Friday, September 23, 2016

Blog Tour + #Giveaway (Review: Olivia Twisted): Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes @ViviBarnes @YaReads

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Olivia Twisted
Olivia Twisted 
(Olivia Twisted, #1):


Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia's seen a lot in her sixteen years. She's hardened, sure, though 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 drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Liv might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Liv and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z's boss. And he's got bigger plans for Liv…

Thanks to Z, Olivia's about to get twisted.

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My Review Olivia Twisted:

A young girl has been tossed from foster home to foster home for most of her life. She has never had many friends if any. She tries to fly low under the radar; trying not to be noticed. She would love to have a parent to care about her and make everything alright. She has always tried to do what was right and follow all the rules not only because that is what is in her heart but to keep teachers and parents off her back. Maybe one day she can get out and make a better life for herself.

Now Olivia is being sent to another foster home if she follows all their rules maybe she can stay awhile. On top of that now she has a new school to deal with as well along with the new people that go with it of course. Olivia tries to stay low and out of everyone’s way as usual but that doesn’t seem to be the case when she meets a girl, Sam. Sam won’t take no to being Olivia’s friend. She is very insistent so Olivia thinks ok maybe it won’t be too bad as long as she keeps her heart out of it.

Sam is like Olivia she is an orphan as well. But Sam lives in a group home and she likes it although she is just like any other kid she would like to have her own parents. Olivia likes Sam but little does she know what Sam is really up to. She doesn’t know that that Sam is really trying to recruit her for the group home which is just more or less a front for a computer hacking company sort of.

Olivia also meets bad boy Z as well in their computer class. Olivia tries to ignore him at first but it is very hard to ignore someone like Z. Not only is he good looking he is also a very charming and sweet guy. Z also lives at the same group home as Sam. So Sam and Z become very fast and good friends with Olivia so they can hopefully get her to join their little group.

When I read the summary for Olivia Twisted I knew I had to read it. I saw the movie Oliver Twist but I have not read the book yet. This is something I plan to rectify in the near future. I loved watching Oliver Twist but I really liked Olivia Twisted more. The characters are all so well brought out and developed. The author is brilliant! I found myself crying more times than I can count when I was reading Olivia Twisted. Some were good times and some were bad times. I felt what the characters themselves were feeling or felt for them. When you feel what the characters are feeling so deeply then you know that is a very great author. I can’t wait to read Olivia Decoded and more by this author. Another author has been added to my favorite author top ten list. I recommend Olivia Twisted to everyone!

Olivia Decoded Book Title: Olivia Decoded (Olivia Twisted, #2)
Author: Vivi Barnes
Release Date: Sept. 6, 2016
Genre: YA Thriller


This isn't my Jack, who once looked at me like I was his world. The guy who's occupied the better part of my mind for eight months.

This is Z, criminal hacker with a twisted agenda and an arsenal full of anger.

I've spent the past year trying to get my life on track. New school. New friends. New attitude. But old flames die hard, and one look at Jack-the hacker who enlisted me into his life and his hacking ring, stole my heart, and then left me-and every memory, every moment, every feeling comes rushing back. But Jack's not the only one who's resurfaced in my life. And if I can't break through Z's defenses and reach the old Jack, someone will get hurt…or worse.

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About the Author:
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. After college, she convinced her supportive husband to move with her to be part of the sunshine and magic in Orlando, Florida. On a good day, she manages to divide her time writing, working, reading, goofing off with her three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. Vivi is a proud member of SCBWI and attends conferences whenever she can.

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Read below for an excerpt from Olivia Decoded:

"Wow, who gave you that?"

"My grandfather. He left it on my car seat this morning."

"Oh, boo. I thought maybe you had a secret admirer or something." I try not to smile at her obvious disappointment. Emerson's been on me to date for months now. She knows I had someone back in Richmond who was special, but only that we broke it off before I moved here. She doesn't know anything else about Jack. No one does, because what would I say? The last guy I dated is a criminal, and the last time I saw him was right after we got kidnapped by his horrible boss and almost died trying to escape. That'd go over really well.

"I don't know, what do you think?" Emerson breaks into my thoughts as we walk down the hallway to our lockers.

"About what?"

She sighs. "Where Kade's taking me tonight. Girl, you are not with it today, are you? Are you doing anything tonight?"

"My grandfather's taking me to dinner."

"Sweet. Not so romantic, but sweet."

I smile. "Yes, he's sweet. But a little over the top on gifts sometimes." Even after eight months of living the wealthy life, I'd be happier if he gave me a gift card to a bookstore instead of extravagant jewelry I rarely wear.

My phone starts buzzing, and I pull it from my pocket. Grandfather's text reads: What gift?

I frown, typing, The bracelet you left in my car. I snap a quick picture of the bracelet on my wrist and send it to him. Maybe his text was a hint to send a picture, though I doubt it. He's usually pretty direct about things.

"What's up?" Emerson asks.

"Looks like Grandfather forgot he left me the bracelet." But even as I say it, it doesn't sound right. He's one of the sharpest people I've ever known, and he runs a financial institution.

"Maybe he gave it to one of his staff to put in your car." Her voice has the usual bitter tone whenever she's thinking of her parents. They're hardly ever around, and when they are, they don't pay much attention to her.

"Yeah, you're probably right." I don't believe that, though. Even though it's possible Mrs. Bedwin did put it there, I doubt it. Grandfather is the type to handle things himself when it comes to me. But Emerson's parents travel so much for their business that they often let their staff handle things like birthdays and other events they think aren't important. So as grateful as I am that Grandfather's always there for me, I don't like to rub that in Emerson's face.

"Maybe you really do have a secret admirer," she says hopefully.

I roll my eyes."I doubt that."

"Oh, really?" She stops in her tracks, her eyes fixed straight ahead. I follow her gaze, a sharp sense of dread creeping down my spine. A white rose is dangling from the vent in my locker.

A rose I know wasn't placed there by my grandfather.