A review by Maria.
First off, a big thank you to author Amy Patrick for allowing me the opportunity to read and review her novel Hidden Deep, book one in the Hidden trilogy.
Rylann likes to spend time in the woods by her grandmother’s house even though they are the same woods she got lost in overnight as a child. After her parents’ divorce, she and her mother move in with her grandmother and she spends more time in these woods. One day she meets a boy named Lad, who had saved her life as a child. Only now they are much older, and she finds herself very attracted to him. But Lad is evasive and mysterious about his life and the more he evades, the more Rylann wants to know him. However Lad’s story is more unworldly and magical than she could have ever imagined.
The story moved at a very fast pace and read much like a mystery, with Rylann trying to discover more about Lad. There were some great side characters in this book including Rylann’s grandmother and her friend Nox. The book was interesting and kept my attention. There were some big surprises that I had predicted, but it was still nice to discover them. Hidden Deep had a fairy-tale, enchanted forest feel to it, much like children’s stories but with older characters.
I enjoyed the personalities of both main characters Rylann and Lad. Rylann was a smart, funny, and awkward-feeling teenage girl going through some major life changes. She meets this great guy Lad who is a little odd but fascinating. She also gains the attention of bad-boy singer Nox and struggles with feelings for both. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but owns up to her faults and mistakes. It takes longer to get to know Lad’s character. But without giving too much away, he is also smart and funny. He’s a strong believer in love and is easy on the eyes.
I plan on reading more in this addicting and magical trilogy!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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Hidden Deep (Book 1 of the Hidden Trilogy) by Amy Patrick
Release Date: 03/23/15
Oxford South Press
Summary from Goodreads:
Give in to the Glamour…
Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she’d be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She’s a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he’s not supposed to exist.
After her father’s affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn’t mind a first date that didn’t suck, but she’s determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann’s recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.
She’s still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He’s still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she’s with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann’s strict policy– never want someone more than he wants you.
Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don’t get careless and Don’t get caught. It’s allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…
Lad’s never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He’s not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.
And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.
About the Author
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014). She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.
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