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Hidden Beneath (Into the Deep) (Volume 2) Paperback – August 9, 2013
About the Author
Lauryn currently lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and will acquire a BA in Psychology in May of 2013. Her debut book "Into the Deep" explores the intricacies of the adolescent mind; and how feelings of loneliness and judgment affect young adults. She enjoys writing YA and NA novels in various supernatural genres including paranormal romance and science fiction. You can find out more about her on her blog where she writes about her experiences writing and shares her opinion about books. laurynapril.blogspot.com
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I was no less excited to have the author reach out to me to review the second book of the series. And in this novel, we fast forward a couple of years to see where Ivy Daniels' life is now. Was I ever surprised that Ivy and Brant are no longer an item, though it doesn't take long for this bad boy to show up at Ivy's doorstep with an incredible proposition and requesting her help.
Ivy's gift of being able to read people's inner most thoughts is still very much present, and the key to solving Brant's quest to find his mother, who mysteriously disappeared out of his life as a child. Though reluctant, and for reasons that Ivy does not want to really admit to herself, she decides to help him despite all the anger she feels inside for being deserted by him.
Though this novel takes us on a whirlwind of action and mystery very different than the first story, it was as enjoyable as the first novel. Following Ivy and Brant on their journey to discover the truth of Brant's mother's disappearance was filled with surprises and twists. Even though Ivy's powers were paranormal, this was as enjoyable as any well written thriller, and so hard to put down. Not to mention, the build up of their still existing strong attraction and existing feelings for each other could satisfy my romantic reading self.
This is a great series so far, full of elements that YA and Mystery fans will enjoy. Since Lauryn April ended this novel very much like the last one, resolving and tying up loose ends, I am not sure if she will continue this series. Either way, I wouldn't hesitate to pick up the third novel, should there be one, or another of her future novels for that matter.
In this novel the main protagonist uses her ability to help someone whom she cares for, endeavouring to solve a fascinating mystery whilst remaining true to herself. It is a book that explores love and friendship. The suspense left me on edge throughout, whilst I was drawn into a cleverly complex and deftly woven tale of inspired vision and imagination. Many questions formed from reading book 1 (Into the Deep) are answered in this book, and so the story is able to continue forwards and expand in depth. The beautifully, detailed descriptions really bring the characters `to life' and add to the ambience of the story. I was most impressed by the author's writing style, as she instantly grabs your attention at the same time as keeping your interest fixed firmly on the page.
I think Ivy's gift is intriguing. It must be fascinating to observe people from the inner workings of their minds, and be able to feel their emotions from inside. The storyline is unique and the only work of fiction remotely connected to it, which was brought to mind, was "The Bone Season". If you are looking for something dramatic and powerful that will leave you wanting more, then this is a book for you!
*I won a copy of Lauryn April's "Hidden Beneath" (Into the Deep, book 2) through a Goodreads, First-Read book giveaway*