Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon – Gothic Historical YA Novel Re-imagines a Classic
Book Review: Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon – Gothic Historical YA
Novel Reimagines a Classic
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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.
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.
lives that seem to boast a glittering future.
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
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.
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 precipitance that leaves the reader wondering. A
trait I appreciate.
than Lorie Langdon’s latest. Olivia Twist
is everything it promises to be – a historical work of fiction that dazzles.
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. – Goodreads
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