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The Hidden Twin Hardcover – March 22, 2016
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Gr 7–10—In this coming-of-age fantasy, the nameless teenage narrator has spent her life in hiding because her society would put her to death as an evil monster. She's a human-appearing Redwing, the magical offspring of a powerful Other who emerged from a volcanic lava pool to save her human father's life. When the Redwing disguises herself as her human twin to destroy a plant that will reveal her true nature, she's drawn into a conspiracy to seize a volcano god's power. The author has concocted an unusual setting in the ash-strewn shadows of the volcano Mol, where birds are the only animal life in evidence and the wealthy ride giant striches through grimy city streets. Many characters have hidden motivations and agendas for the Redwing and her powers, and the climax comes as a surprise, validating the protagonist's essential goodness. The contemporary-sounding commentary of the characters is occasionally jarring against the otherworldly tone of the story, but liberal helpings of mystery and danger help to pull readers along. Two potential romances with a conspirator and with the son of the Empress add to the appeal. VERDICT Purchase where Tamora Pierce's books are popular.—Beth Wright Redford, Richmond Elementary School, VT
Praise for The Hidden Twin:
"Writing in the first person, Rule uses sharp, lyrical prose to describe a culture with its own gods and monsters, mixing ancient worlds and new technology... Rule delivers a funny, exciting adventure for readers ready to move on from doe-eyed heroines swooning over rugged heroes." - Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Strange Sweet Song:
“What really makes this book stand out, though, is the Gothic and slightly dark feel to it... I definitely recommend this!” ―USA Today's "Happily Ever After" blog on Strange Sweet Song
“Music buffs will relate to Sing's passion and insecurities, and readers who enjoy a good melodrama will be captivated.” ―Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books on Strange Sweet Song
“Rule's promising writing hits the right note.” ―Booklist on Strange Sweet Song
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Top Customer Reviews
When Jey asks her sister to switch places wit her she can finally come out of hiding. There's one difference though. Jey's eyes are brown and her sister's are blue, so she should avoid people who can recognize her. Jey's work is with plants and her sister loves that job. Her father has taught her everything he knows. When she meets the son of the Empress she flirts with him. This leads to more outside time, which is really dangerous. Redwings aren't safe and when she suddenly has nowhere to go Jey's sister needs allies. She finds out she has a mission to accomplish and it isn't an easy task to fulfill...
The Hidden Twin is an unusual story. There's nothing I can compare it to. The world building is strange. There's a city, with an Empress and the city is built on a volcano that has an identity. It's a lot to take in, but I decided to let every expectation go and see where the story would lead me. It's enjoyable and different and I liked that about it. The main character doesn't have a name at the beginning of the book. She does have a personality though. She's feisty and isn't afraid to speak up. She has a great sense of humor and she's brave. It's obvious from the start that the stories the priests tell about Redwings aren't true. She's looking for answers and constantly has to find out who's good and who's evil. I liked that it wasn't all black and white.
Adi Rule has a great writing style and I love her imagination. She showed me an original and creative new world and I enjoyed reading about it very much. The Hidden Twin isn't an easy story. It took me a while to wrap my head around everything I was reading, but once I let the feeling go that I had to understand it all completely I had fun reading this book. The reader will get some answers, but there's also the opportunity to let your own imagination fill in part of the story. I recommend it to anyone who loves to read a creative book.
Raised by her father with her sister Jey the Redwing twin was never even given her own name. She has lived in hiding her whole life barely ever coming out of their home. One day when her sister coaxes her out she runs into two priests when returning home that attack and try to capture her. This event starts a chain that brings our Redwing into a plot to save her city.
The Hidden Twin sounded very intriguing and had such a great looking cover that I couldn’t help but want to read it. However when finished I just came away with an it was OK feeling unfortunately.
While the writing was good and on the surface very descriptive, unfortunately I felt myself waiting to find out more of the world in which this was taking place. It also felt like it got off to such a slow start and took me a while to figure out the characters and plot. There were also still a lot of questions left for me when it ended that might have made me love it more if ever answered.
Overall, a bit different of a story but I would have liked more depth to fall in love with it.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Things I loved:
The unique setting. The whole thing takes place in Mol, this fictional town on the side of a volcano. It's a weird place that has a steampunkish vibe, but in a different time and place.
Lin, Lin is a redwing. Most redwings are destroyed at birth, but her father kept her alive. She hides (in plain site), since she looks just like her sister. She is a badass, single-minded, powerful and brave.
The poison garden-Rule weaves in such interesting details into this setting, and one of those amazing details comes through the flora and fauna of this miraculous place. In the finale, they head through a poisonous garden. It's super intense and unique.
The entire finale- While I loved the whole book, I couldn't stop reading through the finale. Rule's quick pacing and edge of your seat details, paired with her gorgeous writing had me hooked.
The colloquialisms--You can tell a book has been cared for deeply when the characters have their own, made up, everyday sayings. I found myself chuckling at the little colloquialisms that Lin found herself saying.
Things I did not like: THE COVER. What is happening with this cover? Lin is initially described as a girl with goggles and a trenchcoat and (I think) brownish hair. Did a book jacket get swapped? This was very misleading and disappointing. No idea when Lin got her nails painted, either! Was it before or after she was covered in mud and worms? Or was it before or after the torture? Or before or after she sprouted large dragonfly-esque wings.
The jacket needs a lot more smolder and a lot less fairy dust.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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