The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule (review)

March 24, 2016 All Reviews, Fantasy, YA 2 ★★

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule (review)The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 22nd 2016
Number of Pages: 272
Genres: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Purchase: At Amazon

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.

In Adi Rule's stunning new novel, The Hidden Twin, the girl with no name, must finally choose a name and a path for herself, drawing a line between myth and history to prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her home.

The cover is gorgeous, and the description sounded so good! Unfortunately I just couldn’t click with the book or the characters. There were a lot of slow bits in the beginning of the book. Some of it was interesting and I read those parts quickly. And then there would be more bits to slog through.

I don’t understand why, if her father loved her so much that he didn’t kill her like he was supposed to at birth. And hid her away from the public to keep her safe, and pretty much did everything a loving father should, why he never named his Redwing daughter. Her twin? Oh she gets a name, she gets to do everything her sister can’t. But the Redwing twin? No name for her.

And for all that the unnamed twin was supposed to be in hiding so the priests wouldn’t find and kill her, Jey, her twin, was constantly getting her to leave the safety of their house. To pretend to be her and do Jey’s job whenever she didn’t want to do it so she could do something else. It made it feel like Jey didn’t care if her sister was caught and killed.

I did like how the unnamed twin discovered her abilities. And the secret behind the red scars on her back. Her crush on the prince was believable, though I liked the newspaper owner’s brother better. I wasn’t able to really connect with any of the characters though. I liked the unnamed twin at first, but there were so many slow spots for me, and some of the things done in the book were just so unbelievable that by the end of the book I was just glad it was over.


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