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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-In this romantic but predictable paranormal novel set in Australia, Ebony, 16, discovers that her whole life has been a lie. Being homeschooled and living in a remote valley, she hasn't realized how different she is until she enters a public high school. She stands out not only because of her violet eyes, but also because she's stronger and faster and has keener senses than her classmates. Also, she's developing strange bumps and little feathers on her shoulder blades. Her fate is tied to that of unlucky foster teen Jordan, also 16. Through their alternate narrations, readers learn her identity before she does. A memorable meeting between Jordan and Ebony at a party escalates into a fight between Jordan and his former best friend, Adam. Just as Jordan is about to die from a stab wound, Prince Thane and Isaac, angels from Avena, offer to save his life if he helps them find a kidnapped angel named Ebrielle, brought to Earth as an infant by their enemy, angel Luca, the Dark Prince. Jordan and Ebrielle were born at the same moment, making her his Guardian angel, and that's why they feel such a strong connection. But that's nothing compared to Ebony's weak-in-the-knees reaction to seeing Thane for the first time. Then there's the Dark Prince, who believes Ebony is destined to be his queen. It's not a love triangle, it's a love quadrilateral! The characters, with the exception of Jordan, are so underdeveloped and one-dimensional that it's hard to care about them and their problems, romantic or otherwise. The explanation for how she came to be adopted as a baby is so far-fetched, even Ebony calls it baloney, and that's true for other aspects of the story as well.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trentonα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Stiff language and a reliance on melodrama mar what is otherwise an intriguing story line. Like most teens, Ebony has always suspected she is different from other people. First off, she has been tucked away in a semisecret valley most of her life, closely monitored by her parents. Also, her superhuman strength has always been a little weird. It turns out she is right about the fact that her parents have hidden an enormous secret from her. As Ebony starts to seriously demand answers to the question of who she really is, situations begin to spiral out of control all around her. Things are further complicated by a boy, Jordan, who she meets at school and who stirs feelings in her she has never before experienced. But as Ebony might be more than just a girl, Jordan might turn out to be more than just a boy. Despite its stilted writing, the book’s interesting premise and cliff-hanger ending, typical of so many YA paranormal titles these days, should leave interested readers hungry for more. Grades 7-12. --Julie Trevelyan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (March 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408822628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408822623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born on the 20th of May, 1959 in Windsor, New South Wales, Australia, and was the youngest of four children. I grew up in a rural area on one farm or another, and without close neighbours I passed much of my time reading. I loved to imagine myself in the lives of the characters I read about, even if it was only for a few days or hours.

At school, the library was my favourite place to hang out. In high school, my favourite subjects were English and History. By the time I decided to try to make writing a career I was in my thirties. I had three children who were all at school and I was teaching office studies and computers at an adult technical college. By now I was reading a lot of romance and fantasy novels and combined with my love of history, it seemed a natural progression to write novels with a strong historical element. My first published book, Old Magic, was the result. I wrote for young adults because my daughters, who were in their early teens at the time, asked me to write something for them. I have never regretted that decision.

I presently have four published novels, Old Magic, and the Guardians of Time Trilogy - The Named, The Dark and The Key, all of which have been translated into a dozen different languages. Because of my illness in 2004, and my near-death from bone-marrow cancer, I could not have another book published until now. The first three books of my new series called the Avena Series, are to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing, the first of which called Hidden will be released March 14th, 2013 in Australia, the UK and the USA. Books 2 and 3 will follow.

Customer Reviews

The plot was very predictable and I felt a big disconnect with the characters.
Dark Faerie Tales
Plus, I hate to say it but the whole insta-love thing is really starting to get tiring in this genre.
kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession)
I seriously cannot wait for the next book in the Avena series...knowing Marianne...it'll be AWESOME!
Moonchild

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kasey Parrish on July 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
Hidden is a difficult book to rate. It's the first installment in the Avena series, so I expected a large amount of world building, character development, and buildup. I had high expectations because I have read other works by this author. However, Hidden was excruciatingly slow, the plot didn't get going until the middle of the book.
That being said, I did enjoy Ebony's character because she is a tough girl who has been sheltered all her life, and all she wants is to enjoy being a teenager. She was stifled by her parents, and understandably upset by the secrets they kept. Still this story felt incredibly juvenile in the beginning when Ebony throws fits because she isn't getting her way. The book started off slow in character development, I felt it was more like one action sequence after another, and didn't allow us to learn about who Ebony was. We only got to see Ebony at her worst, and I wanted to know why I should care about this seemingly selfish child. I did enjoy it more when the plot began to move. Marianne Curley does do a fantastic job of creating a fascinating mythology, and that's what I appreciate most from this novel.
I loved the idea that there were 4 different realms: Earth, Skade, Avena, and Peridis. Earth is the mortal realm, Skade is the equivalent of hell, Avena is where angels live, and Peridis is essentially heaven for mortals. This was all very fascinating especially where a fallen angel is the king of Skade. Prince Luca was an angel of Avena, until he decided he wanted to be the ruler but ended up exiled to Skade. He was interesting because you could tell he didn't have good intentions, but he still drew you in.
Jordan was by far the most interesting character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Finnegan on April 24, 2013
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While I've been feeling quite fed up with angel books lately, when I was offered this one for review, my interest was piqued. It's a different take on angel lore. There's no God or Devil, or Heaven or hell. But a King of Angels and a Dark Prince who reside in different realms. The concept of how the Dark Prince came to be is pretty similar, with the Dark Prince creating an army and waging war against The Angel King. There's a realm where the angels reside, a realm where mortal souls go after they die and The Dark Prince's realm. But the treaty that ended the war, allows the Dark Prince to wander the earth and collect souls.

Ebony knows she's different. She's faster, stronger and has better senses than any of her friends. She's never sick and when she gets hurt, she heals really quickly. She's had an extremely sheltered upbringing, even having never left the valley where she was born. At age 16, she's really had enough of this, which causes a lot of arguments between herself and her mother. One night, after she's sneaked out to a club, events occur which cause her to confront her parents once and for all when she gets home to find them waiting for her.

I found this book to be well written with really enjoyable characters. It's written from the POV of Ebony and Jordan, and I instantly liked them both. They are both really different people, with very different upbringings but they are brought together by events that are unbelievable to both of them.

Thane and the angels were great secondary characters. While we spend very little time with some of them, I still found it easy to like and build interest in them. There isn't much romantic interlude here, but what little there is, I did enjoy. And there's an action packed battle that had my heart pounding in my chest.

In my opinion, Hidden was a fast paced page turner that I didn't want to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2014
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I love this author. She's great at telling a tale and making you fall into a story. I'm certainly already captivated by this one and look forward to its upcoming sequels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on December 16, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this Angel story. I loved the characters and they were memorable. The storyline was seamless and the romance was sweet and I really wished the next book in the series would be out soon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2013
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I enjoyed this book! I liked the battle between good and evil! I like the fact that it was based on the fact of a hidden angle that is not sure what she should do once she has the chance to make her own choices!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moonchild on November 22, 2013
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I am an avid Marianne Curley fan, mainly because whilst stuck on my remote island community she gave me, and the rest of the kids my age some fantasy to dream about - and in a setting we all could envision - that being of Australia. We all connected with her Guardians of Time characters and loved them to bits, and she was the author that inspired me to write. Now at 22 I still love her and hold her Named Trilogy as still my favourite books. I missed not having her on the scene for 10 years and I am proud of how she fought away the sickness and is back in business.
I will agree with some of the comments that it was a little slow to start - but so was Old Magic, if I recall, and that turned out to be brilliant.
I loved the worlds Marianne always creates, with such conviction and belief...she makes us believe them too. Yes, I too, am sick of angel books now...just like I'm sick of Vampire books...but that's not her fault that it comes out right in the middle of the hype. If you don't want previous angel books to consume it, wait till the craze is over.
I seriously cannot wait for the next book in the Avena series...knowing Marianne...it'll be AWESOME!
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