Hidden Deep Review

Title: Hidden Deep
Author: Amy Patrick
Publication Date: March 23 2015
Genre: Fantasy YA
Amazon Link: Link

★★★☆☆

He isn’t supposed to even talk to a human, much less fall in love with one…

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 just moved into her grandma’s house 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. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully ignorant and safe.

Hidden Deep seems enticing at first, but soon reverts into generic, well trodden territories. The story of ‘girl discovers secret society who she’s really part of and saves it while becoming successful rich and popular and with guys chasing after her’ is overdone and unrelatable, and the love-at-first-sight romance with whathisname was even more so, having given no explanation for or development of their love apart from a meeting as five-year-olds, which really justifies nothing. While the plot of the faeries isn’t bad, it’s not exciting or new or different in any way to a million other books of the genre I have read. No thanks.

The book has one redeeming plot point, and that’s the celebrity fan pods which have been done okay and was actually building on something semi-unique to the book.

ARC provided by NetGalley

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