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Secrets

(The Guardian Trilogy #1)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,167 ratings  ·  175 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published November 19th 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Megan
Nov 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Secrets indeed! Blergh. Olivia is a (conveniently) self-employed photographer who is a bit of an introvert and a loner until two mysterious guys 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
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Phaedra Seabolt
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mindy
I am really starting to hate trilogies. I think this probably could have been a one book event, but instead it is 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 was going on (67% of the way through on my kindle), I was bored and was checking the snyopsis on Amazon to figure out what this book was supposed to be about (actually this was ...more
Ashley Lavering
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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 more! I have to say that the dreams were really cool and I loved Holden. I would have totally given this book four stars, but there was quite a bit of grammatical errors: words missing, misspelling character’s (Liv, Livi) and thing’s (Jinn, Jinni) names, and some confusing sentences. It pulled me out of the st
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Heidi R.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a great read!! I already started the 2nd book "Choices"!

Goodreads Synopsis:

While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, the Abyss 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 everythin
...more
Jen Rattie
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. I ripped through it when I got it to review. It was hard to get used to the narrative at first but after I did I was hooked. The characters are so vivid, I feel like an observer...not a reader.
Toni
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual read, but after I got into it I really enjoyed it. Needless to say I bought the next 2 books in the trilogy.
Andrew Leon
Secrets is a great 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 own.

The 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 th
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Kyra Halland
Exciting 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
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Joey Butcher
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
There were a ton of things I adored about this book. Number one was the characters. Even in a situation that 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 a great bad boy, you'll be swooning over Holden. Second, I loved the format of the book. It switches ba ...more
Alissa Chandler
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
The series story line is driven with the same conflicts good versus evil, and an impossible love story between two unlikely individuals. HOWEVER, that is where the similarities end. The concept is unique and keeps you interested from page one. I would recommend this to anyone that would like to read an original concept. In the realm of fantasy this series ties the impossible together with the human ability to feel, an unlikely presentation of selfishness, selflessness and sacrifice. I really lik ...more
Literary  Chanteuse
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This was an emotional and mysterious story that got me hooked early on and as the story progressed it just got better and better. I felt like it was different from other paranormal books I've read but in a positive sense. I was not overwhelmed by all sorts of paranormal creatures and concepts. It was one that kept you connected from beginning to end. The ending definitely sets you up for the following book in the series which I'm looking forward to reading.

I was provided a review copy courtesy o
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Megpie
2.5 Stars

I didn't like it but I didn't hate it. However for the price of being free it was a decent story to pass the time on my day off from work. I'm not sure I'll ever get to the sequal since this book didn't really pull enough interest from me but for the price of .99 cents you can get the whole trilogy on Amazon- ya can't beat that!
Sarah Delacueva
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the alternating narration between the main character Olivia and the mysterious man she is seemingly bound to, Holden. The book does a good job maintaining tension; from one chapter to the next we are never quite sure whether we can trust Holden. I found myself wanting to know more and I will probably pick up the second book in the series some day.
Scott Collins
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like the plot line of the story. Great idea. The characters are well defined as well and I like the way she flipped back and forth between their perspectives. Only real complaint is that I thought she held out on his real identity for a little longer than necessary. Can't complaint too much though as I enjoyed the read and am curious to see where she takes this. All SORTS of options. :)
Jess
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great! Totally fun read.
Shadow Stephens
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As always Liz takes us on an engaging roller coaster ride. She is a brilliant writer and I will recommend all her books.
Carrie
Admittedly, we as a book club are reading this trilogy because it felt like the lead in to another trilogy I've got queued up immediately following. That being said, I dove into this hoping for some good world building, character introduction and generally a good time.

This book starts the building of a world where demons and angels are real, but hidden. Olivia is a photographer who lives a somewhat solitary life, with the only exception being her friend Juliet. They live side-by-side in separat
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Amanda Mason
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't get enough of these series there are two separate series 3 books in each from each of the two main characters point of view, Adding the point of views of a few other characters as well. The author makes you fall in love with each of her characters! Thankfully she adds them to her other books & writes them their very own series . I personally loved how real and well explained her characters are. With their own back story filled with suspense , Liz Schultz keeps you hooked from beginning t ...more
Devin Lopez
I thought it was interesting. It started slow, especially with the POV switching to retell the exact same event in different perspective in the beginning, but then it picks up a little where we start to realize there is more to Holden, than we thought. However, it takes for ever to get to the point where we know what exactly is going on.

Liked the ending though. No triumphant party at the end. Bittersweet.
Lisha
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though a different slant on fantasy, it was definitely a love story. The alternate chapters on characters was good. I only don't like it when the author writes a book with intent on a sequel.
I'm not interested to read the next book.
Mcf1nder_sk
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of a push trying to get into the story, but about halfway through, the pacing of the story picked up and I could not put this book down. The questions this tale raises will either have the reader enthralled or annoyed. Relax, all questions are answered by the end.
Allison Galloway
An original story idea. I wish the story's climax would've come about sooner, but it was ultimately a good story.
Juliana
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I really enjoyed the story. The grammatical errors took away from the story but i sul enjoyed it. The author does a great job conveying the characters emotions.
Takiyah Dudley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I wasn't sure I'd like this at first but it quickly grew on me. not the greatest read but good enough to continue the series. plus a wonderful cliffhanger.
Ashley Robertson
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling paranormal romance I could not put down. Earlier in the week, I started reading Secrets with a pretty hefty TBR pile that I planned to get to right after I finished. But that’s not how it worked out. Once I finished Ms. Schulte’s spectacular, unique story, I had to have more, as I’m sure that was her intentions with the way Secrets ended. So I dove head first into Choices and devoured that book too. I think it’s safe to say I’ve found a new author that I love and a story that I conne ...more
Ashley Robertson
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
A thrilling paranormal romance I could not put down. Earlier in the week, I started reading Secrets with a pretty hefty TBR pile that I planned to get to right after I finished. But that’s not how it worked out. Once I finished Ms. Schulte’s spectacular, unique story, I had to have more, as I’m sure that was her intentions with the way Secrets ended. So I dove head first into Choices and devoured that book too. I think it’s safe to say I’ve found a new author that I love and a story that I conne ...more
Stacy Sabala
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, suspense
Book Review- Secrets by Liz Schulte

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 o
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Lizze Gorski
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets, written by Liz Schulte, is the first in the Guardian Trilogy. Set in St. Louis, Missouri, Secrets, is the story of Olivia Martin and how many seemingly random occurrences all wind up intricately woven together in the end.

Olivia is a shy photographer who happily exists in the shadow of her best friend, Juliet. She has her “perfect” apartment, her “dream” job, her best friend and her mother…life is “perfect”. Then fate intervenes and she meets Holden Smith. Suddenly, Olivia’s “perfect” l
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Sandra
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My main gripes were the pace, the evilness of the romantic lead, the imbalance in power between good and bad and the fact they this is going to be dragged out over a trilogy. I think it would have read much better if it was a stand alone.

I was intrigued and interested to start with but about a third of the way through I got impatient and started to skip ahead because I wanted the secrets ( which I had already figured out) about who Holden & Quinn are & why Olivia was so "special" to be revealed
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