Tuesday 26 March 2013

Hidden by Marianne Curley

Hidden (Avena, #1)
Do you ever stare at your reflection and wonder who that person is looking back at you? For as long as I can remember I’ve felt different, at odds with myself.
Pages – 325
Published by Bloomsbury in April
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
If I’m honest, I’ve really missed reading  angel books. I haven’t read one in ages so it was lovely to get my hands on this one. I know the book appears to be receiving a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a very good read, with an excellent ending.
The story is told from alternating points of view between Ebony and Jordan. I felt the author really explored how the characters were feeling and we managed to get  a good look inside their heads.  I loved the way they met. I don’t think I have come across that kind of meeting in any other book. The book sets off quickly at a fast pace and you find yourself running against time to get to safety.
The angel mythology created by the author was intriguing. I don’t know enough about angel myths to be able to tell you how much of it is true, but I found the different levels of Heaven and Hell quite fascinating. I’m presuming more information will be revealed as the series progresses.
I enjoyed the characters within the story. Thane was rather swoonsome, almost Herculian in appearance; I’m looking forward to getting to know him better.. Jordan was quite sweet too, even though he had a bit of the bad boy vibe about him. I loved his wicked sense of humour, and enjoyed the back story that linked him to Adam.  If  there were any characters that perhaps I didn’t gel with it, it would be Ebony. I desperately wanted to shake some sense into her so that she would take notice of what they were all telling her. She was completely blind to the danger she was in, and that became a little annoying.  I really didn’t mind the instant love scenario, because it was viewed as destiny. My romantic side took hold of that idea and run away with it
There is a rather obvious love triangle going on but I could see glimpses of other developments within the story which might make the dynamics of this change. A love/hate relationship appears to be developing between Jordan and another character and I’m intrigued as to where it will go.
The ending was dramatic and you are left toppling on the edge of that cliff again, but I look forward to finding out more in the following book.

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