EBOOK Secrets The Guardian Trilogy #1
Secrets indeed Blergh Olivia is a conveniently self employed photographer who is a bit of an introvert and a loner until two mysterious uys show up in her life and make mysterious statements all the while mysterious things start to happen to and around Oliva Around page 134 of this 207 page book we readers are finally clued into the nature of the paranormal activity but at this point I was pretty much beyond caring This book consists of one chapter of events from Olivia s point of view followed by a chapter of the exact same events from Holden s aka Mysterious Guy 1 point of view The exact same events As in the same dialogue and action you had previously read Only from another point of view Is that irritating here It is super irritating and beyond boring once you realize that Olivia and Holden have incredibly similar voices There are a few other characters Juliet Olivia s bff uintus Mysterious 2 Olivia s mom and an ex boyfriend We are told about these people s personalities but never really see them through the dialogue And there is a ton of dialogue People in this novel have conversations spanning two or three pages at a time and while I felt the language to be realistic it made me realize the beauty of brevity That is unless there is flirting action danger intellectual discussion or something exciting I really don t need nor care to be privy to every word a character uttersLiz Schulte like many UF authors has some interesting ideas Unfortunately the execution was not captivating enough to inspire me to read this series further I am really starting to hate trilogies I think this probably could have been a one book event but instead it is Štěky Broka Špindíry going to be painfully drawn across three books The sad thing is that I started out really liking the book and being intrigued Unfortunately the pacing was so bad that by the time there was a clue about what wasoing on 67% of the way through on my kindle I was bored and was checking the snyopsis on to figure out what this book was supposed to be about actually this was somewhere around 40% of the way through The only The Blackmailed Secretary good thing At least there wasn t a love triangleMaybe with aood editor to really cut the unnecessary bits this would have been a If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, good book but as it is I will not be reading the next books I had no idea what this series was about usually I ll read the synopsis first but just I dove in on this one It s areat read I already started the 2nd book ChoicesGoodreads Synopsis While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera the Abyss Improve Your Communication Skills gazed back at her 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 Not my usual read but after Iot into it I really enjoyed it Needless to say I bought the next 2 books in the trilogy Exciting and entertaining paranormal suspenseromance After Olivia has a chance encounter with a handsome compelling stranger frightening and tragic things begin to happen all around her In the meantime she and the stranger find themselves irresistably attracted to each other against both their better judgments and Olivia is faced with a destiny she doesn t want and a heartbreaking choiceThis kept me reading to find out what happens next It s clear from the beginning that Holden is no ordinary human the hints and suggestions that are dropped during the chapters in Holden s point of view make an entertaining puzzle and for me the big reveal comes at exactly the right point in the storyI liked the alternating sections in Olivia s and Holden s points of view overlapping so we see the events of the story through each character s eyes Most scenes aren t repeated usually it s done so that a chapter takes place in one character s point of view then the next chapter overlaps the end of that bit of the action so we Decadent (Wicked Lovers get the other character s reflections and reaction as the story moves on I thought that was very well doneThe characters of Holden and Olivia and engaging and likable as is Olivia s best friend Juliet The other mysteriousuy involved uintus doesn t have uite as much personality he seems kind of smug and perfect but that seems to be on purpose he s supposedly a force for When Digital Becomes Human good but without real empathy for human emotions I did have a little trouble with Olivia she seemd kind of stubborn and prickly with a tendency to sometimes make not very smart decisions This is something I ve noticed in contemporary urban fantasyparanormal though I ll admit I haven t read a lot in theenre orneryness being used to show that a female character is strong However I did like how thoughtful she is in evaluating the realities of who Holden is and if she can deal with that And I liked it that when confronted with Holden s supernatural identity she was able to accept it without denying what s been right in front of her all along It bugs me when characters refuse to accept the magic or supernatural things that are happening even when they see them happening right in front of themThere s some pretty depressing stuff that. While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera the abyss azed back at her She discovers mysterious men follow her around people close to her ar.
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EBOOK Secrets The Guardian Trilogy #1
Eate some tension4 Traumatic death of a loved one5 Enigmatic mentor who never tells her anything useful other than that she s specialYeah it s ot it all Actually it s worse than what I m saying too because the female protagonist who hasn t been in a relationship for over a year finds herself instantly infatuated with two men at the exact same time What are the odds Is the sarcasm coming through She immediately begins acting in ways that are just not her Of course we don t know that other than that she tells us that she never does this kind of thingThere are two things hereWe have to take Olivia s word about things way too often The author never shows us how Olivia supposedly really is For instance when uintus tells her that she s been born this uardian the first one in 2000 years so she s mega special he says to her something along the lines of Haven t you always been a loner Someone on the outside looking in But we never see that about Olivia In the book she has an awesome best friend who has been with her since middle school that doesn t sound like a loner and she s uite adept at being a socialite so none of that stuff rings true in the book it reminded me of Percy Jackson and how at least in The Lightning Thief he is constantly telling the audience he s one thing a rebel and troublemaker while acting completely the oppositeIt s uite difficult to take uintus as a love interest seriously since Holden is the one offering the alternate perspective to Olivia s To put it another way uintus is never a credible threatAnd speaking of vampires Holden is Vampire Lite It s like the author really wanted to do a vampire story but she also wanted her vampires to be able to o out in the daylight so she just calls them jinn instead Or jinni She seems to use the terms interchangeably and they have nothing to do with the actual jinn mythology It s just a word she uses which actually bothers me If you re not basing it on the actual thing make up a word or you know make your vampires all sparkly Oh and jinn have demons in them that operate much the way Whedon s vampires do without the actual changing into vampiresPerhaps the thing that bothered me most though is the sudden inexplicable telepathic bond Olivia and Holden develop It s all very much we love each other so much we know each other s thoughts We re just made for each other Two halves of the same soul Yeah I want to De Brandende Brug (De Grijze Jager, go wash my mouth out from just typing that So yeah their connection is so deep that they spontaneously develop the ability to read each other s minds And yet at the end even though Olivia has been inside Holden s mind she doubts whether he really loves her and thinks that maybe he s just been using her the whole timeMostly I just found the book tedious There s nothing in it that hasn t been done elsewhere and done much better If it had been well edited or just edited I might even would say If this is the kind of thing you like cliche love at first sight storiesive it a read as it is I can t say that Evidently though based on the other reviews and ratings most people don t care about that kind of thing so I Humanizing Big Data guess if you like cliche love at first sight paranormalish love stories and don t mind badrammar and poor punctuation Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, give it a read I won t beoing on to the next book thoughWhich reminds me Considering the cliffhanger ending which I won t spoil it shows how much this book didn t hold my attention because I don t care what happens enough to endure another of these books The two stars I m Scoring Points giving it is me beingenerous I d say it s a 15 star book I didn t hate it There were a ton of things I adored about this book Number one was the characters Even in a situation that Life Is Unfair (Malcolm in the Middle, goes above our own comprehension of reality Liz managed to create believable lovable characters that you will celebrate in their triumphs and sob in their defeat The friendship between Olivia and Juliet almost reflected perfectly the relationship between M and myself And if you love areat bad boy you ll be swooning over Holden Second I loved the format of the book It switches back and forth from Olivia to Holden s perspective which ives so much of an understanding and insight From Olivia s side where she s fighting to figure out what s oing on to Holden s where he struggles with himself and how to deal with his newfound emotionsBut what do you do when you re faced with only three decisions about the direction of your life and none of them seem to be in your best interest That is exactly where Liv finds herself and her decision is one that truly exceeds anything I think I could handle if placed in her situationIt was a bit frustrating The Billionaires New Assistant (The New Dominators, going through the book not knowing what wasoing on with the underlining story but with a title like Secrets you can t ask for much else But when the truth bursts through and comes to light it s a pretty awesome spin on the paranormal Witch, Cat, and Cobb genre I want too into so many details but I don t want to Quinn (Wyoming Sky, give anything away about this novel because this is one you absolutely want to read I m very happy Liz decided to take her hand at writing the paranormalenre and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Estroy 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
Happens in the book which made it a little hard to et through and the ending is inconclusive But I enjoyed it enough to download the sample for the next book right away The first thing I want to say about the book is I love the different perspectives for each chapter There really are two main characters instead of the normal single main character You have Olivia as main female and Holden as the main male It is obvious since they alternate perspectives every other chapter that their destinies are intertwined Olivia is a photographer with an unnatural ability to read people She can figure out who they are in a matter of minutes She can see their desires and tell when they lie She is also a very trusting person even though she only has one really ood friend and her mother She buries herself in her photographs which tend to capture the essence of the person just as she is able to read them herself Where Olivia is the light Holden if her opposite He is withdrawn and bored with life He has no friends and doesn t even want any He can read people s emotions as well but he s better at affecting their emotionsThe bulk of this story is about how Olivia s life is pretty much destroyed People she cared about current or not are killing themselves for no reason that she can understand Holden keeps popping into her life which is leading her on but then he pushes her away He tends to act like he wants to be with her but as soon as they start A Cinderella Christmas Carol (Suddenly Cinderella, getting close to one another he leaves He won t answer any of her uestions You don t find out what Holden is until the book is almost over or why there is someone out to kill Olivia The suspense will keep you turning the pages and you will lose hours waiting for the ball to drop It s exciting if not sometimes depressing due to the amount ofrief Olivia My Fair Temptress (Governess Brides, goes through and well worth readingRead reviews at My thoughts Liz can really write a dark character that you fall in love with I was so engrossed with what would happen next that it carried my happily to the end where I was begging for I have to say that the dreams were really cool and I loved Holden I would have totallyiven this book fou This book was fantastic I ripped through it when I The Magic Talisman (A Rick Brant Science Adventure Series, got it to review It was hard toet used to the narrative at first but after I did I was hooked The characters are so vivid I feel like an observernot a reader Secrets is a reat example of how even a poorly written novel can be popular And when I say poorly written I mean it on just about every level that you can mean it Still though it s better than Snow Crash but then Snow Crash is a level of stupidity all its ownThe first and most obvious issue the book has is that it needed an editor This may be the most poorly edited book I ve ever read There were misspellings homophones tense issues missing words wrong words above and beyond the homophones which are technically wrong words missing letters wrong letters um did I cover everything I m not actually sure And it s not that there were these things it s that there were these things on every page And not that there was like one per page it was a handful per page And I haven t even mentioned the punctuation oh wait there I did Let me just say and not just to whomever edited the book I m assuming the author but I don t know that but to everyone because this is becoming a real peeve of mine a dash is not a catchall piece of punctuation You can t just stick in a dash either kind because you feel like it Dashes have a purpose and they are much limited than most people think Let me just put it like this uit using dashes Seriously There were punctuation issues than just the dashes but it was like someone just sneezed dashes all in the bookAt any rate if editing is an issue for you don t attempt this book because you will want to pull out a red pen and mark all over your Kindle screen or whatever screenThe next issue is that it s first person but not just first person It s written from two different first person perspectives in alternating chapters Which in and of itself isn t an issue I mean I ve done that so who am I to complain right except that both perspectives are written in exactly the same voice There is nothing to differentiate them and especially considering one is male and one is female there ought to be some differentiation The author doesn t even bother to ive us alternate perspectives on the same event once we et past the first few chapters For the most part they just pick up where the other left off or show us what is happening where the other character isn t Not to mention the fact that spoiler alert during the climax when Olivia starts to doubt Holden there is no suspense because we ve been in Holden s head the whole book and so has she actually for part of it and we know how he feels about herMore spoiler alertThe story itself is pretty typical in fact I felt like I was watching a cheap knockoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer through most of the book So let s see1 Female protagonist born with a hidden destiny that she doesn t know about2 Bad boy romantic interest whom only she can save and turn to the light3 Good boy romantic interest to cr. E 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
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 reali