Thursday, 11 April 2013

#193 Book Review: Hidden

Hidden (Avena #1)
Release Date: 1 March 2013
Author: Marianne Curley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy:  Fishpond | Booktopia
More Info: Goodreads

Ebony has led a very sheltered life. She isn't ready for the disturbing things which start happening to her. But these events are just part of a discovery that will rock her whole world. Ebony's life wasn't 'sheltered' - she was hidden away. Now her location is no longer secret, but who will find her first?

Love the feather theme in the cover and how one feather is covering the eyes of the girl! I also love the swirly patterns and the blue title. It's gorgeous!


"When he took Ebony from me, I knew I would spend my life searching for her. Now I have found her, he will do everything in his power to keep us apart."

When I first heard of Hidden, I did not know that this was an Aussie YA. Before writing Hidden, Marianne Curley has already written other well-known books which I have never heard of. However, the premise behind Hidden does sounds interesting so I decided to give it a go and see what I thought of it! It is overall enjoyable although I did have some issues with the book.

Hidden is written from two different point of views, Ebony and Jordan. Just looking at this, you'd probably think that there is some sort of romance between Ebony and Jordan since their POVs are featured in this book. That's what I thought as well but Marianne Curley surprised me. It's in fact not true. There is definitely romance, but not between Ebony and Jordan. The concept behind Hidden is not new, and we've seen a lot of books about angels in the world of YA. While the concept wasn't quite appealing, what made me enjoy this book to a certain extent was the romance between Ebony and a character called Thane!

So let's talk about Thane! He is mainly the reason why I enjoyed this book. Perhaps if the romance was between Ebony and Jordan, I might not have enjoyed this book. Thane was the only character that I could relate to and understand. Ebony wasn't a particularly likeable heroine and Jordan was also annoying at times. Thane however, was a strong and kind character who really loves Ebony. If you want to know who Thane is, then you'd have to read the book because knowing who he is actually is a huge spoiler to the story!  While there are other characters in the book, the one that definitely stood out the most for me was Thane even though none of the chapters were written from his POV.

Hidden is the newest novel by Marianne Curley with an enjoyable story and characters. While the concept is not new, I really adored Thane's character which made me enjoy the book! Even though I didn't quite enjoyed this book as I thought I would, I am still looking forward to its sequel!
3 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Hidden!
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  1. It's a shame you didn't like the heroine herself, but Thane sounds great! I've read two of Curley's books before but I only enjoyed Old Magic, so I'm not sure if I'll pick this up. I might wait to see how the second book plays out. Thanks for the lovely review, though, Celine!(:

  2. If Thane was the main reason you liked this book, I think that probably explains why I didn't. I gave up on this before I even had the chance to meet him! Although you had some problems, I'm glad you still liked it well enough overall. Lovely review, Celine!

  3. Ooh nice review!! I am dying to read Marianne's newest book, but being in the US it doesn't come out til the end of June! >:P (Note the frowny face has nothing to do with you or anything negative like that, just me being incredibly impatient!)

    I've read Marianne's other books years ago! She was one of the first "magic" authors I read and I adored her earlier books!! Hence the reason why I am DYING to read this one!! So far the reviews have been pretty good, some average ratings and all! She did this kind of pov before in her Guardians of Time trilogy, the first book at least! Can't remember about the second two now because it's been too long since I last read them!

    My all time fave and one I reread quite a few times was Old Magic! That's told in two povs where the characters do fall for one another, in case you were interested in that! It's about more magic and time traveling! As is her other trilogy, which came after Old Magic!

    Okay, commented long enough! Great review! Cannot wait til June to read this one!

  4. I found Thane to be so amusing, he was a great addition to this story!


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