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Hidden (The Avena Series) Hardcover – June 25, 2013
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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.
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
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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!
1) I felt there was not enough character development. You don't really get the feel or understanding of the characters' motives. I don't even know why I should care for Ebony, Jordan or Thane. Everything seem kind of superficial and I really couldn't connect with the characters.
2) I loved the pacing of the Guardians of Time and Old Magic, but the pacing of this book was absolutely SLOW. I'm used to reading 336 pages and not feel the length of it because the story and characters were engaging and it allowed for the reading pace to go faster. When I read this book, I had put it down more times than I can count. It was not the kind of book you hold off sleep so you can read another chapter or two. It was the book where you can just easily put down without hesitating and just go to sleep.
3)After starting to read it in November or December, I've tried on multiple occasions to finish the book but I just can't. I can't force myself to read a book that I just don't like. I failed to see the importance of Jordan in the book or even like him as a character.
4) I really do not like the Instant Love or infatuation that the three characters have. I forgave it for Isabelle and Arkarian in The Dark, but this was just too much. How can Jordan just fall head over heels for Ebony without knowing anything about her or really interacting and going through things with her? How can Thane fall in love with her or Ebony fall for Thane? We live in a world of reality and I understand these books are fiction, but how are we expected to suspend our beliefs and just simply believe in love at first sight? Or love formed through a destined fate and where characters like Ebony and Jordan or Ebony and Thane just instantly fall in love because there's an instant connection or destiny between them? I have to admit I am a romantic, but not to the point I accept every thing like that.
There's a part in the book where Ebony knows she has fallen in love with Thane but she just doesn't know why. It sounded so stupid. I know when you fall in love with someone we don't need a reason. We just feel it, but she has hardly had time to know and be with Thane enough to even form a good impression. It's just not possible for them to have such depth of love for each other. This is why I hate Twilight too.
5)And the sub characters really annoy me too i.e. Amber and her mother Dawn. They both sound like mothers to Ebony more than anything. Amber is suppose to be Ebony's best friend, but she sounds more like a mother to her. They act like Ebony is a fragile egg that needs to be taken cared of at all times. Times where Amber calls Ebony "honey and sweetie" it just sounds more like what a mom would call their kids. Amber did not talk like a teenager at all. I just find it really hard to accept because no friends will act that overtly concerned. The conversations between Ebony and Amber are hardly natural.
That's another point I would like to bring up, the conversations in this book was forced. It just doesn't come about normal and natural. It tried too hard to be witty and smart, but just end up making the characters seem so annoying and unnatural.
After spending over two months on reading this book, I've finally given up on ever finishing this book or continuing with this Avena series. The story plot and characters failed to intrigue me and that frustrates me more than anything. I want to say I'm sorry Ms. Marianne Curley, but I really tried my best to love this series, but I can't. I really can't force myself to finish a book again. It's like forcing an elephant through a small door. No can do. I just have to accept the fact that I will not love every book that my favorite authors come out with. It's a hard fact that I will have to accept.