Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Hidden by Marianne Curley


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Ebony has always known that she is different. Her violet eyes mark her out, and her protective parents have kept her in a gorgeous valley, home-schooled, safe from everything - almost as if she's being hidden. But she's changing: glowing, getting more and more beautiful, and stronger than anyone knows. Ebony can't stay hidden for ever, and when she meets complicated, intense Jordan, something explodes inside her - something that can be seen from the heavens; something that changes everything. Ebony is a stolen angel, concealed on Earth. Now the heavens have found her, they want her back.
MY TAKE:
The book's synopsis really intrigued me so, though I haven't read any angel books in awhile.

In Hidden, Ebony is your typical teenage girl, albeit one with purple eyes and is a quick healer. She only realizes how special she is, though, when she meets Jordan and feels a crazy connection to him.

Where do I begin? Well, there's a lot of potential in this series. I mean, there are angel warriors, a love triangle/square of mortals and angels, and evil fallen angels. It's practically a recipe for success. However, I can't help but feel like it didn't quite live up to its potential.

Much of my problem with the book was Ebony. She annoyed me almost as much as Bella Swan. She's stubborn to the point of stupidity; she's got guys fighting over her even though she herself says she's not that special or beautiful; and she doesn't really seem to know what's good for her. The insta-love between her and another character made me cringe too. I mean, obviously it was because it was meant to be that way given what they were, but still, I felt like it was contrived. Or maybe it was just because I disliked Ebony so much by then.

This book's saving grace is Jordan and his story arc. Jordan is human, believable and likable. He does stupid things but somehow it's not as annoying as when Ebony does it. His relationship with Thane and Adam is really the driving force of this novel and it's what keeps this from being your run-of-the-mill YA paranormal romance novel. In fact, I wouldn't mind it if majority of the next book will be about Jordan since, from what I've read so far, he has some very interesting choices to make.

As for the book's plot, it was okay. I didn't really get into it until about 1/3 of the way in, but once the angels entered the scene and everything started to become clear, I was hooked.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) for e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. The plot has a lot of potential.
  2. Jordan is a solid character.
  3. Even with some uninteresting/annoying characters, the story is compelling enough to make you keep reading.

THE BAD:

  1. Ebony can be quite annoying.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
'There had better be bacon on the menu.'
READ IT IF:

  1. You like books with angel protagonists.
  2. You like Bella Swan.
  3. You like interesting male characters.

RATING:
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