Welcome to my stop on the Hidden Virtual Book Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!
Series: Hidden Book One
Author: M. Lathan
Publication Date: November 2012
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.
About the Author
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.
I am honestly at a loss for what to think about this book. The overall feeling is that I did enjoy it mostly, but there a couple of things that just rubbed me the wrong way.
First off I'd like to say that while the overall plot of the book or idea of the book is not new by any means, Lathan managed to give it a certain spin with the hunters that I was quite intrigued by. It definitely added to the whole conflict of the book and it's what sets this book on it's own. While I was intrigued by the hunters, the plot in and of it self isn't exactly hard to follow nor was it completely predictable either. After every reveal you would be left with the feeling that yeah it made sense, while at the same time not really having completely expected it either and I really liked that about this book.
My problem lies with the main character Leah. The way she was brainwashed was astounding and I just really had a hard time with that part because I just couldn't really believe, and it felt a bit ridiculous to me, albeit I knew where Leah's thoughts were coming from, it was still just a bit much. Because this was all mostly at the start I put me off a bit, but it didn't take long for her to get her stuff straight and start making an effort, which I really appreciated. While she would get down at times, it was understandable and she wasn't a whinny nor completely naive mc, which was what they tend to be in these cases. Throughout the book Leah is always pointing out how much more powerful she is but when it came down to it she was still quite weak and while I realize the girl has had no training, my problem was with how often it was mentioned when it really came down to it she honestly couldn't do much.
I also had a bit of an issue with the romance. Lathan managed to make it believable somehow even though these kids where only together for a handful of days. So while I know the romance was technically entirely too fast, at the same time it made sense to me somehow. There was also the problem with how Nathan ended up acting towards the end. It pissed me off cause I had come to like him and I just honestly hadn't thought he was react so strongly and I just didn't like that part.
Then we come to the ending. While I understand why the decision they took was right, doesn't mean I have to like it. It really kind of sucks actually that they had to go through that and I wonder how it will play out in the next book.
As you can see, the whole book was pretty much a huge contradiction in regards to what I felt about it. But at the end of the day I still enjoyed the story that was told and wouldn't mind reading the next book in the series.