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For as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's tFor as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing.On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she's intensely drawn to him. It's as if something explodes inside of her--something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn't know that she's a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back....

Title : Hidden
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ISBN : 9781599908403
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 325 Pages
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Hidden Reviews

  • María
    2018-10-09 04:27

    Marianne Curley is coming back in 2013. I care for little else right now.EDIT 18/07/2012:And we have the book cover, YAY! It's not what I expected, but it's white and pretty and I'm so excited.EDIT 25/11/2012:I found out the new cover for the UK paperback a.k.a the edition that I've pre-ordered from bookdepository a few days ago, and I thought I should let you know.This one is so much yummy! And leaves me more excited than before.REVIEWReal rate 2½ to 3 stars.I'm a bit disappointed. What I like the most about Marianne is her "time travelling stories". I don't know what to think about all this angel stuff, honestly. But it wasn't terrible just not my thing.

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    2018-09-29 09:16

    Jesus Christ! Please strike these characters from Heaven! Please, I beg of you. I've never read a Marianne Curley book before but a lot of people seem to love Old Magic so I thought, what the hell, Hidden has a pretty cover and the blurb sounds decent even though most angel books turn into fails, at least for me they do. So... I. Read. IT! I read it after dropping it two months ago. It was so painfully stupid. The characters! My God! The insta love is in warp speed. And it happens twice. Please, take your time so it sinks in. It happens twice! This girl feels this insane attraction and 'love' for two guys. She is such an immature brat. She disobeys her mother and gets into more trouble at every turn. Oh. I can just feel this headache thumping inside my head. It's pounding more and more. And the mother is not any better than her daughter. It's probably genetic. Just picture yourself being 15 or 16 and telling your friends how mean your mum is for not allowing you a lot of things. Picture her being stupid, because there is no way a mother can be smarter than her child. No way. Sounds familiar? There you go! I'm sure we've all done it once or twice. But we aren't smarter than our parents, at least not till our boobs stop growing. Who wouldn't be pissed off if s/he had to deal with this type of ridiculous characters and storyline in general? I wanted to like it. I even put it on my wishlist so I could order it. I'm glad I waited and wasn't blinded with the pretty cover.

  • Rashika (is tired)
    2018-09-28 07:17

    I started this book with rather high hopes. I am not big on angel books because of bad experiences with them, but the summary of this book lured me in.Oh god I don’t even know where to start with how terrible this book was. It broke my heart into little pieces. I was almost bawling by the end of it because it was so BAD!For someone who is too lazy to read this whole rant. Here is what you need to know. The main character is involved in a love triangle where both the ‘romances’ are insta love. Now that I have that cleared up let’s start with the Ebony. I hate her. By the end of the book all I was hoping for was the fact that she would die. She is a nightmare of a main character. She is extremely pathetic as well. In the beginning I didn’t think she was that bad. When told she was adopted, she had the reaction I had been looking in all the other books where characters find out they are adopted, she asked why they couldn’t have told her earlier, because the fact that she was adopted wouldn’t change the fact that she loved them and that she knew they loved her, so why? I was so glad that she wasn’t going to be a stupid main character but it was all a lie.When Ebony first encounters Jordan, she starts rambling and then she stares in his eyes and she feels something. Ohmergerd. It was love at first sight. However, what happened in this encounter was that she accidently bumped into Jordan but because she is so strong he kind of goes smack against the wall. At some point during the conversation he states that she is strong and then she goes all awkward. Now what I don’t get is that is there something wrong with being strong? Girls cannot be strong?Later on we found out that this connection they had was because she was his guardian angel. You cannot imagine my joy at that point. I thought this book was going to be everything I hoped Halo would have been. Where the girl goes around saving the guy’s ass and you know protecting him. Well the joke was on me because Jordan is about a hundred times smarter than this doofus.Now then we must continue on to her stupidity. She wants answers yet when Jordan and Thane are actually trying to give them to her, she goes in denial and runs away from that. I mean when the dude Zavier comes she is intrigued, and even though her senses tells her to run away, she stays and listens to what he has to say but when it comes to Jordan and Thane. Nooo she just won’t listen. Does she have a thing for bad guys?If I thought the whole situation with Jordan was insta-love.. I don’t know what I was talking about. The situation with Thane was insta-love redefined. Despite the fact she was so vary of Thane, when she actually meets him, its love at first sight again. She feels like she finally belongs. At this point I was hoping for lightening to strike and kill her or me. I was on the verge of tears because this book was so awful.This girl needs to get serious help.She spends a good part whining about finding her parents but when she actually meets the angels? She doesn’t even bother to tell them what she learned from them, because that couldn’t help at all could it?She spends such a large portion in denial even though she’s the angel whereas Jordan, who is merely a human, is more open to the idea than she is. Talk about irony.Now moving on to Jordan, who was our male lead and is also apparently not a love interest anymore. I didn’t like him at first. I was pretty sure he was crazy but he was so much better than Ebony, it’s ridiculous.In the beginning of the book we see him get beaten up to death by someone who used to be his best friend and who he thought of like a brother. This dude ruined his whole life based on something that wasn’t even true and almost killed him but Jordan still feels bad for him and doesn’t want him to go to jail. I was pretty annoyed at this point because it doesn’t make sense at all. Oh it’s nice he is forgiving but justice is a big deal. The thing is he didn’t even try to fight when Adam was beating him up. Does he have no sense of self-preservation?Jordan does become a whole lot smarter as the book goes on and he actually seems like a real teen to me. The author doesn’t present him as a tortured bad boy but someone with a bad past who is actually a nice person. Which is appreciated. What is not appreciated is the fact that the author spends so much time building his character just to throw in a love triangle and make his chances of actually getting the girl impossibly low. It makes no sense to me. I actually came to like Jordan. He made some stupid decisions but male leads like him in YA are kind of rare, he seems like a real teen but he isn’t completely stupid or an ass for that matter.I also hate how Jordan is smarter than Ebony. Ebony is his guardian angel for crying out loud, yet he is the one comforting her and trying to make her understand. It’s like Halo all over again except its better. All I want is a book where for once the girl will be the one kicking ass and protecting the guy. Is that too much to ask? Is it too much to want a female lead who isn’t stupid and isn’t busy dreaming about guys?The thing is the whole love triangle thing would have been a whole lot more bearable if both the relationships were developed, but none of them were. They are both based on some E.T. (for the lack of a better term) connections and none of the characters actually put in the effort to learn anything about each other. (Not counting Jordan and Thane’s relationship).Amber is really flat character. She was a major part of the book or otherwise I wouldn’t have even brought her up. I mean she is supporting and what not but there is nothing else to her. There is no depth.Thane. Now I liked Thane when it was just him and Jordan, when Ebony steps into the picture he just becomes a love sick puppy who forgets all about Jordan. It’s ridiculous. I don’t even know what’s so special about her and I think Jordan deserves a lot better than a whiny little girl. Jordan and Thane probably had the strongest relationship in the book now that think about it. They actually get to know each other. Ooo I have an idea.. how about Jordan and Thane runaway together and leave Ebony to die? I can die happy. WANTED: A MISSING PLOT This book seems to be missing a plot. Half way through the book Jordan and Ebony have only met once and nothing else is happening. There is a lot of world building going on but NOTHING IS HAPPENING. Nothing happens until the last 1/4th of the book and by then I was bored to death. It’s SLOW.I think this book was only an introduction into this world and that exciting stuff is to come later on in the series but the last 1/4th couldn’t redeem the book for me. It had the opposite effect. It made me despise the book.At this point all I want is for the Evil Prince to kidnap Ebony and destroy her. I don’t think I can read the sequels after what this book did to me. I’ll admit to secretly wanting to know who she ends up with (if it’s Thane this book was… I don’t even know what to say because it was already a waste of my time).All I really want right now is a good book and tons of comfort food and maybe a hug. This review has also been posted onmy blogInitial Reaction I think I am going to cry because I am so happy I finished this book.This was so painful. SO unbelievable painful.It wasn't even the angel stuff that bothered me but everything else!I hate what happens with Jordan. I hope Ebony dies and rots in hell. I need to go get meself some comfort food.

  • Suzanne
    2018-10-19 06:31

    While I've been feeling quite fed up with angel books lately, when I was offered this one for review, my interest was piqued. It's a different take on angel lore. There's no God or Devil, or Heaven or hell. But a King of Angels and a Dark Prince who reside in different realms. The concept of how the Dark Prince came to be is pretty similar, with the Dark Prince creating an army and waging war against The Angel King. There's a realm where the angels reside, a realm where mortal souls go after they die and The Dark Prince's realm. But the treaty that ended the war, allows the Dark Prince to wander the earth and collect souls.Ebony knows she's different. She's faster, stronger and has better senses than any of her friends. She's never sick and when she gets hurt, she heals really quickly. She's had an extremely sheltered upbringing, even having never left the valley where she was born. At age 16, she's really had enough of this, which causes a lot of arguments between herself and her mother. One night, after she's sneaked out to a club, events occur which cause her to confront her parents once and for all when she gets home to find them waiting for her. I found this book to be well written with really enjoyable characters. It's written from the POV of Ebony and Jordan, and I instantly liked them both. They are both really different people, with very different upbringings but they are brought together by events that are unbelievable to both of them. Thane and the angels were great secondary characters. While we spend very little time with some of them, I still found it easy to like and build interest in them. There isn't much romantic interlude here, but what little there is, I did enjoy. And there's an action packed battle that had my heart pounding in my chest. In my opinion, Hidden was a fast paced page turner that I didn't want to put down.

  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    2018-09-29 05:22

    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibrarySUMMARYEbony is a sheltered, naïve sixteen year old who doesn’t know she is really a kidnapped angel, hidden away in a valley while her real family searches for her. When she bumps into her charge outside a nightclub, the good guys finally find her, and now they have to convince her to return to Avena before the evil dark prince comes to claim her as his bride.WORLDBUILDINGThe worldbuilding was light on: there was no explanation of where angels come from or if they are related to God. While humans have free will, angels fall in love and marry, so they’re not the traditional Christian interpretation of angels. Ebony is even raised as an atheist and has a hard time accepting that she is an angel.While the story was set in the real world, there were numerous references to other realms and dimensional teleportation portals the angels use to travel between those realms. One of the thing I did like is that only people who can fly can travel between the portals, so until Ebony grows her wings, she’s stuck on Earth. The other thing I liked was that the setting was so clearly Australian. It was cool to see an angel battle in the Australia bush.CHARACTERS + RELATIONSHIPSThe relationships really took the cheap and easy way out: Ebony and Jordan have this special ‘bond’ courtesy of being Guardian Angel and charge, while Ebony and Nathaniel (Thane) have a special bond because they are destined to marry. There was no building of these close bonds, they just suddenly erupted into being. Similarly, Ebony’s best friend Amber was her best friend long before the opening page, and although I liked seeing Amber being protective towards her best friend, I just kind of felt that she was there so Ebony wasn’t surrounded by masculine energy all the time.WHAT WORKED/DIDN’T WORKThe romance failed. Jordan seemed to think he was in love with Ebony while everyone thought he wanted Sophia. Thane was creepy but after her initial hesitation (because trusting Thane right away would have been weird and lacking conflict) she seemed to trust him, and he was always picking her up and carrying her places like a good damsel in distress.Adam Skinner’s situation didn’t ring true: for attempted murder he’s released into custody and then somehow becomes the pawn of the evil guy who wants Ebony – this evil guy, who could not have known about the animosity between Jordan and Skinner.The plot didn’t exactly wrap up some loose ends, leaving it open for the sequel. And certain worldbuilding rules such as ‘There is NO WAY the bad guys can break into this fortified, protected, magical space’ quickly turned to ‘Oh noes, the bad guys have breached our defences!’While the writing was generally a bit clumsy, leaving me to wonder at motivations and introspections, the plot kind of seemed like it was written by a teenager – the beautiful, naïve, innocent but secretly powerful girl being chased by her true love, her new male BFF, and the evil guy who just wants to bone her. Kind of reminds me of House of Night, with Zoey Redbird and all of her ‘legitimate’ boyfriends.Also, I have an issue with the blurb. It says:“She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing.”Now, in the book, nothing indicates that she is becoming more beautiful every day – there is a reference to her being taller and curvier than Amber, and that she’s suddenly grown boobs, but nothing about her daily increasing beauty. We see one instance of her being strong, which is when she knocks Jordan into a wall but we hear much more about how she’s an uncannily fast runner and skips gym class. And not once do I recall an instance of her glowing apart from when she healed Jordan. So I kind of feel like the blurb was a little misleading.OVERALLWhile I was reading it I just kept reminding myself that it’s written for teenagers and trying to imagine that I was the kind of teen who liked to pretend I was the main character in the book I was reading. Maybe that way I would be charmed by the hot angel and his also-hot nemesis, fighting over me *swoon much?*

  • Aras Redan
    2018-10-06 09:11

    I really wanted to like this book. I can't even describe how much. I love Marianne Curley, I love her Guardians of Time trilogy as it is one of the first novels I've read and it is my definite favourite on my shelves. But no matter how much I tried, I couldn't get into 'Hidden'. It wasn't bad. Not at all. It was just okay, and unfortunately, I had very high expectations. In 'The Named', I loved every single character. They were all unique, different and loveable. But the only character in this novel that I really liked, was Jordan. Jordan was funny and he was easy to warm up to, and I was definitely rooting for him more than for Thane for sure. Jordan was the only thing I loved about this novel. Ebony was bland to me, she had a personality and wasn't a Mary Sue but she didn't seem to have any other emotions other than sarcastic, disbelieving or just neutral, and the way she treated Jordan, was exactly like how you would treat your loved dog, it was kind of condescending, especially because he loves her. Thane was probably the least likeable character in the book. He was the typical Adonis, who has supposed to be sexy, sensitive, loving and just plain perfect. And that was exactly what he was. He was too good, he had no flaws, no insecurities and wasn't interesting or compelling in any way. And now I talk about the love triangle: Noooooooo. Jordan loves Ebony, and initially I was sure that Ebony loved Jordan, believe me, it certainly seemed that way, and I was pleased I thought: Finally here's two characters that are drawn to each other when they first meet but don't love each other in the instant die hard way I read a lot and they don't start babbling on about how attractive the other is for ten pages. I was excited to read a developed romance. Then came Thane. He ruined everything. Insta-love. Ebony and Thane set eyes on each other and it was Insta-love. And I thought: What just happened. Ebony claims that she started her life with him and that she feels she had to finish it with him and that's why she loves him. It wasn't a good reason at all,it didn't even make sense to me, it was insta-love. It didn't do it for me for a lot of books and it certainly didn't do it for me this time around. Needless to say, I much preferred Jordan but I know that it's not going to happen. The plot wasn't that exciting, it was kind of boring and predictable and I didn't really enjoy it. I have a series called 'The Iron Fey' where I was really upset over the romance because I liked one guy better than the other but my guy didn't 'win' the love triangle. But that didn't affect my judgement on the book because I loved the characters, the setting, the action and everything else. But in this book the plot couldn't save the love interest from my judgement. I'm really upset that i didn't like this book and unfortunately it defied everything that I liked about The Named. I feel like Marianne wrote this book to be like all the other Young Adult authors who are successful, but I loved The Named because of it's originality and I feel like Marianne's creativity was lost in this novel.

  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    2018-09-25 04:04

    3. 5 StarsEven aimed at the younger teen audience, I still found it entertaining and really engaging. Who doesn't enjoy smoking hot angels.

  • Amy (Turn the Page)
    2018-10-14 05:29

    I’ve been wait­ing eight years for Mar­i­anne Cur­ley to write another book. So I’m kind of gut­ted that when it finally arrived, I mean­dered through to 40% before decid­ing to put it aside.Mar­i­anne Cur­ley was one of my favourite authors grow­ing up. I love Old Magic and her Guardians of Time tril­ogy and have read them all sev­eral times, though not for many years now. I have to won­der if I’d still love them as much if I picked them up for the first time today. Would I have the same trou­ble with them as I did with Hid­den?Per­haps Old Magic also fol­lowed a trend at the time it was writ­ten — but at the time, it wasn’t like any other book I had read. It was a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of my favourite things: magic, romance, the good guys fight­ing the bad guys and a strong his­tor­i­cal feel.Well, not much has changed — I’ll still pick up any book that promises those things — but I’m also far more aware of what’s out there now. I know what’s pop­u­lar and what’s been done to death and I know what I’m per­son­ally bored of, or turned off by, in YA. I’m (slightly) bet­ter read. And Hid­den, sadly, is just too generic for me to muster any inter­ested in it. It feels lazy to me. I got prac­ti­cally half way through and noth­ing stood out. It feels like the same story that’s been cir­cu­lat­ing the para­nor­mal YA book­shelf for a cou­ple of years now and I couldn’t help but com­pare it to more pow­er­ful writ­ers I’ve come across since I last picked up a Cur­ley novel.Per­haps it was unfair of me to even request to review Hid­den. I had strong mis­giv­ings just after read­ing the syn­op­sis. Frankly it sounded like a book I’d hate. But I so wanted to be surprised.Instead I was bored. Hid­den fails to invoke any sort of ten­sion or intrigue. The character’s were unin­spir­ing, cliché and just plain for­get­table. Ebony’s only attrib­utes are that she is clumsy and awk­ward and has unusual, strik­ing eyes and an unnat­ural strength. Jor­dan falls for her at first sight. He has a mys­te­ri­ous, tragic back-story, one he’s intent on pun­ish­ing him­self for for most of the book. With his typ­i­cal bad boy image, Jor­dan is mis­judged by the entire town, while Ebony is uni­ver­sally (we’re told) loved by it.The dia­logue is awk­ward and jar­ring. Ebony is (appar­ently) extremely intel­li­gent, but comes across instead as con­de­scend­ing, not to men­tion com­pletely unre­al­is­tic. It’s very dif­fi­cult to take a sixteen-year-old pro­tag­o­nist seri­ously when she says things like:‘Today, my beau­ti­ful friend -’ I lean for­ward to pat Shadow’s ele­gant neck and whis­per in his ear — ‘you will have a chance to stretch your long Ara­bian legs and we will fly together as if you have wings.’Or one who talks to her par­ents like this:‘Some­one black­mailed you into silence! What hap­pened to your brains? This man didn’t want you to expose his crime so he could go on sell­ing more stolen babies.’…‘What about the non-belief sys­tem by which you raised me?’ …‘I promise you both it won’t change our rela­tion­ship, but you know me. You raised me to accept noth­ing less than facts sub­stan­ti­ated by a sec­ond source.’Jordan’s dia­logue, on the other hand, mostly con­sisted of:‘It’s bril­liant, man’…‘Just be straight with me dude, and we’ll get on fine.’…‘Get out of here!’…And,‘No shit’.There’s also some seri­ously clunky info-dumping, whereby two angels explain the entire back-story, and every­thing we need to know about their kind, to Jor­dan in one overly long conversation.Hid­den just isn’t for me. I expect it will go down well enough with the thir­teen to six­teen year-old demo­graphic this book is aimed at, and at the end of the day, there’s noth­ing wrong with that. I went through my stage of inhal­ing those kinds of books then too. I’ve just out­grown them.I don’t think Hid­den will reach the same pop­u­lar­ity as other books in the genre have over the last few years. It’s too late, too tired, for that. But I wouldn’t be sur­prised if Hid­den has it’s share of read­ers who enjoy it, just as I enjoyed Old Magic ten years ago.Regard­less, of how I feel about this one, Curley’s ear­lier books will con­tinue to have a spe­cial place on my book­shelf. Hid­den how­ever, won’t be join­ing them.*Many thanks to Blooms­bury and Net­Gal­ley for mak­ing Hid­den avail­able for review*

  • Sarah
    2018-10-05 04:18

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.)Ebony has always known that she was different, but her parents have never been open to talking about her and their family. When Ebony finally forces her parents to talk to her, they tell her something she wasn’t expecting – she’s not their biological daughter.Jordan is a normal kid who has not had the best of starts in life. He’s currently in foster care after his parents died, and has even spent time in a juvenile detention facility. When he meets Ebony he is intrigued by her violet eyes, but he has other problems when an old friend tries to kill him.Ebony sets out with the intention of finding the man who gave her to her parents, even though they told her that they’ll be in danger if anyone discovers that they have told her her true heritage, and then her parent’s house explodes and burns to the ground.Jordan survives his stabbing, and is then visited by an angel called Nathaneal, who tells him that it’s now his job to help find a girl called Ebrielle who is really an angel, who was stolen at birth.Is Ebony Ebrielle? What do the angels want with her? And what happened to Ebony’s real parents?I thought this book was okay in the beginning, but the further I got into it, the more unbelievable it became, and the more I felt like I was forcing myself to read on.Ebony was an okay character, but she was a little stupid at times. She totally didn’t take what her parents were telling her seriously, and the first chance she got she went against what they had told her, and not only that, but she led her best friend into danger as well.When she was told that her parents are most likely dead, she just argued! I know denial is a stage of grief, but to point blank refuse to accept even the possibility that they are dead, when she knows that they were threatened should they ever tell her about her unusual heritage, their house exploded and burned to the ground, their car was in the garage, and there are no records of them travelling anywhere is a little unbelievable for me.Jordan was another okay character, but he was pretty spineless. He didn’t accept what he was told by the angels initially, but he didn’t take much convincing. He was even pleased to go with Nathaneal when he realised he drove a Lamborghini! He didn’t immediately think of Ebony and her violet eyes and her super strength when he was told he was looking for a missing angel named Ebrielle either which seemed a little dense.I found it really difficult to connect with either Ebony or Jordan, they were both just dull, a little self-centred, and didn’t make good decisions.The storyline was okay, but I have to say that I was bored. Some parts were just unbelievable, other parts cliché, and the info dumps drove me crazy.When Nathaneal started explaining exactly what was going on to Jordan I seriously considered not carrying on reading. It was such a massive info dump! The last book that was like this that I can remember was ‘Undeadly’, and this was no different – it was like reading an encyclopaedia. I don’t know about you, but I find encyclopaedias pretty dull unless it’s a subject I’m really interested in, and I really wasn’t interested enough in this book to appreciate this giant history lesson! Jordan got quite a few sermons like this from Nathaneal, and they were all pretty bad. If I had been Jordan being told all this stuff I would probably have fallen asleep.Then there’s a blo*dy love triangle! I mean please?! First Ebony is instantly attracted to Jordan, and then Nathaneal makes some kind of move! As if this book wasn’t bad enough already, the author throws in a love triangle! Worse, Nathaneal tells Jordan that he has a fiancée waiting for him back home, but then I was confused when he later spoke to Ebony as I wondered if he was actually hinting that she was his fiancée? Not sure. Ebony seemed to be instantly drawn to Nathaneal as well though, so I really don’t know what will happen there! I know that some people hate insta-love though, and there was two cases of that in this story!Overall; I thought that this book was dull, cliché, and probably more suitable for a younger mg/ya audience, as the story did seem quite childish. I’m sure there are people who will like this, but I personally can’t recommend it.4 out of 10.

  • Becky
    2018-10-10 07:24

    I received a copy of this in the post from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Actually receiving this was a surprise, but an awesome one. I loved reading her 'Guardians of Time' trilogy as a teenager and I still have them on my shelves, but she disappeared and I wondered why, then I got this book and I was really excited. There was an accompanying note explaining her absence for the last 7 years and reading her story made me admire her all the more.Anyway, I knew I wanted to read this as soon as I could, I had a feeling I would really enjoy it but I was also a little bit nervous. I am older now (obviously) and my tastes have changed quite a bit, what if it wasn't as good as I remember her writing being? Nevertheless I got stuck in and I am happy to say my fears were unfounded, I found myself captivated by the story and wanting to know more. The characters and their world grabbed me quickly and pulled me in. This book is told in first person but from two different people. Chapters alternate between them but they do feature in each others chapters which adds an extra dimension to it all. Ebony has always been sheltered - her parents not letting her do anything, no going out, having fun, they even homeschooled her for a while, but now she is sixteen and wants more from life. She is thankfully now at school, but still not allowed to do things 'normal' kids are doing, but it's all starting to change. I quite liked Ebony as a character but I found her story fairly predictable, I could see how things were linked and layed out - however I think that was at least partly deliberate. I did still find myself liking her - she has a noble heart and tries to think of others before herself, she doesn't break down when things go wrong but tries to carry on. Then we meet Jordan, his life is basically the exact opposite - a kid gone through the care system with some bad memories and things that still haunt him, His story makes your heart ache and you can't help but want him to find happiness. I think he is probably my favourite character in this book. Even after all the rubbish he's gone through he still tries to help Ebony and make things right in the world. He has a strong inner strength and I just felt drawn to him.As the blurb says, this is a story about finding the stolen angel, I've seen a few books recently focusing on angels and I'm never sure what to make of them, some I've read and really enjoyed, others I haven't but this one was well set up, had great 'history' to the story and was actually very believable as a concept and storyline. There are quite a few characters but they all bring something to the storyline and help speed the pace and plot. There is a real sense of mystery particularly on Jordan's past and then both of their futures, it makes you want to read more just so you can find out more. I had to read this in bits due to work schedule etc, but I found myself itching to get back to it when I had to put it down. This book was actually quite addictive and I didn't want to leave it. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger- it's obviously set for a sequel and I really want to know what will happen. I need more.All I can really say is: Welcome back Marianne Curley, you certainly haven't lost your touch, and I am so pleased to have you back, Better than ever!

  • Louise
    2018-10-06 06:10

    I thought this was alright at the beginning, but the further I got the worse it became. The lectures that the angel gave jordan were so long and boring, and the storyline was so silly in places. Why would Ebony get into a car with some random guy she didn't know? especially when he was talking rubbish! he could have been an escaped mental patient for all she knew!I didn't like the love triangle either. I liked Jordan better than the angel, but the moment ebony saw the angel she was like - i love him! we're ment to be together! give me a break.

  • Becky
    2018-09-25 07:31

    This was a great book that got me out of a reading slump that I had been in since my grandma passed in February. This is a book about angels, my first one. I have always been intrigued into how they deal with the concept of angels. This book has edged me to read more angel books. This book is based around a girl called Ebony who does not know she is an angel. She meets a boy called Jordan who she feels drawn too. She is then swept into a world, that she knows nothing about until Thane shows up and tells her she is a angel. Throughout the book, she comes to terms with what is happening and has to make some decisions that could mean a completely different world to the one she is living. Which one will she is choose? You have to read the book to find out. Ebony was a good main character. She was a stubborn cold bitch sometimes but I suppose I would be too if I had to go through what she was going through. Amber is her best friend and she came to be one of my favourite characters. She would do anything for the ones she loves and in a sense I could relate a lot to her in the book. Now, there is a love triangle in this book so if you are not a fan of those, then you may struggle with this book. Jordan is the first boy you meet and from the start you are rooting for him. He is a mis-understood lad who gets blamed for something he did not do. I am looking forward to seeing where the next book takes him as he has a hard decision to make. Thane is the missing piece to the triangle and I was not a fan. He was a bit to cocky for me and big for his boots. Team Jordan all the way. The other characters were also very well portrayed, you had a wide range of characters that each had their own little quirks. One thing I would say is that this book was set in a place where I felt there could have been some wonderful description of the places they were. It kind of mad it hard for me to picture. Apart from that this book is great and grips you from the start.I am looking forward to reading the next instalment.

  • Ana
    2018-10-14 05:10

    3.5 Stars“Oh no! Another angel book!” must be what you’re thinking. Yeah, well, angels are the new hype so… another angel book it is! I actually enjoyed Hidden very much. It was short but wow, a lot of things (A LOT!) happen in around 350 pages. Action, character info, romance… This book never gets boring.What I’m really happy about is that Ebony isn’t annoying as most of the main characters in YA are now. And *drum-roll* THERE IS NO INSTA-INSTA-LOVE! Why are there two “instas”? I can’t really say that insta-love doesn’t happen in Hidden. It happens and it doesn’t happen at the same time. It’s an angel book, guys, you guess what happens there.Ebony and Jordan’s first meeting is hilarious and cute. Ebony is stronger than most but she doesn’t know why in the beginning so she tries to hide it from others but when meeting Jordan, lets’ say that what she did would scare most people! But Jordan starts to feel attracted to her, obviously.Now, without spoiling the book, let’s talk about another character. Ebony is, as the blurb says, a stolen angel, and an angel, Thane, came to earth to retrieve her. He tells Jordan what he and Ebony are. Even though he knows Jordan’s feelings for Ebony, he asks him to help him save Ebony from the dangers that are coming and make her believe in him. The all “heaven chooses who the angels marry” is a bit lame and kind of gives away the whole plot but that is what the author wanted so… What happens in the end is a little too predictable and I think everyone knew what was going to happen. That was a little disappointing, but I liked the way it ended. What I wasn’t expecting was the little deal that Jordan made in the end.“Three hearts, two worlds, one secret”. This tag line fits the book perfectly. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review*Also on my blog: Chibi Reader

  • Lucy Powrie
    2018-10-16 10:29

    DNF REVIEW:I received this for review from the publisher via NetgalleyI must first of all say that I did not finish this book, through choice of my own, so my review will not be a reflection of the entire novel, only the part that I did read. I had high expectations for Hidden, mainly because I know a few people who had really enjoyed it but, sadly, this wasn't the case for me. Maybe it's because I had such expectations that I didn't like it, but I guess we'll never know.From the start, it is evident that Ebony is different. Even she knows it, but she doesn't know why. Why can she run faster than everybody else? Why does she have violet eyes? Why does she have the ability to heal? These were questions that were answered fairly early on in the book so the reader isn't left guessing, something that I really liked about the novel.Narrated by Ebony and Jordan, both of our protagonists, we got to see this book from a multiple perspective. I liked that because it meant that we got to see a larger part of the story rather than a tiny part if there were only one narrator. I haven't read a lot of books featuring insta-love but this is one of the few that I will be adding to my insta-love shelf. I've now found that insta-love bugs me and I won't be reading another book with insta-love featured in it for a long time. I loved the concept of this novel and, although I've read quite a few books with a similar plotline, this one had many unique aspects. I found the characterisation very poor and wanted to scream at Ebony and Jordan on numerous occasions. Jordan irritated me more and more as the book progressed. This was one of the reasons why I put the book down. Whenever I pick up a book I want to be able to relate to the characters and feel something towards them, whether it be sympathy or hate for an antagonist. I didn't, however, feel any of those things for either Ebony or Jordan. I don't think I'll be reading anything else written by this author because I think I'm slightly too old to be reading this thing. It felt forced to me and I wasn't comfortable with reading it. I do understand, however, why it may appeal to other people. This book was sent to me for review by the publisher via Netgalley

  • Shane
    2018-10-24 06:23

    Hidden had an intriguing concept. There was the potential to be a really wonderful book but due to several factors the story wasn't as impressive as I wanted it to be. I had a hard time trying to collect my thoughts to write a review that wouldn't come off overly critical in any way because I respect the author and I want to give her my honest opinion in the most respectful manner I can. So here goes.I liked the general setting; the world building was good. But at the same time it was a bit tamed. I'll leave it there because I liked where Marianne was going with it and there's something unique even though she incorporated elements heard of throughout time. Character wise, I didn't connect with Ebony or Jordan much. I found the latter a bit wimpy as oppose to what he's overcome in past events, though, it's understandable anyone would be frightened should they find themselves faced with such celestial beings and otherworldly situations. Ebony on the other hand confused me on a number of occasions. There were times she was willing and eager to learn more about herself but when things were getting unraveled it seemed she just suddenly changed her whole attitude. I was annoyed with her throughout the book but not enough to stop reading because I was interested to discover how things would end. Someone I liked having around was Amber. She was such a great friend and I would love to have her POV on things in the second book, possibly. Her character was so easy to love. Amber was next to perfection and I loved her personality. I think Marianne did a good job bringing Amber to life in my head. It almost felt like she was my friend in real life. The pace was a bit slow for me. There were details I thought could have been shortened, while others seemed bundled towards the end. However, like I've mentioned before the story was intriguing with all the heavenly aspects and the inclusion of romance. I thought the overall writing was good and the author's ability to describe the surrounding was impeccable because I envisioned everything she wrote. Though I had an issue with the pace, the cheesy moments, and my inability to connect with the main characters, I am interested in seeing how the story continues from here on.

  • Katie_la_geek
    2018-10-17 08:05

    For this review and more my blogI really wanted to like Hidden as I have been a fan of this author in the past but unfortunately there were a few to many issues with this book and I just couldn’t get into it at all. Hidden is not necessarily a ‘bad’ book, it is written well and has a good pace and structure but that isn’t enough to make a book entertaining. The big problem with Hidden is that it feels terribly dated. I have been reading YA for ages now and in the last few years have loved seeing how it has evolved and developed, it is a lot smarter now, a lot braver then it was and has more serious storylines and relationships. It has come a long way but Hidden just is not with the rest of the pack. It reminded me of YA pre Twilight in its simplicity and language. On top of that the plot and characters are clichéd. You have a perfect girl who has no idea how special she is and you have two boys vying for her attention. One is perfect and enthralling the other is troubled but adorable. I cannot count how many times I have come across this and to be honest it has gotten old. I am officially done with Mary Sues and love triangles. What doesn’t help is that it is really unbelievable. I know that books about angels are not exactly a magnet for normal everyday storylines but I at least expect characters to behave in a normal and understandable way to what is going on around them. And then to add insult to injury there was a case of the dreaded insta-love.Marianne Curley has and always will have my utter respect. I admire her bravery and applaud her for getting back into writing after being ill. Hidden is not a bad book to come back with and I think many readers, especially readers in their early teens will really like it, but it was unfortunately not for me.The publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Tyler-rose (The Reading Pile)
    2018-10-24 03:04

    I think I've had Hidden on my shelf for quite some time now, nearing probably 5/6 months now. But due to University I've only just gotten round to reading again, full stop. However as soon as I realised that Hidden was a book about angels (and it helps that it was the first review book I came across whilst figuring out what to read first!) I was excited to read it, and couldn't put it down! Ebony is an interesting character but I loved her. She was a typical angsty teen who was annoyed at her parents for keeping her cooped up, so she snuck out. And by sneaking out she meets Jordan. Jordan has had a pretty rough life also, and it doesn't get any better from here on out. For example, he dies soon after the book begins - not to worry, it doesn't last long! But from the first chapter I was hooked on them. I loved them both, I loved them together and I loved them apart. I thought both characters were well written, the story was well paced after the huge fight at the beginning - which could have been a downfall if it hadn't been paced properly. All in all, the book was very enjoyable and entertaining. The angels in this novel were quite different to the angels I met in Lauren Kate's Fallen series and in Cynthia Hand's Unearthly series. But I still love them, and I love the way they were written and the way in which Gabriel (for example) speaks! Similarly, the demon twist was great also. Prince Luca I am not a fan of, but then again he's a bit of a *insert bad word here*. I was offered a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and I can honestly say I loved it. There isn't anything in this book I can fault, and I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel - anyone know when this is released?!

  • Donna {Book Passion for Life}
    2018-10-16 09:15

    After having Hidden sitting on my shelf for a good 6 months, I was unsure whether to read it or not. However when Suzanne from Paranormal Pages told me how much she loved this book, I decided to give it ago (despite the negative reviews I've seen). And honestly, I did enjoy it. Angel books tend to be either epic wins or epic fails and I have to say, this is the first time where I'm in the middle. While Hidden was a good read, I did have some problems with it, but not to stop me enjoying it completely...and here they are;- I loved that the story was told from Ebony and Jordan's point of view BUT, I don't honestly see why Jordan's was necessary to the story. - I was hoping the relationship between Ebony and Jordan would be explored more BUT when Thane came, it was none existent.- Ebony was a fiery and likeable character BUT sometimes here stubbornness annoyed me. She didn't take anything on-board and wouldn't listen to anyone.- While I enjoyed and was intrigued by the story, I sometimes felt that the dia­logue was at times, jumpy and I felt that the middle of the story was pumped with too much with information. - The ending was action packed and exciting BUT it ended so abruptly and wasn't all that shocking. So in all, while I did have some problems with Hidden, I still enjoyed it and would probably read the sequel if the opportunity came along.

  • Joy Mary
    2018-10-12 10:10

    Personally found this book to be amazing, within the first couple of pages its already getting well into the story so you aren't kept waiting for something interesting to happen for half the book. I just loved the story line, the characters, the writing and all.This is the first book of Marianne's that I've read so far, defiantly going to read some of her other books while I wait the the next book of the Avena series :)

  • L.L. Hunter
    2018-10-23 10:06

    Just finished reading my copy of Hidden and i knew i would love Ebony's story from the very beginning. She doesn't know who she is until she meets the intriguing Jordan and feel their intense connection, but that is nothing compared to what she feels when she meets Nathanael. Exciting and suspenseful and with a cliffhanger that will kill you, i totally recommend Hidden!

  • Amanda Canham
    2018-09-27 08:20

    Awesome! Marianne Curley has burst back onto the scene with an action packed angel story that is bright and wholesome, like a breath of fresh air in the plethora of dark and stormy paranormal YA novels out there. Breathtaking description, a strong female lead, two swoon worthy guys & an ending that will leave you desperate for more. A brilliant start to the series!

  • Shannon
    2018-10-09 03:28

    OMGDLSKDLkfdslgksklskdl;adk;aflsfslMARIANNE CURLEYYYYYYNEW BOOKI CAN'TCAN'TTTTTTTTTT

  • Vaniti
    2018-10-16 04:31

    She is writing something again! I am so excited I could burst! YAY! I can't wait

  • Emma
    2018-09-28 06:23

    REVIEW BY GRACE 8:7I have just finished reading Hidden, an urban fantasy novel, over a three-day period. Immediately, I associate with this book as I live very close to my best friend just like Ebony (one of the main characters) and Amber (Ebony’s best friend). Also, my favourite character is Ebony as I feel I am quite like her in some ways with her weird kinks ,being original and different to the rest as my eyes always seem to manage to get a compliment and I am known to some as a robot but in Ebony’s case she is an angel. However, that is only the start of the personal associations Ebony and I have in this novel. Hidden is unique as it mixes the real world (and how hard life is/can be) with the planned perfection angel world, Avena. Encapsulating is only one of many words I can use to describe Hidden as it drew me in right at the start. At the start I thought that Hidden could not improve but to my surprise my love for this book grew as I read further and further into the book. This book taught me about how lucky I am compared to others and how much we all take for granted.Hidden, is written as a “dialogue format” as each chapter is either led by Jordan or Ebony two of the main characters. I feel that the title Hidden, at the start confused me but as I read on I found that it is very appropriate because another main character, Nathaniel (but also called Thane), holds a “hidden” secret that is not discovered until the last chapters. I feel Hidden does not show the reader on the front or back cover (or in the summary) that it will have an association with angels.Therefore, this is one of the downfalls as someone might not like this genre but pick up Hidden as it has no indication of it on the covers if you have not read it. Fortunately, I do like this genre and felt that the story did really engage me and trap myself in its fantasy world. On the other hand, I liked the fact that the covers did not give much away as it meant I had to read in further to find out the meaning of the title e.c.t, but others might not be so keen on this idea. I also feel that the comment on the front cover, “Three hearts, two worlds, one secret”, aptly sums up the plot beautifully.Ebony, is adopted by “human parents”; however, her true identity is that of an angel with a pre-destined path in Avena. She has been searching for the truth for her whole life and now she is turning sixteen is adamant to find out about her violet eyes and weird kinks. Ebony knows something is wrong and she starts to question those close to her. Jordan is sent on a mission to help two worlds combine but will it work and who will find Ebony first.The plot, especially at the end, tugs on the readers emotion of attachment and sympathy for the main characters but at the same times displays to the reader the importance of relationships ; that as humans we can often take for granted. Hidden, provides an insight into Ebony’s life experiences (noting the complexity of life’s pathways and the impact of: adoption, loss of parents, the search for your own identity and most importantly, teenagers falling in love and trusting others as we grow into adulthood. Attachment, friendship and relationship matters we all can associate with, the fragility of these aspects, in informing us of our identity is explored. The storyline follows Ebony as she is encouraged by others to consider her true identity which opens up a world of “angels” unbeknown to her. Ebony is my favourite character because she is like me as she is into sports, she likes school unlike most people and she has friends who are trustworthy and always there just like mine are. I also love the fact that she always seems to focus on the positives in life but in addition,she shows that there is a point that someone (no matter who) can always start to break down. The reader acknowledges from this that everyone is fighting their own battle sometimes with others and sometimes on their own but I feel Ebony is quite an emotionally strong character as throughout this book some of her nightmares come true.Jordan, the other main character, is tough but vulnerable emotionally. As the storyline unfolds, Jordan realises the need in this world to stand by your dreams is very important, especially in relationships to fighting for the love of your life. Jordan’s character throughout Hidden is developed just like the others and different layers of thematic events unfold, impacting the relationships between the three main characters, Ebony, Jordan and Thane.Ebony’s confusion of love and trust for others, even those close to her build as the storyline progresses. Hidden, highlights how as a young teenager life can be hard with the absence of both or one parent when you are trying to enter the adult world and can also place these people in vulnerable circumstances as there is no one really there to give them support every hour of every day. However, the narrative shows the reader despite the rejection of parent support, strong attachments remain and children will sacrifice their well-being to support their parents.I felt while reading this book that there was an over load of swear or slang words used, which sometimes could ruin the atmosphere Marianne Curley created but also, it was not all necessary. In addition, the swear and slang words could interfere with the message being communicated to reader and was very repetitive which was one of the parts of Hidden I did not like. At certain moments this language could feel out-of-place in contrast of the rest of the text being more mature and thought-provoking. Also, this was only minor but still a downfall to Hidden, there was a grammatical error in the writing that must have not been found and corrected but otherwise I found the book a pleasure to read.I would have liked to have seen a relationship between Ebony and Jordan as when Ebony would have to make the decision there would have been more tension in the storyline. In addition I did not like Jordan’s “ending” in Hidden but I feel that if it was different it would have either been predictable or an offset to the storyline therefore, this ending did make me want more information. I did enjoy the storyline but I felt that Jordan could have had something happier happen to him at the end as he had already had a hard life.Hidden, was an excellent novel on the imagery side as it lightened the atmosphere which made the reader focus on the positive side more so than the negative side of the story. Hidden did have its moments of graphical repulsion and gore however, this was strongly counter balanced by the moments of inquisition, tension and mystery. The “unknown” being embedded into the novel’s storyline making me intrigued and interested to read on.Ebony’s values, personality and her early years history all came together to display her being quite needy of being loved and protected. Her hardships are fully exposed. Ebony’s loyalty to her family is something most of us can relate to.The use of a dialogue format between Ebony and Jordan in the first person and present tense, I feel helped to keep the reader encapsulated and wanting to read on. The fast pace of the storyline made it easy and enjoyable to read. The fantasy element of the storyline was thought-provoking for me about whether there is life after death and do guardian angels really exist. As I seemed to read on more deep questions kept occurring in my brain. The fictional context overlapping into reality raised other questions at times. Some of these were answered but not all as there is a sequel book, Broken, which I look forward to reading.A character, namely, Prince Luca (The Black Prince) is the dark angel and one who you would not wan to associate with. Ebony ironically feels like she needs to protect Jordan and Jordan feels he needs to protect Ebony. Ebony’s meeting with Thane and the angels who came to support him results in a discussion regarding Ebony’s real identity. However, at the same time, Ebony explores Thane’s relationship situation and if he is using her to complete his quest for a better life that is pre-determined by the angels in Avena. The laws of the angel world reinforce that people cannot be forced into making decisions. As such, given Ebony’s questioning of Thane’s motives and that Jordan’s support has been disclosed Ebony places herself in a vulnerable situation as earth is still Prince Luca’s hunting ground for many years to come.I think that the plot at some times was believable but Hidden is in the genre of fantasy so it would not be so believable as it included angels but I feel Curley did explain situations well for example, Ebony’s and Jordan’s back grounds and the problems that they both faced were explained in detail as the reader would have otherwise been confused as the book swaps between the real and fantasy worlds.The reader, at the end of Hidden, comes to shock and great sympathy is felt for Jordan. The unpredictability of the ending leaves open many pathways yet to be explored. The re-introduction of a character -Adam Skinner- who was prominent at the start of the storyline, adds further intrigue for the reader. The abrupt ending leaves the reader with so many questions that are not answered which clearly indicated to myself -the reader- that a second book was to follow Hidden. Upon exploring this, I confirmed my idea of there being a second book following. I now look forward to reading the second book ,which is the sequel to Hidden, Broken and if it is as enjoyable as Hidden I know I will enjoy it!I would recommend this to other if they liked fantasy novels but I think a lot a teens (mostly girls) would like Hidden as it also shows our society today just mixed in with the angel world but it includes aspects of romance and violence but this is not heavily focused on. I think this book is very unique and suits the age range of twelve to fifteen. It is completely different from another fantasy novel I read called Angelfall which I found it was more depressing than this book and darker however, they both mixed society with the fantasy world just in different ways. In my opinion, I think this is not similar to other novels in the fantasy genre as not many of fantasy books do included the mix of reality and the angel world ,they seem to focus on just one mostly being the fantasy world.My rating for this book is four out of five.

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2018-10-24 06:02

    Australian Edition publishing March 1st 2013

  • Zuzana
    2018-10-02 09:24

    I want to start by saying that I am a fan of Marianne's books. Or perhaps more of the concepts that she presents in them. The way she does it isn't always the best. This book is better than I remember it to be, though. The first half is actually really good and sometimes even funny - it did manage to get a few laughs out of me. The plot itself is good, too, mirroring Lucifer's fall and giving us what might come after it. Hidden does have one big problem though - its characters. We have two POV characters and that is Marianne's standard formating which I usually enjoy. One of them is really well written, funny, believable and relatable - the other one is the main character. Don't get me wrong, Ebony isn't a bad character from the start, at worst she's a bit bland and is estabillished as this "I'm not that special but there's something about me" character - but almost every YA heroine is build this way so I guess it's ok. She's trying to find herself and her body is changing in significant ways which is actually a great theme for young people. But all that is thrown out of the window as soon as she has a chance to get some answers. Nathanael is an enjoyable character too - in the first half of the book. His relationship with Jordan is probably the most significant relationship in the book altogether and it's nice seeing them grow fond of each other. But it all comes down to the moment when Ebony a Nathanael meet. I know they're meant to be, Marianne worked with this concept of soulmates before, but this time it just doesn't do it for me. It doesn't work. There is zero chemistry between them, Ebony doesn't trust him, she closes off and as I mentioned she doesn't want the answers, not really anyway - and the fact that his eyes are really pretty can't save that. But when they spend five minutes all alone, she loves him. And it's cringy. And while I always enjoyed Jordan's POV more, at this point I wished I didn't have to go through Ebony's chapters. Fortunately the antagonist is around the corner and we get some action and Ebony is presented with a tough choice. That isn't that tough really, I would go with Luca without hesitating. But I mean... the sound of your loved one's voice (whom you love for like an hour by now) is worth sacrificing the chance to see your parents and having peace on Earth for one thousand years. The last chapter is intriguing enough to leave us waiting for the next book though and Hidden itself leaves many questions to be answered too, which is great. But it's very easy to outgrow this book. It's a YA novel that takes a bit of that adult part out of it (although it gives us mentions of sex and some swearing and neither of these things were so distinct in Marianne's others books) which is not a bad thing. I'm sure it resonates with its target audience much better than with me, much better with the young than the adult - and I don't think I will come back to this book again.

  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    2018-10-03 04:03

    I receieved this e-ARC from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review. When I heard that the fabulous Marianne Curley was going to have a new release this year, I went a little nutso! I adored reading her time-travel/magic books from years ago. Even re-read them several times since back in that day new reads were hard to come by! Imagine that! So when I glimpsed Hidden on Netgalley I attacked and thankfully already had auto-approval from Bloomsbury!! And I was not disappointed! The reviews I've read so far--since this is already released in Australia and I believe the UK--have been mixed. And I can see why. I did enjoy this read a lot! Marianne continues to use the dual point of view between her heroine and hero--although in the Guardians of Time trilogy we had quite a few points of view from the cast of characters--and I still enjoy this because I like to know what our main characters are thinking. Ebony is a young teenage girl going through some awkward changes. She's always known she was a tad odd, she is very pretty for her age, graceful and the like and she's incredibly fast and pretty strong too! Add to all that having strange bumps on her back that start to protrude feathers and well, let's just say she begins to think she's more than an awkward teenager. Jordan is a bit different himself. After an altercation that left him dying, he is rescued by some angels. In exchange he's to help Thane out on Earth. And it involves Ebony. Thane believes Ebony is the lost angel he's been searching for for years. Trouble is, Ebony needs quite the bit of convincing of what she is. This part was a little odd, and yet at the same time I can get where Ebony needs more proof. True, she knows somethings different with herself, but when Thane and Jordan sort of bombard her with facts and details, it's too much for her to handle. Despite the immediate attraction she has to Thane, she just can't trust that they have her best instincts at heart. I first think, okay you know you have wings and other strange abilities and yet you can't believe what these two guys are telling you? That your life is in danger? But then again, these two guys, one she barely knows and another she doesn't yet feels a very strong connection to (Thane) are coming to her with this story that sounds too incredible to be real. But still, I kind of think Ebony should've been a little more open-minded to the idea after all she learned about herself. There's a lot of mystery building up in this one. We only get a brief indulgence of knowledge regarding the angels and the planes of existence that they inhabit. There are four with the good, the bad and the in-betweens. There's official names but I can't remember where they showed up in my e-galley nor their names, besides Avena. So some of it's a little confusing still. Thane isn't the only searching for Ebony, in fact there's a whole story behind Ebony and how she came to be on Earth. Prince Luca--our main bad buy--is also after Ebony for his own sinister purposes that involve her having his children. Creepy, right? But so much of the story focused on Ebony trying to get used to the idea that she is an angel and that Thane is only trying to protect her. Ebony just has so much doubt and disbelief that there wasn't much for plot building. Hidden definitely has that "first book" kind of feel to it where you have to be introduced to this new world and get the lay of the land. As far as romance goes, well, it's complicated. Isn't it always in YA? I feel like YA romance can be more complicated than the adult romance, but I guess because the teen years are pretty complicated! Anyway, there is some sort of connection between Ebony and Jordan. Since Ebony is an angel, Thane thinks it's because she is meant to be his guardian angel. That she has that protective streak to her and Jordan is the one she's meant to protect. Jordan feels an attraction for her pretty much since the beginning, but with all the chaos going on, there's really not time for romance. And then there's the immediate attraction Ebony feels for Thane, like a part of her just knows him even though she doesn't know him. It makes for a complicated love triangle, especially when Thane has a fiancee waiting back in Avena for him... Yeah, definitely complicated romance going on! But still, I did enjoy this one! I am positively elated that Marianne is writing again. While there's no time traveling or magic in this book like her previous books had, it still has its own unique flare to it. True, angel books can be hard to write, but I think Marianne did a pretty good job. Hers is a different kind of story, instead of focusing on the fallen angel falling in love with a human or something of the like, we have more focus on just angels. Both good and bad. Because of mixed reviews, I am not sure I can say this story is for everyone. Naturally, anyone is welcomed to give it a go. I'd say if you're looking for a different kind of angel story then go for it! If you love any and all kinds of angel stories, definitely! But if the whole teen romance thing is getting tiring--love triangles and drama, annoying heroines--you might want to think about it. While Ebony isn't overly annoying like some heroines, she does have her moments where you want to bop her upside the head. But again, I say I kind of understood where she was coming from in those minutes while at the same time wanting to bop her upside the head because I was like, really?! Hidden was still a fabulous read! Perhaps I might be a tad bias, since I adored Old Magic and the Guardians of Time trilogy--4 books I HIGHLY, highly recommend--and I don't want to not like this book, but I wouldn't say that's the case entirely. Just slightly! Still, I definitely enjoyed this novel and soooo cannot wait to see where Marianne takes the rest of the trilogy! Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars Hidden releases (in the US) June 25, 2013

  • Faith
    2018-10-03 04:31

    Originally posted HEREANGELS?! HOT ANGELS!That was pretty much the reason I picked up this book but there were unexpected elements which had me a tiny bit confused.Firstly, lets talk characters.Ebony: nothing surprising, oblivious to everything and mostly bland.Jordan: the same but whinier.Thane: the same but infinitely HOTTER.I think characters were the main letdown in this novel. Sure, they played a part but they were just so 2 dimensional. It was all action and reaction. There were certainly elements of thought and a characterising background but it lacked depth. They weren't vivid enough to leave a lasting mark. Each character blurred in front of me and I found myself confused when the POV changed because each character seemed too much the same.Ebony was sooo passive it bugged me. Her home is burnt down, her parents are missing but she still had this annoying attitude where she dismissed any possible explanation. There's a whole chapter where she refuses Thane and Jordan to explain the strange ongoings in her life.AREN'T YOU A LITTLE BIT CURIOUS?!I THINK SUPERNATURAL POWERS WOULD BE A SUITABLE EXPLANATION FOR YOUR SUPER WEIRD LIFE!!!On the other hand, Jordan was nice, too nice. All throughout the story he just wanted Ebony and it's exactly the same with Thane. They all pretty much liked each other because of each other's pretty looks. The insta-love was pretty much the basis of this story. AND IT MADE ME CRINGE. A lot of the paragraphs in Jordan and Ebony's POV were filled with cheesy lines like 'I can't deny this connection that we were made for each other.......Why do I feel like I've known you all me life?........I just know that we belong to each?'GAAAHHH!!!!!!WHY?! OH WHY?!Three chapters would've been enough to develop some sort of real relationship! It was a short book anyway!*Sigh.* Anyway, with that rant over I have to say it did keep me up all night. I definitely want to keep on with the series and see how this love triangle works out. In my opinion, there is no love triangle, just a third wheel. The concept behind this novel was brilliant! Avena, the Dark Prince: it was all verysimilar to Heaven's angels and the fall of Lucifer. I really enjoyed this concept and the fact that Curly went above and beyond with the whole angel scenario. And the amount of time Curley spent to develop this plot was perfect.All in all, an entertaining and interesting read which lack in characters but had a promising plot. I've heard good things about the rest of the series so I am hopeful that it gets better.

  • Philippa (Tea in the Treetops)
    2018-09-26 09:22

    This book was originally reviewed at Tea, Daydreams & Fairytales on 4th March 2013.This story is told from both the perspectives of Ebony, a violet eyed teenager who until recently was home schooled and has never left the valley her parents farm is located on, and Jordon, a tough kid in foster care who has had one too many things go wrong in his young life. When these two meet for the first time there is an instant connection that changes both of their worlds as you discover about Ebony's past and her bond with Jordon.I have never read this author before though she has a big fan base so I was really looking forward to giving this book a go. Hidden is marketed as a YA novel though I was quite puzzled by this at the beginning as it read more like a middle grade book to me, and what put me off completely was that the characters would use phrases that are definitely more adult like such as "wondering which girl he would be leaving the club with tonight". I felt that this was quite a contradiction and not a particularly good one, especially if young teens are going to pick this book up. As the story warms up, probably about a third of the way through, it definitely hits its stride and gets both interesting and settles into a more YA writing style.Ebony was a frustrating character, she starts off quite interesting, there is something different about her and she knows that she hears better than your average person and has above average strength and speed. Her parents are quite closed off and wont tell her and for some reason she doesn't push them about it for years. When you find out about her back story you would expect her to become even more interesting and want to learn more about her past however instead she becomes a stubborn mule who is completely unhelpful and provides 90% of the conflict and barriers in the story. Definitely an unenjoyable heroine for the most part.Jordon was more interesting however I'm not really sure where his storyline will take him for the remainder of the book series and I hope that they go into more details about the guardian/angel relationship as this seemed to be such a pivotal point in the book yet it was completely glossed over and barely mentioned again. There is some interesting back story about Jordon and his previous foster home experience that I found quite interesting and I'm not entirely sure what Adam Skinner's role is going to be for future books but I fully expect it to be fleshed out in the sequel.I did really enjoy Thane and the angels this was the highlight of the novel and I'm glad that this is really the heart of the overall story. I quite liked Prince Luca as a baddy and Thane was wonderfully patient with both Ebony and Jordon. I'm looking forward to finding out more about Thane's destiny and the angel homeworld Avena! While I'm not the biggest fan of insta love I think the storyline does compensate in this case for Thane and Ebony and I am looking forward to some nice romance in the future books.Overall this was a fast and fairly enjoyable read and though the book did have some flaws I would definitely pick up book 2 to find out what happens next. In saying that this definitely was not in the same league as the Unearthly trilogy by Cynthia Hand or The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington - both of which are completely brilliant angel series that I try to convince all friends to read.Thank you Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) for providing me with a copy of this novel for review. Hidden has just been released on the 1st March 2013 and can be purchased via the links below.

  • Nara
    2018-10-05 03:27

    Full review can be found hereThank you to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) for sending me an advance copy of Hidden through NetGalley. In no way did this affect my opinion of the book.First, Aussie author FTW.One thing I can say about Hidden is that it started off quite well. If I were to name the best scene of the book, it would be the one where Ebony and Jordan first meet. Oh Jesus, that was freaking hilarious. The two of them were so awkward and the way dialogue flowed, I could easily see the scene being played out in my mind. Oh man...it was so good. I won't spoil any of it for you by quoting it (although I was pretty tempted to do so), just read the actual book and you won't be disappointed (by that scene anyway).So, shortly after that hilariousness, we get a massive dose of action when Jordan is suddenly stabbed by someone. MAN DOWN! From there, we go on to get our first taste of the paranormal, with angels intervening to save Jordan's life. And while I suppose this action was what we needed, having this excitement at the start only served to increase the annoyance I felt during the middle of the book, where the pace was sluggish at best.A bit of background: basically, Ebony (real name Ebrielle) is an angel who has been "Hidden" on Earth by the evil angels, and now the good angels are trying to get her back to the Heavens.Let me pose a question. If you were trying to hide a girl from the angel world, and her real name was Ebrielle, why the freaking hell would you give her the name Ebony?! Make it easier for the enemy, why don't you! What is with this recent influx of incompetent angels...And then, when the angels actually find Ebony, they don't tell her that she's an angel because she won't trust/believe them. Which, you know, I suppose is reasonable, but why don't you just show her your wings?? Then she might believe you....On the other side of the coin, Ebony finds that she has started growing wings (or at least has feathers coming out of her back). WTF. If you have wings/feathers coming out of your back, you are clearly not normal. If you've read books, then yeah, you're kinda going to assume that you're an angel (or that you have some weird disease-which is actually probably more likely now that I think about it).After this irritating period of obstinacy on Ebony's part where she can't accept the fact that she's an angel, the pace picks up again. Particularly, towards the end, I flew through the novel as more action was brought in.RomanceCONGRATULATIONS! INSTALOVE ALL ROUND! One aspect of the romance which was sort of annoying was definitely the instalove. It was seen with both love interests, but especially with Jordan. I mean, seriously, the guy didn't even talk to her much before he suddenly decides that he loves her. And, no offense, but Jordan was pretty bland as a character. I don't know what it was about him, but I just wasn't feeling the connection that you should feel to a narrator.The other love interest, whose name I won't mention for fear of spoilers, was marginally more interesting, but:1. There was still instalove.2. I just realised there actually isn't a two for objections to this character. But instalove is enough to ruin a romance!I really hope that both relationships are explored in more depth in sequels, otherwise I may have to give up on this series.To conclude, I'd like to say that the ending was certainly.....interesting. I feel that I will probably read the sequel to see what happens.