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Olivia Twist

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,375 ratings  ·  672 reviews
​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 pas ...more
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Blink/HarperCollins
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High Lady of The Night Court
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings-read
This is the fastest book I have gotten through in a while. 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 v ...more
R.F. Gammon
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
Rachel McMillan
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa Landers
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
99c Kindle sale, April 28, 2018, for this gender-bent retelling of Oliver Twist. Lots of enthusiastic GR reviews so I might bite. ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
✨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
Melissa Tagg
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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.
may ☆彡
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heather Webb
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
2.5 stars

Cute 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.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plot - 5
Writing style - 5
Characters - 4
Romance - 4

In 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
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Wow! Olivia Twist went by so freaking quickly that I almost forgot to add my buddy read comments! Oops? I definitely enjoyed this book a whole lot. In it, you will meet Olivia and Jack. Now these two were all kinds of precious and so easy to fall in love with.

Let's be honest, if you met these two you would fall in love with them as well. They were just so fiercely protective of one another. Especially when it came to Olivia's evil half brother. Again, they were adorable in every way possible. Wh
The word I would use to describe this book is “muddled”. There were too many hastily thrown together conclusions and randomly added plot points. I feel that my opinion would be drastically changed if the book was at least 10 chapters longer, to really go into the plot and embellish the characters’ stories. Also, is it just me or did (view spoiler). Plus, there were a couple of scene ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I DNFed this book, which I RARELY do. It's definitely a kissing book, with a lot of content that felt more like NA or straight up adult romance novel than YA, which I did not expect coming from this publisher and the endorsements from people I trust, buuuuut, alas, here we are. ...more
Sarah Monzon
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heart eyes!! Some delicious kisses inside these pages! Oh, Jack, you handsome rogue. *happy sigh*
A note preceding the review: I read Oliver Twist about a week before Olivia Twist, so I had the events fresh on my mind. It also prejudiced me against it once I realized how much the author had changed from the original story. This review is long and yes, it is negative. (And it's a rant. I don't rant often, but this book deserves it.) I don't recommend this book. Scroll down to the content warning if you don't want to read the whole review - I don't blame you! It's a long one.

Also, just becaus
Jaime Arkin
This was so good- I don’t know why I waited so long to read it! A fun plot and lovely characters and tons of swoon!! Read it soon!!
Mindee Arnett
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 27, 2018 added it
DNF - I got 2 chapters in and decided this wasn't for me. I knew going in that it isn't Christian Fiction (my preferred genre), but for some reason I assumed it would be clean. I don't know if that assumption came from this being based on (or a sequel to) a classic, or because it's a YA read, but I've since seen several people imply that the publisher is known for clean reads, and that this book will be enjoyed by Christian readers. SO! Just in case any other clean Christian readers made the sam ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute, fun book! I mean, it's not cute in the fluffy-kittens-and-chirping birds way, but it's just filled with adorable people who happen to be stuck in some pretty dire situations. The people are cute and adorable, even if everything going on around them is desperate and dangerous. Does that make sense?

If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for a lot of kissing scenes, some violence, and some innuendo. This is leaning toward the adult side of Young Adult while still hovering
3’5 stars

This was such a fun read! I really liked it, the writing style was not my favorite but it was so good.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Most people are familiar with the tale of Oliver Twist. You may have read it, watched a harrowing BBC adaption, witnessed the wonder of a musical, or any of the many other iterations there have been. However, this is the first time I have ever experienced a gender bending retelling, and for the most part, as reimagining's go, it really worked. It was refreshing to read a retelling that didn't just thrust the original story into the modern day, as so many now do. This kept the story to its origin ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I try and wanted to like it but I never get into the story or the characters. Can't say why... Maybe it was me, it has more then decent average ratings, but I didn't enjoy reading it! ...more
Micheline Ryckman
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
An adorable Victorian, Dickens inspired romance with some artful twists and turns that lead to a happily ever after. This was fun.
Simi Sunny
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Twist was… unexpected, but amazing. I honestly expected it to be more of tomboyishness and running around streets and fighting gangs (and believe me, there was a lot of it!) but there also was an equal balance of fancy parties and curtsies and tea. It wasn’t disappointing in the slightest, just surprising.

Also: I CALL JACK. He’s mine. He’s so angry and kind and quirky and smirky and constantly has mixed emotions and it’s wonderful. At first in the beginning I almost rolled my eyes cause I
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: october-2020-tbr
I loved this book so much it is now my favorite YA Historical Romance with a great and well written mystery in it. I loved the characters so much especially Olivia and Jack one of the best romances ever they had so much chemistry from the beginning. I loved Olivia for her thinking for herself her headstrongness and for how deeply she loves that she would go above and beyond to save someone she loves. I loved Jack for being the rogue with a heart of gold that learned there was something or someon ...more
Connie Lacy
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun YA romance based on “Oliver Twist,” but with Oliver being an 18-year-old girl named Olivia. A nice “twist” on the story to appeal to female readers. Interesting set up – Olivia disguising herself as a boy to fit in with the Artful Dodger and his gang until she’s rescued by her uncle. Now, a proper young society lady – at least on the surface – she can’t forget her childhood and all those poor orphans on London’s mean streets. There’s definitely chemistry between her and the handsome young ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The ending I don’t think could of been more perfect. I loved it.
Overall rating is 4.5
I mean I just love retellings. I don’t think I could find one I don’t enjoy haha.
If you love retellings please pick this one up. It will make you laugh whilst hurting your heart because of all the feels!! Loved all the characters I came across BUT THE ENDING. My heart. Thank you Lorie Langdon. You made me one happy reader.
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Lorie Langdon is an Amazon best-selling author of YA novels such as: the Doon Series, Gilt Hollow, and Olivia Twist, which has received a starred review from Booklist Magazine and was picked up by Target Stores across the nation. In 2018, Chapters Interactive Stories developed her Doon series into a ‘choose your own ending’ mobile video game. Olivia Twist has been contracted for film development b ...more

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