Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Choices AND Secrets by Liz Schulte

Secrets (Guardian Trilogy #1)

Synopsis:  While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, the abyss gazed back at her. She discovers mysterious men follow her around, people close to her are dying, and her dreams are no longer her own as she falls head over heels for a perfect stranger. A chance encounter leads to an obsession that could destroy everything she has ever known or loved. Olivia is about to find out there is a lot she doesn't know and sometimes what you don't know can kill you.

Review:  I really enjoyed Secrets  by Liz Schulte.  Olivia Martin is a genuinely good person - the kind of person that we all wish we could be.  She is a photographer and is excellent at reading people.  She meets Holden the yin to her yang - as dark as she is light as bad as she is good.  Though you can tell he is a dark character, he is very intriguing.  The paranormal aspect is different than the usual.  I enjoy reading books that have to do with dreams, and this one did so in a very interesting way.  I was really looking forward to book 2 which I review below.
Choices (Guardian Trilogy #2)

Synopsis:  Olivia Martin’s afterlife was more dangerous and confusing than her life ever was. She thought she was ready to come back, to forget about Holden and to let go of the rage consuming her. Fulfilling her destiny as a guardian was all that mattered—the past could stay hidden in the crevices of her mind. However, when guardians are murdered and the evidence points towards jinn, she has to do something. To save anyone’s future, Olivia will have to confront the one person from her past she is terrified to see.

Holden waited for Olivia with the hope he would see her one more time. But when she didn’t return, he found salvation in darkness. The black and twisted road made it easier to forget what he lost than to live with the memory of what he had. An unexpected promotion shoves him into a world of intoxicating power and influence. Holden will have to choose between his new life and the woman he thought was gone forever. 

From the ashes of Secrets, Choices are born that will change everything.

Review:  Choices picks up where Secrets left off.  Holden has been waiting for Olivia to come back, and hoping she will come back to him.  Olivia thinks Holden betrayed her.  Meanwhile, Olivia's mentor, Quintus, has fallen for Olivia - complicating things more.  Olivia has to come to grips with her feelings for Holden - a demonic jinn - while at the same time being trained as a Guardian - working for heaven.  

Liz Schulte captures the emotions of her characters.  She really has me rooting for Holden - even though he is "bad."  It was great to see Olivia grow further and start to realize her potential.  I cannot wait to read book 3 to see how the story ends.

About Liz Schulte:
Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn't always want to be an author. In fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more.

When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.

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