Tuesday, June 11, 2013

[Blog Tour] Hidden by M. Lathan: Review + Giveaway

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Hey Guys! This week I have been lucky enough to get to participate in the blog tour for Hidden by M. Lathan (my first blog tour :0) and today is my stop!

Hidden (Hidden Series #1) by M. Lathan                       
Release Date: November 12th, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: ebook
Pages: 241
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Goodreads Synopsis:
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.
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The Story

You know when you happen upon a book and it's so good that your like"Why haven't I heard of book before now?! Why due to this crazy and horrible universe have I not read this before now? And why am I not in the street shoving my Kindle in peoples faces, threatening to set them on fire if they don't read it!". Oh, probably because I'd be committed if I did. Anyway, the rest is still true, this book was amazing!!

A book about a young girl living in an orphanage after her parents were tragically taken away in a horrible war. Sounds simple enough right? Wrong! The book is soooo much more that. In fact, the plot has so much going on you would think it would be messy, but its not. I enjoyed getting to learn about the nature of Leah's/Christine's  (I won't tell you why I'm also calling her Christine because that would be a spoiler) powers and who her parents were right along with her.

The Writing

The writing in this book was wonderful. Especially in relation to Leah/Christine. I felt like I was really able to see inside her head. Sometimes I felt like I was her. And the way M. Lathan wrote the characters insecurities and depression, but also her moments of anger is so realistic that there were moments when I was actually a little scared of the main character.

The Characters

I really liked Leah/Christine. There were so many moments in the book, especially in the beginning when she was being bullied, that I just wanted to hug her. She's just the type of character you gotta love :) It just broke my heart when she was so hard on herself  and how she felt like she wasn't worthy. So I really enjoyed when she started to make friends  and to understand herself and her powers.

Oh, Nathan. Yes, I liked him, even though his love for for Leah/Christine boarded on obsession to me and I thought he overreacted when she revealed something to him but she forgave him, so I do too ;)

Paul and Emma's parts were small but it did not take long for me to fall in love with them either because of their friendship with Leah/Christine. Also Emma has a French accent, so cute!!!

I was on the fence about Sophia for awhile because I wasn't sure if her intentions were good or not. But grew to love her as well. I think it was because her kind and loving nature reminded me a lot of my mom :)

The Good

Ugh! Everything! The characters most of all. Fiction or not there just the type of people you wish you knew.

The crazy twist plot line (sorry, I'm being so general with my review, I just don't want to spoil anything!) was just awesome.

And of course you KNOW I loved the magic and I hope to see A LOT more in the next book.
The Bad

Nothing! I guess I can say that the pace was a little slow and because I like strong characters I didn't really like how low Leah's/Christine's self-esteem could be but both had it's purposes.  So again nothing! Ugh just ignore me.

My Final Thoughts

Since this review is basically just me GUSHING you're probably wondering why I gave it a 4.5 review and it's only because of the slow beginning but thinking back it did not really bother me/. So thank you Xpresso Blog Tours and thank YOU M. Lathan for allowing me read this book because I really loved it! I love any book with witchy happenings so this book definitely does not disappoint. I CANNOT wait to read Lost and see what happens next with the characters.  

About the Author

M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.

Where to find her: Website/ Twitter/ Goodreads

And now a giveaway you lucky, lucky people! One person will win a copy of Lost, Book 2 of the Hidden Series. Book 1 is now free on B&N and itunes!!!

Good Luck and Happy Reading!,


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  1. So happy you enjoyed it, Chloe! Great review!

  2. Chloe, Thanks for joining the tour and reviewing!! I loved the review! It was detailed without giving too much away! And I feel the same way about Chris/Leah. I want to reach through the screen and hug her or put on some Katy Perry and make her dance :)


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