Book Review: Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

There is a reason why I was never a good literature student. The whole Elizabethan and victorian era is not for me 😛 Guess I am more into the present than looking back at past. OK Ok, I am wrapping up the BULL. The point is the classics are not my safe space. So Oliver Twist was also not something that I paid much attention in my school days but the whole synopsis and the setting started appealing to me and that is the reason why I picked up the book. Part of me loved it. Part of me not so much. So yeah that’s my take on the book. 

Olivia Twist Official Synopsis

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.

Olivia Twist RWAT Take

Olivia Twist is a gender-bend take on the classic Oliver Twist. Since I was a bad student, I don’t even remember the classic. This book although I must say had a very thriller setting to it. That part I loved. The part where there is a lot of inner monologues and inner turmoils kind of reminded me why I hated the classics in the first place. It takes a lot of brain from me. Since I only have a very little grey matter to start with, I prefer to use it for more important matters like remembering to put on clothes when I get out of the house. Remembering to add names to my Hitlist so that when grim reaper knocks my door, I can hand that list without leaving out any names 😛

Fine. I am in a chatty mood today. So bear with me. Coming back to the book. I don’t know if it is me or if in fact, it is there in the book. I felt that the book skips steps in between. While reading I felt somewhere things just skipped certain elements and sprinted ahead. I don’t know why but certain things seemed missing. Like somethings were very vague or were properly not connected to the preceding or succeeding scenes. So yes because of that I thought in certain areas the narration was a bit …..choppy?

Although I will completely agree that the book, in general, was pretty awesome. The thriller element made the story exciting and worth sticking around. There are times when the book is just playing out and filling out without much happening. On the other hand, whatever is happening is pretty twisty and interesting. You can’t deny that the end of the book was pretty rushed and conveniently falling into places to wrap it up as quickly as possible. Well, it does the trick but is not seamless in doing so.


So, in Conclusion, Olivia twist is fun, at times a bit distant but in whole, there is a worthwhile story that covers up for the rest of the book. I wished the author had picked up the excitement of the second half played on that a bit more and used that throughout the book, then this book would have been super awesome. It still is, but it lacks that pinch of salt that would have made this amazing

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