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Hiding Haelo: 1 Paperback – 21 May 2016
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"What a wonderful find this book has been! It is rare in the world of young adult fantasy to find a book where the characters are so well-developed. But despite the fantastical premise of the book, I was completely sucked in to Haelo's world, feeling and believing in her struggles. Ms. Holladay has crafted an amazing story here and I can't wait for book 2!" --Nicole Van, author of the House of Oak series
"The story was well fleshed out, the writing was fantastic, and it definitely leaves you wanting more." -- Annette K. Larsen, author of the Books of Dalthia series
"One of my favourite YA fantasy reads this year. It's definitely hard to put down, the characters are ultra-relatable and the plot is well-sustained throughout the book. It's not your typical mermaid fantasy, btw, it's much better." -- Ricardo Fayet, founder of Reedsy.com
"Perfect summer read!!" -- Dimond Books
"This book surprised me in such a great way. The characters had depth, the plot had unexpected twists and turns, and the world it's built in was fleshed out and intriguing." -- Amazon Customer
"It's been a long time since I devoured a book like I have this one." -- Amazon Customer
"Although there is some mush and fluff in Hiding Haelo that women may like, the plot was more than intriguing enough to keep me (a man) turning the page. I'm proud to admit that I liked a mermaid book, and will be ready to pre-order the next book." -- Amazon Customer
"Throw all your preconceived notions about mermaids away, because Hiding Haelo is a completely unique and intense take on mermaid life. I loved all of the characters, and felt like I was sitting in on their conversations because Holladay made it all so real. . . . If you loved Twilight, you will love Hiding Haelo! If you hated Twilight, you will love Hiding Haelo!" -- Amazon Customer
"How do you know when you find a good book? You get it from the mail at 8pm at night and decide to read a few chapters and all of a sudden it's 1 am, you literally have to leave the book downstairs in your living room to make yourself go to sleep." -- Amazon Customer
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- Publisher : Naniloa Books (21 May 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 356 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0997375914
- ISBN-13 : 978-0997375916
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.26 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 241,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The only thing I'd say (and I'm sure it'll come in book 2), is that we don't get a lot of insight into the villains, which keeps them pretty much one-dimensional. However, the rest of the characters are complex and keep you guessing until the end of this first book.
In short, if you're looking for a light, entertaining YA read (which *will* capture most of your attention for a few days), get this book.
The characters are fully fleshed out and relatable. The writing is fresh and original. The world building is such that you KNOW she's got enough for book upon book--the backstory is complex and compelling. I was never bored, never wanted to skim, and that's rare for me; in fact, there were a couple parts in the beginning that went a little too fast, where I wanted to know more. I binge read this book in less than 48 hours, ignoring my real life as much as possible to devour it.
So much is going on beneath the surface with this book: a magic system sure to be explored further in subsequent books; action and suspense worthy of a mystery or cool spy novel; romantic tension to keep you drooling, but with relationship development keeping it real; wit that surprises and makes you laugh out loud; beautiful and natural prose; several plot twists; car chases, black magic, special ops teams, and a hidden island palace, in addition to the Candeon capabilities and high school intrigue mentioned in the blurb.
All that's missing here is a big publisher and major marketing...either that or lots of word of mouth to get this series the attention it deserves.
While the romance elements were clean, there were mild profanities throughout the book (less than 10). There was also talk of drug use. I'd rate the book as mild+ with these in mind. Still clean enough for me to be comfortable reading it, but good to be aware of the other elements.
This was also not a stand alone book. It ends on a cliff hanger and is packed with enough juicy secrets to last at least two more books, I'd guess. So know going into it that you're probably going to be investing in a few more years before resolution. :)
I enjoyed the characters and unique candeon world. It reminded me of Harry Potter (the unsuspecting chosen one in an unfamiliar fantasy world) and another YA book I can't recall the name of (unsuspecting chosen one with unique anatomy, arranged marriage, people at war AND hot bodyguard). But there were enough unique elements and secrets to keep me engaged and interested and the pacing was great. And the heroine and hero were very likeable and worthy of respect. I'm looking forward to the next book and finding out more. I'm also very curious about how the romance is going to pan out...