Hidden Deep (Book 1 of the Hidden Trilogy)
by Amy Patrick
Release Date: 03/23/15
Oxford South Press
Summary from Goodreads:
Give in to the Glamour…
Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she'd be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She's a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he's not supposed to exist.
After her father's affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn't mind a first date that didn't suck, but she's determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann's recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.
She's still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He's still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she's with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann's strict policy-- never want someone more than he wants you.
Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don't get careless and Don't get caught. It's allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…
Lad's never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He's not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.
And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.
~ REVIEW ~
This was an okay read but kind of predictable in an okay kind of way.
Ryann's character was likeable enough but she's a bit too indecisive but she's a teenager. It can't be help too if she's kind of immatur but I realized she has to have her flaws at th same time I admire her strength. Her relationship with Lad was sweet with a lot of complications especially after finding out what and who he is. I hated how people around her makes the decision for her. I don't mind giving advices but her family should at least support her too. She has to have a life as well. and her grandmother above all should have understood that. Let's just leave it at that.
I really liked Lad. He was predictabe but except for what he was. He's so sweet and the good kind of guy that you should let your parents meet. But he is also strong and possessive about Ryann in a good way. I loved him more when he chose Ryann despite her choice. I understood at the same time like I mentioned I'm over the cliche noble type of hero/heroine.
Their romance was at the right pacing and they have their hot romance but sweet at the same time. Although I hated how the not so good marriage of Ryann's parents affected her. I especially disliked the sayings that Ryann's mother told her. About the icing on the cake, That was a bit over the top. Ryann's mother could have told her something more appropriate.
The other characters were also a bit predictable especially Nox. I figured about him easily. I'm not much a fan of Ryann's other friends. They don't have the feel of being a true friend and there wasn't much about them. Although I have a feeling her friends would probably be involved in whatever is happening in their celebrity world out there.
I was afraid of reading the ending because, well, I won't spoil that part. Anyways, I almost cried of relief because I thought there would be a temporary HEA but then that epilogue happened. And I'm certain something sinister happened.
I can't wait for the next two books. There are still some answers that need answering.
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014). She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She's been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.