Friday, June 14, 2013

Review: Blog Tour + Giveaway: Hidden by M. Lathan

Hidden by M. Lathan 
Series: Hidden, #1
Publication date: November, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal

Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She’d settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.

That’s the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist – at any moment, her cover could be blown and she’ll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.

Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won’t give up until they find her.

Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she’s ever met – human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.

Let’s hope she can stay hidden.

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Review:   What does a 16 year old girl do when she has to hide being a witch in world in which not only are people terrified of magic, but it caused a war that almost ended everything?

Leah Grant is just trying to survive at this point. On top of being an orphaned teenager, she can hear everyone's thoughts and sees into the future but the worst of all, she can tell nobody or it would get her killed. Being a sixteen year old girl can be a precarious situation on it's own, but how Leah navigates this treacherous world you'll find in the pages of Hidden by M Lathan.

Being inside Leah's head, this book goes to some dark places at times but that isn't a negative. From the first pages where you're hearing some horrible things that other kids are putting her through all the way through her experiences of finding a group of friends and fighting for her life, the whole story is on the dark side but it really made Leah shine throughout the entire book. You see everything happen to her from fear and heart break all the way to a sense of belonging and contentment, all the feelings you hear in her own perspective really make this roller coaster of emotions resonate inside the readers own head. It makes you feel compassion for this character, which for THIS reader turned into a love for Leah. She is tough and strong but still a teenager and that's why she was one of my favorite characters in a long time.

What drove this story, however, was the uniqueness of plot. Yes, it is dystopian. It is so much more than that though. It combines the best aspects of dystopian literature with paranormal aspects (which I love) and throws in some teenage romance to boot! It was truly original from character to genre to plot twists and that is why I really loved it. It does have some points that I had to stop and figure out what is going on so I can understand the story. For example, when we are listening to other people thoughts or she is having a vision I would have liked either a page break or different font because I had no idea we changed POV or time frame, but the way the story is told was great. The delivery and originality are why I think you should buy this book!!!- My Opinion-BUY IT!!!

About the author:

M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.

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One (1) ebook copy of book 2, Lost (Hidden is currently free on B&N, iTunes, Smashwords and Kobo!!). Open internationally. Just follow my blog in some way then post a comment on this thread!!! 


  1. Thanks so much for joining the tour and reviewing! I love that you saw Christine as strong. It's a different kind of strength that can be easily missed if you focus on her mood. Thanks again :)

  2. Fantastic review, Kathy! I'm really getting a feel of this character from all the reviews and she sounds like such a compelling character! She sounds really complex too with hidden strength you come to realize. Glad you liked it! :)