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

Olivia Twist Review

  • 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!
  • 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 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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  • Mary Weber
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable!
  • 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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  • 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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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    So many things that pleased my inner sap and made me smile. I liked that Langdon made only a slight change to the original story instead of doing a full retelling, and rather, went in the direction of giving us her version of what happened next. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for a full review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Jennifer Osborn
    January 1, 1970
    I had the honor of reading this as a beta and I can tell you it is an awesome story. Lorie does not disappoint!!! You guys are going to love this!
  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    January 1, 1970
    You can see my full review here!I haven't read Oliver Twist, but this book makes me want to buy it immediately. Many of the twist and turns during the last 80% really had me uncertain what was going to happen to the characters. The pacing was nicely done, right when I started to believe things were slowing down, something would happen to snag my attention. The characters, I liked all of them— even the side characters. And the romance was lovely, angsty, swoony and it gave all the happy feelings. You can see my full review here!I haven't read Oliver Twist, but this book makes me want to buy it immediately. Many of the twist and turns during the last 80% really had me uncertain what was going to happen to the characters. The pacing was nicely done, right when I started to believe things were slowing down, something would happen to snag my attention. The characters, I liked all of them— even the side characters. And the romance was lovely, angsty, swoony and it gave all the happy feelings.*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*02/13--This was goooooooooood. Ignore my lack if knowledge of the original "Oliver Twist". I definitely want to read it now, though.
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  • Sabrina Fox
    January 1, 1970
    I have something to admit...I've never read or seen anything related to Oliver Twist in my life. After reading Langdon's book, I'm definitely going to be finally able to pick up the original book now. Before ever reading the synopsis, I was drawn in by the cover. I felt like it was begging to be read. As soon as I got it in the mail, I cracked the spine and got to reading. And didn't stop until it was finished.Olivia was born in 1841 in a workhouse. Her mother died, leaving her to fend for herse I have something to admit...I've never read or seen anything related to Oliver Twist in my life. After reading Langdon's book, I'm definitely going to be finally able to pick up the original book now. Before ever reading the synopsis, I was drawn in by the cover. I felt like it was begging to be read. As soon as I got it in the mail, I cracked the spine and got to reading. And didn't stop until it was finished.Olivia was born in 1841 in a workhouse. Her mother died, leaving her to fend for herself. She was raised as a boy by her wet nurse, as a girl in that time had no chance of surviving.Soon, she was stealing from richer people and selling the loot just to survive.Fast forward 18 years, we see that she is in a much better position. I immediately knew I was going to like Olivia. She was sassy and hard-headed. Two things that were frowned upon by the society of that particular time. Female characters who go against the grain is an aspect of a book that I really, really enjoy.OLIVIA TWIST is a historical fiction with romance, mystery, and suspense thrown in. I don't normally go for romances because I can't ever seem to connect with the couples, but Jack and Olivia are my exceptions. Jack was insanely swoon-worthy, and has earned the title of my first book boyfriend of the year. They did tend to annoy me with how back and forth Olivia and Jack were, but all of the pleasant moments between them made up for it. They both had their reasoning for how they acted, so I can't judge too harshly on this aspect.The atmosphere of the story was a good one as well. I've never been super into historical fiction but I've been reading more and more books that deal with it lately and I think it's growing on me, definitely more so now that I've read this one. Charming, decently fast-paced, and super interesting! Made for a great read, and will definitely make it onto my list of favorite reads of 2018 at the end of the year.
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  • Danielle Zimmerman
    January 1, 1970
    This book is such a delight!I have a confession to make: I’m largely unfamiliar with Oliver Twist. I’ve never seen the musical and I’ve never read the original story. My sole knowledge of the characters and the plot come from Oliver and Company. So there’s that.Going in to this novel, I was kind of worried that I’d be confused a lot and that I’d be missing a lot of things because my lack of knowledge about the base material. I’m pleased to say that this was not the case! I never once felt like s This book is such a delight!I have a confession to make: I’m largely unfamiliar with Oliver Twist. I’ve never seen the musical and I’ve never read the original story. My sole knowledge of the characters and the plot come from Oliver and Company. So there’s that.Going in to this novel, I was kind of worried that I’d be confused a lot and that I’d be missing a lot of things because my lack of knowledge about the base material. I’m pleased to say that this was not the case! I never once felt like something went over my head or that this book wasn’t for me because I had no OT background. Langdon not only gives context for everyone the reader should know, but takes them all in really interesting and heartfelt directions. And her characterization/description of 19th century London makes the setting just jump off the page. I could almost taste the fog. It was lovely.Also lovely was the romance between Olivia and Jack. I swooned quite a few times. Not once did their interactions feel forced or fake. There was no instalove here. They each had a strong personality but also worked quite well as a pair.As for the overarching story, it was enjoyable. Not super edge-of-my-seat gripping, but I was pleasantly surprised by a few of the turns (although I did guess quite a lot of them in the lead-up to them actually happening).I have another confession: Gilt Hollow is the only book of Lorie Langston’s that I’ve read. I met her at BEA 2016 and read GH many months after that. But both GH and Olivia Twist have convinced me to read everything else she has written. According to the author’s notes at the back of the book, this one was YEARS in the making and it was definitely worth it.*Come publication day, be sure to check out my full review on Hypable.*
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  • Kaylee
    January 1, 1970
    So I have a confession to make...I have never read Oliver Twist. I mean I could give you the SparkNotes version, and I have seen Disney's Oliver and Company, but the original Oliver Twist is on my To-Be-Read list along with Charles Dicken's other novels, War and Peace, Gone with the Wind, The Old Man and the Sea, etc. One day I will get to them I swear just probably not until I finish school. But until then I will be reading Sparknotes and retellings such as Lorie Langdon's Olivia Twist. Lorie L So I have a confession to make...I have never read Oliver Twist. I mean I could give you the SparkNotes version, and I have seen Disney's Oliver and Company, but the original Oliver Twist is on my To-Be-Read list along with Charles Dicken's other novels, War and Peace, Gone with the Wind, The Old Man and the Sea, etc. One day I will get to them I swear just probably not until I finish school. But until then I will be reading Sparknotes and retellings such as Lorie Langdon's Olivia Twist. Lorie Langdon coauthored The Doon Series along with Carey Corp (I would completely recommend it! It's sort of like a YA version of Narnia but with kilts!). As well as Gilt Hollow (I would also recommend it. This one is a small-town mystery with murder, romance, and hot apple cider.) Her latest novel is ... you guessed it a retelling of Oliver Twist, and it is absolutely fantastic.Olivia Brownlow feels guilty. She knows that she was lucky to escape the harsh realities of the London streets when her uncle discovered who she was and asked her to come live with him. She knows that she escaped many terrible fates her childhood associates are likely to encounter. Not that any of her childhood friends would be able to recognize her now because when she was on the streets, she was not Olivia but as Ollie. Masquerading as a boy kept her a bit safer on the cruel streets of London but it was no longer imperative once she came to live with her uncle. Now years later as her uncle becomes ill and Olivia is about to turn eighteen, Olivia must consider that her best hope for a safe future is marriage but will getting married mean that Olivia has to give up her protective companion, a large mixed breed dog named Brom? Brom is definitely not the proper canine companion for someone of her station and her husband demanding adequate decorum could require Olivia to give up Brom. (Be it noted dear reader I could go on a whole rant on dog breeds and how the wealthy English and Americans spent decades breeding dogs to achieve this idea of a proper canine companion, but I will spare you.) Not to mention the nights she spends as a boy trying to protect her orphan friends. How can Olivia find the safety she craves as well as being about to protect those she loves? Jack MacCarron has no intention of returning to his former life on the streets of London. Living with his adopted "aunt" and stealing from her wealthy friends for her is the best of both worlds. He has a job where he gets steal (something he is really good at) and gets to sleep in a comfortable bed at night. But Olivia is throwing him off; first, she catches him stealing a family heirloom during a party and does not say anything, then she steals the heirloom from him, plus she reminds him of someone he used to know. Jack is determined not to let this rich socialite get the best of him but as he spends time following in Olivia in an attempt to resteal his stolen item back he discovers there is much more to her than he initially thought.Olivia Twist is a young adult novel with a strong female heroine filled with romance, adventure, history, mystery, and suspense with tons of emotion. It is a must-read for 2018.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    In Olivia Twist, Langdon creates a world where Oliver was really a girl disguised as a boy who has now grown up to be a young woman, is part of society, and is just becoming of age to marry. Her uncle, who took her in after she spent years on the street, is getting older and she hopes that marriage will help bring him security and will repay him for his years of kindness towards her. Her plans are interrupted by the appearance of someone from her past- the Artful Dodger, who has also somehow ent In Olivia Twist, Langdon creates a world where Oliver was really a girl disguised as a boy who has now grown up to be a young woman, is part of society, and is just becoming of age to marry. Her uncle, who took her in after she spent years on the street, is getting older and she hopes that marriage will help bring him security and will repay him for his years of kindness towards her. Her plans are interrupted by the appearance of someone from her past- the Artful Dodger, who has also somehow entered society and is going by the name Jack MacCaron. This reimagined version of Oliver Twist was a fun, quick read that is definitely a page turner. Langdon did an excellent job with the character of Dodger; he was the perfect balance of rake and gentleman, and knew when Olivia could take care of herself and when he needed to help her out. They both felt they were the best person for the job, and I loved the moments when Olivia had to save Dodger. The chemistry between them was also very well-done, and I loved reading along to figure out how they got their happy ending.To be honest, I was a little surprised that this was done by a Christian imprint of the publisher, as it didn't read as a Christian romance to me. There was a little mention of prayer towards the end, but I think that could be expected for the era. There were a few sections where Olivia came off as a bit judgmental of other women, but she grows as a character enough that she sort of overcomes that judginess as the story progresses. I also agree with a few other reviews that the obstacles are tied up pretty neatly, but at the same time this is a historical romance and I expected to find a happily ever after by the end of the book, so tidy resolutions didn't detract from the story in my opinion. Overall, this was a solid read with really likeable leads, a fast-paced plot, and a good dose of romance.Note: I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, so thank you to them for the preview.From the outset, I wasn't sure how to feel. Obviously the prologue set up one story and after reading the first several pages of the first chapter, I was confused. I was also a bit put off by the immediate turn towards romance - Olivia seems to practically swoon over the dark haired stranger she notices at the party. But he's not a stranger and his identity is what captured my attention. Her realization of it also cle I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, so thank you to them for the preview.From the outset, I wasn't sure how to feel. Obviously the prologue set up one story and after reading the first several pages of the first chapter, I was confused. I was also a bit put off by the immediate turn towards romance - Olivia seems to practically swoon over the dark haired stranger she notices at the party. But he's not a stranger and his identity is what captured my attention. Her realization of it also clears up any confusion I had about the prologue.Olivia has trappings of Eliza Doolittle, at least in some respect. The changed women, wistful but never naive. She walks the line of upper class debutante and street urchin with deft precision and I actually felt like she was a match for Jack and not just some Mary Sue there to fall desperately in love with him. That being said, Jack is my favorite. I definitely have a type when it comes to male characters and he falls into it. A little brooding, with a dark and contentious past. He doesn't need saving but someone always sees something in him that makes him worthy of it. Bad boy with a heart of gold. I fall for it every time.The pitfalls of this - and many other young adult novels, so it would seem - is that it could've been shorter but at the same time, more could've been detailed. For example, the Monks' plot. His dastardly plan was implemented and resolved abruptedly when a little more flesh could've been added. The repetitive language got to be cloying at times and the uneven pacing made for a slow read around the middle. And while I periodically enjoy a happy ending, it felt almost too easy here.Despite its few shortcomings, it was a highly enjoyable read and I didn't hate that it was technically a romance.
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  • Ellyn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this novel! The English nerd in me loves the re imagining of an old classic. Olivia is engaging and vivacious, and Jack is a perfect foil to her. Langdon does a great job on integrating the lives of "Oliver" and the Dodger into the histories their older selves remember. This is definitely more in line with the Oliver! musical version of the story than Dickens's novel version of the story, which I remember is being quite a bit more grim in nature. While Langdon does preserve the elements I loved this novel! The English nerd in me loves the re imagining of an old classic. Olivia is engaging and vivacious, and Jack is a perfect foil to her. Langdon does a great job on integrating the lives of "Oliver" and the Dodger into the histories their older selves remember. This is definitely more in line with the Oliver! musical version of the story than Dickens's novel version of the story, which I remember is being quite a bit more grim in nature. While Langdon does preserve the elements of the original story that highlight the plight of London's poor, espcially the children, in the 1800's, she also imbues her version with more hope than Dickens leaves his reader with. This does an excellent job of highlighting issues that are still in play today. Those who have the means to support themselves are still likely to make the same arguments made by the wealthy in Victorian England. The resistance against "handouts" and stepping in to intervene when the poor of a country are in need is still very real. There are some moments that are a smidge PG-13, and while I wouldn't hesitate to put this on my shelves in the classroom library, I wouldn't make it assigned reading.
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    In short, I didn't hate this book, but for a lot of it I wasn't really enjoying it while I was reading it. I would put this book down after reading a little bit of it, and I would have no motivation to get back into it. At all. I mean, it took me over a week to read this, which might not seem long to some people, but it has rarely taken me that long to read a book in the past couple of years. My biggest struggle with this book was the writing. There were times when I was reading this book and In short, I didn't hate this book, but for a lot of it I wasn't really enjoying it while I was reading it. I would put this book down after reading a little bit of it, and I would have no motivation to get back into it. At all. I mean, it took me over a week to read this, which might not seem long to some people, but it has rarely taken me that long to read a book in the past couple of years. My biggest struggle with this book was the writing. There were times when I was reading this book and I just wasn't following what was happening, or things people were doing and saying just did not make sense. I also wasn't in love with the romance for a big portion of the book. Like the book as a whole, I didn't hate it, but I also didn't feel a huge connection to it (or any of the characters in general) for most of the book. Near the end, I enjoyed it more, but not enough to make up for the rest of the book. I am sad to say that this book was just a meh book for me, because I was so pumped to read it based on the summary, but not all books can be winners.
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  • Carla
    January 1, 1970
    Review copy provided by NetgalleyIf you're going to take over the mind of one of the best characters in all of literature (in my opinion, anyway) you have to get it right for the book to be any good. I'm sad to say that I don't feel this is the case with this one. I will preface this by saying that I am a Dodger fangirl. I'm always, always looking for new twists on the old story just to spend time with him, and I was ridiculously excited for a story where Oliver was actually a girl the whole tim Review copy provided by NetgalleyIf you're going to take over the mind of one of the best characters in all of literature (in my opinion, anyway) you have to get it right for the book to be any good. I'm sad to say that I don't feel this is the case with this one. I will preface this by saying that I am a Dodger fangirl. I'm always, always looking for new twists on the old story just to spend time with him, and I was ridiculously excited for a story where Oliver was actually a girl the whole time. I could tell pretty quickly though that it wouldn't be for me.Basically, The Artful Dodger does not sound like The Artful Dodger we know. I felt like the author just didn't get his voice right, instead turning him into by-the-numbers smirking, brooding YA protagonist #35462827474. And I'm still a little bitter about it. The romance also is pretty standard. It's as if the author wanted to make it so that the book is enjoyable whether or not you know the story of Oliver Twist - which is great, don't get me wrong. The problem is then that it doesn't go far enough either way. If you aren't familiar with the original story, there isn't enough detail about the young lives of our leads and everything they went through - making the romance of their later years feel forced and very insta-lovey. But on the other hand if you do know the original story, it's still not satisfying, something's missing. There's no rumination or introspection on the fact that there is a dynamic shift in this relationship already known to the reader. Honestly, this doesn't need to be a retelling of Oliver Twist. The setting, romance and characters would easily fit into any other story. If you're simply looking for a cute, historical romance you will probably enjoy it. But if you're in it for the retelling, or Dodger, I highly recommend instead checking out James Benmore's Dodger series. I don't think this one will be for you.
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  • Libby
    January 1, 1970
    I debated between three and four stars and settled on three because even a few days after reading, the characters and details are starting to fade in my mind. That said, this is still an enjoyable romance for teens, based on characters from Dicken's "Oliver Twist" with a twist (pun intended): Oliver was a girl, disguised as a boy to help her survive as a street child in Victorian England. As melodramatic as the original, with occasional anachronisms. I do love the cover!Review based on an ARC fr I debated between three and four stars and settled on three because even a few days after reading, the characters and details are starting to fade in my mind. That said, this is still an enjoyable romance for teens, based on characters from Dicken's "Oliver Twist" with a twist (pun intended): Oliver was a girl, disguised as a boy to help her survive as a street child in Victorian England. As melodramatic as the original, with occasional anachronisms. I do love the cover!Review based on an ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Misty Smith
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC from #Netgalley** DNF BOOK REVIEWI had extremely high hopes for this book. Let me start by saying that I didn't finish this book. I tried and tried and tried. It was just ok for me but it wasn't engaging enough... or memorable enough. I had a difficult time getting interested or even following along. Ollie needed to constantly be saved and it was ANNOYING. It was also tough to follow this book. It was a cute story with lots of potential but unfortunately this fell short for me.
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  • Leigh Kramer
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. My. Word. Give this book all the stars! I implore you to add Olivia Twist to your TBR. Lorie Langdon’s inventive take on Oliver Twist completely stole my heart. It’s fresh and witty, one of those rare books where you feel like you are beholding something special. I adored Olivia as both the hard-scrabbling orphan posing as a boy and the lady trying to find where she belongs. And Jack! Well, there are no words for how I feel about Jack and his evolution as a character- it’s mostly heart eyes Oh. My. Word. Give this book all the stars! I implore you to add Olivia Twist to your TBR. Lorie Langdon’s inventive take on Oliver Twist completely stole my heart. It’s fresh and witty, one of those rare books where you feel like you are beholding something special. I adored Olivia as both the hard-scrabbling orphan posing as a boy and the lady trying to find where she belongs. And Jack! Well, there are no words for how I feel about Jack and his evolution as a character- it’s mostly heart eyes and flailing. I freaking LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!Disclosure: I received an ARC from Blink in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carey Corp
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure: I am Lorie's critique partner and sometime co-author. That out of the way, this is my most favorite thing she's ever written without me. LOL. Great storytelling and pacing mixed with atmospheric historical detail and romantic chemistry. I have been a champion of this story since reading the very first rough draft and am so glad that she's finally able to share it with the fabulous book fandom! Nobody does YA historical like my #bookbestie.
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  • viktoria
    January 1, 1970
    tl;dr review: One big gripe: I hated how often the “let’s have the male love interest heroically prevent the sexual assault of the female love interest, because she is just soooo beautiful that it attracts attention of everyone, including unsavory characters at night” card was played, because it played out many times. But the chemistry was cute and it was an interesting, enjoyable adaptation.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    What if Oliver Twist was really a girl, named Olivia? What if Oliver and the Artful Dodger were separated when they were young, only to meet again when they were older? What if, indeed! Excellent story of what might happen next. A fast paced, clean YA romance that will be enjoyed by proper romance readers as well.
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  • Kylie
    January 1, 1970
    Well that took me forever, but the story was so adorable in that cheesy way contemporaries are. It's a lighter read and is perfect when you don't want anything complicated.
  • Kaitlyn Balsamides
    January 1, 1970
    Loved, loved, loved this book!
  • Rachel's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    4.5!! Review to come! SOON I PROMISE.
  • Yasmine
    January 1, 1970
    ARC Review -- DNF'd at 26%Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, or maybe it was the PDF format and its absolute uselessness on Kobo, but it took me over a week to get through 90 pages. I just could not make myself care about the characters, could not make myself believe in any of them, and I absolutely could not get past the clichés and forced writing. I finally stopped when I reached a scene that was probably meant to be heartbreaking and/or upsetting, but felt so forced that I could only grimace at ARC Review -- DNF'd at 26%Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, or maybe it was the PDF format and its absolute uselessness on Kobo, but it took me over a week to get through 90 pages. I just could not make myself care about the characters, could not make myself believe in any of them, and I absolutely could not get past the clichés and forced writing. I finally stopped when I reached a scene that was probably meant to be heartbreaking and/or upsetting, but felt so forced that I could only grimace at the writing. The premise was interesting and seemed like it would be right up my alley, but unfortunately, the rest of the book just wasn't.
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  • Dgordon
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely retelling of the Oliver Twist story but instead Oliver is now Olivia rescued from the streets by her uncle to live in high society and comfort. Unfortunately her half brother is after her and her inheritance but fortunately she has a white knight in Jack McCarron also known as Dodger her friend from her days on the streets. A charming story well told.
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