Sunday, 31 March 2013

Hidden (Guardians of Time, #1) by Marianne Curley

Hidden (Guardians of Time, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Fans of Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush Saga and L.A. Weatherly’s Angel series will adore Hidden. Full of irresistible romance and breath-taking suspense, this is a sensational start to a brilliant new series. Get ready to be swept away by this spellbinding story of eternal love.

Hidden by Marianne Curley

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hidden (Guardians of Time, #1)(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.

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  1. I definitely agree about Ebony being in denial. It was so irritating! Not just about her parents, but her being an angel. How freaking in denial can you get?! If you have feathers coming out of your back you are clearly not normal. If an angel shows up and says "hey, you're an angel" WHY WOULDN'T YOU BELIEVE THEM!? I actually wrote a review for Hidden as well, so if you're interested it's here :)

  2. I completely agree with this review - all the infodumping drove me crazy, I didn't like either of the main characters, and the love triangle felt like it was just thrown in for convenience. It felt like a mishmash of paranormal romance cliches!

  3. Boredom and info dumps. Yeah, this does not sound so great. I feel like info dumps are the new way of writing because half the books I read have them. *sigh*