Hidden by M. Lathan
Series: Hidden, #1
Publication date: November, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal
Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She’d settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.
That’s the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist – at any moment, her cover could be blown and she’ll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.
Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won’t give up until they find her.
Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she’s ever met – human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.
Let’s hope she can stay hidden.
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Alright, so Hidden begins with the kind of cliche "how did I get here" sort of things. Looking back on it, I'm not really sure what later event the prologue is later talking about. However, I would never say that these kinds of beginnings are bad, the rather quick prologue sucked me in and I wanted to know what was going on.
We are soon introduced to Leah/Christine who is a victim of bullying and seems to be dealing with depression. Often times I have difficulties reading books that deal with topics like these. Just because I usually feel that they're over the top, or I think the characters don't seem very believable with what they are dealing with. However, I didn't feel that way with Christine, to me she felt believable/relatable.
I had two problems with this book. The first being that it felt really slow. I don't think it was that long, and even though I was interested in, I kind of felt like it was longer than it needed to be. I was just wanted to get to the point, especially once I got closer to the end. And, once there it felt kind of anti-climatic (but I wasn't really surprised considering the rest of the book). My second probable was some of the characters. I don't know what it was, but I didn't exactly like any of them very much. Though I did find some of them amusing like Paul.
I'd give the book a 3.5 out of 5. I'm looking forward to reading the second book, I'm curious to find out how things turn out.
About the Author
M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.
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