Olivia stand her ground and make her own and face of so many harrowing circumstances is wonderful. Watching them realise that they have always loved each other, in one way or the other is an ecstatic moment filled with joy.The story moves forward wonderfully and I wouldn’t change anything about it. This book was one of my more anticipated releases of the year and it did not let me down. Right now it only has 261 ratings which I am very shocked about, to anyone who is thinking about reading this book I urge you to try it out the book is very entertaining and it doesn’t take a lot of time to get into. They story of Olivia Twist is an amazing reimagination of the original classic. I was swept up in this exciting historical fiction novel and I encourage you to read it if you haven’t already.
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  • R.F. Gammon
    January 1, 1970
    How disappointing. I've never actually read Oliver Twist (I know, I call myself a theater nerd and a lover of the classics, but I still have not read that one. Oh well) but I know the story vaguely and was eager to pick this one up when I saw it at the library. I loved The Lost Girl of Astor Street, another book by this same publisher--Blink--and I knew that they had a reputation for publishing clean reads. That's their trademark, actually. I figured there was nothing to worry about. That reputa How disappointing. I've never actually read Oliver Twist (I know, I call myself a theater nerd and a lover of the classics, but I still have not read that one. Oh well) but I know the story vaguely and was eager to pick this one up when I saw it at the library. I loved The Lost Girl of Astor Street, another book by this same publisher--Blink--and I knew that they had a reputation for publishing clean reads. That's their trademark, actually. I figured there was nothing to worry about. That reputation is why I'm judging this book so harshly. As a historical novel, this one was excellent. It was a fast-paced, well-plotted novel that provided atmosphere, strong characters, and a fun, exciting ride through the London streets. I really enjoyed that aspect of it, and I wish I had more positive to outweigh the negatives. But negatives, I'm afraid, are a way of life...and so I'll have to provide some of those too. There will be some spoilers in this review, although I'll try not to spoil the major plot points for the sake of those who might still want to read this book. The thing I didn't understand was why Jack and Olivia fell in love in the first place. Olivia is the titular Oliver Twist, and this book serves as something of a sequel to Oliver Twist, just imagining that Oliver was a girl in disguise the whole time. Jack is the new name of the Artful Dodger, a street boy who took care of Ollie when "he" was a street boy. Both of them now live in upper-society London now, and are content with robbing people randomly--Jack because his new "aunt" requires him to in order for them to survive, Olivia because she and her uncle are losing money quickly and she desperately wants to provide for a little band of orphan boys out on the streets. They meet at a party where they catch each other stealing from the house, and Olivia runs away quickly--but not before noting his "broad shoulders" and him noting her "autumn-wheat hair" and "tawny eyes." They both claim to be furious at the other for getting in the way, but at the same time...they don't seem too mad about it. Then the SECOND TIME THEY MEET (second time!) Jack saves Olivia from some guys trying to assault her (okay, good job, Jack, I can applaud you for this) and then she flirts heavily with him in order to get away without answering as to why she stole HIS money. He's angry about the money being stolen, obviously...but more angry about the fact that it turned him on when she acted like she was going to kiss him. And of course on their next meeting, they do kiss. Very eagerly. They know nothing about each other--just that they're both two very attractive young people and get a rush when they look at each other. They flirt back and forth for a while, and in the midst of this Olivia gets engaged to a faithful childhood friend who genuinely cares about her and who she seems to like--although of course "not in that way." My goodness, could we maybe have a romance someday where the girl DOES realize that her faithful, loyal childhood friend does love her and she can love him back? The scene that gave me the most trouble with this book, however, comes about halfway through. Olivia is changing into a boy costume in order to go out and see her orphans when Jack sneaks into her house, somehow, and enters her room in the middle of the night. They very passionately make out until Olivia can't breathe, and she unbuttons her shirt and then part of her chest bindings to be able to do it again. At this point Jack pushes her up against a bed and it's implied that they'd both like to go further. Note: Olivia is in fact ENGAGED at this point. Then this dialogue happens: "He cut her off. 'It's Grimwig, isn't it?' He shoved off the bed. 'You're saving yourself for that idiotic dolt!'" …[They argue about the fact that Jack went to the theater with Olivia's cousin, to whom he is NOT engaged]"A predatory light sparked in his eyes, reminiscent of a lion with its tail twitching in the air as he stalked toward her. He backed her across the room and spoke with slow deliberation. 'Would it kill you to have a little faith in me? Just for once? To give me the benefit of the bloody doubt?'"Olivia stopped when her back hit the dresser. 'I--'"he leaned in and raced a hand on either side of her, trapping her between his arms. Her pulse accelerated in time with the warning vein pulsing in her throat. "'Does Grimwig kiss you until you can't stand?' He demanded. "Olivia didn't move, words failing her."'Can he make you lose your breath?' Jack's tone softened. 'Can he?'"When she shook her head, all the tension left her arms and he took her chin between his fingers..."This doesn't exactly...sound romantic to me. It's like, Jack, honey, SHE'S ENGAGED TO SOMEONE ELSE, OKAY? And that's okay! She's known this guy her whole life...it's not like she's cheating on you. In fact, you're making her cheat on HIM with you! And it's up to her if she wants to "save herself for him," actually. This whole scene left a very bad taste in my mouth.Of course, her fiancé ends up being a villain (not through any fault of his own, the poor dear...he's just ignorant) and she storms out on him. Someone dies, although the fact that everyone is literally ONLY concerned about this because of what happens to our hero and heroine in the wake of it makes me feel really bad for the victim...(view spoiler)[she was MURDERED, for Pete's sake, and her own cousin shows no sorrow whatsoever except for the fact that now her boyfriend is imprisoned for not committing the crime! And once they've gotten him out of jail, they don't spend a drop of time thinking about poor Francesca...she's just a means to an end. Poor girl. She and Max both did not deserve this. (hide spoiler)]Besides this rather unhealthy romance (the two acknowledge almost constantly that what they're feeling is dangerous and should be restrained, but never do anything to try to stop it) there's a lot of language for what's supposed to be a clean book. Several h-words, a number of d-words, and a whole host of "bloody"s join more mild words like "blast", "blight," and "dolt." If this were a mainstream book this level of language would not affect me in the least, if I'm being quite honest...but for a publishing company explicitly advertised as CLEAN it was rather surprising. This is not a book I can recommend. I'm thankful I didn't buy it, and I'm disappointed--both in the author and in Blink. Because this could have been an epic story had the romance been a bit less physical (both in attraction and in execution) and had the side characters not been so utterly swept under the rug to make room FOR the romance. I'm giving it 2.5 stars, because the historical part really was executed well, and I liked the little band of orphans...but otherwise, no. (view spoiler)[Also, what happened to Monks? He committed the murder and the kids stole his safebox….but he's not exactly in jail at this point. He's still roaming the streets, probably seeking revenge. But no matter to that, since our beloved Jack and Olivia have each other now. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    There are a million and one reasons why OLIVIA TWIST is everything I hang my bookish hat on.“That small inner voice that most women ignore because they’re too concerned with living the life others expect."“With Jack’s presence, the room brightened as if several more candelabras followed him into that room. A smile that seemed to originate deep in Olivia’s chest stretched her lips without her consent.”It is everything a book experience SHOULD BE. It is everything LIFE should be. It is a gaslit Vi There are a million and one reasons why OLIVIA TWIST is everything I hang my bookish hat on.“That small inner voice that most women ignore because they’re too concerned with living the life others expect."“With Jack’s presence, the room brightened as if several more candelabras followed him into that room. A smile that seemed to originate deep in Olivia’s chest stretched her lips without her consent.”It is everything a book experience SHOULD BE. It is everything LIFE should be. It is a gaslit Victorian carousel of pickpockets and villains, rickety pubs, railing danger and clandestine meetings with handbrushes that send tingles to your toes and harrowing meetings on London Bridge. Olivia Twist marries a well known trope while finding footing in a dazzling new world. Though not fantastical as it is rooted deep in perfectly-researched Victorian London, the heart-pounding feeling you get as the curtain is pulled back on its colourful universe makes you feel you are stepping into another world. It is my favourite type of read.Image result for olivia twistIt takes you into a place of nostalgia while offering a unique tug into a world at once familiar and surprising. It elicits all manner of giggles and gasps and blanket-gripping tension as you think you know how it will end, but you are not quite sure. It reminds you why you love reading in the first place.Olivia Twist finds a brilliant balance between source material novel and famous adaptation and adds another layer to this delicious cake. Cameos from the book like Monks and Fagin are paired with the sheer heart behind the musical that introduced many of us to Dickens (the musical, it should be said, is a gateway drug). And while the book is gifted with subtle lovely nods to red roses and mornings whose sunshine you want to buy and bottle, it springboards into its own realm of adventure. Basically, if you love Oliver Twist—in any form---you have come to the right party. If you love Dickens, you have come to the right party. If you love cross-dressing female heroines, you have come to the right party.If you love ROMANCE that will strangle you breath and pulse your heart into a gallop from the first unexpected meeting between two people who used to know each other ( one knowing a little more about one than the other), then you have found a virtual literary rager.A heroine of agency and heart who reminded me a lot of Wonder Woman for some reason ( weird contemporary link, I know ); but like WW, Olivia has a kind heart, even if you never want to run into a bout of fisticuffs with her. Like WW, Olivia would see a baby and melt, taste ice cream and melt, care of her elderly guardian by day playing the winsome socialite while sneaking out be-wigged to help a band of orphans at night.It is this perfect balance of scrappy and sophisticated that pairs a wonderful example of the complexity of women. To be strong, Langdon asserts, does not mean shrugging out of femininity. Likewise, to enjoy finesse and have a caring maternal view does not undermine strength. “She blinked up at him and he was Dodger again. The rough-and-tumble street kid with the heart of gold.”Then there’s Dodger who is at once sweet cinnamon roll of vulnerability and savvy, scrappy pickpocket late of Fagin’s influence. He is our guide to the underworld while, like Olivia, balancing a life of high social standing and finding it a bit like a sweater with sleeves too long for him.While I was delightfully on the edge of my seat to reacquaint myself with well known characters against a well known canvas in a new backdrop, I think the most surprising aspect of the novel for me was its amazing portrayal of sacrifice: something I was not expecting. It is here that the subtle and deft touch of faith is interwoven within a compelling world at large. If your soul is not strangled in breath-gulps by the end ---by either the beautiful writing or the sob inducing choice one is willing to make in the spirit of true love—then go sit in a corner with a lump of black coal.Oh! And the writing? See, the writing. Friends, sometimes a book springboards to life because its sizzles and sparks with the author’s heart. You can feel the author’s passion through the page. This is one of those books. Reading this I felt I had found new fictional friends, yes, but also a kindred spirit in the pen behind the page. In OLIVIA TWIST, Langdon’s obvious love for this world of story plays fast and loose to win us completely. It’s her gift. It’s an act of sharing. This passion is a portal for gorgeously lyrical writing that at turns grips and surprises.“Haze draped the skyline of the city like the oozing, yellow center of a stale egg” (I mean, come on! It whiffs of Dickens but with an originality of its own)“Peels of fog slithered and curled over the cobbles.” ( COME ON!)“Their skirts sweeping against the cobblestones like a thousand whispers” (because consonance is the spice of life. Like Dickens before her, Langdon’s prose begs to be read aloud) With all the thanks to Blink YA for the review copy of an anticipated book that shattered my expectations and winnowed its way to my FOREVER READ SHELF
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  • Melissa Landers
    January 1, 1970
    As Lorie's critique partner, I get to read everything first and Olivia Twist is awesome!!!! I hope you guys love it as much as I do!
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    99c Kindle sale, April 28, 2018, for this gender-bent retelling of Oliver Twist. Lots of enthusiastic GR reviews so I might bite.
  • Georgina
    January 1, 1970
    ✨4 stars✨A female Oliver Twist falling in love with the Artful Dodger? I’m so here for it. I adored this book, the entire premise of it being a retelling of Oliver is right up my street, I have such a thing for books about thieves and heists that I knew I would love it. I had a few little issues with some aspects of the story, but overall it was ridiculously fun to read and I devoured it in only a few hours.There is literally no end to my love for characters like Jack, I’ll never get bored of th ✨4 stars✨A female Oliver Twist falling in love with the Artful Dodger? I’m so here for it. I adored this book, the entire premise of it being a retelling of Oliver is right up my street, I have such a thing for books about thieves and heists that I knew I would love it. I had a few little issues with some aspects of the story, but overall it was ridiculously fun to read and I devoured it in only a few hours.There is literally no end to my love for characters like Jack, I’ll never get bored of them, and if that makes me predictable then so be it😂. He’s mischievous and wickedly inappropriate but beneath that he’s also beautifully complex, constantly fighting to separate himself from the boy he used to be- the Artful Dodger- whilst battling both his feelings for Olivia and his doubts that she could ever love him back. The constant mentions of his ‘wicked smirk, raven hair and burning blue eyes’ were ever so slightly overkill as it got quite repetitive after a while, but I loved every new detail we got about him, he was so fleshed out and real. The book opens with Olivia embracing her life at fancy parties and soirées to steal from the hosts in order to look after orphans, and it really sets the tone for her brilliant character. Both she and Jack grew up as orphans on the street, picking pockets and living through hell trying to get by, and so much of her strength comes from her determination to ensure that she uses her new life to help others in the same situation that she used to be in. I really adore how three dimensional and multifaceted her personality is, she isn’t just a reflection of the first half of her life living as a boy simply to survive, she’s so much more. Her love for her uncle, the orphan boys, and then for Jack, knows no bounds and she truly would do anything for the people she loves. She’s strong willed as hell and she doesn’t back down without a fight, especially if it’s about fitting into societal norms and filling the role that society expects her to.I couldn’t abide Maxwell at all, he was so boring, he lacked personality, and whilst this was most likely intentional, I still detested every single mention of him. His pompous, high horse attitude was endlessly irritating, and everything he came out with, from his snotty view of orphans being ‘street rats’ to him forbidding Olivia to do things, made me want to punch him in his posh face. I just really adored Jack, his and Olivia’s intense connection and feelings for each other were so prominent that it would have killed me if she’d picked a life of boringness with Max over adventure and love with Jack.The plot was so engaging, I was hooked from the get go and was shocked at each and every plot twist, although some were slightly more plausible than others. Some aspects weren’t developed as much as I would have liked. I thought that Monks’ motivations could have been delved into a bit more, as it felt a little bit tenuous and vague as to why he would be quite so ruthless in trying to get to Olivia. There was enough for it to make sense, I just think there needed to be a little bit more to fully cement it. The ending was a little bit too all-tied-up-nicely-with-a-bow for me, the jump from the end of the story to the glimpse into their lives 2 years later felt very rushed, they suddenly had this happily ever after dream life and it felt too much like a forced happy ending than an overly believable one. Despite this, I absolutely adored this book, and now I really want to find more books like it as I found the retelling aspect truly captivating. I really appreciated the references and little nods to the original, things like Fagin’s little cameo, as he’s not overly talked about in this book but because he’s already a well known character it holds weight without having to be explained as much. It was executed so well, I came to really love the characters, and I just thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
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  • Melissa Tagg
    January 1, 1970
    Lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove!At some point I will hopefully be capable of writing a coherent, albeit gushing, review. Right now, all I can say is I adore every little thing about this book and just picture that emoji with the heart eyes...that's me right now.
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  • ✶Rachelle✶
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsCute retelling of Oliver Twist, but ultimately unremarkable. I absolutely loved the action sequences, but I felt like the romance was too insta-lovey and forced. The major plot twist wasn't that twisty either. Even though I wasn't expecting it, it didn't hit me that hard. Unfortunately, this book just wasn't for me.
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  • Mary Weber
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable!
  • Ines
    January 1, 1970
    3’5 starsThis was such a fun read! I really liked it, the writing style was not my favorite but it was so good.
  • Heather Webb
    January 1, 1970
    When I learned Lorie Langdon made a foray into historical romance, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. And she didn’t disappoint. Langdon expertly balances historical detailing and plot, the voice sparkles, and the characters were so endearing, I couldn’t wait to escape into this book each night. Lively and transportive, Olivia Twist is a romantic and clever take on a classic that will leave readers yearning for more from this author.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    I am such a fan of Oliver Twist in all its incarnations. I loved the book, the film, the play, and I always want some more. I was very interested in seeing Langdon put her spin on this story, and I must say, I was very pleased with the results.•Pro: I was delighted that Langdon did not try to rewrite the original story, but rather, took us to a point after the end of Oliver Twist. We get small peeks into the past, which will seem familiar to anyone acquainted with the original story, and even ge I am such a fan of Oliver Twist in all its incarnations. I loved the book, the film, the play, and I always want some more. I was very interested in seeing Langdon put her spin on this story, and I must say, I was very pleased with the results.•Pro: I was delighted that Langdon did not try to rewrite the original story, but rather, took us to a point after the end of Oliver Twist. We get small peeks into the past, which will seem familiar to anyone acquainted with the original story, and even get an appearance from a familiar face. •Pro: Olivia was a great heroine. She was fierce, feisty, and fabulous and had the biggest heart. She was essentially the anti-Victorian woman, and I loved her. •Pro: Jack was so swoony. He would say these things to Olivia that absolutely made me melt. He was also working so hard to be the best that he could be all for her. He wanted to be worthy of Olivia, and I am a sap for that sort of thing. •Pro: I absolutely loved being in Victorian London. Langdon did a wonderful job painting the picture of life in that day and age, and it was fun doing the party circuit with Olivia. •Pro: There was a lot going on this story, yet I never felt like it was too much. Langdon let it unfold in such a way and at a great pace, that it flowed nicely. •Pro: I loved the orphan boys. I really thought it was fabulous that Olivia had that link to her past, and sort of kept Olivia walking a fine line between her former street life and her posh upbringing. •Pro: I was a fan of the romance (of course). There was a lot of tension and electricity between these two, and they shared so much in their past, that they had a solid foundation to build upon. •Pro: Loved the ending! It was quite lovely and made me smile. Love? The word smashed into his chest like a cannon ball. Who was he kidding? Every street kid knew love was nothing but a myth. But to have her by his side - to know she was his - would be enough. Overall: A new take on a old favorite, that kept me flipping the pages with its mystery and suspense, but mostly with its romance. *ARC provided in exchange for a full review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    Heart eyes!! Some delicious kisses inside these pages! Oh, Jack, you handsome rogue. *happy sigh*
  • ✨ Kaira ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Plot - 5Writing style - 5Characters - 4Romance - 4In which Olivia was forced to disguised herself as a boy ever since her late mother gave birth to her. Now, at the age of eighteen, with the help of her uncle whom she tried to steal from when she was still a street rat, Olivia is now a fine young lady. • plot - One thing I am impressed was that the author began the story in the interesting part already. Where Olivia Twist was already adopted by her uncle. Thank the heavens for that because it wo Plot - 5Writing style - 5Characters - 4Romance - 4In which Olivia was forced to disguised herself as a boy ever since her late mother gave birth to her. Now, at the age of eighteen, with the help of her uncle whom she tried to steal from when she was still a street rat, Olivia is now a fine young lady. • plot - One thing I am impressed was that the author began the story in the interesting part already. Where Olivia Twist was already adopted by her uncle. Thank the heavens for that because it would absolutely be boring if we began on any unnecessary scenes. I have to admit, I dived right into Olivia Twist without any knowledge about the original story of it. What? Sorry but I am not a huge fan of classics. Anyway, despite that fact, enjoying Olivia Twist was an easy thing to do. What I also happened to admire about the novel was that it was action-packed. No dull and unnecessary moments. We wouldn't want to read about how the protagonist prefer this to that, right? That oh, the weather is nice today. That oh, the birds are chirping outside her bedroom window. The climax was an A+ for me since I really didn't expect that. Though the said twist only lasted for like a couple of paragraphs, no problems though. The "revelation" was immediately ascertained after 10 chapters or so which was good, by the way. Truth be told, I loathe it when girls who disguised themselves as boys took sooooooo long to spill out their "big revelation" • Writing style - somehow, the writing style reminds me of The Lady Jane's which personally, I really do love since The Lady Jane is one of my favorite reads of all time. Fast-paced. Read it in one sitting. The writing style was friendly. One thing I am not, let's say, satisfied was the dialogue. Don't get me wrong, sometimes, they're hilarous and enough to turn your cheeks as red as a tomato. The thing is, most of the times, they felt a bit bland. However, I applaud the author for her skills in writing monologues. • characters - they're adorable and all but not to the point they'll make it up to your favorite fictional characters. Olivia - she is the type of character that you'll find yourself wanting to be. What a strong independent woman, indeed. She has a heart made of gold. She's like this straight-outta-Disney-movie character. Jack - husband-material. Hopeless romantic. He resembles Flynn Rider. You know, that hot thief from Tangled. Most of the times, I do enjoy his monologues. Truth be told, I find his character okay at the very beginning but as I read, I learn to appreciate him. I would be lying if I say I was not annoyed at one point because he seriously got pissed off when Olivia decided to keep her virginity for her future husband. Uhm, like, what the hell, who are you to complain? Wrong move, man. It would be really amazing if the author added more scenes with the orphans. I just want to get to know more of them. • romance - As long as it's not insta-love, I am totally fine with it. Olivia Twist's romance was somewhere between am-I-watching-disney-movie and am-I-reading-an-awful-Victorian-romance? Anyways, obviously, Olivia and Jack are truly madly in love with each other. Enough to get themselves kill just to save each other's asses. The ending was too good to be true but hey, I am not complaining since I am a sucker for happy endings.
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  • Mindee Arnett
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written, this gender-bent, Oliver Twist retelling is sure to sweep your heart away. The romance is sweet and sizzling, and the story is full of heart. I loved every moment.
  • Jessi ♡
    January 1, 1970
    i was not expecting feeling everything i felt while reading this book. the romance in this book grabbed me full-on. it sincerely takes a lot these days for a heterosexual romance to still have that spark that doesn't feel like they're forced together just because they're man and woman. most importantly, the characters!! by themselves!! they were characters that you root for, that you care for, that you're invested in. their backgrounds and their hard stories made you sympathize without trivializ i was not expecting feeling everything i felt while reading this book. the romance in this book grabbed me full-on. it sincerely takes a lot these days for a heterosexual romance to still have that spark that doesn't feel like they're forced together just because they're man and woman. most importantly, the characters!! by themselves!! they were characters that you root for, that you care for, that you're invested in. their backgrounds and their hard stories made you sympathize without trivializing it. their personalities jump from the page. these characters feel very alive, and the plot has such a good pace and timing that, even though unexpected bad things keep happening, you don't lose hope. i loved this book. it's rare that a romance book surprises me as much as this one did. i love my thieving parents.
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  • Simi Sunny
    January 1, 1970
    As I expected, this book has taken my breath way. I love the use of the phoenix the author did, how The Artful Dodger was burned to ash and risen as Jack McCarron. I could see that he was a changed man in the book, because in the original "Oliver Twist," he was just a thief.As for Olivia, she was scared of who to choose to be with, because Maxwell was wealthy, so it could be an advantage for her to give the money to the orphans. More importantly, she could help her uncle with his health and the As I expected, this book has taken my breath way. I love the use of the phoenix the author did, how The Artful Dodger was burned to ash and risen as Jack McCarron. I could see that he was a changed man in the book, because in the original "Oliver Twist," he was just a thief.As for Olivia, she was scared of who to choose to be with, because Maxwell was wealthy, so it could be an advantage for her to give the money to the orphans. More importantly, she could help her uncle with his health and the loans to pay. And she thought if she chose Jack, how will she be able to help both the orphans and her uncle. But in the end, she chose Jack, because she saw how Maxwell didn't like how the way she is, and there were hints that he didn't care much about her, only reputation. It was worth reading the story, even though there were a few things that are unrealistic, but some things could give you hope in life.
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  • Sally ☾
    January 1, 1970
    “You know, your intuition…that small inner voice that most women ignore because they’re too concerned with living the life other’s expect.” Mmm, I was enjoying Olivia Twist a lot until about halfway through when the characters started to get a wee bit annoying.But anyway, if you’re looking to get into historical fiction, but don’t want to jump into anything too depressing to start, I think you would like this book.(I’m a bit biased toward books about thieves though, I don’t know why I love th “You know, your intuition…that small inner voice that most women ignore because they’re too concerned with living the life other’s expect.” Mmm, I was enjoying Olivia Twist a lot until about halfway through when the characters started to get a wee bit annoying.But anyway, if you’re looking to get into historical fiction, but don’t want to jump into anything too depressing to start, I think you would like this book.(I’m a bit biased toward books about thieves though, I don’t know why I love them so much 😂)The plot is solid and the romance is sweet and swoony worthy too. I am personally not very big on romance, so at times it got a bit too much for me, but any lover of romance will find the pair adorable.Despite my eventual fall out with them, the main characters were lovely to get to know.Olivia is such a wonderful heroine, she’s selfless and fierce and awesome and can totally hold her own. Even if she sometimes makes terrible decisions, she has such a big heart. At times she came across a little too perfect and sweet, but that may just be my pessimistic heart talking.Jack gave off so many Flynn Rider vibes, which I was totally okay with. Their interactions together were hilarious and I definitely cracked a smile on multiple occasions. You can feel the sparks and the love emitting from them.There are moments in the book where the time jumps around and that did get a little bit confusing at times. Like sometimes the story would jump to stories from Olivia’s past, and sometimes something will have happened that was not written, but will be mentioned and I’ll just be like “wait what? when did that happen?”I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it wasn’t too bad, or anything. Just confusing if you’re not paying attention.But overall, the story had a nice pacing and an ending that made me happy.You’ll definitely get a feel for Victorian society in Olivia Twist without too much of a history lesson.Also, this book makes me really want to rewatch Oliver the musical, and maybe finally read the original book.(by the way, Fagin’s little cameo made me so happy and sad)
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
  • Rissi
    January 1, 1970
    Once upon a time Olivia Brownlow’s only glimpse into the lives of the privileged was when she pick-pocketed them. Living on the streets as Oliver Twist, Olivia is now Miss Brownlow living as a debutante about to make an advantageous match.Once known as the “Artful Dodger,” Jack MacCarron is also living a life that’s really not his. He’s entered a world he wasn’t born too, but as con man with street smarts, he knows how to adapt.Secrets, pasts and danger collide between these two lives… lives tha Once upon a time Olivia Brownlow’s only glimpse into the lives of the privileged was when she pick-pocketed them. Living on the streets as Oliver Twist, Olivia is now Miss Brownlow living as a debutante about to make an advantageous match.Once known as the “Artful Dodger,” Jack MacCarron is also living a life that’s really not his. He’s entered a world he wasn’t born too, but as con man with street smarts, he knows how to adapt.Secrets, pasts and danger collide between these two lives… lives that seem to boast a glittering future.Touted as an “innovative” re-telling, this novel certainly matches this descriptor. Taking a stab at reimagining the classic Dickens story, Oliver Twist, Langdon reworks the story through a different lens, that of a female protagonist. Apart from her co-authored series (‘Doon’), the only other book to this author’s name is Gilt Hollow, a contemporary story that’s different but not dissimilar to Olivia Twist.Part of the appeal of this novel (for my shelf) is its setting. I love that it’s a historical novel in the YA scene, a market I really don’t read anything from. The anticipation of this story’s setting does not disappoint. Every scene and descriptive phrase is perfect, all of which is likely aided by the visualizations already affixed in my mind from BBC productions. With its shadowed streets and potential dangers lurking around the corners, the world is fascinating, and also, wisely, left in realistic format.As characters existing in this world, Olivia and Jack are among the good. What’s so interesting about them is they have a past unlike most heroes and heroines. Of course every character has some kind of backstory, but in these arcs, both have a past, one with shadows that’s peppered with gray areas. That said, they’re easily liked, never on any kind of precipitance that leaves the reader wondering. A trait I appreciate.Those seeking a unique historical read need look no further than Lorie Langdon’s latest. Olivia Twist is everything it promises to be - a historical work of fiction that dazzles. Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book; all opinions are my own
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  • Sylvie
    January 1, 1970
    Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon5/5 Stars!What's not to love about this book?1) The story take place in the 19th century in England.2) A retelling of Charles Dicken's infamous book 'Oliver Twist'3) Oliver Twist's gender is the opposite from the original tale4) A lead character who is also a badass woman in th Victorian eraThe author did a really good job on reimagining on a gender-bending take on the classic Oliver Twist, this delightfully frothy romance set in a comfortably recognizable London, ha Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon5/5 Stars!What's not to love about this book?1) The story take place in the 19th century in England.2) A retelling of Charles Dicken's infamous book 'Oliver Twist'3) Oliver Twist's gender is the opposite from the original tale4) A lead character who is also a badass woman in th Victorian eraThe author did a really good job on reimagining on a gender-bending take on the classic Oliver Twist, this delightfully frothy romance set in a comfortably recognizable London, has well-drawn characters and excellent pacing and plotting, it made a quick and fun read for me, I also enjoyed the romance between the tw main characters, as well as the historical period.The pratoganist Olivia Brownlow was forced to spend the majority her life living as a boy named Oliver Twist for her own sake in order to protect herself among the street gangs in London. Until she was rescued by her long-lost uncle at age 12 while she was pick-pocketing him. Now she's living in a luxury with her uncle and attending to high society parties, also to find and marry to a suitable husband, because we are talking about the 19th century.She never forgot who she was and where she came from and who took her under his wings while she was living on the streets as an orphan little boy. She disguises herself as a man at midnight and goes helping less fortunate and orphan children. When she encounters Jack MacCarron, she recognizes him as the boy who saved her when they were just kids, and her world turns upside down, they sense the familirity about each other, however for Jack it as a bit difficult to recognize her fully, because she was disguising herself as a boy many years ago and now she's a high society, grown lady. And so on an attraction grows between the two of them. Will they have to sacrifice and lose everything in order to be together or will they have to forget about one another?The writing style was lovely and the whole story was written very beautifuly, I loved Olivia for her sassiness and her kind heart and I loved Dodger for his scrappiness and also for his heart. Dodger aka Jack may seem as a cocky, arrogant and a ladies man but at heart he was more than that, the complete opposite of his apperance.Overall, I really enjoyed every part of this book. HIghly recommended!
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  • imts
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 4.5 starsI wasn't sold on the idea of this book at first. A genderbent retelling of Oliver Twist, except written as a romance? The romance bit was what made me hesitate. However, excluding the bit about how Lorie Langdon changed the Artful Dodger into a stereotypical romantic male lead, this was actually a pretty interesting read.
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  • Galaxy Adventurer
    January 1, 1970
    *happy sigh* review coming soon
  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this YA romance / classic retelling.Wonderful characters, well-thought through plot (couldn't find any holes or far fetched ideas). The twist (no pun intended) to the Dickens story is used in a great way, there's suspense, romance, and a hat-tip to Kingsmen. :)
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read Oliver Twist, so I'm not sure how much of a retelling this is, but I really enjoyed the story! I really got into the romance between Olivia and Jack. I think Jack is my new bookish crush!
  • Avy (Book Looney) ❄️
    January 1, 1970
    That was so beautiful...
  • Delaney
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read Oliver Twist but Olivia Twist stole my heart. It not only blends in some of that dirty Barrel atmosphere from Six of Crows but with that Victorian happiness and fluff from Austen novels. I could not ask for anything more, this book gave me everything. THE ROMANCE WAS A KILLER. Within pages I felt like I knew these characters for years and I was rooting for them to get together. I was tingly and bubbly every time they were together or (heck yes) kissing. Each of them face strugg I have never read Oliver Twist but Olivia Twist stole my heart. It not only blends in some of that dirty Barrel atmosphere from Six of Crows but with that Victorian happiness and fluff from Austen novels. I could not ask for anything more, this book gave me everything. THE ROMANCE WAS A KILLER. Within pages I felt like I knew these characters for years and I was rooting for them to get together. I was tingly and bubbly every time they were together or (heck yes) kissing. Each of them face struggles within themselves, share similar histories, and just have so much heart for each other. Most of the time I don't like romance taking a main stage with the plot, but, y'know, sometimes an uber cute couple and romance just sweeps you off your feet and you just don't say no to it. Not when you are smiling from ear to ear. So much is packed into this book and I LOVED IT. You are never bored and something is always happening. Either with the romance or Olivia's involvements with orphans or getting to know Jack/Dodger's character. Midway I was questioning whether somethings would be resolved or addressed and, don't fret my friend, questions are answers and many things are addressed. The only teeny problem I found with the book was that the pacing near the end felt rushed. All of that tension and suspense could have been built throughout the book instead of rushed at the end bits. There was just so much at the end that she could have explored more throughout the book. Like the beginning was mainly the built up of the romance when it could have been a blend of both ROMANCE + VILLAIN--which would have been just SPOT ON. But, I have no complaints how Langdon wanted to take her story. The villain/orphan/plot development may not have been the best, but the romance development is one of the best I have read in a LONG time. So, honestly, read it for the fluff. It's like shoujo manga, you are reading it for the romance and you love it because it gives you FEELS and HEART SQUEEZES and IT'S GREAT. Plus, there is also a lot of cross-dressing involved which... HELL YEAH. It was so much fun to read and I honestly felt like I was reading a Disney movie or something: strong messages, fun, sweet moments, and a happily ever after in the end.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    This book makes me rapturously giddy! That's in a large part due to the toe-curling romantical nature of this tale. Be still my heart. Jack MacCarron is a rogue and a scoundrel with a heart three sizes too big beneath that sardonic exterior. And Olivia may present as a sweet and guileless debutante but she's as scrappy as any street kid. They are both playing roles and hiding secrets and when their worlds collide -- oh my stars -- fireworks of cosmic proportions! Serious sizzle and sass and enou This book makes me rapturously giddy! That's in a large part due to the toe-curling romantical nature of this tale. Be still my heart. Jack MacCarron is a rogue and a scoundrel with a heart three sizes too big beneath that sardonic exterior. And Olivia may present as a sweet and guileless debutante but she's as scrappy as any street kid. They are both playing roles and hiding secrets and when their worlds collide -- oh my stars -- fireworks of cosmic proportions! Serious sizzle and sass and enough toe-curling to be mildly painful (but oh, so worth it.)And the characterizations are so brilliantly done! Love the twist (ha -- pun not intended but I'm leaving it in) of Oliver being an Olivia. This is a story inspired by the classic Dickens novel -- a re-imagining more than retelling, because really, how could you improve upon perfection? But taking the essence of the story and creating something new and thrilling and utterly captivating -- well that's more than doable and Lorie Langdon surpassed my expectations.This is the kind of novel that is so much fun to read you try to slow down to make it last longer only it's so good you want to race ahead to find out what happens next...or actually, if I'm being completely honest...to get to all the swoony, heart-palpitating bits. Which there are a lot of. Like in every scene where Jack and Olivia appear together. Such a delicious undercurrent between these two. They honestly fight more than they kiss but they do both in a supremely satisfying way. :-)And then there's the fast-paced plot packed with so many surprises even the most jaded of readers will find herself gasping out loud at frequent intervals. And that includes a moving portrayal of sacrificial love that sent goosebumps charging up my spine. Where passion pays tribute to love and the concept of faith is not only understood but embraced. Wow! Just...wow!An extraordinary take on a literary classic (psssst....I like this one better than the original!)
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  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was super cute, and it's a very quick read. I do feel like the genderbending is a bit over-sold, considering that much of that is behind her. She dresses up as a boy a lot, but the love interest knows she's a girl, so some of the fun of that is missing for me. Still, it's a clever idea with a fast-paced and fun execution.The ending's a bit rushed and anticlimactic, but the romance is pretty cute. Jack's definitely my favorite character, but aside from Jack and Olivia the characters run This book was super cute, and it's a very quick read. I do feel like the genderbending is a bit over-sold, considering that much of that is behind her. She dresses up as a boy a lot, but the love interest knows she's a girl, so some of the fun of that is missing for me. Still, it's a clever idea with a fast-paced and fun execution.The ending's a bit rushed and anticlimactic, but the romance is pretty cute. Jack's definitely my favorite character, but aside from Jack and Olivia the characters run a bit flat.I was worried that this came from a Christian imprint, but there's no religious stuff in here at all, and there's kissing, which makes me a bit more likely to give Blink another shot in the future.
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  • Sheri Hooton
    January 1, 1970
    I spent the first 80ish pages unsure if I was going to like this book. I spent the next part totally smitten with this whole story. And the last 20% both in shock and in awe of such a beautifully tragic yet sweet story. I’m so sad yet so so so happy. Isn’t that the way life tends to be? We can’t take out the bad but we can watch good come from it. Love this book so much and glad I didn’t quit early on!
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