Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

Olivia Twist

​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 sc...

Details Olivia Twist

TitleOlivia Twist
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance

Reviews Olivia Twist

  • Melissa Landers
    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!
  • Rachel McMillan
    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...
  • Melissa Tagg
    Lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove!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.
  • Mary Weber
  • Heather Webb
    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 aut...
  • Jessi ♡
    i was not expecting feeling everything i felt while reading this book. the romance in this book grabbed me full-on. it sincerely takes a lot these days for a heterosexual romance to still have that spark that doesn't feel like they're forced together just because they're man and woman. most importantly, the characters!! by themselves!! they were characters that you root for, that you care for, that you're invested in. their backgrounds and their ...
  • Sam Kozbial
    So many things that pleased my inner sap and made me smile. I liked that Langdon made only a slight change to the original story instead of doing a full retelling, and rather, went in the direction of giving us her version of what happened next. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for a full review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
  • Jennifer Osborn
    I had the honor of reading this as a beta and I can tell you it is an awesome story. Lorie does not disappoint!!! You guys are going to love this!
  • Marisa
    **As a disclaimer I received this book as an ARC free and for review that in no way influences my review nor do I make money off this review.**I flew through this book when I sat down to read it. I am already a fast reader by nature but I found myself completely devouring this book whole in a matter of hours. I have not read Oliver Twist in quite some time and when I did it was an abridged children’s version. I have very little recollection of ...
  • Katy Noyes
    Dickens twisted - intriguing Victorian love/crime story with one big gender switchDodger, Fagin, Bill Sykes. And an orphan girl dressed as a boy. With one small change, an entire new story can take place in Dickens' London. Perfect teenage introduction to the classic, with enough of a spirited heroine and spunky love interest to feel contemporary.Encouraged to dress as a boy to save herself from trouble, workhouse-born Olivia ends up on the stree...
  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    You can see my full review here!I haven't read Oliver Twist, but this book makes me want to buy it immediately. Many of the twist and turns during the last 80% really had me uncertain what was going to happen to the characters. The pacing was nicely done, right when I started to believe things were slowing down, something would happen to snag my attention. The characters, I liked all of them— even the side characters. And the romance was lovely...
  • Sabrina Fox
    I have something to admit...I've never read or seen anything related to Oliver Twist in my life. After reading Langdon's book, I'm definitely going to be finally able to pick up the original book now. Before ever reading the synopsis, I was drawn in by the cover. I felt like it was begging to be read. As soon as I got it in the mail, I cracked the spine and got to reading. And didn't stop until it was finished.Olivia was born in 1841 in a workhou...
  • Leigh Kramer
    Oh. My. Word. Give this book all the stars! I implore you to add Olivia Twist to your TBR. Lorie Langdon’s inventive take on Oliver Twist completely stole my heart. It’s fresh and witty, one of those rare books where you feel like you are beholding something special.I adored Olivia as both the hard-scrabbling orphan posing as a boy and the lady trying to find where she belongs. She's come so far from where she was but she does not abandon her...
  • Danielle Zimmerman
    This book is such a delight!I have a confession to make: I’m largely unfamiliar with Oliver Twist. I’ve never seen the musical and I’ve never read the original story. My sole knowledge of the characters and the plot come from Oliver and Company. So there’s that.Going in to this novel, I was kind of worried that I’d be confused a lot and that I’d be missing a lot of things because my lack of knowledge about the base material. I’m ple...
  • Kaylee
    So I have a confession to make...I have never read Oliver Twist. I mean I could give you the SparkNotes version, and I have seen Disney's Oliver and Company, but the original Oliver Twist is on my To-Be-Read list along with Charles Dicken's other novels, War and Peace, Gone with the Wind, The Old Man and the Sea, etc. One day I will get to them I swear just probably not until I finish school. But until then I will be reading Sparknotes and retell...
  • Kelly Elisabeth Jansen
    I didn’t know anything about Oliver Twist. So I don’t know if it is a sort of retelling or inspired or anything. But I adored it. It’s such an amazing story. I have so much love for the characters and the writing. It was just so lovely. I loved it!!
  • Stephanie
    In Olivia Twist, Langdon creates a world where Oliver was really a girl disguised as a boy who has now grown up to be a young woman, is part of society, and is just becoming of age to marry. Her uncle, who took her in after she spent years on the street, is getting older and she hopes that marriage will help bring him security and will repay him for his years of kindness towards her. Her plans are interrupted by the appearance of someone from her...
  • The Library Ladies
    (Originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com.) I’ve only read the original “Oliver Twist” once and it was quite a while ago, so I was intrigued when I ran across this gender-swapped retelling of the classic tale. However, in the end, I felt a bit misled by the book description and had a few problems with the characterization of our leading lady.Olivia grew up on the streets and it is only through a chance of luck that she now finds herself ...
  • Beth
    I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, so thank you to them for the preview.From the outset, I wasn't sure how to feel. Obviously the prologue set up one story and after reading the first several pages of the first chapter, I was confused. I was also a bit put off by the immediate turn towards romance - Olivia seems to practically swoon over the dark haired stranger she notices at the party. But he's not a stranger and his identity is what cap...
  • Ellyn
    I loved this novel! The English nerd in me loves the re imagining of an old classic. Olivia is engaging and vivacious, and Jack is a perfect foil to her. Langdon does a great job on integrating the lives of "Oliver" and the Dodger into the histories their older selves remember. This is definitely more in line with the Oliver! musical version of the story than Dickens's novel version of the story, which I remember is being quite a bit more grim in...
  • Makenna Fournier
    In short, I didn't hate this book, but for a lot of it I wasn't really enjoying it while I was reading it. I would put this book down after reading a little bit of it, and I would have no motivation to get back into it. At all. I mean, it took me over a week to read this, which might not seem long to some people, but it has rarely taken me that long to read a book in the past couple of years. My biggest struggle with this book was the writing. T...
  • Carla
    Review copy provided by NetgalleyIf you're going to take over the mind of one of the best characters in all of literature (in my opinion, anyway) you have to get it right for the book to be any good. I'm sad to say that I don't feel this is the case with this one. I will preface this by saying that I am a Dodger fangirl. I'm always, always looking for new twists on the old story just to spend time with him, and I was ridiculously excited for a st...
  • Libby
    I debated between three and four stars and settled on three because even a few days after reading, the characters and details are starting to fade in my mind. That said, this is still an enjoyable romance for teens, based on characters from Dicken's "Oliver Twist" with a twist (pun intended): Oliver was a girl, disguised as a boy to help her survive as a street child in Victorian England. As melodramatic as the original, with occasional anachroni...
  • Misty Smith
    **ARC from #Netgalley** DNF BOOK REVIEWI had extremely high hopes for this book. Let me start by saying that I didn't finish this book. I tried and tried and tried. It was just ok for me but it wasn't engaging enough... or memorable enough. I had a difficult time getting interested or even following along. Ollie needed to constantly be saved and it was ANNOYING. It was also tough to follow this book. It was a cute story with lots of potential but...
  • Karla
    Olivia Twist was awesome! I vaguely remember watching the movie when I was younger, and reading as a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist was very interesting. The story itself was very well told, and there were so many elements that I liked, especially Olivia and Jack. They were my favorite, and I also enjoyed reading about the rest of the characters like Topher, Violet, the children, and the rest of the characters.
  • Carey Corp
    Full disclosure: I am Lorie's critique partner and sometime co-author. That out of the way, this is my most favorite thing she's ever written without me. LOL. Great storytelling and pacing mixed with atmospheric historical detail and romantic chemistry. I have been a champion of this story since reading the very first rough draft and am so glad that she's finally able to share it with the fabulous book fandom! Nobody does YA historical like my #b...
  • viktoria
    tl;dr review: One big gripe: I hated how often the “let’s have the male love interest heroically prevent the sexual assault of the female love interest, because she is just soooo beautiful that it attracts attention of everyone, including unsavory characters at night” card was played, because it played out many times. But the chemistry was cute and it was an interesting, enjoyable adaptation.
  • Lisa
    What if Oliver Twist was really a girl, named Olivia? What if Oliver and the Artful Dodger were separated when they were young, only to meet again when they were older? What if, indeed! Excellent story of what might happen next. A fast paced, clean YA romance that will be enjoyed by proper romance readers as well.
  • Michelle Garrett
    This book was so cute. Jack and Olivia's romance was by far my favorite part and they gave me all the feels and I love them. It was a cute twist (haha, get it?) on the original Dickens, definitely a light-hearted, fun read when you need a break from the heavy stuff.