Thursday, 8 December 2011

The Hidden by Jessica Verday - Guest Review by Bookangel Emma

The lovely Emma from Bookangel Booktopia really enjoyed The Hollow series, so she kindly offered to review the last book that came my way. If you haven't visited Emma at her blog, then I would definitely recommend that you do!
Published by Simon and Schuster in 2011
Goodreads Summary
Abbey knows that Caspian is her destiny. Theirs is a bond that transcends even death. But as Abbey finally learns the full truth about the dark fate that links her to Caspian and ties them both to the town of Sleepy Hollow, she suddenly has some very hard choices to make. Caspian may be the love of her life, but is that love worth dying for? 

Beautifully spun, emotionally gripping, and irresistibly romantic, The Hidden will leave you breathless.

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This is the third book in the series and therefore may contain spoilers for the previous books.

I have to start by saying that the plot went off in a completely different direction to the one I was expecting. Some parts I found exceptionally frustrating. Especially that of the ‘time-warp’ effect – I am not going to go into detail as I don’t want to give the plot away. I can see why it was a necessary tool in order to achieve resolution to the story but it doesn’t mean that I have to like it.

The aspect of this book I enjoyed the most was how the relationship between Abby and Kaspian progressed. Abby’s dilemma was poignantly portrayed; I really would like to have seen a different ending. The way in which the physical intimacy was handled within the narrative was nothing short of beautiful. The scene setting and depiction added to the feeling of passion without being graphic or inappropriate to the story. It fitted perfectly. The feeling of frustration that Abby and Kaspian felt not being able to touch the day after was tangible.

The history of the Shades was slightly confusing. I still don’t think I fully understand their role and how it all works. Nevertheless the details regarding the Shades within the narrative added to the plot in order for it to reach its ultimate conclusion.

On the whole this book didn’t live up to my expectations from the previous books BUT it did provide a nice resolution to the story as a whole.

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Thank you Emma for your honest review, I am sorry it didn't live up to your expectations, but I am glad the story was fully resolved by the end. 

4 comments:

  1. Nice to have met you Emma and many thanks for your honest review. My sister-in-law has requested a copy of this for Christmas so now I'm even more interested to know her thoughts.

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  2. Always a bummer when books in a series don't match up to previous ones. Love your honesty Emma - it's not a series I've read.

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  3. I am glad it ended well, even if the book as a whole did not live up to its promise

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  4. Nice guest review, too bad the book dissapointed though.

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