Author: Marianne Curley
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Avena (Book 1)
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 1599908409 (Bloomsbury Childrens)
ISBN-13: 978-1599908403 (Bloomsbury Childrens)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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
Quick & Dirty: This was a fun paranormal book with action, romance, and an interesting plot. Unfortunately, I felt a huge disconnect with the characters.
Opening Sentence: Do you ever stare at your reflection and wonder who that person is looking back at you?
Ebony is 16 years old and has been very sheltered her whole life. She grew up on a ranch with her parents and until recently she was home schooled. She has always been a little different, like having heightened senses where she can see and hear better than anyone else. She also has the most gorgeous set of violet eyes. Her life is pretty laid back and she has always been very happy, but her life is about to change forever. Ebony’s parents have always been really over-protective so when she wants to go to a dance club with her friends, one night of the course the answer is no, but Ebony decides to go anyway. When she gets to the dance club she literally runs into a really cute boy, and she feels a weird connection to him. Soon after that things start to go terribly wrong and Ebony has to find answers before everyone she cares about is taken from her.
Jordan has lived a really rough life. His dad is in prison, and his mom died years ago from a drug overdose. He has bounced from one foster home to another over the years. Then one night it seems like his luck is about to change, he goes to a club with one of his friends and meets the most beautiful girl. She runs into him and knocks him into the club wall. Jordan feels an instant attraction to the girl, and can’t stop thinking about her, than something crazy happens and Jordan dies. While he is dead he is visited by an angel that needs a favor. Jordan’s guardian angel was kidnapped as a baby and they need Jordan’s help finding her. Jordan gets a second chance at life, and he is really hoping his luck will change.
This was told from a dual point of view where we get to see inside both Jordan and Ebony’s mind. First you meet Ebony and I actually really liked her. She was strong and interesting. Once I hit about the middle of the book, she started to irritate me. She honestly could not make up her mind and it drove me nuts. I felt that there were a few conversations that just kept getting repeated because she would say one thing than do something totally different. She ended up being a very frustrating character that I ended up not really liking at all.
Next we meet Jordan. At first I sympathized with Jordan and really felt for him. He was dealt a pretty rough hand in life and I was hoping things would change for him. He gets in a better situation, but instead of appreciating it, I felt like all he did was whine about not getting what he wanted. He also was a very indecisive character and I didn’t like that. I felt that Jordan had some good qualities, but overall I just didn’t really feel much of a connection with him.
This was just an ok read for me. At first, I was really intrigued by the story and was excited to see where it would go, then in the middle of the book I started to lose interest. The plot was very predictable and I felt a big disconnect with the characters. The romance was cute, but it was instalove which is one of my big pet peeves. There were a few positive things about the book like good action, an interesting villain, and a beautiful cover. With all that being said, I do think that I will give book two a try. Even though I didn’t love this book, I think that there will be people out there that really enjoy it. So if the synopsis sounds good to you, you should give it a try.
I climb out of the vehicle in a hurry to find Amber before she walks into the club. But when both my feet are on the pavement I swing around and collide with someone standing still.
It’s a boy, and I hit him so hard I send him flying across the pavement, into the brick wall, where he slides to the floor with the wind knocked out of his lungs.
I’m at his side before he opens his eyes. ‘Are you all right?’ He lifts his head at the sound of my voice and his eyes flutter open. I take his hand to help him back on to his feet. Not my wisest idea. My pull is more like a yank. He springs up in one go and slams into my chest. I hear something crack.
Oh no, no, no! Was that his rib?
Silently he looks at me, eyes wide open now – deep, dark blue and full of amazement at my strength. Terrified he’s going to fall, I keep my arm around his waist and a firm grip of his hand, forgetting how strong my grip can be until he yanks his fingers out and shakes them with a confused expression furrowing his brow.
Embarrassed, I offer my stammered apologies. ‘I’m so, so sorry, really, truly, so sorry. Is anything broken? Can you stand if I let you go?’
Finally he says, ‘I think I can manage.’
I breathe a sigh of relief. ‘Good. For a minute there . . .’ I stop mid-sentence when I realize he’s staring again, his eyes wide and focused directly on mine.
‘Are your eyes really . . . purple?’ he says.
‘They’re violet, actually.’
‘Does anybody have violet eyes?’
‘Apparently I do.’
FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury USA Childrens provided me with a copy of Hidden. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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