- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4432 KB
- Print Length: 415 pages
- Publisher: Adrenalin Books (21 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SCS738
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Hidden surprised me, it's been a while since I've read anything YA and although I've been known to watch vampire programmes on tv I've not read vampire books.
The book starts written from two characters perspectives Madison in the present time and Alexandre in 1881.
I liked the timeline split, the modern day foster care lifestyle of Madison in comparison with the rich Victorian era feel of Alexandre in France who then travels with his family on an archeological dig.
Later on as Madison and Alexandre's timelines cross it then continues with both characters in the present time.
I was surprised by how long the vampire link took to be added to the story by then I had read so much about Madison and Alexandre I was already connected to their characters and wanted to read more.
It was a far less gruesome read than I had imagined it would be (being about vampires I'd imagined lots of bloodthirsty scenes) which actually was quite refreshing and actually had a feel of a time travel romance about it in places. It had some interesting twists and though it could be read as a stand alone novel I know there are two further books in this series and I'm intrigued to find out what will happen next and get to know additional characters better.
Overall a good read, and a series I will continue with
HIDDEN breaks with Transylvanian tradition by placing the vampires deep under the soil of Cappadocia where two archaeologists take their families excavating in 1881, triggering off a series of terrifying adventures.
In this timespill narrative, the lives of 19th century Alexandre and 21st century Maddy cross over in a tantalizing weave, rushing headlong towards an uncertain future.
Here is a book crammed with colour: Byzantine imagery, Victorian charm and a Thoroughly Modern Milly - that is, Maddy, an orphaned teenager in the 21st century who suddenly comes into an inheritance. She and her brother move into Marchwood House and begin exploring, only(as might be expected in a paranormal story) nothing is quite as it seems. An iron door in the cellar hides secrets over a hundred years old and through a series of chilling events, the story of the Cappadocian expedition is pieced together along with its impact on Maddy and Alexandre's lives.
The image of the vampire has haunted many cultures, both East and West, yet curiously there is little reference to them in Turkish folklore - although there is an interesting connection :Vlad Tepes, later Dracula, grew up during a period of semi-fealty to Turkey when his father paid tribute to the Sultan. Bloodthirsty reprisals illustrate most of Vlad's life in his efforts to free his country and he passed into legend as a hero to his own people, until Bram Stoker came across his name in a Whitby library book and spawned a literary genre that is flourishing healthily today.
HIDDEN is a new-comer to this tradition and is the first of a trilogy : it is a fast paced, lively narrative, a fun, imaginative YA read (and quite likely to appeal to other audiences), with some unusual twists and turns. Very visual writing (I can imagine this being televised), with the potential to develop quite a following.
Alexandre lives in 1881 and is set for adventure on an expedition to Turkey.
The alternative chapters of life in 1881 and the modern day highlight the differences between the old and new families and their lives. Both main characters have distinct voices.
The adventures in Cappadocia made it very real to me having visited the area some years ago it does have a certain other worldly atmosphere which fits with the events and descriptions in the book.
The only reason I am taking off 1 star is a few details which seem to not be fully explained. Characters are not always what they seem however some insight into their characters before a massive change of heart moment would have added a bit more depth. Small niggle and did not stop me immediately buying the next book as soon as I finished this one.
I can imagine this as a film with ease and hope I do see it on the big screen one day
I can tell you that I was not at all disappointed at all. I'm not sure if it is a YA book specifically but it really appeals to all ages.
HIDDEN is well written and the way Shalini Boland explains details it puts you inside the book. It is almost as if you are part of the book ... how amazing is that? That to me is what made the book amazing.
Read it, you will definitely enjoy it if you like this type of story.
I can't wait to read the sequel.
If you haven't bought yourself a copy of this book, then do it NOW. It's AWESOME!!
And Hollywood... if you're reading, this book would be FANTASTIC as a movie! Get to it!!
Can you tell I'm excited about this book? Can you??!!
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Unfortunately , just too implausible for a more mature reader.
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