November 5, 2013

Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 352
Series: n/a
Review Source: eARC from publisher

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

He tilts my chin up so my eyes meet his, his thumb brushing lightly across my lips. I close my eyes. I know Z is trouble. I know that being with him is going to get me into trouble. I don’t care.

At least at this moment, I don’t care.

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 motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Olivia might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Olivia and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…


I can picture Liv’s face: wide-eyed, trusting. Her smooth lips that taste like strawberry Fanta.

It was just a kiss. That’s all. She’s just like any other girl.

Except that she’s not.

Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.
My Thoughts:
I liked so much what this author tried to do. Bringing Oliver Twist into a modern setting isn’t an easy thing to do, because of the differences in society, with poor laws, orphanages, etc. So having a group home setting where the kids are computer hackers instead of pickpockets? It was a genius way of connecting the stories, and I give Vivi Barnes props for coming up with the idea.

But while I loved the idea of the book, the execution just seemed almost boring. I just wasn't into it at all, and I had a hard time finishing it, mostly because I didn't really care about the characters. I’m not sure why I had this lack of connection: maybe because I wanted more background information? Or because of one situation that I found a little implausible? Either way, I’m sorry to say that I didn’t really care for this one.

The Cover:
Not a fan, at all.


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