author: Cameo Renae
series: Hidden Wings #1
published: 16 January 2013
publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
genre(s): fantasy, folklore, romance
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Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family's sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.
Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn't even know who or what she is.
A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday... things will change.
Hidden Wings is the first in a new series by author Cameo Renae, based around the hidden world of angels. Overnight, Emma’s world has totally shifted and she is thrust into a new world that she hadn’t known truly existed.
This is a book that I have mixed feelings about. For the most part, I enjoyed the story. The story line is interesting and some of the characters are fantastic. But there was a bit of insta-love that just didn’t ring true for me, especially when it comes hot on the heels of Emma’s loss of her parents and total upheaval of her life. There is a reason for it, which I understand, but it just seemed a little too easy. I just don’t like the whole “there’s a hot guy, so let’s have our world revolve around him” kind of thing.
That being said, I enjoyed the plot of the story. I love a good “good versus evil” battle and this book has all of that, mixed with some great characters. I loved the Guardians, especially Dom! He was hilarious, sweet, and obviously fiercely loyal. Often, the Guardians seemed like competitive, good-hearted frat boys, rather than warriors of the world.
The mythology of the book mixes a bit of the real with a bit of the created. I like that the traditional mythology forms the basis of the world of Hidden Wings but it is changed or added to in ways that make the story more contemporary.
All in all, this is a good story with some great characters!
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