Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon – Gothic Historical YA Novel Re-imagines a Classic

March 6, 2018 19 Comments

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ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Lorie Langdon
Publisher: Blink
Publication Date: 2018
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Young Adult
Source: Publisher Provided – thank you, Blink
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Rating: ★★★★

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon | Book Review 


THE STORY | Once upon a time Olivia Brownlow’s only glimpse into the lives of the privileged was when she pick-pocketed them. Living on the streets as Oliver Twist, Olivia is now Miss Brownlow living as a debutante about to make an advantageous match.

Once known as the “Artful Dodger,” Jack MacCarron is also living a life that’s really not his. He’s entered a world he wasn’t born too, but as con man with street smarts, he knows how to adapt.

Secrets, pasts and danger collide between these two lives… lives that seem to boast a glittering future.

REVIEW | Touted as an “innovative” re-telling, this novel certainly matches this descriptor. Taking a stab at reimagining the classic Dickens story, Oliver Twist, Langdon reworks the story through a different lens, that of a female protagonist. Apart from her co-authored series (‘Doon’), the only other book to this author’s name is Gilt Hollow, a contemporary story that’s different but not dissimilar to Olivia Twist.

Part of the appeal of this novel (for my shelf) is its setting. I love that it’s a historical novel in the YA scene, a market I really don’t read anything from. The anticipation of this story’s setting does not disappoint. Every scene and descriptive phrase is perfect, all of which is likely aided by the visualizations already affixed in my mind from BBC productions. With its shadowed streets and potential dangers lurking around the corners, the world is fascinating, and also, wisely, left in realistic format.

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As characters existing in this world, Olivia and Jack are among the good. What’s so interesting about them is they have a past unlike most heroes and heroines. Of course every character has some kind of backstory, but in these arcs, both have a past, one with shadows that’s peppered with gray areas. That said, they’re easily liked, never on any kind of precipitant that leaves the reader wondering. A trait I appreciate.

Those seeking a unique historical read need look no further than Lorie Langdon’s latest. Olivia Twist is everything it promises to be – a historical work of fiction that dazzles.

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19 Comments

  • Lauren Stoolfire March 7, 2018 at 1:59 AM

    This sounds like it'll be pretty great. Thanks for sharing and great review, Rissi!

    • Rissi March 10, 2018 at 1:10 AM

      It's fabulous, Lauren!! Hope you enjoy if you read this one. :)

  • Brittaney March 7, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    I've been looking forward to this one ever since I finished Gilt Hollow. I love gothic stories and Langdon is a unique story teller.

    • Rissi March 10, 2018 at 1:11 AM

      Lorie is indeed a unique story teller, and that's why I do adore her novels. Enjoy, Brittaney. :)

  • Karen Klepsteen March 7, 2018 at 7:14 PM

    This sounds like such a fascinating story! I've never read Oliver Twist, but that's not going to stop me from reading this! Lol

    • Rissi March 10, 2018 at 1:12 AM

      I haven't read Oliver Twist either, Karen. I've seen the film adaptation though, and can certainly "see" the influences. Enjoy! :)

  • Amanda Holmes March 8, 2018 at 4:19 AM

    I will have to try to get a copy of this one, since it looks like one I would enjoy immensely!

    • Rissi March 10, 2018 at 1:13 AM

      Fun! Hope you enjoy, Amanda. It's a lovely tale. :)

  • Korin March 8, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    I thought this book looked good, and I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it! Hoping our library will get it so I can read it.

    • Rissi March 10, 2018 at 1:14 AM

      I most definitely did, Korin. Hope you enjoy this one – it's a fun, "adventure" kind of tale. :)

  • Mallory @ SheisBookish March 9, 2018 at 4:35 AM

    This sounds like a really interesting twist on Twist! Thanks for the recco and great review – adding it to my TBR :)

    • Rissi March 10, 2018 at 1:14 AM

      Cool. Hope you enjoy this one, Mallory – I know all about those TBRs. :)

  • Jana Leah B March 27, 2018 at 9:48 PM

    I like re-imaginings. This one sounds good.

    • Rissi March 28, 2018 at 11:40 PM

      Me too, Jane! Hope you enjoy this one if you decide to read it. :)

  • Jen Ryland April 6, 2018 at 1:04 AM

    I've been really curious about this one. I love retellings and Oliver Twist wouldn't have occurred to me as the basis of a YA retelling – love the gender flip too!
    Jen Ryland Reviews

    • Rissi April 7, 2018 at 5:23 PM

      It's really good, Jen. I hope if you do have the chance to read it, you discover a new favorite. Happy reading. :)

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