Book Review: Hidden Monster by Amanda Strong

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Hidden Monster is the story of Samantha, a 17-year-old girl who is kidnapped and held captive for several weeks. She is kept drugged and tied to a bed by her masked kidnapper. And that’s just the first chapter! The story really gets going when she escapes and tries to return to a normal life. Her new neighbor, Blake, is more than happy to try to help her, but he’s got secrets of his own. I can’t say too much more without some major spoilers, and one of the best things about this book is the “What the what?” moment when the real story comes out. It’s a lot of fun and keeps you turning pages.

This was such an enjoyable and surprising book! I did not know what to expect when I started it and it turned out to be so much fun. Strong’s forte is in creating complex, imaginative plot lines and Hidden Monster takes you on a roller coaster ride from the very first scene. Her characters are wonderful, as well. Samantha is a strong protagonist and I was rooting for her until the very end. Blake is a truly swoon-worthy book boyfriend and I look forward to seeing how life turns out for them in the rest of the series, which I hope Ms. Strong will hurry up and write. Hint. Hint.

If you enjoy YA fantasy with more than a touch of romance, this book is definitely for you.

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