Contessa (Choisie #1) by Lori Otto: Review

Contessa (Choisie #1) by Lori Otto: ReviewContessa by Lori Otto
Series: Choisie #1
on August 6th, 2014
Pages: 462

Book one of the YA/New Adult Choisie series by the author of Emi Lost & Found!

When she was four, a generous couple welcomed orphan Olivia Sophia into their lives. As she grew up, her parents made good decisions for her, raising “Livvy” to be an intelligent and creative young girl. Now sixteen, three people influence many of her choices: her first love, her second father, and a third man who speaks to her through his artwork.

Livvy’s father is practical and steadfast; even-tempered and quietly observant. She’s an artist who acts on her emotions and thrives on attention. Unhappy with their differences– and misunderstanding her father’s methods– Livvy chooses to focus on the similarities she shares with an enigmatic painter from her mother’s past. Her overactive imagination leads her down an obsessive path– one that only stands to hurt everyone around her.

The distraction of a new boyfriend has the potential to end her search and reunite her family, but his involvement in her life could be just as devastating, taking Livvy away from her father for good.

Leary says…

This is not your typical romance book and it’s definitely not your typical YA book either. If you’ve read anything by Lori Otto then you know exactly what I’m talking about! If you haven’t read anything by Lori then I highly suggest you turn your butt around and read the Emi Lost & Found series before you pick up the Choisie series. This book is the story of Olivia who was adopted by Emi and Jack from the Emi Lost & Found series. As you can probably tell, Choisie is a spin off from Emi Lost & Found and I truly believe to get the full impact of the story you need to read about Emi first.

Anywho, as I was saying..this book isn’t your typical love story – even though there is a definite love interest and love story between Livvy and Jon the story was covered more of the love between a father and his daughter. I felt all the outpouring of love that Jack had for his Contessa no matter how much teenage hatred she would throw his way. This is definitely a four person love story…no, not one of those. Just trust me in this, there are three men that play a HUGE role in Livvy’s life, Jon, Jack, and Nate. If you’ve read L&F series then you know who I’m talking about.

There were definite points throughout the book that Olivia drove me insane. I had a hard time connecting with her at first but when I started thinking back to the way that I reacted to things when I was a teenager I could see situations through her mind. I know that she acted extremely immature in many aspects of the book but there were deeper things happening in her mind, things she was having a hard time coping with on top of the normal teenage problems. I am crossing my fingers that I see some maturity growth in the next books in the series!

I absolutely loved how artistic Livvy was, it reminded me so much of Nate. What I loved even more with this book was being able to spend more time with characters that I fell in love with in the L&F series! No matter how much Emi drove me bat shit crazy, I will always love her for the struggles she overcame and the person she turned into. I loved seeing Emi and Jack as parents; the relationship between Jack and Livvy completely broke my heart but the love that Jack had for her was so strong and so pure that my heart didn’t completely shatter! I’m not going to go into detail on how Nate plays a role in Livvy’s life, you need to read the story to find out how there’s a connection.

Onto the next book in the series!!


Choisie Series Order
#1 Contessa • #2 Olivia • #3 Dear Jon • #4 Livvy

Emi Lost & Found Series Order
Emi Lost & Found Bundle
#1 Lost & Found • #2 Time Stands Still • #3 Never Look Back

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About Lori Otto

After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Lori Otto worked in the billboard industry for ten years. Frustrated with trying to communicate entire messages in “seven seconds or less,” she decided to leave outdoor advertising and return to her love of creative writing.