Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

Olivia Twisted
Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes 
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.


Publishes in US: November 5th 2013 by Entangled: Teen
Genre: YA
Source: Entangled Teen via Netgalley
Series? No.

Buy it: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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    Olivia is easy to relate to, and I def felt for her being from one foster home to another. There is obvious discomfort between her and her newest foster mom, but I did like the effort that Derrick, her new foster dad seemed to be making. Olivia is strong when it counts, and she still holds on to her values after all she's been through. She does put up a wall though, but I can respect her for that because of how much she has seen of the negative side of the world and been hurt by others.
    Sam is a girl at school that befriends her, and I like her. She is bubbly, and open. I wasn't sure exactly what it was that her and Z, the hot mystery guy that we get in his head, but it is still a long time before we can piece together exactly what they are into and what is going on with their computer skills and what they are thinking about getting Olivia involved in.  
    The romance was pretty hot for YA, and I liked it. I did know the two different sides of Z, and had a hard time keeping them seperate at times. 
    I flew through this one, there was not a lot of action, but character development and online action. I had to know what kind of choice Olivia was going to make, even though I felt in my heart I knew what it would be, just not how it would play out. Z also had a lot of choices to make when the carefully constructed walls he's built over the years start falling down. 
    I have never read Oliver Twist, so it was a retelling, but I can't speak to that. I enjoyed it on its own though. 
    Also, the hacker scene is interesting, but it seems to have exploded on the YA scene lately, but it is the first one I have tried that I liked. 
    It was a happy enough ending, and the epilogue really sealed it. 

Bottom Line: Good main character making choices about what she can live with and what she can't.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever been attracted to someone in real life that seemed like trouble?
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  1. I like hackers, so that along has me curious and the characters sound strong and fleshed out. Wonderful review Brandi I am glad you enjoyed it!

  2. This sounds like a cute one, and one that is kinda different. Great review

  3. Added to my to-read list! Great review :)

  4. Great review!

    This one does sound like an enjoyable read!

  5. This is the first time of heard of this book, but I like hackers lol This sounds like a pretty interesting story and the romance sounds awesome :) Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  6. Hacking seems to be popular in YA these days. I still haven't read any about it but I'm curious. I'm happy you enjoyed this one. Great review, Brandi :)

  7. I enjoyed this one a little more than expected I would. Great review.

  8. I've noticed that YA books are now getting steamier. I think they too want a slice of some sexual excitement LOL

  9. I've been really curious about this one! Glad to hear you liked the hacker scene and that the romance was good for ya. Great review!

  10. This sounds great, Brandi. I like seeing YA books have MCs making smart? life decisions. I will check it out Fantastic review!

  11. I love Oliver Twist, so I'm curious about the similarities.

  12. I saw this one around and was so interested. happy to hear it was pretty good.

  13. oh it's rare to have a hot YA, it's intriguing. Always so nice to have something a little different.

  14. Great review, this was definitely intriguing. I'm really bad with covers so I probably wouldn't pick up this book but I'm so glad you liked it :)


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