The mystery enshrouding Hutton’s Bridge is as impenetrable as the fog that descended at its borders eighty years ago. Each year, three villagers enter the mist searching for answers. No one ever returns.
Then a dragon falls from the sky to the town square, dead—the first glimpse of an outside world that has become nothing more than a fairy tale to Hutton’s Bridge. Except to Tressa.
Tressa grew up with Granna’s stories of the days before the fog fell. When Granna dies, leaving Tressa without any family, Tressa ventures into the fog herself, vowing to unravel the foul magic holding Hutton’s Bridge captive.
What she discovers beyond the fog endangers the lives of everyone she loves.
Megg Jensen has been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. She co-runs DarkSide Publishing, is a member of SCBWI, and blogs about writing while juggling freelancing, volunteering, and family life. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two kids, and their miniature schnauzer, Ace.
For more information on Megg please visit her website at http://www.meggjensen.com/
I really need to start this review with a nod to the dedication. More often than not, this is the first thing that a reader comes across when opening the book, and boring dedications that echo crappy acceptance speeches can be a bit a of a let down. The dedication in Hidden is brilliant, says something meaningful in a funny way – you have to read it to appreciate it!
The whole book was a great concept and so interesting to have characters imprisoned by something both mysterious and scary, fog. I actually get quite worried when I look out the window and see a white blanket of nothingness, also you never know what’s lurking in it!
From a writer’s perspective, I think that it would have been better written in first person. It was such an emotional story and I think, as a reader, I would have felt it more if the story had been told to me through Tressa. This would have also helped with the relationship/ love facet. It was such an original idea to have this isolated village where the coupling laws are so different and thus affect the characters in such a profound way, I’d have liked to have felt that first hand.
Although, to be fair, I do prefer first person narrative over third anyway, so this could have been down as personal taste.
The front cover is evocative and attractive. It does the job and is going to appeal to both a YA audience and adult readership.
Overall, I’d give Hidden 4 out of 5 stars – an interesting story that proves that there is still originality that authors can draw on.