03 November, 2015

#BookReview :: Hidden (Avena #1) by Marianne Curley

For as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing.

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she's intensely drawn to him. It's as if something explodes inside of her--something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn't know that she's a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back. 

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This is the first time I picked up a book by this author. I did not know what to expect from the series, as I have not read much about angels (one or two series doesn’t count as much) and a new author put together. I was pleasantly surprised at some parts and not so much at others.

Ebony, our protagonist, has been home-schooled for most of her life. She was basically brought up living a very sheltered life with a neighbor girl and a horse for a friend. So, going to high school, like a normal girl was a step up for her and sneaking out to go to a party after hours was an even bigger step. It is where she meets Jordan and feels an instant connection to him. That is when things start to go haywire and secrets start coming out.

Ebony is somewhat of a likeable character. I liked the way the author built up her confusion about herself. She kind of knew that she was different from the so called ‘normal’ people. But her parents have never been much forthcoming. However, even though I kind of understood her initial reluctance to believe in any of the involved parties, it got old real fast. Jordan on the other hand also has had a troubled time while growing up. It was easy to sympathize at first, but again his weak-willed character did not really hold my interest for long. Then there is Nathaneal and Prince Luca in the mix, who I will not comment on much in order to avoid giving out spoilers. As is the case with most YA novels or any genre, there is some romance and relationships. But as I am not the kind of person who believes in love at first sight, I really did not enjoy that aspect much. The author’s language is too simple and the dialogue delivery needs some work as well. So far it doesn’t seem so interesting I know… But the world building and plot set up was something that I did like. 

I will be picking up the next book in the series for sure to see where the plot goes.

Review Copy received from Bloomsbury

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