Secrets (the Guardian Trilogy #1), by Liz Schulte
and entertaining paranormal suspense/romance. 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 choice.
This 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 story.
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 get the other
character's reflections and reaction as the story moves on. I thought
that was very well done.
The characters of Holden and Olivia and
engaging and likable, as is Olivia's best friend Juliet. The other
mysterious guy involved, Quintus, doesn't have quite as much
personality, he seems kind of smug and perfect, but that seems to be on
purpose - he's supposedly a force for 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
fantasy/paranormal (though I'll admit I haven't read a lot in the genre)
- 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
There's some pretty depressing stuff that happens in the
book, which made it a little hard to get through, and the ending is
inconclusive. But I enjoyed it enough to download the sample for the
next book right away.
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