Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Review : "Hidden" by M. Lathan

Hidden (Hidden Series, #1)Hidden by M. Lathan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Book Description:  Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She’d settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.

That’s the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist – at any moment, her cover could be blown and she’ll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.

Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won’t give up until they find her.

Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she’s ever met – human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.

Let’s hope she can stay hidden.

My thoughts:  Leah is an orphan in a Catholic Orphanage/School. There are many girls there. They were all orphaned during a war between humans and the witching world. The world is very anti-witch. Being caught as a witch could mean death. Leah is sixteen and has been hiding her witch powers for years.

She is the perfect victim for the bullies of the orphanage. The girls are not nice, they are very mean and abuse her constantly. In a moment of emotional torture, Leah is ready and able to kill her torturers. In that moment she is whisked away by a lady in a white light, a witch.

From that moment, Leah learns more than she wanted to know about her powers and the true status of witchcraft. She also learns about her birth parents and begins to go by the name her parents gave her, Christine, rather than Leah, the name the nun's gave her.

She learns about friendship, and begins to like herself. She learns that the world is not necessarily black and white. There are many shades and the common notions are not necessarily the correct notions.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to continue the journey that Leah/Christine is on. M. Lathan has done a wonderful job at setting up the world, expressing the climate, and good character development.

I would recommend this to older YA readers. There is violence, kissing, and sexual innuendo.

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