Thursday, December 5, 2013


Hidden by M. Lathan
ISBN (13): 9780989418409
Pages: 241 E-book

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.

Hey guys! Hidden was an e-book that I purchased from Amazon on my Kindle for FREE! Thought I'd put that out there first so if by the end of the review, you're really interested, just click on the cover above and it'll take you to the Amazon link for download! I checked and it's also free on Kobo which is downloadable onto a computer (they also have an app) so if interested click here. The second book is also out which costs 0.99 in case any of you guys are interested! Okay, enough of introductions, let's get into the review!

Whoaaaa! Yup, first impression right there. This is probably one of the first Kindle books I've bought for free that I didn’t think was a mindless romance. Not that those weren't well written, but none of them hooked me in the way that Hidden did.

When you first start reading, you immediately get pulled into Leah/Christine’s depression and fear. It’s not like an annoying dark book, but real legit fear and depression. Leah/Christine found out that she can generate fire, move objects with her mind, and have an insane desire to hurt anyone who hurts her. It’s not a fear of having the magic, it’s the fear of being discovered. Think BBC Merlin magic and apply that here. Her kind, witches (or so she believes), were hunted after some big war between humans and magic-folk and now anyone with magic is “destroyed, but that’s what the school teachers.

Let me backtrack, Leah/Christine is an orphan attending St. Catalina “boarding school.” She’s bullied and the social outcast because of her introvert like personality which is deemed “creepy” by the school it girl, Sienna. She thinks that her withdrawn nature is a result of her magic and thinks herself a freak. She constantly hides in fear of being discovered by the infamous witch/magic hunter Lydia Shaw. Back to the bullying, Sienna and her birds (that’s what she calls them) bullies her to the point where she feels her magic overpower her fear. Right before she almost kills them, a witch (an actual one) named Sophia appears and “rescues” her.

Sophia is a “miracle worker” of sorts. She spins this tale of collecting lost and wayward magicked children and raises them on how to act according to the Treaty that was signed between the magicked and the humans after the war. With her, Leah/Christine meets Paul, Sophia’s grandson, Emma, Sophia’s “ward” or adopted daughter in some sense who are both witches like her. She also meets Nathan, a shifter and Remi, a very provoking panther shifter. She instantly connects with Nathan and they become really good friends. This friendship progresses and it really brings Leah/Christine out of her shell and shows a whole new side.

Of course, good things must come to an end. Leah/Christine discovers what she truly is and that isn't a witch. She believes she’s a copy, breeded by a physic human for one purpose only, to kill her master’s enemies. This drives a wedge between her and Nathan, and herself (like she’s divided). Okay, time to say what I've been calling her Leah/Christine all this review. Leah is the biblical name the sisters at St. Catalina gave her and she uses it to represent her “dark side” and eventually, the person she used to be. Scared and alone. Christine is the name her mother gave her which Sophia tells her after they meet. Christine represents the person she became, strong, confident, surrounded by people who love her, including her mother.

On top of the change that you see in Christine (I like this side of her better), this book also captured me with its humor and just overall adorableness. Nathan is the cutest. When they started dating, she asked him when he wanted to take things to the next level. Instead of being a hormonal guy that most teen romances portray, he answers both ways. As a best friend, only wanting the best for her, and as that hormonal boy, but it shows the roundness to his character.


One last thing. I do not like Remi and you will find out if you read it!! I highly recommend this book and it is free on the Kindle and on Kobo as mentioned before! Definitely seeing if I can get my hands on the second book because I really want to see what happens, but I think the first book has a nice closure to it. It’s not dramatically cliff hanging, it’s suspenseful but satisfying.

Laughter spread around the room like an airborne disease. Disease. I shivered. That was the intriguing thought; I could almost hear the sound their bodies would make against the floor when it hit. 

Obviously, I'm going to have to learn to speak mime if this friendship is going to work.

It's kind of a rule with us dogs. Belly rubs equal instant friendship.

Nathan chuckled, "Sophia's a kidnapper armed with freshly baked muffins. We're all going to die." He faked  a horrified scream, threw his hand over his forehead, and fell to the floor.

"Christine and I are together," he blurted out. "I love her. Please don't hurt me."
4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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