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Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 22, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
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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.
First of all, we all need to admire this cover for a minute. Seriously it is awesome and sparkly and is what immediately drew me to this book. I fully admit, I am a cover judger and I am okay with it. Now with that out of the way, lets break down The Hidden Twin. Two children born. One human, one not. She is considered a monster and must hide from those who would kill her upon finding out what she is. Unnamed, uneducated and unsure, Redwing is careful to stay in the shadows. When the shadows fail to hide her, she must decide her path; succumb and perish or stand tall and fight (Not to be spoilery but I’m gonna point to my gif for the answer to that, if not the book would have been over in the first third).
Adi Rule crafted a plot full of twists and turns with a very solid base. Unfortunately the world building was a little lacking, it was hard to decipher the lay of the land and figure out if dystopian, alternate earth, high fantasy, or other. The characters were also a tiny bit off; the Redwing was great but the father and sister were frustrating as they acted as if not naming a child was normal and and treated Redwing semi-Cinderella-y. The emotions ran high though out and helped balance some of the slight character issues. The pacing was well done once the story ramped up. The first few chapters were slower, but that was all due to needed build up. Once the story started, it really ran. I enjoyed Rule’s writing even with the few small issues I had. Descriptive, with a good interplay of sights and sounds, the writing helped wrap the seemingly disparate elements together.
The Hidden Twin had so many good things going for it. I did have a few issues, but overall this is a tale I liked sinking into. The ending implied a sequel and I would happily read it, as I would love to see Redwing come further into her own. Adi Rule is an author who I think will grow with each book published, and I also think that the things that I wasn’t crazy about will naturally work themselves out in a sequel. I will recommend The Hidden Twin as a great book if you are in the mood for some action and intrigue, and don’t need a fully structured world.
Favorite lines – I lash out at the priest, a release, an exhalation. After only a moment, I tamp the surge of energy back down into my core, into the earth below, terrified of what I might unleash. But now the priest is on fire. Well. I’ve never done that before.
Biggest cliché – As long as no one finds me, everything will be okay.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge