Review: Olivia Twist
Title: Olivia Twist
Author: Lorie Langdon
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive. Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love. 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 her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.
My Review: This gender bending retelling was everything I hoped for. It had adventure, daring, a wonderful setting and just enough romance to keep things interesting. The book is set in a well researched Victorian England complete with gas lanterns and foggy meetings on the London Bridge. The adaptation of Oliver twist brings in pick pockets and clandestine meetings while also tugging at your heart. I loved Olivia for her sass and her heart and I loved Dodger for his scrappiness and also for his heart. I also found the writing to be wonderful. “Peels of fog slithered and curled over the cobbles.” I mean if that quote doesn’t give you Victorian England vibes I’m not sure what will.
*I received this book from Netgalley and Blink YA in exchange for you a review – But I also purchased a physical copy because I really did love this book!*