Title: Oliver Twisted
Author: J D Sharpe
Publisher: Electric Monkey / Egmont
Published: Feb 2012
ISBN: 978 14052 5814 3
The use of red as the predominant colour on this is very eye catching, along with the gory looking skeletons and body parts floating in Olivers bowl - I'n sure this will be a hit with boys!!
Oliver twisted brings a brilliantly gorey twist to the classic and mingles it with warlocks, werewolves, knights and soul stealers, making this unlike any retelling of Oliver Twist I’ve ever read!
My favourite character is Dodge, whom Oliver is befriended by. The level of evil and goulishness is high in this (but then it is a teen book). I found that once I got over some of the descriptions (yes, I am a wuss and big softy at heart !!!!), that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
"Flesh," the woe-begotten moaned at Oliver, baring teeth which were ragged and black. "Flesh" came another moan, and he turned to see two more behind. They began to shuffle towards him, barefoot. The world according to Oliver Twisted is simple. Vampyres feed on the defenceless, orphans are sacrificed to hungry gods and if a woe-begotten catches your scent it will hunt you forever. On the advice of a corpse, Oliver flees his ghastly orphan life to seek his destiny in the dark streets of old
, despite the perils of the woe-begotten zombie-infested journey. There he meets the shadowy Dodger, the evil old soul-stealer Fagin, and the menacing Bill Sikes, who is more beast than man. But will Oliver Twisted be the world's salvation, or its downfall?! London Town
Source: Received from the publisher in return for an honest review.