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- Publisher: Entangled Teen
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 28mm | 363g
- Publication date: 1 March 2014
- Publication City/Country: Fort Collins
- ISBN 10: 1622660285
- ISBN 13: 9781622660285
- Sales rank: 716,721
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, but 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 can afford 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 too does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z's boss. And he's got bigger plans for Liv...
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Vivi Barnes was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. Now living in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, Florida, she divides her time writing, working, goofing off with her husband and three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes.
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 18 Oct 2013
Olivia is easy to relate to, and I def felt for her being from one foster home to another. There is obvious discomfort between her and her newest foster mom, but I did like the effort that Derrick, her new foster dad seemed to be making. Olivia is strong when it counts, and she still holds on to her values after all she's been through. She does put up a wall though, but I can respect her for that because of how much she has seen of the negative side of the world and been hurt by others.
Sam is a girl at school that befriends her, and I like her. She is bubbly, and open. I wasn't sure exactly what it was that her and Z, the hot mystery guy that we get in his head, but it is still a long time before we can piece together exactly what they are into and what is going on with their computer skills and what they are thinking about getting Olivia involved in.
The romance was pretty hot for YA, and I liked it. I did know the two different sides of Z, and had a hard time keeping them seperate at times.
I flew through this one, there was not a lot of action, but character development and online action. I had to know what kind of choice Olivia was going to make, even though I felt in my heart I knew what it would be, just not how it would play out. Z also had a lot of choices to make when the carefully constructed walls he's built over the years start falling down.
I have never read Oliver Twist, so it was a retelling, but I can't speak to that. I enjoyed it on its own though.
Also, the hacker scene is interesting, but it seems to have exploded on the YA scene lately, but it is the first one I have tried that I liked.
It was a happy enough ending, and the epilogue really sealed it.
Bottom Line: Good main character making choices about what she can live with and what she can't.