Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family’s sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.
Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn’t even know who or what she is.
A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday… things will change.
I had bought Cameo Renae’s Hidden Wings a while back and was able to buy the Audible version of the book inexpensively. I like doing this especially because it helps Indie Authors, but it also gives me a new book to listen to.
I started the book while doing the dishes (something I often do) and was instantly pulled into the story. I love the beginning. Renae does a great job writing about a traumatic event and how a survivor would react. I could see Emma and the loss she had just gone through. It helped gaining a connection with her and that is a definite plus.
From reading other reviews (which, in this case, I did while listening to the book), I found that there were going to be a lot of male characters and this one female lead. I instantly thought of the reverse harem scheme and was worried that all of the male characters would have the hots for the M.C. Luckily, that wasn’t the case.
The story does have some action, but if you think the main character is just going to go from typical teenager to some kind of awesome badass, you are mistaken. Emma is a prophesized character and she is supposed to have an epic power, but it doesn’t happen in this book. Instead, you are introduced to the main cast and the main conflict. Emma does show some chops in hiding from the baddies and to be honest, I actually really liked her as a character.
Emma had an every girl quality to her. She is relateable, intelligent, and has potential to being a great character. There is an insta-love moment, but even she recognizes it as strange and doesn’t consider it love. That’s different from other teen leads who find “love” in the early chapters of their story. It’s also refreshing.
All in all, the story was well written. I’m not a big angel fan, but I think I’m going to like this series. The next book is on my TBR list for the future. I will definitely do the audio if it is the same narrator. She was perfect.