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Interesting While it Lasts
8 March, 2014
Girl who doesn't know herself? Check.
Friends who make a crazy bunch? Check.
Open enemies? Check.
Hidden enemies? Check.
Mysterious, obscure magic? Check.
Adorable guy who falls for girl in best possible way? Check.
Long lost family? Check.
Seriously, what more do you need? That reads like the recipe for an awesome work of fiction. Which this work is.
Leah Grant aka Christine Grant aka Christine Gavin (Dont ask. It's complicated) was left as a baby at the St. Catalina Orphanage when the war between the humans and the magical people went on. She grows up knowing that she is different from everyone around her, and fearing herself, as she believes herself to be an abomination. Life at the orphanage isn't exactly easy either, with bullies everywhere she turns (but I have to say, she is quite an easy target). One day, when she is about to lose her control, Sophia, a witch saves her and gets her away from the orphanage. This is where Christine's (she prefers it over Leah) adventure starts. She stays hidden due to the media frenzy over her disappearance and makes friends with four youngsters who have an assorted collection of magical powers (shape shifters, spells, etc.). However, there are several things about herself that she is just discovering, the ramifications of which are understandably terrifying. Meanwhile, she's also fallen in love with her new best friend, Nathan, which complicates things some more. What ensues is a story of magic, love (familial, fraternal, and romantic), hate, ancient ties and betrayals, and discovery that leaves you wanting to know more!
Hidden is written in first person, from Christine's point of view. Christine is a very insecure girl at the beginning of the story. She's depressed (which she herself doesn't realise until Sophia tells her; she thinks it's a side effect of being a witch), very shy and thinks herself evil for most of the book. It's sad, and makes her vulnerable at the same time, making you root for her. I just wish she had a bit more of a backbone. She also has a habit of talking to God, asking him to save her enemies (yep, you read that right) and forgive her. Nathan makes a VERY adorable friend and later on, boyfriend. He's the key reason Christine starts to open up for her shell. They share similar backgrounds, so they also understand each other very well. The secondary characters are also likable and felt real with the exception of a few, who seemed like mandatory characters created to fit a mold.
I went into the book blank, and it took me some time to pick up the strings, since the protagonist jumps into things, leaving you in the dark until you understand what exactly she's talking about. It also doesn't help that until a few chapters have gone by, everything supernatural is spoken of in an abstract sense.
The plot is just thickening as the book ends and leaves you in a bit of a cliffhanger. I'm not sure if it would qualify as one, since it wasn't very obvious. But I know this, it leaves you looking forward to the next book eagerly.
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