Monday, 24 June 2013

GODDESS BOOKS: "Hidden" by M. Lathan **REVIEW ADDED**

Title: Hidden
Series: Hidden (Book One)
Author: M Lathan

Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She’d settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.

That’s the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist – at any moment, her cover could be blown and she’ll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.

Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won’t give up until they find her.

Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she’s ever met – human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.

Let’s hope she can stay hidden.

Sienna snatched last week’s Chemistry test from my desk. I hadn’t turned it over. I knew it was a D minus.

She cackled and passed it around.

“Leah, you would think someone who spends most of her time alone would have better grades,” she said. Her birds laughed on cue. “What do you do all day? Obviously not study.” 
She gasped slowly like she’d gotten a revelation in that blonde head of hers. “You fantasize about us, don’t you? You probably sleep in Whit’s old bed to feel close to her.”

Laughter spread around the room like an airborne disease. Disease. I shivered. That was an intriguing thought; I could almost hear the sound their bodies would make against the floor when it hit.

“Leah, come on. Say something. Scream at me, it’s been a while. At least cry,” Sienna said, laughing and leaning into my desk, closer to danger.

I didn’t cry. I never cry. And if I were going to, it wouldn’t be because of Sienna. I had bigger problems. I’d just broken a promise I’d made to God to not think about hurting His people, His children. And today was not the day to piss Him off.

My old roommate, Whitney Nguyen, graciously returned my test as she cackled with the rest of the birds. She liked the idea of me pining over her, but she knew I didn’t spend my free time thinking about her or sleeping in her old bed. After fourteen years of hard labor as my roommate, she’d given up on being friends or me being remotely normal. The current theory to explain my oddness was that I was in love with all of the girls and consumed by lust.

As long as they didn’t know it was magic.

1. Tell us about your latest release.
Hidden Book One is the story of Leah Grant. She believes she is the last living witch after magical kind tried and failed to take over the world. She lives at a Catholic orphanage where she believes she is evil because of what she has been taught about witches and their connection to Satan. Her life changes when she is forced to leave the orphanage and find a new place to live while hiding from the hunters. There, her world is turned up side down, or right side up, when she learns that everything she thought she knew about herself and life in general has been wrong. She falls in love with one of the houseguests and will do anything to keep him, including hide what she really is.
As her mysterious past unravels, the hunters who would kill to control her powers get dangerously close, and it could land her in the hands of exactly who she was hidden from.

2.  Which Star Trek or Star Wars character are you most like?
I don’t really have one. Not a big Star  Trek or Star Wars fan. I am partial to the name Obi-Wan Kenobi, however. I used it in my personal twitter name just because I like the way it sounds.

3.  What is your least favorite word?
Ambulance. I can’t say it fast. I typically have to say emergency vehicle so I don’t sound like an idiot. For some reason, I want to put a P in that word that isn’t there.

4. What is the first curse word that comes to mind?  How often and why do you use it?
F-bomb. And a lot. It saves so much time when you think about it. Those four letters mean so many different things such as “Where are my keys? Why did the dog pee on the carpet? When will this traffic clear up?” It’s really efficient to only have to say one word to define so many different feelings.

5. What is the story of your first kiss?
Oh, God. Okay. 7th grade, Ms. Calvary’s English class at Istrouma Middle Magnet in BR, LA. Truth or Dare game. I took the dare and kissed a boy in the back of class as she was teaching. Not my brightest moment.

M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.   


One word for this - WOW.

I honestly struggled to put this book down, and i was so quick to pick it back up again.

Not one boring page.  A complete page turner and you honestly had no idea where everything was gonna go or what was going to be revealed next - i haven't had such an intense read in a long time!

We follow Leah/Christine as she deals with the fact that she believes shes an evil witch that although the human race thinks the war between magic and human has been fought and won, she somehow slipped through the net and genuinely believes shes evil.

Shes been in St Catalinas "school" (or orphanage although they don't promote it that way) and shes kept herself to herself which makes her a target for bullies.

On one day when she decides shes had enough and went to deal with the bullies when a witch snaps in between her and the girls and whisks her away from the school.

This is the beginning of Christine (who now no longer wants to be Leah - the name the nuns gave to her when she was younger, although her real name is Christine) finding out about who she really is.  Learning to live and to experience things she never thought she was allowed to, learning about her powers, her family background and how to control her powers.

Its only slightly touching on the supernatural, her housemates being the main characters we get to know - Nathan is a shape shifter and Emma and Paul are witches and wizards and the not so like able Remi is a panther shifter.

I have to say, i really want to read the next book "Lost" and cannot wait for it to come out as it will definitely be on my kindle and ready to be read!

Really recommended this one, i loved it! A bit of concentration required, not much, but more than a chick lit book!



  1. Great interview, thank you. I laughed when I read the F-bomb, so true.


    1. It's such an addictive word! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. I'd prefer the B&N GC please... thank you so much for doing the giveaway.... vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  3. i want the amazon gc :) thanks

  4. I am so hoping that Leah is not the last witch.


  5. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
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