Author: Adi Rule
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Griffin/St. Martin (March 22, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
For eighteen years a girl with no name, a Redwing, has been hidden away in a small attic room within a city of hissing pipes and curving temples perched on the side of the great volcano, Mol, while her sister, Jey-identical except for her eyes-has lived her life in public as an only child. Their father had hoped the hidden girl would one day grow up to be a normal human girl and not the wicked creature mythology has promised, so he secretly spared her life as an infant.
But when she switches places with her sister, striking up a flirtation with the son of the Empress while working in the royal gardens and gets attacks by two suspicious priests on her journey home, she is forced to call forth fire to protect herself, unleashing her previously dormant powers and letting her secret out. She soon catches the attention of a cult with a thousand year old grudge as well as a group of underground rebels, both seeking her for their own gain. But when her sister goes missing and the Redwing uncovers a great plot to awaken Mol and bring fiery destruction upon them all, she is forced to embrace her powers.
In Adi Rule's stunning new novel, The Hidden Twin, the girl with no name, must finally choose a name and a path for herself, drawing a line between myth and history to prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her home.
The Hidden Twin was a rather unexpectedly fun read that didn't take me long to get wrapped up in with the myth and lore of the Others and the Redwing and its memorable characters and circumstances.
With hidden meanings, lies, and mystery riddled throughout the pages, this ended up being a read that took me by surprise and was compelling in both theory and writing.
I wish I could say more about it but I'm afraid I will give too much away. Instead this is a read that you really need to experience for yourself.
With a main character that desperately doesn't want to be a monster and is willing to do more than most to prove she isn't this story really will sweep you away and leave you wanting more by the end.
If you are looking for something different, a bit out there, and unlike most YA fantasy, this just might be the read for you.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
Ooh different is good! I got this one because of the pretty cover and I'm looking forward to reading it.ReplyDelete
I hope I like it as much as you did! :)
Lovely review, Ali!
LOL I got it for the same reason Nick. :PDelete
Love the cover thanks for the great review Kindlemom!ReplyDelete
I really do too and thanks Debbie!Delete
I was so tempted to request this book, but I stopped myself. Again. I see that I will be picking up a copy anyway. Great review!ReplyDelete
You might still be able to pick it up on Netgalley. ;)Delete
I'm always up for something different Ali! This one is new to me, so thanks for the review:)ReplyDelete
Thanks Jenny and Happy Friday!Delete
This sounds great, I always enjoy more original YA, since alot of it isn't. Good review.ReplyDelete
I like the sound of the story's mythology and the conflicted main character. I'm making a note of this, Ali - as always, I can pretty much count on finding a hidden jewel among the stories you review :) Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
You are too sweet Ramona! Thank you so much and I hope you have an amazing weekend as well!Delete
I hadn't heard of this before but it sounds really good!ReplyDelete
It really was interesting!Delete
Hmm...seems interesting. I hadn't heard of this one before, so thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Curious. I am wondering what kind of monster she doesn't want to be.ReplyDelete
Why the Redwing of course? :P LOL no really, there is so much more to it than that but that, it really was an interesting read for sure. ;)Delete
This sounds good and it also sounds like a book you want to talk about but can't for spoilage. Don't you love/hate that? LOLReplyDelete
Yes! That is definitely how it is and definitely a love/hate. ;)Delete
This is another book that I will read this year. I will accumulate more and more. I am currently reading Magonia and me is charming.ReplyDelete
So glad you are loving that one, I still need to read it.Delete
I think different is usually a good thing so yay for that. Glad you enjoyed it - Great review!ReplyDelete
I agree. ;)Delete
it's always so interesting to have something different there! And I love the cover!ReplyDelete
I agree and me too about the cover!Delete
This is a new one for me. And that cover is so pretty! You have me wondering about it being really different? Not sure If it would be one I would like, but it does sound really good, I think :)ReplyDelete
It really does have a pretty cover and different can be good, especially in this genre. ;)Delete
Ahh to be swept away by a read. Love that. Glad it caught you by surprise in a good way :)ReplyDelete
Me too. ;)Delete
I do like books that are a little out there. Since I am too. :DReplyDelete
I like books that are different and a little out there! I'm so glad that you liked it and I'm glad to see a review for it because it looks so interesting. :DReplyDelete
Thanks Erin, it definitely was different.Delete
I sure hope she doesn't go by "A Girl With No Name" the entire time. Coz that's just...a mouthful. Lol.ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed this one, Ali!
She does for most of it. :PDelete
The first sentence of that book description... woah. :PReplyDelete
It was interesting. ;)Delete
I like books that are a bit out there.ReplyDelete
Me too. ;)Delete
Oh I like books that make you tongue tied in the review because you don't want to be spoilery.ReplyDelete
They are fun but definitely hard to write reviews for. ;)Delete
Very interesting but I'd probably pass on this one just doesn't grab me, ya know? Great review though! :)ReplyDelete
I understand. ;)Delete
Gah! I have this one on my TBR! I'm glad to hear that the writing is solid and that you enjoyed it :)ReplyDelete
I really hope you like it as well.Delete