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Olivia Twisted [Paperback]

Vivi Barnes
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2 April 2014
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, but 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 can afford a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Olivia might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Olivia and Z grow closer, though, so too does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z's boss. And he's got bigger plans for Liv...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (2 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622660285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622660285
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,589,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. Now living in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, Florida, she divides her time writing, working, goofing off with her husband and three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. Visit her online at www.vivibarnes.com or www.oliviatwisted.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars delightfully twisted 8 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What an interesting idea, a modern-day take on the tale of Oliver Twist - with a twist! In fact, with several twists - for one thing, Oliver is now a girl - Olivia, known as Liv to her friends. And then picking pockets is a bit old hat, so Barnes has translated it into a truly modern tale by having her thieves use cyber-crime to make their money.

Now, it's been a hell of a long time since I read Oliver Twist, or even saw any movie versions of it, so I'm not that au fait with the story. However I did get a feeling throughout the book that certain things were cleverly twisted echoes of Dickens' version. Don't worry though - as far as I can remember, it's not like reading a copy of the original tale. Barnes has made this story all her own, with Liv and Z sharing the limelight, trading chapter for chapter in that time-honoured boy/girl point of view that I've come to love.

Liv and Z are both interesting characters. Liv is so good that sometimes it makes you a little bit sick. She's been through the harsh fostering system and has miraculously remained a good girl at heart. Z, not so much. He's a bad boy through and through, even if he is faking being a nerd. At least, that's what he thinks. How long can the bad boy last once Olivia gets her goody-goody claws into him though? Actually, I really liked the spark between these two. Neither of them want to fall for someone, but sometimes it's just not a matter of choice.

With a supporting cast of orphan hackers, evil foster-parents and the big bad boss-guy, Barnes weaves an intriguing tale that will have you reading long into the night.

Copy received by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. See this review and more on my blog [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites of 2013! 10 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a thrilling story that will keep you guessing, but also has heart-wrenching scenes of which will make you think and bring you close to tears! (It was a moment of: I will not cry, I will not! Don't you dare! I was very close) I really love the cover, its eye catching and the theme of computers are very present. But I can't help but laugh when I look at the boys face; he appears to by doing this funny pout thing! And just imagining Z do that... he.

Olivia has moved from home to home never feeling like she belongs, especially when she moves to her new home. But she soon meets the rude and arrogant Z, alongside the nosy but chatty and funny Sam. And all three of them are tech geeks... just the side of which is illegal! But Z and Sam are playing a more dangerous game than it will first appear and soon Liv is about to be Twisted!

Liv is a character whom of which is not all she appears on the outside. On the outside she appears weak and innocent, however on the inside she is strong, clever and persistent. And when she wants answers, she will get them at some moment. We then have Z, mysterious, infuriating and very clever he is someone whose character is very interesting to learn about, not to mention the source of his explosions of anger. But, it was also nice to see he is looked up to in the house and that he is the role model to the younger residents of Monroe. My favourite character though has to be Sam, she was funny, smart and happy but there was additionally a very dark side to her, meaning the way she kept her other personality concealed was cunning and clever, not to mention manipulative and cunning. She was definitely not what you expected her to be.

As you know from the title, this book was based around the story of Oliver Twist...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars to Olivia Twisted 5 Nov 2013
By Jennifer Malone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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 plot points of the Dicken's story to know how closely it aligns with the original, but I was thoroughly entertained regardless, and I LOVED Z's character and how much he wrestled with luring Liv into his ring. Holy hotness!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olivia Twisted 5 Nov 2013
By Libladylib - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book.
The author does a great job of character development.
The portrayal of our foster care system is very sad, so beware of heartbreak.
I loved the bad boy not being a bad boy.
Loved it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foster parent crisis; Chas Dickens re-telling; hacking and teens 5 Nov 2013
By P. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Found the characters believable and intriguing. A friend's child was attracted to a guy like Z (opposites attract,etc), so I was glad Barnes offered some redemption. I will definitely share this book with young teens. As for the foster folks...very much in keeping with Dickens! Congratulations.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and imaginative re-telling of Oliver Twist 5 Nov 2013
By Meredith Maresco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Olivia Twisted was an intriguing and imaginative modern re-telling of Oliver Twist.

In the beginning, Olivia was withdrawn, for obvious reasons. Throughout the novel, though, she grows into a strong character, able to say no and stand up for herself. There aren’t enough strong female heroine’s in YA, so I loved that Olivia was strong, with a mind of her own. There’s no insta-love with Z, which was refreshing. She was attracted to him, yes, but she didn’t fall all over him. The build-up was slow and realistic. Honestly, Olivia and Z felt like the most believable, realistic YA couple I’ve seen in a long time.

I was not a fan of Z in the beginning. He was too cocky, too full of himself. But throughout the novel, he showed signs of the person he was underneath all that. He had moments of vulnerability that softened me to him, made me like him more. He was like Olivia’s Knight in Shining Armor at certain moments, and I loved how protective he was of her.

I was really suspicious of Olivia’s foster parents right from the beginning. But it was nothing like I expected. I was actually pretty caught off guard by what happened with them. On the flip side, a character I really loved was Sam. She was so fun and easy-going with Olivia, yet so hardened around Z. She had a kind of competitive rivalry with him that almost reminded me of sibling rivalry. It was an interesting dynamic. She always seemed kind of young and vulnerable, despite her tough-as-nails exterior.

The ending was very intriguing. Not only was it not what I expected, but it also broke some YA stereotypes. It wasn’t a cliche happily ever after. I don’t want to spoil it, so I won’t go into further detail. But it was one of my top five favorite endings to a YA novel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved Olivia, I loved the relationship that she builds with Z and I love how realistic and non-cliche it was. I loved that it broke some of the YA stereotypes. I would absolutely recommend this book to others!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 5 Nov 2013
By Crystal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Olivia Twisted took me by surprise in the best way possible. After reading the blurb I was interested but not sure how much I would really end up liking the book. I started to read and by the end of the day I was only a few chapters from the end! After I finished all the things that typically get in the way of my reading aka work, school, etc I jumped right back to reading so that I could finally find out the well waited for ending. I think what really kept me hooked was the different approach the author took to a slightly common idea. The girl meets bad boy and gets drawn in thing is not something new, however, the way things play out and the stuff Olivia gets drawn into are certainly not like anything else I have ever read in any book. Z is an interesting male character as well, at times it is hard to see where tough Z ends and the real Z underneath begins. Throughout the story Z is shrouded in mystery and I kept reading wanting to learn as much as I could about this mysterious past of his and how he ended up like he did. The book also touches on some of the more unfortunate parts of children's lives who are stuck in the foster care system. I felt this brought an added bit of realness to the book and reminded the reader how gritty life can be, this helps gain a sense of why these kids would turn to hacking for money. I love the inspiration the author drew from the story Oliver Twist and I would suggest this book to anyone looking for an interesting new read that breaks away from the usual love stories.
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