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Concealed Power

(Healers of Meligna #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  726 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
"Intrigue, mystery, murder and betrayal. The themes of a dangerous world in which a young girl must survive."

Thirteen year old Adenine is kept prisoner by her family. The last carrier of the Death Plague that, along with the war, wiped out thousands of her country's people twenty-five years ago, she isolates herself in her attic bedroom to avoid infecting others.

When her m
Paperback, First Edition, 724 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services
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Lori Palle
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Reviewing this book is a tough one, and I was torn between rating 4 or 5. When I picked up this book, I was pleased by the first few pages. I settle into this one and happily read, not expecting the dark twists and turns ahead. This is one of those books that you don't race through; you immerse yourself in the words and experience what the protagonist does.

This is where it gets difficult. Ms. Colt is clearly talented with writing. The world she describes is vivid and detailed, and the motivation
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Book originally reviewed @ Blood,Sweat and Books

Concealed Power is a book I stumbled on one day while browsing through Amazon. The story sounded unique and my interest was piqued by the mysterious Death Plague. I'm so incredibly happy that I decided to take a chance on this book. While not exactly the book I was expecting it was still a great story overall.

One of the things I found highly enjoyable about Concealed Power was the main character Adenine. This poor girl just cannot catch a break. Ye
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
[Original review - Legends anthology]

Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

Trigger warning: sexual abuse.

This is the end. I just gave a Freaking YA story a freaking 4.5-star rating. And it's YA, too. You know, as in YOUNG ADULT. As in NOT Adult. I am SO doomed. And you know what makes it worse? The story broke the little heart I don't have over and over and over again. And you know what makes it worse, worse? I want to read the rest of this Freaking YA series. But I have an excuse: this might be YA as in NOT
Alli Treman
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't give a lot of 5 star ratings to Young Adult fiction, despite (or possibly because) I read a lot of it. Here are my reasons for making this exception:

1. It is, without a doubt, one of the most well-written novels for young adults I've read in quite some time. Colt's use of description is astounding. I loved the way she described Adenine's need to clean herself at the beginning and it sucked me in. It's powerful stuff.

2. The main character Adenine, is not your ordinary YA heroine. For inst
Dixie Conley
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I received an electronic copy of this book, as part of the EPIC: Fourteen Books Of Fantasy boxed set, in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to like this book. I very much did. The character is mysterious. She's obsessive compulsive and supposedly sick and then her uncle tries to rape her and then she's blinded... she has a lot of bad things happen to her that shouldn't, and it's a complete mystery as to why. Wanting to find out why did not pay off, though. It turns out that her parents are t
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
To start, I don't usually write reviews. With that said I have to ask just one question.
What did I just read?

It felt like nothing happened the entire first half of the book, or if anything did happen it felt incredibly forced.

The characters felt flat and unlikable. They made choices that had me baffled and confused. Doing things so out of character.

With all that said I think some may find that the plot is decent and semi original. Unfortunately I was not one of these the privileged few. :(

Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
The thing that first attracted me to Concealed Power was its cover, which is literally eye-catching. At first glance, you are forced to look our young female protagonist in the eye, instantly receiving all of the emotions she conveys in that golden gaze.

We view the world through the eyes of Adenine, the daughter of merchant parents who have decided to hide their daughter from the world. Set mostly in the town of Borrelia, Adenine’s home country of Senya is recovering from the combined effects of
J.L. Dobias
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of Sci-Fi Fantasy and classic adventure
Shelves: book-shelf-11
Concealed Power by K.J. Colt

First off I received this book free. To be honest I might not have read it if it hadn't been free. Mostly because it is just a bit out of my usual favorite genre. I really loved this story because it made me very angry and I'll explain that. I purchased a copy afterward, on amazon, because the story and the author deserve that much.

This book reminds me of all those old classic favorites of mine which also are a bit away from my favorite genre. It's reminiscent of Char
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dan-s
Review Originally Posted At: FictionForesight


Well first off, I have to say that Concealed Power is hands down one of the most shocking books I have ever read. The reason? It gives various examples of child abuse throughout the book.

Now that I’ve gotten that matter out of the way… Concealed Power is about a girl named Adenine, who has been locked in her home for her entire life. Why you ask? This is due to a deadly disease she is said to carry. One day however, events take place that leave
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Title: Concealed Power (The Healers of Meligna, #1) by K.J. Colt
Format: .Mobi provided by author in exchange for review

Review: When I was a younger teen I used to devour Tamora Pierce's young adult fantasy series. Ms. Colt's debut novel likens to Ms. Pierce's novels with the slow build-up of a young heroine in unique circumstances set in a troubled kingdom. Adenine, through no fault of her own but genetics, is kept isolated the total of her life except for small, secret outings. After e
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty cool, pretty cool. I really appreciate the approach the writer took to telling this story. It's sort of like a teenage girl coming-of-age in the kind of fucked-up fantasy world that we all love. A world where hope is quickly being choked out at every turn by evil people and strange magic. This story, however, was void of many fantasy tropes that we usually see. It's a unique tale, for sure.

Now comes the bitchin. By the end of the story, I was very ready to move on. Things got messy with m
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a fantasy book series about certain women possessing magical vaginas that heal people. Take that in for a second.
Of course there are like three attempted rape scenes in the book and I expect there are many more in later installments. I got the first three for $.99 and I'm not sure if I regret it or not.
The story is alright and the twists, while predictable, were alright. I'm sort of curious about the next volume because it's there on my kindle and I've already invested so much time int
James Davis
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fantasy-epic
This book has a competent plot, interesting premise, and decently told narrative, but the characters are flat and the style is dull. A good round of polish on the characters and style would have made this a solid 3 star average.

As a reminder, to me a two star rating is not an insult. "It was ok" is the rating description. This was OK, but I didn't particularly like it and nothing stood out as great, but it certainly wasn't terrible.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
[Concealed Power (The Healers of Meligna Book 1)] by [K.J. Colt] is a story of a young girl who was born with great powers but her parents hid this from her and her from the world. When a trusted relative tries in desperation to take advantage of her powers Adenine's world begins to crumble.

The twists within this story are somewhat predictable but that does not make the story any less enjoyable to anyone who likes the fantasy genre.
Louise Guy
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Concealed Powers is a great read. This book is so well written and has you hooked from very early on. You grow to love the main character Adenine and fear for her and where this journey is likely to end up. The book ends with me desperately wanting to know what is going to happen in the next stage of Adenine's life, I can't wait for book 2. Congratulations for producing such a good book, I am sure that it is going to be a huge success - it definitely should be.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can't say I enjoyed this book! The story seemed chaotic! For the 1st half I wasn't sure why Adenine was sick, then wasn't sick but was blind! The story was too longwinded and the storyline meandering!
Seth Kennedy
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I think I am poorly suited to enjoy this type of young adult fiction, I'll say that right up front.

My lasting impression is that the book is overwrought with pre/early-teen emotion and the main character is rather clueless. The story is edgy in both a teen-angsty kind of way, but also because the world is pretty messed up. People who reside there are subject to nasty diseases for some unexplained reason, and the only method of being healed is expensive and somewhat mystical (and kept a clumsily
Katherine Combs
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Warning ahead: because of the adult content of the book, in order to give a fair review I will be talking a fair bit about copulation. Note that there is no actually pornography in this book, but there are a couple of close calls where the protagonist is almost raped. If this subject matter upsets you, this book is not for you, and this review is also probably not for you.

"Concealed Power" follows the story of Adenine, a girl kept imprisoned in her own home because she is bestowed with a gift th
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Concealed Power - The Healers of Meligna Book 1
By K.J. Colt

4 out of 5 Stars

From the start this book introduces us to the main protagonist, Adenine, and her mystery affliction. This of course catches your attention as a reader and has you reading the next page and the next and the next in the hopes you'll soon learn what keeps this young girl's parents from letting her outside at all. Written in first person we see this new world from the eyes of a young girl desperately afraid that she will pass
Amanda  Lynn O'Brien
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING the first book is about Adenine when she was younger and her mother. Adenine finds friendship hardship and betrayal this series was one of the best written books I have read. Adenine over comes depression, anxiety, and paranoia and comes through as an amazing young women. I will be recommending this book to everyone !
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Was hooked on it by the end of the first chapter, have read all the following since and can't wait until the next one comes out! Adenine is such a frustrating character that you just can't help but love.
Takiyah Dudley
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
i wanted to like this more than i did. tje story concept is interesting but the characters can get really annoying especially the lead. i will give the second book a go, but if its more of the same i could do without it.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-free
Quite good. An emotional rollercoaster. Well written, mostly. Would be very interested in more. 5 star
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh . It started out interesting with a new twist on the healing powers . But as i continued, I grew very impatient with the mc . She was static rather dull and a but wor is me . The plot lines were predictable. It over all started feeling rather forced and I felt that the new chars the author added werei meant to be throw awsy chars. I didnt like their mc's mother. I kept cheering for her to fall down the stairs and just go away.
I did finish it but will I get the next book ? No . I think along
Oooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyygosh, this book was so frustrating.

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Steven Erickson
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
K.J. Colt’s premier novel in the Healers of Meligna is a solid start with a few hiccups along the way.
You have to give the protagonist Adenine credit – if I were thirteen and had to deal with the series of tradgedies that she faces at the beginning of the novel, I think I would have lost my mind. Add on to it that I’m blind (or at least treated that way – more on this in a bit) and I have full justification for curling up in to a ball and crying. Adenine, however does not do so and, instead, man
LeeAnna Lane
Concealed Power (The Healers Of Meligna) Book 1

I enjoyed this book very much. I just finished this book in the series and am about to start the second book in the series (Blood Sacrifice). Adenine is a young girl whom is being raised by her parents in a time after a great war which has cause it people have developed a disease that causes weeping sores all over their bodies. Her parents tell her that she a carrier of this disease. She therefore is kept in their home hidden away. The only people s
Apr 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Failed... misleading title and description. Fantasy..of the least kind.

the good: first-person style, character depth, and 300 pages.
the bad: to much depth and not enough meat to the story. very dry and slow moving. little happens over months. kept in dark over something that wasn't that big of a deal. parents were worthless uncle a rapist. makes out most men to be rapists. makes out most ppl to be horrible ppl. constant downer. nothing happy happens can't even feel bad for ppl as they are all ma
Laura Greenwood
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

Title: Concealed Power
Series: The Healers of Meligna (#1)
Author: K J Colt
From: Amazon
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 4th June 2013
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt
Links: Goodreads – Amazon

Adenine has been kept inside her whole life, having been told that she is one of the last carriers of the Death Plague. But when her Uncle tries to harm her age 10, her whole life changes and her father is hanged for murder. Told that she scolded her eyes with boiling water, b
Verity Brown
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Libba Bray

More of a 3.5 or 3.75, but I was interested enough to buy the next book, so I'll round up.

The Good:
I like originality in fantasy novels, and this book has a lot of that. I particularly like the main character, who is beset by fears and anxieties, kept in dark about essential things, and still manages to be a strong and interesting character. I also like the fact that most of the characters are complicated people who want to do right but who often end up doing really wrong things in the effort to
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