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Olivia Twisted

(Olivia Twisted #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  607 ratings  ·  135 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Entangled: Teen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
*Khanh strums her guitar, begins to sing (off-key)*

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy,
But you might have drugged me
And hacked into my foster care records
And almost killed me by riding recklessly on a motorbike

*Khanh falters midnote*

...But I still love you, baby?

Wow, that sounded even worse when I verbalized it.

This book is a modern-day retelling of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. I don't know about you, but by the Dickens, I find Dickens to be boring as fuck, so I'm just going to take the boo
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-english, 2016
I stay cool on the outside, but inside I'm whooping and giving myself high fives.

I bet that every one of you has some kind of guilty pleasure books. Well, mine is a good high school drama where mysterious/bad boy falls in love with a 'loser' girl. Don't judge me! I know I am not the only one.


Olivia Twisted is exactly one of those books. But don't be mistaken by my categorization. It's much more interesting because of its story background. Olivia (main character) has to impress her c
Pam Pho
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jen Malone
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mary Summer
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 territory with startling ingenuity. I really liked the way the author handled the split perspective between Olivia and Z as it reveals enough to the reader while still leaving enough ambiguity to make page-tur ...more
”It’s not a game anymore.

It was never a game. You just thought it was.”

2.5 out of 5 stars.

Synopsis: A hacking recruitment house for orphans that doesn’t actually do any hacking recruits the dumbest special snowflake alive to be their new protégée.

Dumber Than a Bag of Rocks: It is a truth universally acknowledged in YA that it probably contains a ‘special snowflake’ trope. You know, the stereotypical ‘chosen one’ who magically manages to do the thing that no one else see
Barbara Ann
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, romance, young-adult
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 underworld of thievery that I can barely remember the plot. However, each chapter starts with a quote from Oliver Twist that foreshadows the events and reminded me of the parallels between the two novel ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 chemistry between them.

I wasn't sold on the Oliver Twist quotes at the beginning of each chapter, but other than that, I have no complaints. This is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it!
Sara Santana
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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-copy of it, I definitely knew this was a book that I had to read.

There’s also been this urge to read some good contemporary novels. Sure, there’s the whole hacking angle of this novel but there’s no fan
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 people who need it. When two of the teenagers discover Olivia's knack for computers and hacking, they begin attempting to recruit her to their world.

When we first see our heroine, Olivia, she is being dropped
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 an old classic into a modern tale.

Olivia was a lovely heroine. She hasn't had the best life, from her druggie mother, to her hopping from foster home to foster home. But, she was still a genuinely good
Amanda Perry
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 life, for what seems like the millionth time. I liked Olivia because she made the very choices you would expect a normal teen in her situation to make - at least in the beginning anyway. She is put in s
Read InAGarden
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 people and steal money for himself and organization. When Z leans of Olivia’s computer skills he decides to enlist Olivia into the money making scheme but Olivia has boundaries she’s not willing to bypa ...more
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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, for someone who absolutely loved Hackers when it came out, this reminded me of it in all the best ways. ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 series.
Dawn Michelle
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Terrific debut from a talented author! Great mix of romance and suspense.
Vanya D.
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't read Oliver Twist and perhaps that was one of the reasons I requested Vivi Barnes's version at all.

I have no idea what Charles Dickens wrote in his novel, absolutely none. I guess that's why I wasn't s
Hazel West
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I love thief stories and I love retellings so I had to try this one out (also I got to meet the author!) And while it still was a little more teen romance than I usually like to read I did expect that, and I did end up enjoying the book quite a bit.

Cover--Yea or Nay: Meh, it's okay. Not really how I pictured either of the characters though.

Characters: Olivia actually surprised me as a character. Because I was expecting her to be some sort of kick-butt female heroine
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.75 Stars

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 living a slightly better life due to the "home" he now lives in. It's not Liv is living with horrible foster parents now, it's just that Z seems to be doing quite well for himself - enough that he's able t
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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!

Liv(Olivia) is a foster kid who, like any other has been through the ringer, and when she moves in with her latest foster family she starts a new school and meets two new friends who are also foster kids but d
Julie Salinas
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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 myself caught up in the tension and drama of this story. There is a big difference though in that this story has a developing romance between Olivia and Z, (the artful dodger), and there is the hope of red ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Waiting for this thrilling, contemporary retelling of Dickens' OLIVER TWIST. ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 chapter. I liked it that way. Our olivia is a hacker teenage girl who lost her family at very young age , living with foster parents. Her life is very tough as you can guess. There's every kind of foster par
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
Favorite Quote(s):

“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:

“I should be used to this by now–the emptiness that fills me when I become homeless for the stretch of a car ride.”

My Musings: When I saw this novel and read that it was a loose retelling of Oliver Twis
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

The idea behind Olivia Twisted is pretty awesome: an orphaned, female, hacker retelling of Oliver Twist. Unfortunately, it's a disaster, and not even one that I couldn't tear my eyes away from. I did like it at first, but things went downhill fast. A lot of the plot points make no sense and caused a lot of eye-rolling and some rage, Olivia has no personality whatsoever, and parts were so boring that I resulted to skimming. Not to mention is took me over two da
I don't understand the appeal of bad boys. Just gonna throw that out there before I get started. I fail to see how a guy who is essentially an idiot with a motorcycle can have any type of sex appeal. Especially when said bad boy does the whole "Stay away from me. I'm dangerous" bullshit they say to their love interest even though you know they're both going to ignore it.

Anyways, I'll get into that later. For now, lets talk about Olivia Twisted. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love r
Keanna (JustKey)
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 thought she actually fit in. But she's put in with two foster parents and a new school which is not new to her. At her new school, she meets Sam who knows a little too much about her and is very nosy and sh
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
Actual rating: 4.5

(View this review on My Library in the Making.)

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 about awesome! I wanted to read this book because of the computer hacking, and you don't know how happy I am that it didn't disappoint in that aspect—not that it disappointed in any aspect. I was hooked r
Oct 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Olivia Twisted – Not Twisted Enough to Keep My Interest

I am going to be honest. I did not finish this book. Try as I might, I could not get through all the YA clichés. Halfway through, I felt like I could have taken Z and Liv, put them in a dozen other YA novels as the main characters, and it wouldn’t have changed either story one bit. In a market overloaded with YA books, characters and plots have to stand out. They have to be fresh, unique, remarkable in some way. Olivia Twisted and her charac
Crystal | decorating.reader
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 to foster home. She recently had to leave what she thought would turn into her forever home only to be sent to a home of some very odd foster parents. Foster parents that turn out to be a lot shadier than
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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.

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