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- Print Length: 415 pages
- Publisher: Adrenalin Books (November 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SCS738
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If she appreciated the home and those who are taking care of it it would be a better read but she annoyed me. She digs through the cellar and finds skeletal remains ( doesn't call the police) and statues of vampires.
I won't be reading the next book because she is too annoying.
I initially bought this book because the cover and synopsis drew me in. I need a change in genre and this was the way to go.
Madison is a down on her luck foster child. Along with her brother Ben they bounce from place to place. Their current home isn't the absolute best with an alcoholic foster dad and a mother who works herself to the bone. Madison acts out at school which results in dire consequences. She is approached by a young man who has news to change her life. With a vast inheritence and a beautiful estate home she makes some grisly discoveries.
One minor act changes Alexandres life. He and his siblings are sent on an artifact finding mission with their family. They are basically exiled by the family he did wrong. In the vast deserts and caves of Turkey they embark on a journey. A journey that will have tragic consequences. You see Alexs story takes place in the 1800s. You see his life and how he became to be and how he adapts to the present.
This story is a melding of past and present and a converging of futures. How Madison and Alexandra came to be and their connection. I think this story was blended well. I'm usually not a fan of stories that take place way back in time but in this case it kept me very very interested till the very last page. I loved how Madison grew into a more responsible adult even though she was 17. She had her brother to take care of who by the way was a very funny caring kid. The only problem I think some might have is the fact that this book is the dialogue. It is written in the British form with their sayings and such. It truly didn't distract from the story though you just kind of adapted to the sayings and the way of speaking. It's a good YA vampire story from beginning to end. I can't wait to pick up book two to see where this ragtag family ends up.
Basically what happened was I this: I browsed some indie titles and - after reading the synopsis - just gave the woman my money.
I'm sorry - a girl inherits house with a basement full of "danger" sounded like such a simplistic/brilliant way to just get into the action without so much pomp and pretext! Seriously, sometimes the direct approach just works wonders on my wallet.
So HIDDEN is exactly what it says on the tin and - because of that basic hook and plot - gets to really invest in a) character development, b) establishing beautiful scenes, c) provide snappy humor, in and out of dialogue. Reading this reminded me that sometimes books get bogged down with world-building and mythos. While it's usually amazing when an author gets to explore the method to whatever madness their story is set in it also can get exhausting to absorb. That was why it was sort of refreshing that HIDDEN wasn't trying to be something other than just itself and it's all the more charming for that.
Madison is a protagonist for readers who appreciate a little brash and crass. She has "screw-up" practically stamped on her head but Shalini Boland gives her enough redeemable qualities and good intentions to make her relateable and vulnerable in various places.
All that held back a 5-star review was the random, unannounced shifts in POV between narrators. I'm sure authors intend for this to be a streaming flow of consciousness or seamless shift to other pertinent information but for me it's like walking down the sidewalk, catching my toe on a crack and desperately grabbing my barrings. Those shifts kept jarring me out of the story, which always gets irksome for me whenever I read.
Beyond that, HIDDEN is great for what it is - teen vampire romance. It is edgy without getting too trashy. It's romantic without being super sappy. It doesn't think it's funny or try to be - it just is. And - topping it all off - some of the descriptions and turns of phrase are so eloquent, vivid and/or clever it's a truly impressive show compared to the usual plain-talk and prose found in YA.
I highly recommend HIDDEN if you have a soft-spot for books like TWILIGHT or THE VAMPIRE DIARIES but appreciate less swooning and sassier protagonists.
Top international reviews
Alexandre lives in 1881 and is set for adventure on an expedition to Turkey.
The alternative chapters of life in 1881 and the modern day highlight the differences between the old and new families and their lives. Both main characters have distinct voices.
The adventures in Cappadocia made it very real to me having visited the area some years ago it does have a certain other worldly atmosphere which fits with the events and descriptions in the book.
The only reason I am taking off 1 star is a few details which seem to not be fully explained. Characters are not always what they seem however some insight into their characters before a massive change of heart moment would have added a bit more depth. Small niggle and did not stop me immediately buying the next book as soon as I finished this one.
I can imagine this as a film with ease and hope I do see it on the big screen one day
I can tell you that I was not at all disappointed at all. I'm not sure if it is a YA book specifically but it really appeals to all ages.
HIDDEN is well written and the way Shalini Boland explains details it puts you inside the book. It is almost as if you are part of the book ... how amazing is that? That to me is what made the book amazing.
Read it, you will definitely enjoy it if you like this type of story.
I'm usually into the arrogant badboys. Alexandre is sweet and vulnerable, but strong when he needs to be. I love him...
It's is one of the best YA books I have read in a long time and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment. So all I can say is please hurry Shalini and release the next one!
When Alexandre and his family visit Cappadocia, they find much more than they bargained for. When Madison inherits the beautiful Marchwood House, she unlocks a chilling secret that has been hidden in the cellar for over a hundred years.
Shalini Boland is a talented story-teller. Her voice draws you in, and her scene-setting brings the book alive. There are plenty of heart-thumping moments, like when Alexandre is exploring the cavern; I couldn't read quick enough to find out what happened next.
Hidden is one of those books that you really don't want to finish, but now I've seen it's the first book in a trilogy, I can't wait for the next one.
This is a new twist on the vampire lore, whilst at the same time maintaining the dark suspense from traditional vampire books. My favourite parts were in Turkey, where there were dark and mysterious moments that are actually quite scary!
Madison is a very cool main character who one day gets to live the dream. I think many of us have fantasised at least once about some distant relative we didn't know about leaving us a ton of money and a gorgeous old house, well this actually happens for sixteen year old Madison and she and her brother move into Marchwood, which puts Downton Abbey to shame, with her little brother. Things are perfect, or so she thinks. There's just one catch... the dangerous secret hidden in the cellar...
A must read for vampire fans!
It was a change from the blood and gore associated with vampires.
Shalini writes with great skill, with each character having a distinct voice.
I look forward to reading more.
If the option existed, I would have raised this rating to 4.5 stars.