Title: Hidden (Avena #1)
Author: Marianne Curley
Release Date: March 14th 2013
Read it in: Just over a day.
Source: From the Publisher
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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.
I think I’ve had Hidden on my shelf for quite some time now, nearing probably 5/6 months now. But due to University I’ve only just gotten round to reading again, full stop. However as soon as I realised that Hidden was a book about angels (and it helps that it was the first review book I came across whilst figuring out what to read first!) I was excited to read it, and couldn’t put it down!
Ebony is an interesting character but I loved her. She was a typical angsty teen who was annoyed at her parents for keeping her cooped up, so she snuck out. And by sneaking out she meets Jordan. Jordan has had a pretty rough life also, and it doesn’t get any better from here on out. For example, he dies soon after the book begins – not to worry, it doesn’t last long! But from the first chapter I was hooked on them. I loved them both, I loved them together and I loved them apart.
I thought both characters were well written, the story was well paced after the huge fight at the beginning – which could have been a downfall if it hadn’t been paced properly. All in all, the book was very enjoyable and entertaining.
The angels in this novel were quite different to the angels I met in Lauren Kate’s Fallen series and in Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series. But I still love them, and I love the way they were written and the way in which Gabriel (for example) speaks!
Similarly, the demon twist was great also. Prince Luca I am not a fan of, but then again he’s a bit of a *insert bad word here*.
I was offered a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and I can honestly say I loved it. There isn’t anything in this book I can fault, and I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel – anyone know when this is released?!