Plot – 5
Writing style – 5
Characters – 4
Romance – 4
In which Olivia was forced to disguised herself as a boy ever since her late mother gave birth to her. Now, at the age of eighteen, with the help of her uncle whom she tried to steal from when she was still a street rat, Olivia is now a fine young lady.
• plot – One thing I am impressed was that the author began the story in the interesting part already. Where Olivia Twist was already adopted by her uncle. Thank the heavens for that because it would absolutely be boring if we began on any unnecessary scenes.
I have to admit, I dived right into Olivia Twist without any knowledge about the original story of it. What? Sorry but I am not a huge fan of classics. Anyway, despite that fact, enjoying Olivia Twist was an easy thing to do.
What I also happened to admire about the novel was that it was action-packed. No dull and unnecessary moments. We wouldn’t want to read about how the protagonist prefer this to that, right? That oh, the weather is nice today. That oh, the birds are chirping outside her bedroom window.
The climax was an A+ for me since I really didn’t expect that. Though the said twist only lasted for like a couple of paragraphs, no problems though.
The “revelation” was immediately ascertained after 10 chapters or so which was good, by the way. Truth be told, I loathe it when girls who disguised themselves as boys took sooooooo long to spill out their “big revelation”
• Writing style – somehow, the writing style reminds me of The Lady Jane’s which personally, I really do love since The Lady Jane is one of my favorite reads of all time.
Fast-paced. Read it in one sitting. The writing style was friendly.
One thing I am not, let’s say, satisfied was the dialogue. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes, they’re hilarous and enough to turn your cheeks as red as a tomato. The thing is, most of the times, they felt a bit bland.
However, I applaud the author for her skills in writing monologues.
• characters – they’re adorable and all but not to the point they’ll make it up to your favorite fictional characters.
Olivia – she is the type of character that you’ll find yourself wanting to be. What a strong independent woman, indeed. She has a heart made of gold. She’s like this straight-outta-Disney-movie character.
Jack – husband-material. Hopeless romantic. He resembles Flynn Rider. You know, that hot thief from Tangled.
Most of the times, I do enjoy his monologues. Truth be told, I find his character okay at the very beginning but as I read, I learn to appreciate him.
I would be lying if I say I was not annoyed at one point because he seriously got pissed off when Olivia decided to keep her virginity for her future husband. Uhm, like, what the hell, who are you to complain? Wrong move, man.
It would be really amazing if the author added more scenes with the orphans. I just want to get to know more of them.
• romance – As long as it’s not insta-love, I am totally fine with it. Olivia Twist’s romance was somewhere between am-I-watching-disney-movie and am-I-reading-an-awful-Victorian-romance?
Anyways, obviously, Olivia and Jack are truly madly in love with each other. Enough to get themselves kill just to save each other’s asses.
The ending was too good to be true but hey, I am not complaining since I am a sucker for happy endings.
Lorie Langdon is co-author of DOON, a YA reimagining of the musical Brigadoon, available now from Blink/Harper Collins!
A few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.