2 Feb 2013

HIDDEN - MARIANNE CURLEY

SUMMARY
Ebony has always known that she is different. Her violet eyes mark her out, and her protective parents have kept her in a gorgeous valley, home-schooled, safe from everything - almost as if she's being hidden. But she's changing: glowing, getting more and more beautiful, and stronger than anyone knows. Ebony can't stay hidden for ever, and when she meets complicated, intense Jordan, something explodes inside her - something that can be seen from the heavens; something that changes everything. Ebony is a stolen angel, concealed on Earth. Now the heavens have found her, they want her back.

REVIEW
Hidden tells the story of violet-eyed Ebony. After her over-protective parents go crazy at her for sneaking out of her house to go to a party, Ebony demands to know why they are always so evasive about why she is not allowed to leave the area around the house or why they wont tell her much about when she was born. What she find is something that she never expected. Ebony is an Angel, stolen from her home realm soon after her birth.

I found Ebony a little bland as a character, although I did like the fact that she denies that she could be an angel for as long as she can, I hate it when characters accept these unbelievable things straight away. After being informed about how she came to live with the couple she considers her parents, they disappear, and Ebony is left living with her best friend and trying to track them down. I wanted to see the quest part of the narrative developed more, but it falls a little flat when Jordan brings the answers to her.

The secondary main character, and alternate narrator, is Jordan. I kinda liked him. He is supposed to be your hard-act kid - life spent on the street or between foster homes - but he didn't come across like this. He's fairly level headed. I did like the extra layer he brings to the story though, even if he is achingly cheesy at times. In fact the whole story felt sugarcoated. I think it's good for the younger audience but older readers won't find much to get their teeth in to. It's a little predictable and even the Angelic characters felt like stock personalities, there to provide background noise. I didn't even find myself remotely interested in the mythology of the realms and the Angels, even though that is something that would usually catch my attention.

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