February 27, 2015

Book Review: HIDDEN DEEP by Amy Patrick

Book:  Hidden Deep (Hidden Trilogy #1)
Author:  Amy Patrick
Publisher:  All Night Reads
Genre:  YA Fiction; Sci Fi & Fantasy
Release Date:  March 23, 2015

The Blurb:

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.

My Review:

Being surprised by a book you don’t expect much from is always a gift.  I love it when I fall deeper into the story as I move from one chapter to the next. That’s what I got here.

As the blurb says, Ryann falls in love with her rescuer from ten years back who disappeared right after he helped her.  Without him, she would clearly be long dead.  Since no one saw the boy, they all pushed Ryann to believe she imagined it all but she never fully believed them.  She goes back to her grandmother’s home years later and found him again….or rather, he found her.
Author Amy Patrick

Instant attraction.  Instant love.  Just like a lot of YA books nowadays, this is what happens to both.  But then again since they have history together and there is ancient magic involved, it’s easy to swallow.

At the same time that Lad comes back to her life, a gorgeous sought after guy from her school starts pursuing her.  Nox is perfect in a rockstar way, but there is something off putting about him, something Ryann can’t quite trust…and of course he’s not Lad. But he does play a big part in the story….and I predict much more so in the next 2 installments.

Lad is not human.  He is of an ancient race that communicate without speaking. But even among his people, Lad is different.  He is of a station that should remain untouched, especially by a mere human girl.  But something happens that forces his family and his entire community to acknowledge the existence of Ryann in his life. 

It’s hard to say more without divulging important points in the book.  There’s that angle of the missing black sheep brother, Ryann’s beautiful and ageless grandmother, the huge land of Ryann’s family and it's connection to Lad’s life, Lad’s powerful parents and their equally powerful enemies, mysterious fan pods that may be causing death among regular humans…..

In my humble opinion, there are too many subplots to this story, but if you look at it as a whole, it still worked.  However had the author dropped a couple of story lines, the book would still stand and leave readers like me more focused on what’s most important. 

The descriptions of Lad’s beauty, his perfect torso to his beautiful green eyes were repetitive.  I mean after the 4th time I just wanted to scream I GET IT ALREADY! So hopefully the 2nd book will have much less of that and more of……something else.

In a way this book reminds me of Twilight….. without the perfect Cullens.  There is that obsessive love, the perfect specimens that aren’t human, a beautiful girl who has low self esteem, the insta-love and so on.  But as a whole, this book is a delicious read.  I actually went back to the first chapter immediately after finishing the epilogue which is EPIC by the way.  The cliffhanger left me with my mouth open and ready to reread the whole thing (which I kinda did).

Plus kudos to the author for putting a new spin of the Elven.  They are so far beyond the ones we read as kids, tiny people sewing pretty shoes.  Here they are hotter than hell…..much like Orlando Bloom in the Tolkien series……or even hotter.

So if you’re into mystery, young love, thrills, the otherworldly, and have gotten tired of vampires, werewolves, angels, demons and greek gods (or demi gods), pick up a copy of HIDDEN DEEP come March.  I believe you’ll find a new couple to root for in Ryann and Lad.

Happy Reading

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