June 11, 2013

Spotlight on: Hidden by M. Lathan

Hidden by M. Lathan
Series: Hidden, #1

Publication date: November, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal

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Synopsis:
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.
Hidden (Hidden Series #1)Hidden by M. Lathan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book started out kind of slow for me. At first I was a little lost as to what was going on. Enough so that I had to do a little bit of internet searching to figure out if I was reading the second book in a series or something. After a couple of chapters I found my footing and was finally able to settle in to the story.

I liked the main character Leah/Christine. She started out as a very sad, lonely girl who was getting severely bullied on a daily basis at the boarding school for orphans where she lived. But it annoyed me a little bit how down on herself, and how depressed she was. I understand the depression to a degree, but what I couldn't understand was why she felt so bad for the "evil" thoughts and feelings she was having towards the horrible girls who were making her life hell. I mean geez, if someone was treating me that awful day in and day out, I'd probably fantasize about getting rid of them for good, too. The important thing is, she never acted on it. But she constantly felt guilty and prayed to God for forgiveness.

There was also a very strong cast of secondary characters which added depth to the story. Sophie and Nathan both ran a close second for my favorite character after Christine. Nathan was the perfect kind of friend that Christine needed after leaving the orphanage, and was mostly responsible for making her feel like she deserved to live a meaningful life. I thought that the romance that formed between them was sweet and natural. Not rushed or forced - they were allowed to be good friends first before things progressed.

I liked the supernatural world that was developed in this story. There are a million and one books out there that cover this exact same topic, but M. Lathan was able to do it in a way that was uniquely her own. The sub-world of Agents and Hunters was also a very interesting addition to the story. It lent a lot of suspense to the plot. Especially when the existence of "copies" was revealed.

Overall, I thought that the book was very well written, and the pace was fast enough to drive the story all the way to the end. There were several very well placed twists that fit the story. Not too over the top, but enough to be a surprise. The ending was cliffhanger-y, but enough of the story was resolved that it wasn't too abrupt. Just enough to make me want to read book #2. I enjoyed Hidden and will be picking up the sequel to see where else the story goes.

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AUTHOR BIO
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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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining the tour and reviewing!! I have a hard time choosing between Sophia and Nate for second favorite too :)

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  2. Great review, Jessica! I love when there can still be originality found in a popular genre. Especially when it's one of my fav genres! :) So happy you enjoyed it!

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  3. I like the idea of a naturally forming romance, I feel they're too few and far between in YA fiction these days - while I love them, love triangles seem to be in vogue!

    Sarah

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Thank you so much for your comment! I read each and every one of them, I swear. :)

 
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