I have never seen Oliver Twist but I like to think that if you put that and Hackers together you come up with this fantastic called Olivia Twisted by ViVi Barnes. ViVi’s writing is so catching, It literally makes you not want to put the book down, I was drawn in from the very first chapter!
Liv(Olivia) is a foster kid who, like any other has been through the ringer, and when she moves in with her latest foster family she starts a new school and meets two new friends who are also foster kids but drive fancy cars and nice motorcycle and just happen to be great in computer programming class, like her. But little does Liv know there is more to her two new friends than meets the eye. Z is polo wearing, self-made geek, but underneath that Liv sees his hard exterior and soon see’s that Z has two majorly different sides about him. This book reminded me so much of hackers, I loved it.
The book is told in dual POV’s (Liv & Z) and it was great to get into both their heads especially in a story like this one. I liked the fact that it wasn’t all based on algorithms and computer lingo that I wouldn’t know unless I was into computers like that, but more based on the evolution of the two MC’s (Z and Liv). I liked the mystery in the book as well, generally I don’t read mystery novels because I can basically riddle it out by the 6 chapter but this one was more of suspense with a little mystery. The world that ViVi Barnes wrote was so believable, that although it was fiction it could totally be real life as well. What book (in my opinion anyway) can be complete without a little romance or love story in it? This had a great love story, the way Barnes wrote from Z’s prospective was amazing and mesmerizing. I always find a love story more MORE when I know what’s going on in the guy’s head as well.
The only thing I would have liked was for the epilogue to be a little bit longer, but all in all ViVi Barnes wrote a great book for her debut and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!
**** I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review****
4 out of 5 stars