Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Review: Olivia

Title Olivia

Series Choisie, book 2

Author Lori L. Otto

Release Date June 17, 2014

When devastating news brings an abrupt end to a romantic rendezvous, Livvy Holland struggles to accept the death of one of her closest mentors. Livvy’s artwork has always been an expression of her emotions, and avoiding the pain she feels from her recent loss makes painting seem impossible. Her inspiration gone, she devotes her attention to the future she’s planning with Jon Scott.

Blissfully happy in her own denial, all of Livvy’s free time has been given to the boy she’s always loved. Facing grown up decisions, she finds it hard to live up to her parents’ expectations of her as a daughter and an artist. Under her father’s constant scrutiny and persistent surveillance from curious paparazzi, Livvy finds it difficult to maintain the adult relationship she’s begun with Jon.

The changes in Livvy are evident to those closest to her, and a few that were once her allies begin to interfere with her personal life. This newfound attention – along with distractions that take Jon’s attention elsewhere – cause Livvy to question all the choices she’s made: what college she’ll attend, what man she should be with, and what she thought was her life’s purpose.

Livvy faces her greatest challenge when Jon’s unanticipated plans derail her own. Overwhelmed, confused, and longing to satisfy her own wants and needs, Livvy must endure more heartache before finding herself.

Lori Otto does something special. She creates a book that I can enjoy even I don't particularly like the main characters.

I probably shouldn't fault Livvy like I do. She's a teenage girl that's in love for the very first time. Of course her judgement isn't exactly sound. Of course she's going to the extreme with her love and absolute devotion to Jon. When I think about it in the mind frame of a teenage girl in love for the very first time (I was there once!), I understand. I can understand her reasonings and her actions. However, as someone that's more mature (god, I feel old when I say this...), she's acting irrational. Lori Otto writes Livvy's character so incredibly realistically that it drives me nuts! I mean this as a complete compliment. As far as Jon goes, I enjoyed her much more this time around. I feel like he's growing and changing into a man. Yes, he's still young and doesn't exactly express himself in the greatest ways, but he's growing up. I wish Livvy would do the same (the last chapter does show some growth, but I'm hoping for even more in future books).

Overall, I'm still greatly enjoying the Choisie series. Yeah, I can be frustrated with the characters for the majority of the book, but it's still a great story. The writing is absolutely fantastic and I love reading anything from Lori. I can't wait for the next book.


4 out of 5 stars

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