Review – Hidden by Amy McKinley + GIVEAWAY

TITLE:    Hidden
AUTHOR:    Amy McKinley
INFO:    Paranormal Fiction, 243 pages
PUBLISHED:   Champagne Books, 2015
SOURCE:   Received from Publisher for Review 

ABOUT:   Cursed
since birth, hunted by gods, and desperate for love—Jade never
stood a chance.

Half-demon,
half-goddess, Jade’s fate makes her a pawn in an epic battle among
the gods. Hidden on Earth with her sisters, she successfully avoids
the Oneiroi—the dream gods—bent on her destruction until the
prophecy, long dormant, awakens a dark shadow within her.

Roen,
a reclusive Worr demon known for his battles against the Oneiroi, is
called to protect Jade. Together they must unlock their mysterious
connection and find a way to beat back destiny. Can she outsmart the
prophecy, change her fate, and find love—even when she learns who
is connected to her destruction?

~~~~~
EXCERPT:  Hades
kissed his wife, Persephone, one last time before reluctantly
relinquishing her above ground, where her mother impatiently waited.
“Behave
while I’m gone, Hades.” Persephone traced a pink-kissed nail
along her husband’s dark jawline.
He
was loathe to shave too often as the rough stubble against her skin
excited her. “Six months is ridiculously long,” he murmured
against her lush lips. “Find a way to meet me at the meadow.”
Mischief
danced in her eyes as she stepped onto the boat which would ferry her
along the River Styx, leading her out of the Underworld. “It’s a
date,” she purred, blowing her husband a sultry kiss.
That
woman slays me. He watched until she was out of sight. Once his bride
was gone, his attention returned to his beloved Underworld and the
current state it was in.
Hades
leapt onto his chariot. A resounding crack split the air as he
commanded his four black horses to lead him past boiling lava pits
and stalagmites to the deepest, fiery pits of the abyss—Tartarus.
Creatures
scampered out of his way. Fallen angels and demons went about their
business—lest they draw his anger—as he thundered past. Tormented
screams echoed off cavernous walls and pools of fiery despair. His
pulse roared in his veins. He reveled at what he was about to see…
The
Fates’ curse had begun.
Reining
his steeds to a halt, he dismounted, his black boots crunching on a
mixture of bones and jagged pieces of rock. Amidst the prisons, the
things of nightmares tortured imprisoned souls.
A
laugh rumbled up from his gut and rolled out. He threw back his head
then ran his hands through his black hair, freeing it from its tie.
Pers wasn’t here right now, due to his brother, Zeus’s,
acquiescence to Demeter.
Hades
ignored the slow burn in his chest at the thought of his wife being
gone for six long months and focused on the game of persecuting his
brother instead, for he knew a thing or two about Aiesa’s offspring
that Zeus did not.
An
ear-splitting scream rent the air, snapping Hades out of his
thoughts. New souls.
He
knew who sent them. Although he benefited from so many entering his
domain, his brother would not be happy.

What
a perfect time to pay Zeus a visit.

MY TAKE:   I must say I really enjoyed this book. From all signs it is the first in a new series and I am very much looking forward to the next installment. 
Mythology has always been something I’ve liked to read. New twists and additions to the old stories many times just don’t cut it. Amy McKinley has created a tale (or series of tales) that seem like they sprang up at the same time with the originals. She blends her “new” characters and threads seamlessly with the “old” and known gods and underlings.
I liked Jade and was fascinated with the back story and the history that the author created for her and the other characters. It was interesting to watch the different factions fight for dominance and control while she was learning to fight for her own control of herself and her own inner “demon/goddess”. Roen was definitely our questionable “hero” type without going overboard with it. Their chemistry was well written without being too much or too “vivid”.  
As many first stories in a series will do, there is a lot of world building going on. This by no means takes away from Jade and her tale, it actually makes it even more of a great story by leaving the reader wanting much, much more. 
  
Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it:
Amy
McKinley is a freelance writer and author. She lives in Illinois with
her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous
cats. Her debut novel, Hidden is the first in the Five Fates Series.  Connect
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    • Never give up on your dreams. I know, how many times do people say that? But I truly believe it and I tell my kids the same thing. Make sure to find something in life that makes you truly happy, that t's something you wake up every day wanting to do, and find a way to achieve it. Thanks for stopping by, Mai and good luck in the drawing!

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