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REVIEW: Hidden by Eve Kenin

Dear Ms. Kenin:

book review I was anxious to read Hidden, the second in your new futuristic romance series. While not as revelatory to me as Driven, Hidden still has all the elements that attracted me to your work in the first place.

In Driven we saw the downfall of the ruler of North, leaving behind a fragmented land with no law but that of might. Gavin Ward is one of those who has might through the power of his ability to produce a popular drug. Hidden tells the story of Tatiana, or TTN081. She is the sister of Wizard, hero of Driven. In this post apocolyptic world set in the frozen Northern Waste, Tatiana is on a mission. She seeks to hunt down and terminate the scientist, Gavin Ward, who tortured her for years and she searches for her brother and sister, also lab experiments.

Tatiana has six senses. She can read people. Whether this was organic or an unexpected by product of years of being an experimental test subject, it is unknown. But while she can feel the emotions of people, she herself has little practice being human. She studies people and attempts to divine the “proper” response based upon her observations. But she knows she is but a flawed vessel and this drives her to find her family for with them she has a commonality, with them she believes that she could be at peace with herself.

Tristan is a scientist who is the leader of a small cadre of people who live in a subterranean complex. He’s beset with the guilt that he helped to create a deadly plague and infect the people with whom he lives. The plague creates photophobic individuals whose body parts eventually die off and whose blood immediately infects any who come in contact with it.

Tristan and Tatiana both suffer from survivor’s guilt. Tristan is further tormented by the fact that his own hands created the death that surrounds him. He labors to find a cure but has had no success. when Tatiana is exposed to one of his people, Tristan takes her into his subterranean hideaway determined to kill her at some point even though he is intensely attracted to her.

It’s the delicate weaving of the science and the emotion that raises this above other speculative fiction romances on the market. Tatiana’s existence, the manner in which she is created, the way in which her emotional makeup is woven into the tapestry of the worldbuilding, makes it impossible for her to be taken from this book and put in another setting.

The problems I had with the book included the fact that I thought it had heavy ties to the first book. I wondered if someone could pick up Hidden without having read Driven (not like that is a punishment since I thought Driven was a great book). I also thought some of the pacing was bit too slow. Still, this is a unique speculative fiction with bringing a fresh aspect to romance with strong worldbuilding and a poignant love story. B

Best regards,

Jane

Note: I forgot to add this to my recommended reads list and will be updating that list with this book and a new one I read last night tomorrow morning.

This book can be purchased in mass market from Amazon or Powells. No ebook format.

Dear Author

REVIEW: Demon’s Kiss by Eve Silver

Dear Ms. Silver:

Book CoverI just want to state from the outset that I read Driven a while back and thought how it was such a great departure from the ordinary paranormals that seem to dominate the market. I exclaimed about how fresh it was; how it did such an awesome job in showing us the world created instead of telling me; and how interactions between the hero and heroine didn’t consist of non stop mental lusting but still maintained a strong sensuality.

When I finished this book, I felt like Demon’s Kiss and Driven were written by two different authors. I think that the best thing was the conflict between Clea and Ciarran. They wanted each other and were drawn to each other but the magic that existed between them actually served to keep them apart. But for all the strength of the interesting conflict was the stereotypical dynamic. Ciarran is all angsty manhood clad in leather. Clea is all conflicted female drawn against her will to the angsty leather clad Ciarran.

But I am getting ahead of myself. The story is that when Clea was an infant, her parents were attacked by a demon. Ciarran D’ Arbois, a Sorcerer charged with the task of protecting the world from the demon realm, intervened but during an intense moment, infant Clea stole some of Ciarran’s magic. This weakened Ciarran and the demon realm grasped his hand and now part of the demon world is in Ciarran’s body. At least that is what I think happened.

The world building is complex and interesting but also confusing. I admittedly did not understand some of it. Like apparently there is a demon realm, a mortal realm, and then Ciarran’s realm with exists if you can “see between the molecules” to what is there versus what you think is there. But in the space between the molecules there are ordinary mortal things, like bathrooms.

Fast forward 20 years and Clea is mourning the recent loss of her grandmother, her one family member left. Clea is the key to the attempt by the demon world to infiltrate the human realm. A minor demon is after her and Ciarran is hot on the demon’s trail. In the present day, there are demons of “uncommon power” who are walking unfettered and it is believed that the demons are attempting to bring over the Solitary (a bid bad demon thingy).

Even though Clea just finishes seeing Ciarran vaporize a demon with Ciarran’s special light, she’s totally turned on by him. Ciarran reciprocates the immediate attraction. Her voice makes his body tighten and his lust settles in his groin. Ay yi yi. Alot of my disappointment stemmed from the immediate and seemingly constant mental lusting.

Clea Masters is a human with magic. She’s not aware of her magic but once in proximity with Ciarran she discovers that she borrows his magic. This leaves Ciarran weakened. He is constantly battling the dark demon within him that threatens to overcome his light and Clea’s proximity, the closer she is, the more that he lets her inside him, the greater the threat.

I am not sure if Demon’s Kiss suffered a case of heightened expectations after I had read the superb Driven or whether I am just burned out on the whole vampire, demon, soul mate concept. The ending was much stronger than the beginning but it took several efforts to make it past that first half. C

Best regards,

Jane