REVIEW: Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

Title: Olivia Twisted
Author: Vivi Barnes
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: November 5th 2013
Pages: 352
Source: *Received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Olivia

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…

Z

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.

This is a thrilling story that will keep you guessing, but also has heart-wrenching scenes of which will make you think and bring you close to tears! (It was a moment of: I will not cry, I will not! Don't you dare! I was very close) I really love the cover, its eye catching and the theme of computers are very present. But I can't help but giggle when I look at the boys face; he appears to by doing this funny pout thing! And just imagining Z do that... he.

Olivia has moved from home to home never feeling like she belongs, especially when she moves to her new home. But she soon meets the rude and arrogant Z, alongside the nosy but chatty and funny Sam. And all three of them are tech geeks... just the side of which is illegal! But Z and Sam are playing a more dangerous game than it will first appear and soon Liv is about to be Twisted!

Liv is a character whom of which is not all she appears on the outside. On the outside she appears weak and innocent, however on the inside she is strong, clever and persistent. And when she wants answers, she will get them at some moment. We then have Z, mysterious, infuriating and very clever he is someone whose character is very interesting to learn about, not to mention the source of his explosions of anger. But, it was also nice to see he is looked up to in the house and that he is the role model to the younger residents of Monroe. My favourite character though has to be Sam, she was funny, smart and happy but there was additionally a very dark side to her, meaning the way she kept her other personality concealed was cunning and clever, not to mention manipulative and cunning. She was definitely not what you expected her to be.

As you know from the title, this book was based around the story of Oliver Twist... I have never read Oliver Twist therefore I personally do not know how this links to the main story. However, I liked the way Vivi incorporated the main element about how the characters are twisted into the game. The plot was engaging and at moments I got so twisted I did not know what direction it would head in! Additionally, this story also had some heartwarming scenes, especially when Z finally releases some his well kept secrets, of which NO ONE knows, to Liv. There is also a mound of danger that will have you shouting and contemplating the decisions the characters are making and as to whether there are stronger motives behind them.

This story is a great combination of the advanced aspects of computer technology, the real reasons behind some peoples actions and the way that it is not always as it seems. Furthermore, the secrets some people carry with them of which make them who they are today. This book is manipulative and cunning, having you twist left and right and in the end... craving more!

Without a doubt, one of my favourites of 2013!

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