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Book Review: Hidden by Sophie Jordan

The Firelight series finally ends with Hidden. I had some mixed emotions along the way, which didn’t end with the series finale.

Book Review: Hidden by Sophie Jordan

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Title & Author: Hidden by Sophie Jordan

Genre: YA Fantasy – Dragons

Release Date: September 11, 2012

Series: Final book in the Firelight series

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: Bought

Description:

“Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the “prince” of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian’s sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there’s no guarantee they’ll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning….”

Firelight Conclusion

The last book in a series must be a very tricky thing to write. I mean, how do you find a way to end a story that you’ve been working on for years?

Despite Hidden having a few issues, it was nice to see a firm close to the story of Jacinda, Tamra, Will and Cassian. And bravo to Jordan – she established which team (Team Will or Cassian) Jacinda was on very early on in the book. Thank you!

The novel begins right exactly where Vanish left off. Jacinda is about to go into the Ekros compound to rescue Cassian’s sister Miriam, who got captured by the draki-hunting crazies.

Hidden had a lot of action-packed moments. Jacinda and the gang are constantly on the run and facing new and more challenging issues like betrayal and heart break at every turn.

Final Thoughts on Hidden

Although Hidden nicely wraps up two books’ worth of craziness and tension, Hidden ultimately fell flat for me. I kept waiting for a wow moment to take my breath away like with Firelight and Vanish, and it never happened.

I think one of the biggest issues was Jacinda and her decision-making skills. She went back and forth and back and forth so many times about what she was going to do after she rescues Miriam. It was not an interesting element to the story, and it took away from the overall excitement of escaping from the ekros and all their other adventures.

Also, without giving too much away, Jacinda and her friends never catch a break from all the action. It’s literally never-ending throughout the entire novel. Some of it seems to be used to divert the reader from other missing plot elements (like a lack of romantic tension now that Jacinda has made her choice). Some of the action didn’t seem to have a purpose.

And although I do think that Jordan picked interesting ways to end the book – at the draki village and with Jacinda and her two men – some of it seemed pretty sudden. It would have been nice to see that progress over time and watch it subtly play out.

OVERALL

I was disappointed with Hidden. I was happy to finally find out who Jacinda chose and to see what became of her and her rebellious self, but to a lot was lacking. For those of you who are anxious to read this final Firelight novel, I hope you enjoy Hidden more than I did.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://twitter.com/sillylittle Linda P

    I was lukewarm about Vanish. I do want to see how the series wraps up so I’m looking forward to Hidden. Sorry it didn’t work for you.