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Review - Hidden

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Hidden (Firelight #3)
by Sophie Jordan

Publication: September 11, 2012
Pages: 272
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Publisher: Harper Teen
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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....

I loved the first two books, and I really wanted to like Hidden. However, a lot felt flat to me. There is just so much packed into one little book with many new ideas introduced and never fully developed. It seems as though Jacinda's just been placed into the hands of the enkros when the situation changes and suddenly she's running back to the place she just tried to escape, making Will unsure of their relationship. Which kind of disappointed me. While I admire Jacinda's burning desire to watch over her fellow draki, it doesn't seems as though she has a particular good reason for jeopardizing her freedom in order to make sure they arrive back home safely. I was also hoping to learn more about the enkros and what happens to the other draki that Jacinda meets, but they don't end up playing a major role in the story.

While there is a great plotline, the plot isn't fleshed out. Much of it is predictable, but I wouldn't have minded so much if it was well done and the characters were more dynamic and interesting. I loved Jacinda and Will in the first books, but they have since fallen flat as characters, especially Will, who seems to have taken on the role of Jacinda's emotional support (like a good boyfriend). He no longer plays a very active role in the story. It seems as though even Jacinda doesn't know what's happening to her life anymore and she just wants to fulfill her duty to her kind, making her free to go find her mother without the guilt of having abandoned those close to her. Even the end feels rushed.

The best part of this trilogy has been seeing how Jacinda and Tamara's relationship has progressed. Tamora has really grown as a character. Before, she's been busy hating the draki and wanting to get away from it all. She was busy hating Jacinda for taking away everything and being so "selfish," and then they're making up and working together, supporting each other. Now, Tamara is here making a life for her own and doing what she wants to do instead of just what everyone expects her to do.

This may not have been my favorite in the trilogy; however, I do recommend reading it if you are a fan of the series. You get to meet a really cool new draki (Deghan) that does stick around for a little bit, and you finally learn about what happened to a certain someone from Jacinda's past.

Recommended for fans of the series

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.
4 comments on "Review - Hidden"
  1. i think i 'll skip this trilogy

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  2. This one is my favorite cover out of the three :)

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  3. I love dragon books but I've tried out the first book and it didn't quite work out for me. =/ But I love the covers from the series!

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