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THE BLURB

Hidden (Marchwood Vampire Series) is a paranormal romance that spans the centuries from modern England to 19th century Paris and ancient Cappadocia. The novel begins in gritty urban reality, but soon descends into horror, romance and historical adventure.

Sixteen-year-old Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune and a house with a cellar full of danger. Eighteen-year-old Alexandre Chevalier lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition, he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.

Their lives entwine, but someone is watching and waiting. The story ramps up to an explosive ending.

 

WHAT I THOUGHT

Phew, I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this one is what I thought.

I have not read many vampire books and admit they don’t hold a lot of appeal for me.  However, I am so happy I accepted to review Shalini Boland’s excellent book Hidden and am grateful for this reading experience I may not have otherwise had. 

What can I say?  It wasn’t what I expected.  I loved it.  I was completely sucked in and didn’t want to put it down.  One might say I was captivated. 

Now, I have to be careful here not to give anything away – I won’t be getting too specific.

Shalini’s writing is such that I truly felt like I knew the characters.  Wonderful writing filled the pages and really made an unreal story seem real, like it could be happening right next door and it wouldn’t surprise me at all.  It was like Madison and Alexandre were my friends and they were brought to life by the descriptions given to them and how they spoke, the language they used, which was appropriate for their lives/time.

There was a sense of adventure about this book.  I love the two different timelines and how they complement each other.  Each chapter is a switch between Madison and Alexandre and present time and past time.  At the end of each chapter something is left hanging and it made me feel quite torn.  While reading a chapter I would be thinking about the other character’s story and how I couldn’t wait to get back to it but then I was still immensely enjoying the current story as well.  Ah, what a dilemma!!  Well no, not really a dilemma because the answer is easy – keep reading as much as you can and as fast as you can so you can finish the book and find out how it all ends.

This is the first in the Marchwood series and I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for upcoming books. 

All in all, not much more to say apart from I loved it!!

Many thanks to Shalini for providing me with a copy of Hidden – thanks, Shalini!

 Check out Shalini’s author profile by clicking here

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Hidden (Marchwood Vampire Series) is a paranormal romance that spans the centuries from modern England to 19th century Paris and ancient Cappadocia. The novel begins in gritty urban reality, but soon descends into horror, romance and historical adventure.

Sixteen-year-old Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune and a house with a cellar full of danger. Eighteen-year-old Alexandre Chevalier lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition, he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.

Their lives entwine, but someone is watching and waiting. The story ramps up to an explosive ending.

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Many thanks to Shalini Boland for providing me with a copy of Hidden – thanks, Shalini!

Don’t forget to visit Shalini’s author profile by clicking here  

 Hidden (Marchwood Vampire Series) is a paranormal romance that spans the centuries from modern England to 19th century Paris and ancient Cappadocia. The novel begins in gritty urban reality, but soon descends into horror, romance and historical adventure.

Sixteen-year-old Madison Greene is in foster care until one day she inherits a fortune and a house with a cellar full of danger. Eighteen-year-old Alexandre Chevalier lives in 19th century Paris. On an archaeological expedition, he discovers a lost underground city where his life changes forever.

 Their lives entwine, but someone is watching and waiting. The story ramps up to an explosive ending.

Hidden is now available both as an ebook and in paperback:

http://www.amazon.com/HIDDEN-Marchwood-Vampire-Series-ebook/dp/B004SCS738

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/58215

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Now that we’ve gotten to know Shalini Boland a little more via her author profile it’s time to read her guest post.  Many thanks, Shalini, for providing this guest post.

MY GLOB

“I have a glob!” my chic Parisian Great Aunty Joyce declares. “Would you like to see it?”

I must confess I’m not at all keen to see it. She’s ninety years old and I have a fairly weak stomach. But, there is no refusing Aunty Joyce. She leads me into her bedroom and I brace myself.

“I have met zis wonderful man,” she confides. “And he make me zis marvellous glob. You must see, you must see.”

My Aunty Joyce is what’s known as ‘a character’. She resides in a bohemian apartment on the Seine. She paints, she writes, she creates! Her home is a treasure trove of flamboyance and kitch. A leopard printed, Japanese-laquered, decoupage-encrusted jewel of a place. Her bedroom is no exception and my eyes are pulled every which way at the marvelosity of everything.

“Look, look.” She pats the chair and I squeeze in beside her. We sit at her dressing table, in front of a laptop and she shows me her glob.

“It is good, no?” she smiles. “I am fantastic, yes?”

“Yes, Aunty Joyce. You are fantastic.” I kiss her rouged cheek and she hugs me.

She is fantastic. She’s ninety years old, she looks incredible, her life has been tough and yet she has so much vibrancy and enthusiasm. She also writes a glob.

If she can write a glob, I reckon I can give it a go.

And if you haven’t already visited Shalini’s profile please do so by clicking here

 

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I would like everyone to please give a warm welcome to Shalini Boland, our new friend at mandythebookworm.  Please visit Shalini’s author profile by clicking here where you will find out a little more about our new author and her books.

Shalini is the author of Hidden, a book I will be reading and reviewing hopefully in the not too distant future.

Welcome, Shalini!  I hope you enjoy your stay at mandythebookworm 🙂

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