Hidden

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For as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing.

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she's intensely drawn to him. It's ...

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Overview

For as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing.

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she's intensely drawn to him. It's as if something explodes inside of her—something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn't know that she's a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greta Holt
The farm in Cedar Oakes West is Ebony's prison or safe house. She does not know which. What she does know is that she is sixteen, incredibly strong, and smart; but, she has yet to travel anywhere outside her valley home. Ebony questions her parents and is held at arm's length. Jordan lives in a foster home, his father is in prison, and he is blamed by a former friend Adam for allowing his younger brother to die. Ebony and Jordan meet at a night club. Sparks fly. Jordan is almost killed by Adam, and Ebony seems to save his life by simply touching the gurney on which paramedics have placed him. Neither realize that Ebony's and Jordan's destinies are intertwined with the supernatural in the form of angels, both heavenly and fallen. Hidden is the first book in a new series by Curley. Unfortunately, problems of characterization and dialogue versus action exist. Mortals and immortals tend to give speeches in the midst of hostilities, and characters do not ask appropriate questions in timely manner. Readers know who is who and why, and given circumstances of plot, characters should know these things, as well. The amount of sexual tension and violence, perpetrated by both good and evil angels, warrants reflection. Reviewer: Greta Holt
VOYA - Hilary Crew
Ebony, aged sixteen, can hide her unusual strength but she cannot hide her violet eyes. She especially feels different when feathers sprout from her shoulders. Raised in a sheltered valley near Mount Bungarra, Australia, Ebony disobeys her over-protective parents and accompanies her friend, Amber, to a supervised dance where she literally knocks over Jordan Blake with whom she feels an instant connection. That night, Jordan is brutally attacked by Adam Skinner who blames Jordan for the death of his younger brother. Jordan would have died but for the intervention of angels, Isaac and Nathaneal, who persuade him to search for Ebrielle, Jordan's guardian angel, kidnapped as an infant from Avena and secretly placed with a human family. Destined to be Nathaneal's bride, she is sought by Luca, the Prince of Darkness, who desires her as his consort. The first-person narrative switches between Ebony and Jordan as they deal with the truth of Ebony's identity and the unleashing of Luca's dark forces. Curley draws from biblical sources and John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost, in her construction of earth, heaven, and hell. Archangels Michael and Gideon are leaders in the battle against Luca, who is represented both as a seductive suitor who tempts Ebony to his side and as a torturer who binds Jordan to a covenant. Themes of temptation and free will, like Curley's characters, are not treated in any depth. This novel's appeal to supernatural buffs depends on a romantic, fast-paced, action plot that ends with a strong hook. Reviewer: Hilary Crew
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—In this romantic but predictable paranormal novel set in Australia, Ebony, 16, discovers that her whole life has been a lie. Being homeschooled and living in a remote valley, she hasn't realized how different she is until she enters a public high school. She stands out not only because of her violet eyes, but also because she's stronger and faster and has keener senses than her classmates. Also, she's developing strange bumps and little feathers on her shoulder blades. Her fate is tied to that of unlucky foster teen Jordan, also 16. Through their alternate narrations, readers learn her identity before she does. A memorable meeting between Jordan and Ebony at a party escalates into a fight between Jordan and his former best friend, Adam. Just as Jordan is about to die from a stab wound, Prince Thane and Isaac, angels from Avena, offer to save his life if he helps them find a kidnapped angel named Ebrielle, brought to Earth as an infant by their enemy, angel Luca, the Dark Prince. Jordan and Ebrielle were born at the same moment, making her his Guardian angel, and that's why they feel such a strong connection. But that's nothing compared to Ebony's weak-in-the-knees reaction to seeing Thane for the first time. Then there's the Dark Prince, who believes Ebony is destined to be his queen. It's not a love triangle, it's a love quadrilateral! The characters, with the exception of Jordan, are so underdeveloped and one-dimensional that it's hard to care about them and their problems, romantic or otherwise. The explanation for how she came to be adopted as a baby is so far-fetched, even Ebony calls it baloney, and that's true for other aspects of the story as well.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
Kirkus Reviews
Angels bring bad tidings in this teen paranormal pastiche. Violet-eyed, luxurious-haired, horseback-riding, rich, home-schooled Ebony Hawkins has a hard time fitting into her Australian high school. Strict parents, new superpowers and an interdimensional war for her affection just make things more awkward. After Ebony runs into Jordan Blake at a nightclub, they find themselves inexplicably linked. Ebony begins to question her origins, while Jordan works to forget his hard-luck life and the friend who fatally stabs him shortly after his meeting with Ebony. When Thane, an angel from the world of Avena revives Jordan and recruits him to look for a long-missing girl, Ebony finds herself torn between Thane, Jordan and the dark Luca. Ebony's uniqueness and desirability is rooted in her foreseen power and magical potential rather than any inherent quality--though free will is prized, Ebony is a pawn. Beyond the unoriginal angelic element and trite romantic tension, the story suffers from inconsistent worldbuilding, arbitrary changes in superpowers, unbelievably dense characters and tin-eared dialogue. Narrative ping-ponging (in the present tense, natch) between Ebony and Jordan results in rehashed material and telegraphed plot points, with little resolution--with two more years to fight for Ebony's love, the boys will battle again during inevitable sequels. Another tempestuous supernatural romance for fans of Twilight-fare, but readers looking for an original or coherent story will have to seek elsewhere. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599908403
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: Avena Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 396,447
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Curley is also the author of The Guardians of Time trilogy and Old Magic. It has been seven years since Marianne's last book, The Key, because the author developed bone marrow cancer, which, thanks to her sister's donation of marrow, she has now beaten. This amazing new series is her first foray back into writing. Marianne lives in Australia. www.mariannecurley.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Riveting first book in an anticipated trilogy about an angel hid

    Riveting first book in an anticipated trilogy about an angel hidden on
    Earth, who doesn't know her identity and is thrust into a dangerous world of light and dark. I loved this book, it kept me turning pages. It has a different take on the angel worlds around in others of the kind. Hidden is exciting and intriguing, with, I feel, much more adventure to come.
    A captivating read I couldn't put down.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Love it

    :)

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Loved it

    I could not put this book down! I loved the twists and turns this book contains. There is so much passion between the main characters and their magnetic pull towards each other. The story line captivated me. Would reccomend to anyone looking for a fun, interesting read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Not my style

    I usually enjoy teen romance and science fiction. This book had a lot going for. Great story, captivating beginning. But just like that, it went down hill. One of the main character repeats the word, "dude," far too many times. I felt like the characters were push to be teens, but in real life teenager do not act like this. It was absurd and not believable. I want to read a book that I feel is believable. This is not the book I was looking for.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Not sure if i should read it!!!!

    Yes no?

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    I have heard of good books read good books, but then I was brows

    I have heard of good books read good books, but then I was browsing and saw this book. When I read a small chapter I was captivated..
    I just wanted to read it and now I hope to buy it, because this book sounds amazing and what I read. Not many people get to have successful
    books. I want to be a publisher, so I take the not so extremely dramatically popular books and read them. If only I could contact
    the author personally. Books are what give me ideas and I think Marianne has that puzzle piece to help me. So this author should have a chance
    Hopefully she becomes very successful with all my wishes to her.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    A really great angel book with twists and turns I didn't see com

    A really great angel book with twists and turns I didn't see coming, but it's shaping up to be an epic love story between a girl who doesn't know who or what she is, and an angel prince. There are lots of questions left unanswered but this is the first in a series of three, and I can't wait to learn more about the angels and their world. Nathaneal is a dream, reminding me of Arkarian in Marianne Curley's Guardians of Time Trilogy, just not the blue hair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    It's pretty good

    I like the book, but I think the main character is too whiny sometimes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Good plot but

    The writing was pretty weak in some areas. Any time the author attempted to write about a characters thoughts as they were forming...it just didnt work for me. I think the author tried too hard to make the teenagers seem teenagery. The overall pkot though was very good. Ive never read any story thats similar to it. The characters were all pretty loveable as well. I recommend anyone to read it...but i cant promise youll love it.

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