Falling Short: A Review of HIDDEN by Sophie Jordan

Hidden (Firelight, #3)

Sophie Jordan
272 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 11th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: OKAY

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….

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy.

   Vanish left us hanging by a fine thread, pulse-pounding, nerve-wracking. Diving into the world of Sophie Jordan’s Firelight was a blast – it isn’t everyday you find a world full of dragons who can shapeshift into humans.

   Hidden picks up right where Vanish left off. The entire trilogy was written in a way that makes it seem like one whole book, purposely severed into three separate ones.

   Hidden concludes Sophie Jordan’s Firelight series with a hopeful, bittersweet ending. It ties in loose threads and puts an end to the triangle we’ve been choosing sides for since the beginning. But that was where my satisfaction ended.

   I loved Firelight. I liked Vanish. I don’t know why I feel differently about Hidden. Maybe because I’ve read so many good books this year. Maybe because I was distracted. Because if I loved the first two books so much, how could I not love the trilogy’s conclusion?

   As I flipped page after page of Hidden, I was reminded of one thing – second-book-syndrome. While Hidden isn’t a filler between two books, it certainly had the feel of it. And well, Hidden didn’t have the thrilling action I so hungrily devoured in its predecessors.

   When tragedy fell, I didn’t feel a single emotion. When surprise struck, I didn’t even notice. I hate to say it, but Hidden fell short. I wanted so much more. I expected so much more. But it was okay, I suppose. It did conclude the story and in the end, I guess that’s all that matters. If you’ve already invested in the series as I had, you might want to read Hidden just to see how it all ends – its why I picked it up in the first place!

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    September 3, 2012

    Oh I am so sad and now that you mention the bittersweet ending I am actually taken aback… I am not sure if I really gonna read this! I really liked the first one, wasn't so thrilled about the second but now? I am truly not sure if I need to know the ending…

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    September 3, 2012

    Nice review! There's so much trilogy ending this year, and I'm sad to see this go. Will read the book to see how it all ends…

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    September 3, 2012

    *sigh* THESE are the disappointing books – they only get edited and published because the genre is doing so well, and everyone is scrambling to fill the shelves of the YA paranormal romance section.
    I loved Firelight too, but I don't want to pick the rest of the series up.

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    September 3, 2012

    Nice review. i think i will skip this trilogy

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    September 7, 2012

    I'm so sad you didn't enjoy this one!!! I still have high hopes since I enjoyed Vanish more than Firelight. Maybe this is just up my ally!

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    Jasmine Rose

    September 9, 2012

    Oy. If Hidden fell short for you I don't even know if I want to read it. I ended up not caring for Vanish all that much so if Hidden is worse I'll probably end up hating it :[

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    Christina K.

    September 27, 2012

    Too bad you didn't love it. I love the last books to be awesome:) At least you got a good conclusion:)

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    September 28, 2012

    The exact same thing happened to me! I liked the first book and the second fell short. I'll read the third one but I'm not that excited forit. There are too many other good books. Thanks for the review!

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    Gina @ My Precious

    October 1, 2012

    Well, bummer, I'm sad you didn't like this one as much as the other two. I have book one on my kindle and I'll probaby save it for a 2013 Off the shelf challenge. Great review. I appreciate how you spelled out what didn't work for you without spoilers and in a tactful fashion.

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    October 2, 2012

    I am so sorry you didn't enjoy it. Yes, I agree with the bittersweet ending. I tend to not enjoy the last book of any series as I did the others and I don't know why that is. But, I did like this one.

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    October 8, 2012

    What a bummer. I was really hoping this one would be the best in the series. I enjoyed the others and was hoping for an improvement. Sigh.

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    November 22, 2012

    I like the sound of the finally love-triangle-free romance! I've only read the first book in this series and had some mixed feelings on it, but I wouldn't mind continuing with these books one day, especially now that I know it ends well. :) Great review!