Saturday, September 24, 2016

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: 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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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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My Review Olivia Decoded:

Olivia is back Yay! She is living with her grandfather now. It has been eight months since she has seen Jack “Z” and Sam. Jack and Olivia decided with living so far apart they would not try to have a relationship. That way they could spend all their time concentrating on school, graduating and then college. Olivia misses Jack but this is for the best for both of them. They have been through a lot in the past and they both need to grow and move on and leave the past behind if possible.

Jack misses Olivia something fierce but he knows living with her grandfather is the best thing for Olivia right now is to be with family. Besides he still has a lot on his plate that he needs to deal with before he can be with her. Jack wants and knows that his family at the group home and still needs him to help out with things like food, clothes, bills...ect.

Jack also still has this problem hanging over him. Yeah Jack is having a hard time with hacking. He is not quite ready to give it up and Olivia knows this and that is why she has let him go so he can deal with it. She can’t make him do it he has to do it on his own.

But when Olivia starts receiving gifts from a secret admirer on Valentine’s Day she turns to Jack and Sam for help. At first she thinks the gifts are from her grandfather but when he tells her that he didn’t send them. She then thinks they are from Jack and that is why she contacts him in the beginning.

Now the race is on to find out who is sending her gifts and stalking her. The question is who would want to hurt her? Why are they sending her gifts? What do they want with her? Can Olivia, Jack and Sam find out who is stalking her before it is too late and someone ends up dead?

If I was asked to choose which book I liked the best, Olivia Twisted or Olivia Decoded I don’t think I could. I loved both of them equally and am so glad I had the opportunity to read them. I think I cried just as much or more with Olivia Decoded as I did with Olivia Twisted. I loved the computer stuff and hacking in both books but I also loved reading about Olivia and her life. I loved Jack and Sam’s story too although I would like to have known more about Jack. What is his story? What is Sam’s story? I would love to have known more about a lot of the characters. What about Maggie? What is her story as well? And then there is Nancy, Dutch, Jen and all the other kids at the group home.

I am so glad that I got to read both Olivia Decoded and Olivia Twisted and I hope this is not the last I have seen of Olivia, Jack and all of their friends. If you have not read Olivia and Jack’s story yet; then I would like to suggest that you do but I would say start with Olivia Twisted first as you don’t want to miss how it all started. 

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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A signed copy of Olivia Decoded + a $25 Amazon Gift Card

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.


Audrey Stewart said...

I am so excited to read this book!