As the sixth What Kids Are Reading report bemoans a tendency among secondary school students to read books that are too easy — suggesting that teachers and librarians aren't pushing challenging titles strongly enough to older kids — the organisers of World Book Day have announced a list that might serve as a corrective, or at least a useful source of ideas.
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The Writes of Passage list of popular books for young adults, voted for by 7, people across the UK, features a top 10 of books to help "shape and inspire" teenagers, and give them the empathic tools and words to handle some of the challenges of adolescence. The complete list of 50 features books to "help you understand you", "change the way you think" and "make you cry", as well as thrill, transport and scare you.
And it's quite substantial. The top 10 is also particularly heavy on books that have been made into films: Even James Bowen's A Streetcat Named Bob , perhaps the most surprising top 10 inclusion, might also make the leap — following a sustained spell on the bestseller lists, Bowen's agent has been in talks about a possible adaptation. The heartening story of Bob, the cat who helped straighten out the homeless busker he adopted, is one of the more recently published books on the list as it was only released in Bowen's clear, unsensational account of becoming slowly visible again after homelessness erased him from most people's view packs serious claws beneath the fluffy fur.
Some might be surprised, too, to see JK Rowling on a top 10 for teens. For me, the Harry Potter books are definitely more middle-grade fiction than young adult, but they're something of a special case, becoming more challenging and progressively darker throughout the series as Harry and his cohort grow up. And they've undoubtedly done an enormous amount to draw readers in , young and old, to some degree mitigating the notion that books are just for geeks or kids. He knew it was the right thing to do, and he did it out of love. Both are no-no's for Jinn. With the exception of his shattered heart, things are looking very well for Holden.
That all changes when he starts to feel her again, starts to hear her in his mind, and of course the fateful day Quin pays him a visit almost another year later to let him know, no strike that, to make accusations about the missing guardians. Can Olivia give up the love she feels for Holden? Was it all a lie, was it just a game? Can Quin get Olivia to understand what it means to be a Guardian without telling her, her own secret? Can the three of them work together to flush out those involved in the Guardian kidnapping plot? This is where you'll have to read it to find out!
I think Choices is a stellar mid point in this trilogy, and I was happy to read and review both books, but I really think you may find yourself asking a lot of questions if you just pick up Choices. 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 yes I checked as soon as I finished Secrets, because I knew I was in love with another trilogy!
Choices has twists and turns, a really suspenseful ending, and exceptional plot and character development. It's almost impossible to explain how her books added a level of actual feeling, it's not like you're just reading the story, but like you're watching it unfold in the audience. Very few authors possess this wonderful ability, and I am thankful for the experience!
Jul 28, Ashley Robertson rated it really liked it. A thrilling paranormal romance I could not put down. Once I finished Ms. So I dove head first into Choices and devoured that book too. Liv is different than your average twenty-something woman, but the suspense to learn why is perfectly crafted by Ms. And then when Holden makes a pretty big decision for Liv, my heart pretty much plummeted. But for me, he fails miserably. There is only one negative comment that I have—and it is nothing to do with the story.
I highly recommend both of these books to anyone looking for a different type of paranormal romance. You will not be disappointed. And I am anxiously awaiting the release of Consequences, the 3rd and final installment of this Guardian Trilogy. 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 Olivia, is Holden. The story revolves around loads of mystery and suspense…. Who is working for? Who is killing Guardians?
Quintus and Olivia are assigned to investigate. What will happen to Olivia if it is? Can Holden and Olivia ever make their relationship work? I have to tell you I am rooting for them!! Can Quintus help Olivia moved past her love for Holden, be the best Guardian she can be, while hiding his ever growing love for her? What I was really impressed with in this book Choices and Secrets is the way Liz actually paints a picture of the story.
You feel like an observer- you almost forget that you are reading a book. The characters are easily imagined, relatable and very vivid. This series has been a fabulous escape at night after a long day at work and mom-hood. I, for one, am holding my breathe for the last book of this trilogy Consequences. Jul 13, Theresa 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 In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't read the first book in this trilogy. Having said that, Choices by Liz Schulte is a great book with some new perspectives on the fantasy genre. The main character Olivia is not the do-gooder typical of the guardians as they are portrayed in this book.
She likes to do things her own way. She still has the empathy and compassion of a guardian like an guardian angel but she thinks independently and acts before she has all the details. I like her spunk and the spontaneity of the character. Of course, as with most protagonists she is exceptional in many ways. Her superior talents lead her into situations that require the ethical merits of a good guy and keep her one step ahead of trouble.
Ultimatly trouble finds her and I won't spoil the ending. Suffice it to say this is book two in a trilogy but Liz Schulte excels in character development. I look forward to more of these characters and the development of this storyline. Personally, I find Liz Schulte to be a fantastic author.
I want to read everything she writes. Her stories keep you guessing until the end and she inevitably surprises me. That is rare in an author and I love her work.
Apr 02, Lisa Markson rated it it was amazing. I just made her my new best friend. 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 returns that she would seek him out or her mom. I also loved the reintroduction of Femi who is a character in her short story Sweet Little Lies from the wonderful anthology book called Cupid Painted Blind. I love a good book that makes women the bad-ass hero's with assistance from men.
I would definitely run out and get her first book in the series Secrets then follow with Choices. Powell, Cait Lavender, and Stephanie Nelson. The third book continues the story of Olivia and Holden it is called Consequences. Thank you so much for the fantastic and easy flowing storyline with excitement and surprises around every corner. Choices is the continuing love story between lovely Olivia Liv — angelic guardian and handsome Holden demonic jinni. How could I not after reading this far?
She comes back to life as a fledgling guardian and is going through training in Choices is the continuing love story between lovely Olivia Liv — angelic guardian and handsome Holden demonic jinni. She comes back to life as a fledgling guardian and is going through training in this book. Quintus, also a repeat character from book one, is her guardian trainer who also has a crush on her. Liv is a rarity — a born guardian versus a bred one. It was her human destiny to become a guardian. In his grief over Olivia, Holden has worked his way to North American commander by committing even more evil acts.
He is cold and heartless in his attempts to get over killing his one great love. Choices takes these three main characters and weaves a story about what happens next. This is about good and evil, and the gray areas in between. Life is not always black and white. Opposites not only attract, but they can coexist. The entire Guardian Trilogy is well-worth reading! Sep 14, Teressa Morris rated it really liked it. 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 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. Look for at least one shocking reveal of someone from her past. But the underlying thread of the whole book is the unresolved relationship between Olivia and Holden. Holden's promotion has entrenched him firmly on the dark side, while Olivia's choice has planted her firmly on the side of light.
Now that she has made her decision, will they ever find each other? Will they even be allowed the relationship they both desired and do they both still want it? All the uncertainty makes for an awesome story line. I'd like to tell you it's completely resolved by the end of the book.
All I can tell you is you will get some answers, but for the rest, you'll have to wait for Book 3, Consequences, coming in the fall of Aug 01, Mindy rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 So a human, a jinni, a guardian angel, and a demon walk into a bar…. In the book Secrets, Olivia falls in love with tall, dark, and brooding Holden, who turns out to be a kind of demi-demon. Because of her destiny to choose or not choose to be a guardian, her ex-boyfriend is killed for planning to do her harm and then her best friend is killed. All these killings are to keep her from becoming a guardian, but Olivia refuses to choose.
This book is really intense at times. Even after death she is incapable of choosing. I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. Mar 01, Ragne rated it it was ok Shelves: Another page-turner, mostly because it's such an easy read.
A few things are really starting to bug me. If your life is THAT horrible, why choose to come back? Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. What happened to the time difference between Rome and the US? How is it the same time in both places? Please, find a globe. 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! And some other stuff, but I will stop listing them, as I will only focus on them, and I want to read the last book without being too frustrated. Lastly, something which does not have to do with the book, but may explain why it is written in a way I don't really like: Why the frack does the author, in her profile picture on Goodreads, pose with a duck face?!
You write books as a living! Stop making yourself look incredibly stupid! OK, that was my little rant. It needed to be said. Jan 08, Heidi R.
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I can't believe how much I am enjoying this trilogy! On to book 3!! However, when guardians are murdered and the evidence point I can't believe how much I am enjoying this trilogy!
Apr 25, Rae Ryans 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!
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It will leave you craving the final leg of the story which sadly isn't out till Fall yes I checked as soon as I finished Secrets, because I knew I was in love with anot 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! Choices has twists and turns, a really suspenseful ending as well as an exceptional plot and wonderful character development.
Apr 10, Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it Shelves: The thing with sequels is that, it usually gets difficult for the author to live up to the expectations set by the first book. 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. Otherwise you may find yourself doing a lot of wondering and ask The thing with sequels is that, it usually gets difficult for the author to live up to the expectations set by the first book.
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Otherwise you may find yourself doing a lot of wondering and asking a lot of questions. The characterization remains to be one of the strengths of the plot. The dialogue delivery was better in this book. And yes, there are a hell lot of twists to keep you turning the pages. Dec 22, Amber Carlyle rated it really liked it.
I'm giving this 4 stars, but I'd probably rate it a 3. 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 I'm giving this 4 stars, but I'd probably rate it a 3.
It would be nice if the chapters were headed by a symbol for the character, or perhaps the initial of the character. 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 I enjoyed the second installment. The elders also have an interest in her, making you wonder what is in store for Olivia. I am looking forward to reading the final installment, and to seeing who gets their HEA in the end.
Mar 27, Lisa Rayns rated it it was amazing. It is a must read! I rave about this series to everyone. Secrets and Choices are both filled with amazing dialogue, heart-pounding action, high stakes suspense, and I love all that, but Holden has me wrapped around his pinky…hooked!
Choices (The Guardian Trilogy, #2) by Liz Schulte
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.
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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 I Love Books review This book is a little on the boring side. Even with the few drawn backs to this book I will still continue to read this series. Dec 08, Alissa Chandler rated it liked it Shelves: The series story line is driven with the same conflicts good versus evil, and an impossible love story between two unlikely individuals. 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.