Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What is Hidden by Lauren Skidmore

In a land of masquerades and mystery, Evie is a mask maker in Venesia, where masks represent rank and identity. When a cryptic bandit strips away Evie’s mask and destroys her home, she goes into hiding at the palace to find both a new identity—and revenge. Fantasy lovers will be caught up by the mystique, romance, and magic of "What Is Hidden."

Lauren Skidmore grew up in Kansas, with stints in Ohio and New York, and currently lives in Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a BA in English Teaching with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language and Japanese. She then spent a year in Japan teaching and traveling. She hasn’t made it to Europe yet, but it’s on the list and has been to 30 states in the U.S. so far. When she’s not exploring new places, you can probably find her on the internet with fifteen windows open and looking at just one more thing before actually getting something done.

Our Review

My daughter and I LOVE What is Hidden. First of all, look at that gorgeous cover! The story inside is just as enticing. Evie's story is a twist on the Cinderella tale. I thoroughly enjoyed the idea of a masked society and Evie's role as a mask maker. It reminded me of Crewel by Gennifer Albin, and how she used knitting and weaving through society. The masked society in What is Hidden is unique and the characters within are fascinating. It's not often I find a debut author with such a fresh voice and strong writing. Lauren Skidmore is definitely on my list of authors to watch!

Click on the link below to purchase her book. Or drive to your local bookstore for a copy. You'll thank me later.

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