DNF Review: Hidden Wings

September 13, 2013 Review 70 DNF

DNF Review: Hidden Wings
Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae
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Source: Netgalley
Pages: 204
Release Date: January 16th, 2013
Series: Hidden Wings #1
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
DNF Stars
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

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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.

Rating Report
Overall: 1

70 Responses to “DNF Review: Hidden Wings”

  1. Kezia D

    Lol, I requested it because of the pretty cover too! Surprisingly I got approved but I haven’t read it yet…this sound pretty horrible :( I don’t really mind dead parents but gorgeous love interest that makes the MC swoon at first sight is what I call annoying and too cliche — typical YA guys and please don’t say that he’s a jerk too!

    Eeehhh I am not really sure I would like it but I guess I will have to give it a chance since I got approved for it on NG… -___-
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    • Alise

      A nice cover gets me all the time xD Yeah, the romance is actually what finally made me go “nope.” You may be less forgiving, though, so I can’t wait to read your thoughts!

  2. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    Being someone who strongly disliked Halo, Evermore, the House of Night series, I really don’t think this could work for me! I’m relieved that I didn’t request it now, as it sounds like it would have ended up as a DNF for me too. I’m sorry that it was such a disappointment, but I hope your next read is more promising. Thanks for sharing, Alise!
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Yeah, I feel like this book takes elements from all those series and combines them so it’s not too original, especially with the romance.

  3. Megan @ The Book Babe's Reads

    *cringes* Yeah…I don’t think that this will be a read I’ll be picking up. I don’t like cliches, and I’m sure that people who are of “asian descent” don’t like having it pointed out all the time. But I don’t know, I know someone who doesn’t mind at all, and actually has a racial nickname…but. He’s a rare case. LOL. I’m sorry that this one didn’t work for you, girly!
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    • Alise

      Yeah it really bothers me as well, I feel like the author is trying too hard to prove a point or something and it just achieves the opposite goal. Thanks for commenting!

  4. lectus

    I loved this review. Generally, I think you are always polite when reviewing books, but I had never read a review by you sooo… dont know how to say it.
    I think that the mention of kindle fire is unnecessary; e-reader or ebook reader would do.
    I read somewhere that books written like this are actually following a software program that prompts them what comes next. I dont remember the name but is used to write romance novels, that’s why they are so predictable.
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    • Alise

      LOL, I’m glad you think that, I consider myself a pretty tough reviewer. I actually tried to tone this one down.
      Yikes, really? Gah. I can see why they follow the same cliches then.

  5. tonyalee

    I didn’t even see this on NG and honestly, I probably would have requested it because of the cover. Well and yes, because it sounds interesting. : P

    I pretty much can’t stand everything you pointed out. Sucks you didn’t finish and you were swayed by the pretty cover! :)
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  6. Lesley Marie

    Yikes. This book doesn’t sound so good T_T And, uh, “Asian eyes?” Don’t like the sound of that. If the author really wanted to keep reminding the reader that a character was Asian, she could have chose to do so in a more subtle, less annoying way. Also, those quotes of the MC descriptions of the drop-dead gorgeous love interest make me laugh.

    Love your review and your blog! Reading a book is a little like falling down the rabbit hole :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah… YA Paranormal is hard to pull off after all the less than stellar books that have come out. Some girls like lines like that so who knows. I know on Goodreads this one has mostly five star reviews.

  7. Stephanie @ The Novlist

    Oh my god those lines sound AWFUL. I don’t think I’d be able to last through even 200 pages of that kind of cliche, gag-induing romance. Plus, what you said about the Asian eyes makes me never want to pick this up – as an Asian person myself, I don’t appreciate it when authors try to point out every little ethnically diverse thing in the book so that their books seem really culturally varied. Plus, I happen to have really large eyes, so I hate the stereotype that all Asians have small eyes. Sigh.
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    • Alise

      Thanks for your input about that, I’m not Asian but even I thought it was racial/disrespectful. Very true, not only that but the fact she included it just because it was a stereotype *rolls eyes*

  8. Oana

    Wow, those lines… the drop-dead-gorgeous-guy cliche always makes me run for my life and never touch the book again. Lately I’ve stayed away from YA and NA novels, because they seem to copy each other a lot. The same types of characters who face the same problems… and if there’s also a love triangle in the picture, then I feel compelled to throw the book out the window. Except… I usually read on my Kindle. I’ve learned to never let myself fooled by a pretty cover. I admire the cover, of course, I might even save the photo to my collection of pretty pretty covers, but I always read the book description and other reviews carefully before deciding to give the book a chance.
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    • Alise

      Haha! Yeah I feel you, my iPad has almost flown out of my hands a few times ;) I know that I shouldn’t judge on the cover but it’s just so hard sometimes xD The romance cliches really made me cringe.

  9. Tanja

    The cover almost fooled me! I mean look at it, it’s so pretty. But when you say that it’s for fans of Halo and the House of Night then it’s hardly for me. Sorry that this one disappointed you but thanks for the honest review! :)
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  10. Delaney

    DEFINITLEY NO! I was already cringing at those lines! It’s like the paranormal romance cliches written ALL the time. SYNOPSIS: harem thing going on here…maybe. YOUR REVIEW: okay, never mind, no harem going on here with 8 guardians. Nope, just one guy. MY THOUGHTS: yeeaaahhh, let’s not read this.
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    • Alise

      I’m glad you agree! It’s like all the negatives in every paranormal YA combined into one book. BAHAHA! I totally thought that too, but yeah, only one guy I think. Although, let’s face it, there will probably a love triangle at some time.

  11. Charlotte

    After reading “product placement”, I instantly decided that this is not for me. I’ve just read another book last week that has a lot of Apple product references (e.g. iPhone, iCal, iChat, iTunes) and there’s no way that I’m going to put myself under the same torture.

    Regarding the exaggerated description for the Asian guy, while I appreciate books featuring Asian characters, I also find it awkward if authors put too much emphasis on that. I mean why can’t they just pull a JK Rowling stunt and be relax with the whole thing.

    And the perfect love interest? That would totally make the character phony. *sighs*

    Great review, Alise! I wish I have your courage to DNF a book. :D
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  12. Megan @ Adrift on Vulcan

    Hmm, this book reminds me a LOT of another — horrible — book I read last week: SILENT ECHO: A SIREN’S TALE by Elisa Freilich. So many similarities!

    Product placement: I’m talking about the same book Charlotte (above) mentioned, because in SILENT ECHO, everyone has an Apple product, and everyone uses Apple programs. iPhones, Macbooks, iPods, iCal, iChat, iBlah, and it was so annoying like you would not believe. Not everyone is rich enough to buy Apple products, you know.

    The token best friends and dead parents: Ugh, that is pretty stupid. I mean, I’m Asian, and not every Asian has tiny eyes like people like to believe. In cases like this I think it would’ve been better if the friend wasn’t Asian at all. And as for the cliche characters — I’m fine with them, but just as long as the author has reasons for making them like that, you know? Maybe they’re stereotypical people for a plot twist, or for plot progression, but if you have no reason for creating cliche characters, then don’t create them. They induce too many eye rolls for it to be healthy.

    The drop dead gorgeous, perfect love interest: Excuse me while I go claw out my eyes. This is just like SILENT ECHO! In that book, the love interest writes a freaking LOVE song for the protagonist within hours of their first meeting. Unbelievable.

    So, thanks for taking the hit for this story so I didn’t have to, Alise! Loved your review. It was entertaining and super fun to read. :D I’ll definitely be staying far, far away from this book!
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    • Alise

      Note to self: Avoid Silent Echo at ALL COSTS.

      Dang, that would get seriously annoying. I can see a casual reference now and then but that sounds ridiculous, I just don’t see WHY it’s necessary.

      I know! It depends on where you are from too, a lot of Asians have large eyes, it’s not always the norm. My best friend is Vietnamese and she has wider eyes than I do. Oh no, these were definitely cliche-the annoying type of cliche. Gah, so, so cliche. *Shudders*

      D: A love song? What is this!? And people wonder why we have to take a break from YA sometimes!

      Baha, thanks! I will also heed your advice and stay from Silent Echo :)

  13. Andreea

    Not really into angel stories, so I don’t think I would like it, especially with your review now.

    Thanks so much for your honest thoughts.


  14. Sunny

    HAHAHAHAHA. Yeah, I applaud you for making it to 50 pages. I’d be over that so soon for all the reasons you listed. The product placement? Wow, no no no. The cliche best friends? Sometimes I can get over that, but the constant Asian references would be a no-go. Then those “romantic” lines? OH MY GOSH STOP PLEASE MY EYES.
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    • Alise

      Aha, thanks! Yeah, YA usually does have token best friends but this was practically cookie-cutter. I’m really second guessing my personal goal of 50 pages now, I may have to lower that xD

  15. Becca @ Nawanda Files

    Oh no, this one sounds like it would peeve me as much as it did you. A horrible case of insta-love is the worst. And those quotes … eek, I would be cringing all the way through too. That’s strange that the author uses the term “Asian eyes.” Even if it was only in there once, I would think that was strange. Most use the term “almond-shaped eyes.”
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    • Alise

      That’s why I included the quotes, I was thinking “how can I say this in a nice way?” and just decided to let people decide for themselves, ha. Right? Almond is the way to go if you want to point out racial differences in the first place!

    • Alise

      Yeah, I actually like to read them so I know I don’t have to waste my time on a book. Glad those quotes were enough to make up your mind!

    • Alise

      Thanks! I have a lot of trouble organizing my thoughts for reviews, period. It’s even harder when all your thoughts are negative! Haha

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