Title: Hidden Wings [Hidden Wings 1]
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 3 Stars
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.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
First off, the cover is gorgeous—I tilt my jaunty imaginary hat to the cover designer. That being said, I’m a little on the fence with this book. Going into Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae, I found myself having a bit of trouble. The first couple of chapters of this book are terrible. Hands down. It’s full of cliché, poor punctuation, misspellings, and possibly the most dramatic main character in existence. Look, I understand that she just survived a horrific car crash that killed her parents, but the level of drama is almost comical. There are better ways to make a reader care about a character, and certainly better ways to portray such an important moment in Emma’s life. I’ll admit, I very nearly gave up on this book at 13% in and declared it a Did-Not-Finish.
Nearly. Operative word. Instead, I set it aside for a week or two, and I went back and picked it up. I pushed—and I pushed hard, but it started to pick up. By the time I was 30% in, I was engrossed. Yes, the characters were overly dramatic. Yes, it was full of cliché moments and ridiculous character decisions. Emma didn’t come across as an overly bright character. She seemed to be tossed around by the events of the book without taking the time to pause and think through any of it—and it showed. She was curled up sobbing one moment, ready to tear the clothes off a sexy angel the next moment, and a few seconds later, was standing up to Fallen and Darklings (despite the fact that she had no combat skills whatsoever). She was the essential damsel in distress that ended up getting other people, and herself, in danger with every breath she took. To be honest, I didn’t really like her… but I couldn’t help but become interested in her story and where it may lead. Despite the fact that a great bit of this book was poorly written and nearly laughable in it’s execution… I still wanted to read it, and whatever else I may complain about… that says something.
The concept of this book wasn’t bad, it truly wasn’t… but it was executed poorly—and that’s something that can be fixed. Did I enjoy reading this book? Yes. Would I read it again? Yah. I probably would. Would I recommend it? I’m not sure. There’s a lot of promise in the pages of this book. It wasn’t a great book by any means, but I think it holds the promise of better books to come. I fully plan to move on to the next novel in the series—with the hopes that some of what went horribly wrong in this book may be remedied farther down the line. This isn’t going to be for everyone, but I think a good number of teen readers may enjoy it if they can accept it for what it is: a fun, quick read. This isn’t genre breaking, it’s not in-depth and full of gripping world building, and it isn’t going to be a book you push your friends to read, but if you want something you can get through quickly, and you enjoy a little drama every now and then, you’ll probably get a kick out of it.