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Choices

(The Guardian Trilogy #2)

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Hearts break. Loved ones are lost. Life keeps moving.

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 guard
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Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published March 26th 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feminista
Mar 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
What's one sure way of pissing me off?

By writing about a cheating bastard.

What an ugly way to end a wonderful day. This series just ruined today for me.
Allie Bock
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Secrets ended on a cliff hanger and Choices pick up right where it left off. If you haven’t read the first book and want to, please stop here. The following will contain mild spoilers for Secrets.

Whereas the first book was written in a dual POV, this book is written from many different perspectives; yet, it is not confusing. Of course, we get to see Holden’s and Olivia’s prespective. We also get to see into the mind of Quintus. He was introduced in the first book as Olivia’s guardian, and we go
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Carrie
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I'm pretty sure I liked this book more than the previous one, but it almost felt like a completely different world, so be prepared.

This book doesn't start right up after the events of the previous one, but instead there is a bit of a lag between them. Olivia ends up a guardian, paired with Quintus for training. Holden goes super dark and ends up leading a division of baddies. The book is spent almost entirely with them separate from one another, which I actually enjoyed. Holden gets to be bad wi
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Jamie
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But if not for the fact that I know Schulte's style improved (read Knead to Know series first), I don't think I would have finished this book. The timing between character switches was weird and threw me off repeatedly, and it would take me a paragraph or two to realize the character voice had changed. I feel like the plot of this book could have been covered in a short story. And the big reveal at the end? None of the characters seem to even care, other ...more
Allison Galloway
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Phaedra Seabolt
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story was hard to read at times because it switches between three different main perspectives. Once I got used to it and realized that each chapter was from a different person, it was really cool. I enjoy getting to find out how different characters view what is happening in the story. If you have read most of my character interviews, you know that I very rarely pick the main character to ask questions. I wouldn't need to do that for this story since you get Olivia, Holden, AND Quintus's vi ...more
Rae Ryans
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ashley Robertson
Jul 28, 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
Jen Rattie
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time in the first book Secrets at first trying to keep up with the story since it changes from 2 different character’s perspectives. Although it was my favorite part of the last Twilight book, I wasn’t used to Liz Shulte’s style of writing. By the 3rd chapter of the book I got used to it quickly and I was immediately hooked. This book Choices has three different characters perspectives but because I was already used to her style I caught on quickly.

My favorite character, besides Ol
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Theresa
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't read the first book in this trilogy. Not that I didn't want to but things got a little messy and it just wasn't possible. I'm sorry I missed it because I really could not put this book down. There were some instances during the story that I felt a little lost but there was enough background offered that I finally understood what was happening. You can avoid that by reading Secrets first.

Having said that, Choices by Liz Schulte is a great book with som
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Lisa Markson
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Choices by Liz Schulte 

My opinion of this second book in this series Choices by Liz Schulte can be summed up in one word FANTASTIC.  I just made her my new best friend.  In the Twilight series you have Team Edward and Team Jacob but in Choices you get the same type of triangle Team Quintus and Team Holden.  I for one am Team Holden he is one hot Jinn.  In this second book they are waiting for Olivia to return.  Holden who is evil is haunted by the love that he had for her thinking when she retur
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Teressa Morris
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had already read Secrets, Book 1 of Liz Schulte's Guardian Trilogy, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was very excited for the sequel. Choices definitely did not disappoint. The part I enjoyed the most was learning what it takes to be a guardian, right along with Olivia, and to watch her clumsy attempts at manipulating light and her heartfelt insights into the lives of those she is charged to help.

Not everyone in Olivia's life is as admirable as she sees them. Look for at least one shocking reve
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Ragne
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cross-over, ya
Another page-turner, mostly because it's such an easy read.
A few things are really starting to bug me.
1. If your life is THAT horrible, why choose to come back?
2. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Gah!
3. What happened to the time difference between Rome and the US? How is it the same time in both places? Please, find a globe.
4. Girl, get over him! Yes, I know the magical mind-link is still there, but seriously! Actually, I should probably say "Boy, get over her!", as he is the one who h
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Heidi R.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can't believe how much I am enjoying this trilogy! On to book 3!!

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hearts break. Loved ones are lost. Life keeps moving.

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 point
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Mindy
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
So a human, a jinni, a guardian angel, and a demon walk into a bar…. Actually that would be the beginning of a bad joke. But all those characters are in this book. The basic premis of this story is what would happen if a Jinni (person who made a deal for their soul with a demon) who was cursed to do the bidding of hell for eternity fell in love with a human born to be a powerful guardian angel when they died.

In the book Secrets, Olivia falls in love with tall, dark, and brooding Holden, who tu
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Rae Ryans
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think Choices is a stellar mid point in this trilogy, and I was happy to read and review both books courtesy of Promotional Book Tours, but I really think you may find yourself asking a lot of questions if you just pick up Choices (hint-hint!). If you've already read Secrets, than this one will not disappoint you one bit. It will leave you craving the final leg of the story which sadly isn't out till Fall 2012 (yes I checked as soon as I finished Secrets, because I knew I was in love with anot ...more
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The thing with sequels is that, it usually gets difficult for the author to live up to the expectations set by the first book. Ms.Schulte has definitely delivered a sequel that’s as good as the first one – if not better.

I am finding it really difficult to review this second book in the trilogy without giving out much spoilers. So, I will keep it really short. The first thing about ‘Choices’ is that you need to read ‘Secrets’ first. Otherwise you may find yourself doing a lot of wondering and ask
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Amber Carlyle
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this 4 stars, but I'd probably rate it a 3.5 overall.

The book builds nicely from where the first book Choices leaves off, and its interesting to see where and how the characters progress. The world building for the Abyss is really spectacular, and one of the biggest strengths of the book and series. The addition of Femi is a nice touch.

My biggest complaint is the POV for the chapters. I like that we get three different characters, but each chapter is from the first person. It would
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Francesca
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the second installment. We get a new perspective in this book, that of Quintus, and I loved it. I was never once confused by reading three point of views. It enhanced the book in my opinion. I always find myself rooting for the underdog, in this case Quintus, but I have a feeling he will not be so lucky in the end. We see Olivia in training as a guardian, and she has skills which surpass the other guardians. The elders also have an interest in her, making you wonder what is in store fo ...more
Lisa Rayns
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been completely HOOKED on this series since Chapter 2 of Secrets. It is a must read! I rave about this series to everyone. Why? I’m in love with her “Bad Boy” Holden Smith.

I love Liz’s writing style and her unique ability to draw me in and hold me until the last page. All her books, I read in one sitting because I simply CANNOT put them down. Secrets and Choices are both filled with amazing dialogue, heart-pounding action, high stakes suspense, and I love all that, but Holden has me wrappe
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Dawn Hagan
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Love Books review

This book is a little on the boring side. The two main characters, Liv and Olden are separated till the very end of the book. The author has a habit of writing each chapter in a different view point, which can get very confusing. Plus she also repeats herself and its kinda of annoying. I do love the storyline and her characters have a lot of depth. The heroin is not some perfect woman, she is full of mistakes and regrets which make her so much more real. Even with the few draw
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Alissa Chandler
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This sequel definitely lived up to it's expectation. The author leads the reader alongside the characters through confusion and emotions very well. I really like the writing style. This one took a little slower pace in the beginning but towards the end the excitement picks up and we are left once more with anticipation for the final book of the series.

I was provided a review copy courtesy of Promotional Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Kassie Koller
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This series is seriously one of my favorites. Actually, the entire fictional universe this author created is one of my favorites.

Olivia Martin is a character after my own heart. Good-natured, but stubborn and sometime vengeful, she handles all of her problems in the best way she can, in her beautifully flawed way. Holden, on the other hand, is a bit of a tool. He is, however, the perfect match to Olivia.
Nicole Warner
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This trilogy was awesome! The whole read was a roller coaster of emotions! I no point did I want to stop reading this trilogy! I was sucked into this amazing world from the first few pages. A wonderfully laid out story that kept me wanting more. The supporting characters truly made this story. One of my favorite stories involving the underworld. I read this as my "trilogy" for the 2015 Reading Challenge! :)
Kara Sjoblom-Bay
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first book (Secrets) felt a little slow to me, so I am glad I went on to the second book, which is a lot livelier. There's a lot more action in Choices, and I felt like I got to know the main characters a lot better in this one. I like that Schulte leaves you with mixed feelings about the characters - no one is all good, and no one is all evil (at least in terms of the main characters). I'm looking forward to the imminent (I hope) release of the final book in the trilogy, Consequences.
Julie
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Three stars for this book. I enjoyed the first in the trilogy, and this second was also good, but it left me just a little with the feeling that it was simply tying together books 1 and 3, with not a great deal of plot development in itself. As for book 1, the characters were interesting, and unresolved questions kept the reader intrigued about where the story was going. Will definitely read book 3 to find out the answers.
Angela
AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! I so love this series. I rarely give 5 stars, it has to be one of those books, that I dread ending. I kept putting it down, because I didn't want it to end. I am really looking forward to the next one, but dreading it at the same time. I don't want it to end. Holden is one of my very favorite characters and I adore Olivia. Quintus really got on my nerves though, but that's good, if there isn't someone in a book that gets on your nerves, it would be boring.
Lea
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I got this one for free off Amazon (its still free). and I was in-between books so I thought I would give it a try. Its a typical story.. Opposites attract, forbidden love, controlling guy. Which is why I read all three books in 3 days - (they are pretty short. Sometimes it reminded me of Charmed (the tv show) but I tried to push that aside. I found I was reading them just to see what happened.
C. Patt
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This roller coaster of a follow up to the Guardian Series: Secrets does NOT disappoint. Sometimes you get a "book 2" in a trilogy that will stall out, but that is most certainly not the case here. Repeatedly read and re-read by me, does not get old, only brings to life "old" friends. Suspenseful and captivating.
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