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Review: Hidden by Sophie Jordan

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Hidden (Firelight #3)
   by: Sophie Jordan

Publication Date: Sept. 11, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from Library
Page Count: 260 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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.

Finishing this series has been a long time coming for me. Having read the first book in early 2013, I then reread it later in the year along with the second book. I have been keeping my eye out for this book to show up at one of my libraries ever since. Imagine my surprise (and delight!) to finally find it sitting on the shelf. As packed as my reading schedule is, I knew I wanted to make time to see how things concluded with Jacinda, Will, Cassian, Tamra, and Miram. While I enjoyed the final book in the series, I do feel it was a bit rushed and that we only skimmed the surface of some major events.
I am a big fan of Sophie's writing and she definitely didn't disappoint in pulling me back into the story. I easily picked right back up where we left off and that was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, as I was afraid too long had passed between books. The book takes off running with Jacinda and crew initiating a rescue mission to save Cassian's sister, Miram, from the dreaded enkros (scientists who capture draki for research and study). It is said that once captured, no draki has ever escaped the enkros.... Jacinda certainly has her work cut out for her, but she feels obligated to do this, as Miram is the one who got captured because of her and Will's plan to leave the pride for good. Jacinda's time in captivity, while short-lived, is one I would have liked to read more about. I wanted to know more about the enkros' plan, what they hope to accomplish with the draki, etc. We didn't quite get the depth I would have liked, especially being one of the most intense parts of the book.
Jacinda has a lot going on in this book. She feels the guilt of Miram being captured, as well as being bonded to Cassian and his emotions when her heart belongs to Will. She is constantly afraid of how Will is feeling and doesn't want him to think she has changed her mind in regards to their plans of leaving. She is constantly reaffirming her feelings for him, which I thought to be a bit unnecessary, as I never saw there being a true love triangle between her, him, and Cassian. Aside from that, the stakes are now much higher than they ever were and feels she must follow through with everything before she can truly separate herself from the pride. I understood her need to do this, but it only served to frustrate Will, which in turn frustrated me. He feels as if she will never be able to leave like they planned and this really causes some tension between them. I felt he was acting a bit selfishly, especially with him knowing she would never be able to be free with him, until she made sure everything was taken care of. Don't get me wrong- I love Will. He's a good guy and has gone to great lengths to help Jacinda and her pride. I have been rooting for them from the beginning and we get plenty of tender moments with them in this book.
I really liked seeing how close Tamra and Jacinda have become. Before, the sisters were at odds, Tamra jealous of her sister's ability to manifest and her coveted role as the pride's fire breather. Now that Tamra has found herself and her place in the pride, her and Jacinda's relationship is much stronger and I liked seeing these two together. I really like the direction Jordan went concerning Tamra, her love life, and her future with the pride.
While this wasn't my favorite book in the series, I am grateful that Jordan tied up loose ends and concluded all major plot threads from the previous books. Some were done hastier than I would have liked, but I am thankful she didn't leave any unresolved. The end was a bit bittersweet for me, concerning one character in particular's storyline, but I understand that it was probably for the best given everything that had happened. 
I love that Jordan took a chance and created the draki race. It was something different and fresh and I enjoyed reading about their world and the dangers that came with being such a creature. I will miss these characters, but I'm glad to see their story has come full circle and I was satisfied with the way it all ended.

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  1. I completely agree with you, this wasn't my favorite of the series but I really liked the way everything was wrapped up. I loved how much Tamra grew and I loved watching Jacinda finally make the choices that were right for her. Great review!


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