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Review: Secrets (The Guardian Trilogy #1) by Liz Schulte



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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.

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In this first book in the Guardian series, Olivia Martin is out with her best friend Juliet.  She is at a bar trying to cheer Juliet up.  She is forced to converse with a creepy guy.  It’s going to be a long night.
Once she can finally escape she bumps into a strange man as she leaves the club.  There is something about him.  He seems scary but they can’t take their eyes off of each other.  He eventually enters the club and she heads home with Juliet.  She feels eyes on her as they walk home.  It creeps her out a bit.  For the next few days she can’t stop thinking about him.  She even dreams about him.
Holden is not want he seems.  In fact when Olivia dreams of him, he is actually there.  She has entered his mind.  He is shocked.  She shouldn’t be able to affect him like this.  Rules are he should kill her.  Yet he can’t do it.  She intrigues him.
Unknown to Olivia, Holden isn’t what he seems, in fact, neither is she.  Another strange man enters her life.  She is now the target of demons as they try to change her destiny.  Holden has to decide what side he is on.
This book was interesting and I was instantly pulled in.  I couldn’t put it down as the story evolved.  I really liked Olivia.  She was smart and I loved that she was a photographer.  When she went out with her best friend they created a good balance for the characters.
Once Holden enters the picture things get really interesting.  You know he isn’t exactly a nice person.  He keeps trying to talk himself into killing her after his first encounter with her.  I like how the author creates situations where Olivia and Holden come together.  They have no idea what to really do with each other.
 The dreams are a bit confusing. The part of the story where Olivia had strange dreams about Holden pretty much started it all but I had a hard time following what the dream sequence was.  They came across to be as too bizarre.  I was along with Olivia as she tried to figure out what was going on. 
The story took a turn for me when Olivia freaked out.  I was surprised at that turn of events.  The author made her seem so calm throughout most of the story. However when she ran away and became so judgmental I was disappointed. I didn’t like her as well.

I did like Holden more as the story evolved.  He got better the longer he was around her.  I liked watching how the author created his change.  Unfortunately it was the first book in a trilogy and I didn’t like how it ended.  It sets things up for the next book but the ending was a bit extreme in that sense.  Great read and I give it a 4 out of 5.




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