Olivia's Choice by Taylor Grace

Olivia's Choice

When her boss asks her to complete a project that takes her back to the annax city, Olivia’s lifelong avoidance of the race comes to an abrupt end. The last thing she needs is the arrogant son of the annax leader as a co-worker. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she gets. To make matters worse, the pesky tionnax, sworn annax enemies, decide to butt in and capture Olivia. They hurt her so badly that Baphrem can only save her by turning her into what she fears most, an annax. Now, Olivia has to decide: can she love the man who made her worst nightmare come true?


Olivia ran from her past and took refuge in a human foster home with loving but very religious parents. I could tell right from the beginning something wasn't right and she just didn't fit. Once she was forced to return to the annax world she fought her roots and wanted to shape her own destiny. She went through seemingly insurmountable odds to figure out exactly what she was and where she belonged. Baphrem did everything in his power to claim her but his strong sense of right forced him to let her make her own decisions.

There were many great aspects of this book.
The main characters were strong and stubborn, but vulnerable in their own ways. They were interesting and intelligent. They had a spark between them that they couldn't overcome. (Some of their interactions seemed a bit childish or over the top - but for the most part it was entertaining.)
The annax world was fascinating in some respects, the trees and nature - the connection which annax people found.
The jakkars - a very sensually creative twist, even though I didn't really understand what they were- or how meaningful they were, until Olivia had hers.
And Bill - what can I say? Even the annax had their enemies. He was a great villain. He took advice from squirrels and had his own tortuous little world going on inside his head. I could almost feel sorry for the evil menace. He was a great addition to the story.

With all its positive points, it still had parts that felt stagnant and didn't seem to fit well with the rest of the book. The book truly and honestly needs another go round on the editing. There were many typos, missing words, and superfluous words. I think with strong editing the book would be at least 4 stars.

I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This review was originally written for The Bookie Monster


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