My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Amy Patrick in exchange for an honest review.
After reading the first two novels in the ‘Hidden Saga’ I was OFF the edge of my seat, bouncing with excitement about getting to read the THIRD instalment! I gave ‘Hidden Deep’ and ‘Hidden Heart’ FIVE stars each, JUST because each of them was so good! After the MAJOR cliff-hangers at the end of each of the previous novels, I think it’s free say that ‘Hidden Hope’ did NOT disappoint.
‘Hidden Hope’ continues to focus on the relationship of Ryann and Nox who had developed a romantic relationship during their adventures in LA. Ever since Lad had broken up with Ryann and became engaged to Vancia (Ryann’s adopted sister via her biological father – I know, confusing right?) Ryann had been trying to put thoughts of Lad and feelings for him out of her mind whilst desperate missing Nox.
I really enjoyed the pace of the novel: It was steady but quick enough that I didn’t lose interest or become too overwhelmed. The author would reveal something new about the characters, their romances, or the elves every chapter and I really enjoyed the fact that the story was as well formed as the previous novels.
‘Hidden Hope’ did not suffer from middle-book syndrome like so many novels out there. I felt enraptured with this novel as much as I was with the others and I loved that the author increased drama levels and tension with every consecutive story and that she built on our knowledge and would leave some questions unanswered but to be later revealed. Anticipation levels were also VERY high! I would read ONLY to reach the long awaited ending and then be bombarded with a BIG cliffie!
Amy Patrick is obviously a seasoned writer and it really comes through in her writing. Everything was beautifully told and her constant usage of emotive language really helped me connect with Ryann and Lad as well as other important characters. I loved the scenes that the author would paint and would often feel like I was right there. She utilises setting very effectively to enhance the emotions and feelings permeating a scene. I would be able to see, hear, touch, smell and taste everything her characters could as well as experience passionate emotions from the characters. It was a masterfully told novel!
Characters were very well developed and I loved how dynamic each and every one was. Ryann, Lad and Nox would all grow and EVOLVE with the progression of events. They would change but in some ways remain vitally the same. They would act more mature and grown-up durinh dangerous or complex situations and I loved that about each and every one of them. Our characters would have depth in character to them that made then terribly realistic and each had a well-developed background history that spiced up the novel and would grow my knowledge and understanding of them.
One thing I really regret about the ‘Hidden Saga’ series are the covers. I mean, they’re not BAD or HORRIBLE but I feel like the covers could’ve been MORE and could’ve added to the general appeal of the series as a whole MORE. I know how much covers play a huge role getting a novel out there. My number one wish would be that the author change the covers of her series. Though the covers DO capture the novels they don’t capture ALL and EVERYTHING about the novels and I feel like the covers just don’t do justice to the content. But that’s my opinion.
Such a beautiful ending! I really couldn’t have asked for a better finale to this part in the series! Full of raw emotion and lots and lots of love and happiness I was crying with joy at the end. (Metaphorically, because otherwise my friends and family would have looked at me weirdly. Lol!) I only wish that we could have gotten a wedding and marriage for our lovely couple whose names I will DEFINITELY not reveal as it will give away a HUGE part of the story! I beg you all to go out and read this series! It is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I’ll even go and say that it’s BETTER than the ‘Divergent’ series!
Congratulations to Amy Patrick on publishing such a…I have no words to describe this novel! I CAN’T WAIT to read ‘Hidden Darkness’!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!