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He tilts my chin up so my eyes meet his, his thumb brushing lightly across my lips. I close my eyes. I know Z is trouble. I know that being with him is going to get me into trouble. I don’t care.
At least at this moment, I don’t care.
Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite—break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Liv might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Liv and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…
I can picture Liv’s face: wide-eyed, trusting. Her smooth lips that taste like strawberry Fanta.
It was just a kiss. That’s all. She’s just like any other girl.
Except that she’s not.
Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.
"One of the most interesting premises of any contemporary YA book this year. Moreover, its parallels to the literary powerhouse Oliver Twist are brilliant. With Barnes' near-flawless writing, excellent character development and a smart storyline that readers will devour, this book deserves its RT Top Pick." -RT Book Reviews Top Pick
"Barnes has taken a story known to the ages and modernized it for the younger generation. It's a glorious retelling of a magnificent story that opens up the world for a whole new group." -The Ledger Independent
I stay cool on the outside, but inside I'm whooping and giving myself high fives.
I'm her agent so it is obvious that I think it is cool. But holy hot boy, holy hacker mania, and JESU BATMAN THE INTRIGUE! ...more
Read this in one late-night sitting (which I'm regretting a bit this morning as I pour that third cup of coffee)! Updating Oliver Twist so that the group of orphans are now cyber-thiefs is such a great tw--(okay, can't do the pun) ANGLE on Oliver Twist. To be honest, I don't remember all of the p... ...more
OLIVIA TWISTED has stolen a special place in my heart, because the characters are all delinquents, and lord knows I love a good descent-into-delinquency story. Loosely based on OLIVER TWIST, OLIVIA TWISTED is faithful in all the best ways to the original while branching out into modern-day territ... ...more
Olivia Twisted is a great YA novel that provides a modern day spin on Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist. You don’t need to read Oliver Twist to enjoy and appreciate the story though. It’s been so long since I read Dickens’ novel about a young orphan, Oliver, who becomes entrenched in the dark... ...more
I fell in love with the concept from the first time I heard it. The idea of Oliver Twist with hackers instead of pickpockets? SOLD. Throw in a gender twist on the main character, and I'm in heaven.
Liv's voice is captivating from the start. And Z is intriguing as well as HOT. :) I LOVED the chemis... ...more
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I was sent an ARC by Entangled, that I trust because they are in charge of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books and goodness, those books are AMAZING. So I was definitely intrigued on reading Vivi Barnes novel. Because I received an advanced e... ...more
I will start with the first major difference between Oliver Twist and Olivia Twisted. The plot setting. In Oliver Twist, the children are pickpockets on the streets. In Olivia Twisted, the children are computer hackers. They find their ways into accounts of corporations and give back to the peopl... ...more
Thrilling, romantic,and very twisted, Olivia Twisted was a fantastic YA retelling. I really enjoyed reading this awesome book.
Going into this book, I was a little unsure. I didn't know how a retelling of Oliver Twist would work. But, it turned out to be pretty awesome. The author managed to turn... ...more
Are you ready for a classic tale with a “twist”? Welcome to the world of Olivia Twisted, a modern day telling of Oliver Twist, with a “twist”!
Vivi Barnes' debut YA novel is a new age romance that introduces us to a timid orphan named Olivia as she is adjusting to a new foster home and a whole new... ...more
Told in alternating chapters/voices, Olivia Twisted, is the story of Olivia and Z and exploring legal boundaries. Both Olivia and Z are foster children – but while Olivia is shuttled from one bad home to another, Z uses his computer knowledge to hack his way into the bank accounts of unsuspecting... ...more
Really love the chemistry between Olivia and Z - it's seriously engrossing, but that's not the only reason that this modern retelling of Oliver Twist is impossible to put down. The twists and turns and danger at every turn are incredible. I definitely didn't see some of the events coming. Also, f... ...more
I can honestly say I'm obsessed with this modern day version of Oliver Twist. Obsessed. And It probably helps that Vivi Barnes is an amazing person too.
I would recommend this book to anyone that I had the opportunity to. A must read stand alone! Which is always refreshing after reading so many se... ...more
Terrific debut from a talented author! Great mix of romance and suspense. ...more
NOTE: I received the eARC from Entangled Teen via Netgalley
Sometimes I like classic book retellings. Sometimes I don't. It all depends on how good the 'new version' is and how close to the classic. Olivia Twisted grabbed my attention NOT because it's a retelling of Oliver Twist. In fact, I haven'... ...more
I was asked to review this book and after reading the blurb I was sent, I was hooked. It's an adaption of Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist with today's modern flare. It's truly quite an interesting book.
Olivia Twisted is told in both Z and Liv's POVs. They both are foster kids, but Z is li... ...more
I have never seen Oliver Twist but I like to think that if you put that and Hackers together you come up with this fantastic called Olivia Twisted by ViVi Barnes. ViVi's writing is so catching, It literally makes you not want to put the book down, I was drawn in from the very first chapter!
I received this advanced readers copy from a facebook event by Entangled publishing. Olivia Twisted is a YA book with a modern "twist" on Oliver by Charles Dickens. I found myself immediately connected with Olivia, the main character. Even though I know the story of Oliver Twist, I still found my... ...more
Waiting for this thrilling, contemporary retelling of Dickens' OLIVER TWIST. ...more
"This e-arc was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review."
Olivia Twisted is a cyber adaptation of Oliver Twist.I haven't read oliver twist or I read but didn't remember :D but the author added some quotes from oliver twist at the beginning of every chapter and it outlines the chap... ...more
“I take it and gently fasten it above her hand, then kiss the inside of her wrist. The one thing I have that means something to me now rests on the only person who means everything to me.”
Favorite Character: Z. He has so many layers and I love every single one of them.
First Line... ...more
Confesso que me interessei por Olivia Twisted por causa de um garoto muito distante e, ao mesmo tempo, muito próximo, Oliver Twist. Sim, essa é uma releitura – e acredite se quiser, me empolguei bastante por encontrar alguém capaz de fazer isso sem se perder. A autora conseguiu manter sua origina... ...more
This was a thrilling, suspenseful romance that deals with hacking, and it's an Oliver Twist retelling. I've never read Oliver Twist, but I would love to read it now.
Olivia has been bouncing to and from the foster home and it's taken a toll on her, especially her last home where she tho... ...more
Actual rating: 4.5
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If there's one thing Olivia Twisted made me realize, it's that I had no idea what Charles Dickens' classic book is about. Seriously. And I dare call myself a book addict.
Okay, back to this retelling. Uh, holy mother of shizz, talk a... ...more
This is a retelling of Oliver Twist. How does it compare? I couldn't tell you. I've never actually read Oliver Twist before, but I can tell you that this was an awesome book that I devoured quickly.
Olivia is a sixteen year old girl who has been handed a hard life. She's bounced from foster home t... ...more