Release Date: January 16th, 2013
Series: Hidden Wings #1
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family’s sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.
Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn’t even know who or what she is.
A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday… things will change
Fooled by another pretty cover, this paranormal YA novel was not for me. I DNFed around page fifty, my new goal, and could barely get there. However, I will say fans of A Beautiful Dark, Halo, Evermore, Fallen, and the House of Night series will eat this up. Let me share some of the lines and issues I had with it for you to decide if this one appeals to you.
Product placement. I know there is another word for it but it escapes me right now. Anyway, there are a lot of modern devices and things mentioned in this book. Usually, this is a positive for me but the multiple “Kindle Fire” and “iPhone” mentions seemed very useless and thrown in at odd places.
The token best friends and dead parents. There is the nerd boy best friend and the girl friend that is another race, in this case, Asian. It’s just so predictable and cliche, they are written like the cookie-cutter versions of a heroine’s best friends. Also, there are three mentions of her friend’s “Asian eyes” three times before 25% in the book. It was used like so: “…her Asian eyes narrowed…” and “…her Asian eyes were the widest I’ve ever seen them.” I just feel like that is just unnecessary to keep mentioning that she is Asian.
The drop dead gorgeous, perfect love interest. I cringed during this part, when they first saw each other: “I noticed something in his eyes; something in the way he was looking back at me, like he’d known me forever.” And “His powerful smile seemed to pull my sinking heart from the unknown depths of sadness, and place it somewhere a little safer. What kind of magical charm did this guy have on me? I was usually calm and collected, even when hot guys were around.” Also, “As soon as we touched…WHAM! An electrical current surged through my veins, and the same euphoric feeling, which I’d felt earlier, shot through me… intensfied times ten. Heat rushed through me, and my body felt like it was being pulled toward him, this we were magnetized.” Don’t forget, “…constantly trying to fight my body’s irrestible urges to jump on him, wrap my arms around his neck, and kiss him. It was pure craziness, the things I wanted to do with this complete and total stranger… It started before he even walked through the door at the hospital.”
If any of those lines appeal to you, then you will for sure love this one.