What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

This book wasn't what I was expecting. Not in the slightest. Actually now that I've finished reading, I'm so thoroughly blown away by this story that I can't even remember what I was expecting in the first place. Put quite simply, I loved everything about this book.
Here is the summary from Goodreads: "No secret stays hidden forever."

A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery he'd abandoned years before. He never expected a young librarian could hold the key to the search, nor could he have expected the danger she would attract. Now he and Beatrice De Novo will follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation they never could have predicted.

What I Liked: 1) The details. I am not an artist, in fact my stick figure drawing are laughable. But if I could draw, the details in A Hidden Fire make me want to draw the characters. Their faces and forms with long smooth lines, sharp angles and lots of shading. 2) The relationships. Such beautifully created relationships between all of the characters - some good and some bad! But they were all there, and all were strong, understandable, and personable. I love this in a book, because often it gives me, or a reader, something to appreciate, to understand or even to desire. 3) The love story. In so many books where romance is at play, we find that thing that readers tend to fear - the insta-love. I am pleased to say that the romance between Gio and B is one that grows and develops over time, and it's very sweet and endearing to be able to watch it develop. I found myself falling for Gio. 4) The inclusion of the elemental magic. Of course I knew that was coming from the title itself, but I really liked the way it was handled, and the way it was explained. 5) The humor. I found myself several times. Some of the lines that I noted were simply because I was laughing at them so much. I even repeated a few of them to my sister, and one became a catchphrase for an entire day! ---> "I am, in fact, Batman." HA HA HA! We said it all day long! 6) Carwyn. Carwyn was probably my favorite character. I hope that he plays a role in the next book (and the next ones after that), because I just loved him. His personality was great, and envisioning him with his bright hair and Hawaiian shirts along with his profession just made him so much fun. I tried changing Sophie's name to Carwyn, but she didn't go for it. 7) The ending. A lot of people probably have love/hate relationships with cliffhangers. I know I do. Love running off of really good ones, and hate them all the same. The ending of A Hidden Fire left me immediately ready for the next book, This Same Earth.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing!

Overall thoughts: Add this book to your TBR list immediately, and add it somewhere near the top! The characters, the storyline, the magic and romance all draw you in from the very beginning and the ending just leaves you hungry for more. I absolutely recommend this book to any fans of romance, mystery, or paranormals - it will leave you charmed and mystified. Additionally, the second book in the series, This Same Earth was just recently released as an e-book and I know I'll be reading it in the near future.

My rating: 5 shots


  1. this does sound amazing! cant wait to check it out... oh and i love the new layout!

  2. Great review! I love the sound of the characters, and the humor sounds fun too :)

    *adds to TBR list*

  3. Just went and bought it. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Oh wow this sounds amazing! I haven't read much about it but your review def. has me incredibly curious!!

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  5. Excellent review Courtney. I am heading to Amazon right now. Love the snow!


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