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Olivia Twist

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I apologize but this title did not work for me. I apologize but this title did not work for me. I apologize but this title did not work for me.
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OK, so just go with it: Oliver Twist is actually a girl, who’s pretended to be a boy because her old nurse warned her the world was no safe place for a pretty girl. When she’s picked up for stealing and serendipitously reunited with her upper class family, Olivia happily adjusts to having enough to eat and a safe place to sleep, but she still pulls on her old cap to help street urchins who, like she once was, are struggling to make it on the London streets. She also does a little thieving to keep the family budget going strong. Then, one night at a party, she runs into the Artful Dodger, all grown up and posing as an Irish lord. He knows there’s something familiar about Olivia, but he doesn’t connect the elegant young lady with the little boy who used to run with his gang. Sparks fly, but there’s plenty of danger lurking in the shadows for Olivia and Dodger both.

I mean, either this is your kind of book and you have already stopped reading this and gone to put it on your library hold list, or this is not your kind of book and you are rolling your eyes at the premise. I’m firmly in the pro camp, but I realize that camp is a fluffy, sometimes silly place that doesn’t always come with redeeming literary value. This book is fun, but it runs on its premise (which is, let's be honest, pretty delightful) and doesn’t have much to offer beyond that. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think if you fit the very specific niche group of people who love Dickens, fan fiction, and YA, you, too, will find it a fun, frothy delight that doesn’t change your life but definitely makes you happy other people are out in the world thinking about things like this.
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Olivia Twist was a cute period romance. It was a bit predictable but I loved the twist on a classic story. Our love interest was tall, dark and handsome in the best way possible. Our MC was devoted to her family, both found and blood. I loved that she wouldn't give up what she loved most no matter what. There's a twist to this book that I was delighted with. It deepened the plot and brought a sense of urgency to the end of the novel. 

Overall, a fun and wonderful period romance. It didn't blow me away but it didn't leave me snoozing. I think it's a wonderful quick read. 

 *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blink through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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I was really hoping that I was going to love this one as I have loved Lorie's writing since she and her co author wrote the Doon series.  Unfortunately, this one just wasn't for me.  I went past my normal 100 pages because of the love I've had for other books from Langdon but at that point I just didn't care about the characters and their insta-love.  Yup this is one of those titles that has it and for me it didn't do it well. I understand that Olivia and Jack knew each other but they parted ways at a young age and haven't seen each other since then.  I think if a few more chapters would have fleshed out them falling for each other than the romance at least in my eyes would have made more sense.  

The flow of this one was pretty fast for the most part. But with the multiple storylines it just felt like this book didn't know what it wanted to be.  Was it about Olivia trying to save the other street kids?  Was it her and the marriage she didn't want?  Or was it about keeping her Uncle safe and not out on the street?  Or was it finding Jack and falling in love?  It just seemed at times that the story was being pulled in so many directions.  And then add a murder into the mix and a villain and I just didn't know what to do with it.  

Which comes to my next issue with this one.  There were SO many side characters that I was so confused and really just stopped caring about them or really reading about them.  I just kept the names of the Jack, Olivia, and a few others in my head and everyone else was just kind of there.  I will say that Lorie did a wonderful job bringing each character to life as they all felt well rounded.  But with the Ms. this and the Mr. that etc.  It was all very tedious on keeping track of who was whom.  I wished that the side characters would have been cut WAY down as most of them I don't think were even needed as they didn't bring anything to the story overall.  

In the end this one with the characters, the bad romance, and the story that just didn't know what it wanted to do just kind of overwhelmed me a little. And after 100 pages it just started to go downhill and I started to get bored.  



Go Into This One Knowing: Dual POV, Insta-Love, Multiple storylines, Multiple Characters
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The idea behind this novel is very appealing:  that the “Oliver” of Dickens’ novel was actually a girl in disguise.  The characters are well drawn and the plot is engaging.  The original characters and the new group of orphans add much to the story.  The love story is very well done.
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This book was super cute, and it's a very quick read. I do feel like the genderbending is a bit over-sold, considering that much of that is behind her. She dresses up as a boy a lot, but the love interest knows she's a girl, so some of the fun of that is missing for me. Still, it's a clever idea with a fast-paced and fun execution.

The ending's a bit rushed and anticlimactic, but the romance is pretty cute. Jack's definitely my favorite character, but aside from Jack and Olivia the characters run a bit flat.

I was worried that this came from a Christian imprint, but there's no religious stuff in here at all, and there's kissing, which makes me a bit more likely to give Blink another shot in the future.
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I love ,love,love this book.
A classic story we all know- or do we?
Oliver was a girl in disguise and managed to get off the streets and into a respectable life of a lady. A past like hers doesn't just let you go and neither does a great friend/protector like the artful dodger! The long lost half brother brought everything into sharp contrast.
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I absolutely adored this book. Loved the characters, the scenery, the plot! My only regret is that this book ended too soon! I ordered it off Amazon and the day it arrived, I read it in one sitting. Hah! Well, I guess I'll just have to read it again. Here's hoping Lorie Langdon writes more reimagined classics!

Readers from Young Adult and up will enjoy this reimagined classic full of adventure, a smidge of romance, and a wicked awesome heroine.
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I kept teetering between 2 and 3 stars on this one. There were tones I was engaged in the book and other times I found myself skimming pages hoping something enticing would happen to reengage me in the read. Olivia Twist is like a sequel to Oliver Twist, if Oliver had really been a girl disguised as a boy for all her years as an orphan. One day she gets caught robbing a man who turns out to be her uncle. Her uncle gets her out of trouble and adopts her into a ritzy upper class society. This is a story complete with characters from Oliver Twist like Monk, the Artful Dodger and of cours orphans. There’s family feuds, love and fisticuffs (I had to get that word in). However, I felt like the writing was a bit juvenile. Not as in YA, but that the author took shortcuts on dialogue that could have been better developed. She focused too much on setting the scene and descriptions at times making the book feel like it was dragged out. All the excitement in the book happened in the last 20% of the book. I wish she made the read more engaging from the beginning. 

I received a free ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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Lorie Landon did an excellent job reimagining the classic Oliver Twist in a gender-bent tale that picks up after the original story's ending. Olivia Twist has well-drawn characters and the pace of the plot was excellently done- the story never felt slow. It made a quick and fun read for me, I also enjoyed the romance between the tow main characters, as well as the historical period.

Overall, I really enjoyed every part of this book. HIghly recommended!
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2.5 Once I got over the fact that this was entirely not the female Oliver Twist book I wanted it to be, despite the prologue implying it could be, this was an enjoyable enough Victorian romance light. I would have actually found it far more fun if the attempt to connect it to Dickens hadn't been there.   The prologue, in which Olivia was orphaned and her dying mother pleaded she be disguised as a boy for her protection, offered promise for an actually interesting gender based story of Victorian childhood.  The bulk of the book, however, was set after Olivia had been found by family and taught to be a young lady.  The love story and its complications based on her past and along with the returning characters were entertaining in the way that many romance novels of this plot type of are.  The action was paced decently well and the overall writing decent. This book was enjoyable in the way that many historical romance novels are and, as one written for a teen audience, without the sometimes clunky sex scenes.   That said, perhaps based on my own expectations and familiarity with Oliver Twist, I expected more than just somewhat bland connections to the original story and passing cameos.
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Refreshing 'twist' of the classic tale of young Oliver. Lorie Langdon has written an 'artful' story, putting her own spin on the well-known novel, and when it comes to our favorite characters, Langdon is no 'dodger'.

Oliver is now Olivia, and her story is worth reading. Romance, intrigue, danger, and some witty dialogue combine with crisp humor to make a very enjoyable book.

**some mild language and rather intense kissing**
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This book comes with a fun premise: a re-imagining of the Oliver Twist classic. I'm a reader with a possible problem: I never read Oliver Twist. Would I still enjoy the story arc?

I'm happy to report that yes, I really enjoyed the story. But I'm positive it would be a much richer read for someone familiar with the roles of people who appear in Langdon's book. That said, the plot is twisty but always accessible; the characters are obviously in the good-guy camp or that of the villains. But the evocative moments are great, and the villains do get their comeuppance.

There was a strong romance, which I didn't expect. In fact it holds the plot together. But I enjoyed that perspective as well. Others may decry the so-satisfying ending as being unrealistic. I call it just a fine way to resolve the characters' problems. Enjoy this tale for a fun weekend read.
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An absolutely beautiful adaptation. It perfectly connects to the original whilst also injecting some great new content. A perfect read for anyone, especially those who love the Dickens classic.
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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read an e-arc for free prior to publication so that I could review this charming story. I haven't been good about reading on my phone so I ended up buying a physical copy after publication, anyway.

This Oliver Twist retelling was a ton of fun to read. Its historical fiction but with romance and mystery intertwined. Olivia Twist lives with her uncle as a society lady but finds it hard to leave her life as a "street rat" behind. There's some flashbacks to her time as an orphan on the streets but the main focus is on her present. 

I thought the romance was a bit cheesy and I'm not a huge fan of love triangles but this one wasn't over the top. 

I really loved the mystery elements of the story. The plot had me hooked wondering what was going on. I found my self surprised by several twists I hadn't entirely seen coming. Nothing mind-blowing but it made for a fun, quick read.
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A gender-bending take on the classic Oliver Twist, this delightfully frothy romance set in a comfortably recognizable London has well-drawn characters and excellent pacing and plotting, making it a quick and fun read for fans of period romance, as well as fans of historical fiction.
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A beautiful and gender-swapped twist on the original Oliver Twist. I really loved the romance and the cyclical nature of the story. In the end, neither abandoned the other. Very heartwarming.
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I received this eARC in exchange for a fair review!
Oh wow! This book captured me from page one and didn’t let go. I adore historical romance, and this filled that requirement beautifully. I also adore retellings, so taking the classic Oliver Twist tale and working it into this fabulous romance resulted in a book I’ll revisit time and again. Olivia is awesome; feminine and lovely but also totally badass. Her fighting skills made me chuckle with glee. Jack was totally swoon-worthy and has the bad boy with a heart of gold quality we all love. Well done!
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Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon was definitely an entertaining story. It's a retelling of the classic, Dickens story, Olivier Twist, but it casts the starring role to a young girl, orphaned at birth, and raised to pass herself off as a boy.  She spends her younger years on the streets learning how to survive after being taken in by the Artful Dodger.  After finding her family in an unexpected way, she grows up to become a young lady of society, but she's never forgotten her roots, or the other young children who are growing up alone on the streets.  When she and the Artful Dodger cross paths once again, sparks will fly and they'll have to work together to save the children of the streets from the dangers they face.

I enjoyed Olivia Twist.  I have not read Oliver Twist, though I am familiar with the basic story line.  I appreciated the fact that you didn't have to know the story well to appreciate this book.  It was a fun and clean read.  It's definitely something I can recommend to my middle school students.
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Olivia Twist is a gender bending retelling of Dickens' book Oliver Twist. This book makes many references to the original work of literature and reimagines the story from a girl's perspective.
Olivia Brownlow grew up on the streets of London as a boy to save herself from the horrible life of an orphan girl. She escapes the workhouse and is taken in by Jack, the Artful Dodger. One day they unwittingly pick her uncle's pocket, and her uncle takes her in as his own. Many years later, Olivia is reunited with Jack in polite society, and attraction and disagreements ensue. Soon Olivia and Jack are pulled into circumstances beyond their control, and they must fight a dangerous criminal in order to protect themselves and those they love. Will they be able to bring the criminal to justice and get their happy ending?
What a different sort of retelling! I enjoyed it even more than I expected to. There was just the right amount of danger, suspense, emotion, and humor to make it a great read. I loved the main characters, especially Olivia, Jack, the orphan boys, Brom, and Mr. Brownlow. I loved the ending as well and was very satisfied with the outcome. One thing I didn't care for was the use of profanity, but other than that I enjoyed it very much and definitely recommend it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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