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Hidden Among Us

(Hidden Among Us #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  44 reviews
When Lissy meets a mysterious and strangely beautiful boy on her way to Hopesay Edge, she is deeply unsettled by their encounter.

She discovers that the boy, Larkspur, is a member of the Hidden, an ancient group of elven people, whose secrets lie buried at Hopesay Reach. Before long, Lissy and her brother Rafe find themselves caught by a powerful magic and fighting to escap
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 7th 2013 by Walker (first published February 21st 2013)
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Zoë Marriott
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having read the synopsis above, I bet you think you know exactly what kind of a book Hidden Among Us will be. If you have any familiarity at all with paranormal romance and modern fantasy tropes, you will already have pegged the well-known stock characters of mysterious boy (with added unnatural beauty!), and intrepid girl, and plotted out the rest of the story in your head. He and Lissy are destined lovers who will fall madly for each other. Lissy's parents will be conveniently absent for all t ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review, uk-author
I have pretty mixed feelings about Hidden Among Us and I’m not get sure whether the positives outweigh the negatives so I’m hoping I’ll make up my mind in the duration of this review!

I really enjoyed the different approach to writing about the fae. I mean, they’re not even called fae, they are the Hidden for a start! Their world is also very different; it’s dank, dark and damp instead of the usual setting of a bright and magical space full of magic and wonder. It nicely reflected the fact that m
Jun 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014, 1-star
Was ok. Not great, but also not awful either. Had to force myself to finish it.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had so much potential!

I am in love with the premise of the book, the idea of the story, the world the hidden are from. But it was severely disappointing all in all.

The author has these amazing ideas that you really want to love! Like you can't wait to see what's going to happen, but there is just no details. There is no real depth in any of the characters or story line. It feels like the book was just rushed through with an idea, but didn't go past that. If the author spent a bit mor
Isla Scott
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, myths-fiction, ya
This is definitely an escapist fantasy type read. I struggled to take in everything - if anything its a bit over the top but I imagine younger readers could get quite immersed in it. Some aspects of the plot I followed a bit more than others. Its an imaginative read. I found it hard to remember who was who, character wise and it didn't really grab me as a reader but its not an especially bad read as such.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A great quick read with some solid characters and some good description. Have book 2 ready to get on with :)

Written from the view point of the various characters but fairly easy to keep pace.

It's a solid three star, however, I felt the end was a little rushed and there were some parts that didn't flow as well as I would have likd but enough to piece things together.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
The Short Story? - A dark and grim spin on the classic faerie lore, Hidden Among Us is a thrilling and dangerous novel about a curse, a girl and a secret race of Fae looking for vengeance and revenge. An original plot, wonderful use of multiple perspectives and an exciting climax, Hidden Among Us is unlike anything I've read! Twisted, eery and sinister, these faeries aren't the ones from your bedtime stories!

The Long Story? - I'm a little on the fence about this one because for me, this was
Big Book Little Book
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Copy received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Cloistered and wrapped in cotton wool by Miriam, her over protective mother, Lissy embarks on her first act of rebellion. Rather than wait for her mother to collect her she decides to take the train alone to Hopesay Reach, the home of her eccentric uncle and the place she was born.

Lissy experiences warm feelings of triumph at the success of her step towards independence, until she is forced to ge
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Review: Hidden Among Us
By Katy Moran
Rating: 3/5 stars

I have very mixed feelings about Hidden Among Us. There were some very interesting elements to this book but there were a few things that I felt let the story down.

Hidden Among Us is the story of fourteen year old Lissy Harker who returns to Hopesay Reach, the isolated town where her mother grew up and she herself was born. Sheltered by her overprotective mother, Lissy is totally ignorant of the bargain made for her life and the dark world of
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before Christmas, the lovely Hannah at Walker sent me a selection of three upcoming YA titles and Hidden Among Us was one of them. From reading the summary, I had a feeling this was going to be a book I either loved or wouldn't get on with at all; fairies/mythical creatures can feel a little overdone and there were so few fae series I'd got on with, I really wasn't sure about it. However, I decided to give it a go before it's publication date and I'm so glad I did.

Hidden Among Us is a fantastica
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

For me, it can be a bit hit-or-miss when it comes to YA books about fae creatures, so I was a little unsure when I started Hidden Among Us by Katy Moran. I hadn't read any of the author's previous books and wasn't sure what to expect at all. Happily, Hidden Among Us is really fast-paced and interesting, introducing us to some fascinating characters and lots of mystery and I'm really quite looking forward to reading more in this series
The Library Mouse's Words on a Page
Fourteen years ago in the isolated and cold dark corners of Hopesay Reach, where technology almost seems to refuse to function as the village clings to its ancient and mystical roots, a bargain was struck with a curse in action in lack of its fulfillment.
Now the covenant is ending and the terms must be respected or two unsuspecting lives will be lost. But if upheld, humanity is at stake.
However every deal has a loophole. The question is who will be willing to pay it.

Hidden Among Us was not what
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Hidden Among Us is told through narratives from multiple characters. Instead of using the usual two characters, this book is different. The beginning of the book begins with Rafe, a young boy finding that his sister has gone missing. The opening of this book was very strong and immediately piqued my interest. I felt the mystery and excitement and I wanted to know where Lissy (the sister) had gone, considering she was only a baby at the time.

Also narrating is Miriam, the mother, Lissy and Joe, M
Beth Kemp
Brilliantly creepy YA urban fantasy with old-school fairies

I loved this action-packed clash between our contemporary world and the old stories of the Fair Folk (here known as The Hidden). Deliciously menacing and utterly uncanny, there is no shirking from the fae's famed cruelty and absolute lack of humanity here. Yes, they are seductive, in that people can be dangerously beguiled by them, but there is no pretence at compassion or any kind of emotion from them. This is back-to-basics fairy lore
Serendipity Reviews
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was originally posted on
From the opening chapter you get sucked into the dark Gothic atmosphere of this book. I was totally absorbed and lost in the story from page one. I had forgotten how much I loved stories about the fae world. However as I read on, I found myself wondering if these creatures were really fae – they are much more intense and alien like in nature, very creepy to be around.
The story is told from various viewpoints and all in first person, so
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
I rate this book 2/5 because it sucks. I said it.

I find it really weird how Larkspur and Lissy are siblings. (Not that it's wrong or anything but just kind of.. awkward, I guess?) They are centuries apart, age-wise. When Larkspur's magnificent red hair was revealed, I sort of already knew that they were related somehow. And I was right, wasn't I? Same gorgeous hair. I'm jelly. :x

Joe. Joe is my favourite character. At the same time, he is incredibly dumb. He's going to save Lissy, a girl he's bar
Michelle Moloney King
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review was first published on

Fourteen year of Lissy has an overprotective mother, has a book stealing older brother, is a child of divorce, can read Anna Karenina in Russian. She is different and wants to be alone. So, she trains it on a long journey to the village her mother grew up in. Lissy wants to meet the uncle she's never met and find out about her mothers past. And so starts the battle for her life and the war for the survival of humankind.

Katy Moran h
Jan 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

This is one of the rare books where I just give up altogether and don't finish it. The great reviews and interesting synopsis made it seem like a book that I usually love, but unfortunately it didn't work for me.

When I first started reading it, I was intrigued. The Hidden world is filled with magic which really captivated me at the start. However, as I carried on reading, it went downhill. The cliché plot annoyed me and certain aspects of characters seemed unrealistic. The storyline had grea
Nada Tabbaa
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I just...I don't know. There were parts of this book I liked. I'm always a fan of stories involving faeries that have an "old" or traditional feel to them, and Hidden Among Us certainly has that. But I think where it goes wrong lies in the fact that it tries to do too much within its 300 odd pages, weaving in multiple story lines and alternating character perspectives and trying to bring in centuries old plot points into the same story (which, by the end, almost seemed like a deus ex machina in ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’d read enough reviews of this book to know that it wasn’t going to be what I expected, and it certainly wasn’t. This is a fantasy book, with fae creatures and lore, and a great thriller sense running through it.

I did find it a little slow going initially, but I think that was a lot to do with my not quite working out how the various characters were linked to one another – I flicked back and forwards a few times trying to work out who was related to who. Once I got my head round this I found th
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A deliciously creepy tale, full of suspense, dark twists and fantastical mystery. Could easily see this being turned into a TV series. I like the fact that not everything is explained, we are left with a lot of unanswered questions about certain characters and plot elements, but just enough to keep us enthralled and wanting more. This also helps to stimulate our imagination, quite like magical fairytales we read as children, but much darker. The author is successful in creating a permanent sense ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
While I was reading Hidden Among Us I thought about all these great things I wanted to say in my review about the book but when it came to writing it… well I’ve been staring at a blank page for a while now.

I didn’t want to start the review with “this books wasn’t what I was expecting” because I’d researched it before I agreed to read it. I knew Hidden Among Us wasn’t a glitter pretty star-crossed lovers story but Katy Moran still surprised me IN ALL THE GOOD WAYS.

So for a change here’s a checkli
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I may change this when I read the sequel, because if this has had an actual ending, rather than being cut off with the main questions unresolved, I might have liked it better. There's some strong characterization here--we jump around in a bunch of points of view, but I connected with each of them, and the people around them, despite the way the plot jumped around and a lot felt unexplored and unexplained. I don't mind that so much in stories dealing with the hidden, mysterious, magical, and amor ...more
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
3.5 / 5 stars

This is a fast-paced story that blends traditional mythology about the fae with a fast-paced and action packed plot, making it a faerie story the likes of which you probably haven't seen. Unfortunately, it isn't available in the US...yet...but I think that readers will enjoy the way she develops the Hidden, even if there are some minor plot holes.

While Goodreads doesn't mention a sequel, it's definitely set up to permit one. Personally, I hope it is written because I want to learn
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jole S.S.
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I haven't read the book yet but I was so excited to be home asap so I can start reading it ... but after reading all the bad reviews about it and how suck it's I am more excited to read it cuz I wanna see why most of ppl do hate it !! I'll write my review about it in the next 2 weeks (( yes I'm a lazy reader -__- ))


so here I am after 2 weeks or so , I gotta say that I like the general idea of the book but it could be written in a better way , I didn't like how the author wrote it as a POV
May 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Thank God I only paid $5 for this! It was a struggle from start to finish. All the characters are related to Lissy, but in the beginning we aren't told that, just given random perspectives. I couldn't remember who Joe and Rafe even were. Does Joe's Dad have any lines even? What is his purpose to the story?

Messed up story line, confusing writing, boring characters. I don't even want to waste time reviewing this it angered me so much. Urgh!
Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
First let me apologize to the author: I don't intentionally set out to be critical. But God. Possibly the worst book I've ever read. Was ready to throw it away by the first couple of chapters but it was given to me as a gift so I had to keep reading. Lucky me, I was also given the follow up. I don't think I can even. Repetitive. Poor descriptives. Unimaginative. Has me thinking of a career in writing, if that's all it takes to get published. #soz
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was really good!
I liked how it had a dark intake on the elfin.
The Hidden sounded scary, and the stealing kids reminded me of The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.
Overall I liked the storyline, and that ending was a killer! Such a cliffhanger!
Definitely recommend if you like fairy and elfin books.

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Katy Moran began writing BLOODLINE while she was still in college. A former children’s book editor, she now spends her days writing in her garden shed in London.

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