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 herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
•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 ...more
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 ...more
+ It's a gender-bent Oliver Twist retelling!! I did read my Dickens once upon a time, and I have to say that I don't remember much from it, but I do remember enough to say that this version is wayyyy less harsh on the reality of surviving in the streets of London in the nineteenth century than the original.
+ It focuses on almost ...more
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 ...more
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.
Once known as the “Artful Dodger,” Jack MacCarron is also living a life that’s really not his. He’s entered a world he wasn’t born too, but as con man with street smarts, he knows how to adapt.
Secrets, pasts and danger collide between these two lives… lives tha ...more
What's not to love about this book?
1) The story take place in the 19th century in England.
2) A retelling of Charles Dicken's infamous book 'Oliver Twist'
3) Oliver Twist's gender is the opposite from the original tale
4) A lead character who is also a badass woman in th Victorian era
The author did a really good job on reimagining on a gender-bending take on the classic Oliver Twist, this delightfully frothy romance set in a comfortably recognizable London, ha ...more
I wasn't sold on the idea of this book at first. A genderbent retelling of Oliver Twist, except written as a romance? The romance bit was what made me hesitate. However, excluding the bit about how Lorie Langdon changed the Artful Dodger into a stereotypical romantic male lead, this was actually a pretty interesting read.
A few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her coz ...more