Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What is Hidden by Lauren Skidmore Review/Tour

What is Hidden blog tourMy Source: I received a copy for review in exchange for an honest opinion.

Description: In a land of masquerades and mystery, Evie is a mask maker in Venesia, where masks represent rank and identity. When a cryptic bandit strips away Evie’s mask and destroys her home, she goes into hiding at the palace to find both a new identity—and revenge. Fantasy lovers will be caught up by the mystique, romance, and magic of "What Is Hidden."

My Review: I love the cover! I'm not usually a fan of faces on covers, however, this one perfectly fits the story and it's just beautiful! 

It takes me a few chapters to be drawn into a story in most books. This one was an exception! I was immediately drawn into the story and it was hard to put down. I love fairytale re-tellings and this one was a fantastic, creative twist on an old classic, Cinderella. There's even a mysterious villain!

I've always wondered why Cinderella was so sweet and let everyone boss her around and walk all over her. In this story, Evie is in a social situation that doesn't allow for her to speak out. I loved how she had enough restraint to hold her tongue in a lot of situations and not give in to the natural instinct to fight/talk back. Evie is brave in her own right. I really enjoyed her character a lot and felt a lot of depth to her.

Her good friend, Aiden, has secrets that he keeps from even her. I kept thinking about how we all wear masks in life and something they come off and sometimes they change. I loved the twists and turns that happened so unexpectedly. This is a terrific book and the author is definitely one to watch!

Content: I would consider it clean!

About the Author:
Lauren Skidmore grew up in Kansas, with stints in Ohio and New York, and currently lives in Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a BA in English Teaching with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language and Japanese. She then spent a year in Japan teaching and travelling. She hasn’t made it to Europe yet, but it’s on the list and has been to 30 states in the U.S. so far. When she’s not exploring new places, you can probably find her on the internet with fifteen windows open and looking at just one more thing before actually getting something done.


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