Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Hidden Deep

Title: The Hidden Deep Author: Christa Kinde Publisher: Zonderkidz Copyright Date: 2013
Well, this is the second-to-last novel I’m reviewing for Zonderkidz. Book number twenty-one I’ve read this year. Book number six I’ve reviewed this month. And I’m starting to thirst for a break from reading.

So, what’s with the angelic theme? Avenger by Heather Burch starred half-angels, half-humans (weird), and The Hidden Deep by Christa Kinde features many different types of angels—from the more well-known term “cherubim” to the entirely new “yavahim” and “haradim”.

Kinde’s MC, Priscilla “Prissie” Pomeroy, not only has a name that I abhor, but also has a prissy attitude to go with it. Her self-centeredness and immaturity aggravated me. How can a heroine be a heroine without truly changing those nasty attitudes by the end of the book? Of course every character should have something wrong with them--we’re all born sinful! But a true heroine, in my not-so-humble opinion, shouldn’t tow that kind of brattiness along with them.

As for the plot in this novel, I found that it didn’t ever really materialize. Yes, there were conflicts with some of Prissie’s acquaintances (mostly caused by Prissie's attitude), but what seemed to be the heart of the plot—AKA the most interesting part—didn’t come to light. It almost seemed that this book should be the beginning of the series, as it ended on the most conflicting note of the entire story. Kinde writes pretty well, though she could stand to improve a bit, and overall the book was a pretty good read.

There were a few hints of Christianity throughout. Yes, in an “angel” book, you might think all things spiritual run rampant, but Kinde focused far more on the angels than she did on their Creator, and God Himself is rarely mentioned. The Gospel message is run through once though. 


7 . . . Entertaining and well-written, but not good enough to make me want to read it again.

I somewhat grudgingly gave this book this rating. I actually liked it, and it made me want to read the next book in the series. I don't think I'm going to give into that impulse, though.

This is Book 2 in the Threshold series by Christa Kinde.

Compare this review to my original thoughts on the cover.

I received this book for free from Zonderkidz in exchange for my honest review.

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