Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hidden Tour Stop

Hidden by M. Lathan
Series: Hidden, #1
Publication date: November, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal

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.

Ultimately, the deciding factor to whether or not I read a book. Some covers just look sloppy or cheap, while others are positively stunning. This cover fit in to the latter group. So of course, since it had an eye-catching cover, I decided to read it.
I had given up paranormal some time ago, mainly because I felt that I'd read everything it had to offer, and everything else was just an altered version of something I'd already read. Thankfully, this book proved me wrong. I fun read that I reccomend you try.
What I loved best were the characters. They're not flat and stupid, but complex and actually feel like characters. Leah is portrayed excellently - her sadness and loneliness 'come to life', and I loved her friends. 
The plot was also very well done. There were a few unexpected twists, and the plot was complicated enough that I didn't see them coming. The story ends in a semi-cliffhanger (compared to those jaw-dropping cliffhangers that are becoming so popular in YA these days), which makes me want to hurry up and read the next book in the series, Lost.
One small note: The beginning is slow and complicated. Trust me when I say it gets better. It's the kind of beginning that if you'd re-read after finishing the book, you'd completely understand, but is kind of confusing the first time around. Overall, I'd recommend this book, especially to paranormal lovers, a fun read perfect for a rainy day (or a sunny one!).


 M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.