Every Hidden Thing
When I first heard about this book I thought, hmm, Wild West, dinosaurs, Romeo and Juliet - what an intriguing mix! I definitely need to read this book, plus the cover is gorgeous. And so the waiting began: it was one of my most anticipated releases of the month. Imagine my surprise when everything derailed so fast, I couldn't even say "Bummer".
I will split the structure of this book in two: on one side we have the plot, on the other side we have characters.
The story follows two rival families o...more
Umm . . . YES, please.
If you're not a big fan of "insta-love" then you'll probably be doing some major face palms while reading this book. Two of the main characters, Rachel & Sam, don't just think they're in love, they go from full fledged bumbling innocents (view spoiler)[to married business partners, (hide spoiler)] in record time- with ALL details included unfortunately!
I liked how the characters deviated from the norm though and didn't follow their strict society rules. I w ...more
The Airborn series was one of my favs ever growing up so I was immediately like YAAS to Every Hidden Thing but then I saw it was pitched as Indiana Jones meets Romeo & Juliet and was like double YAAS. WHO CAN RESIST THE COMBO of a childhood fav author and INDIANA JONES MEETS ROMEO & JULIET? Not me obviously. Anyway, I loved this book and that is all you’re ever going to need to know in your life. BYE NOW. See you again someday.
*comes bac ...more
Every Hidden Thing is pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets Indian ...more
An Adventurous Tale of Fossils and Forbidden Romance!
If there's one historical YA book about romance, travel, and adventure to read in 2016, it's this one. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel is surely a gem to be discovered by readers eager to board a train into the late nineteenth-century America and spend a summer unearthing dinosaur fossils ...more
The writing reads really contemporary to me, and there's so little that grounds the story in 1874. Both narrative voices are immensely awkward. Because it doesn't feel historical, the boy comes off like a kindly, flirty grandpa, and the girl's narration is dry and awkwardly scientific.
After I decided to DNF, and I decided to flip ahead to the sex scenes which are perhaps the most awful, awkward things I've ever read. *coughs* This is what happens when men w ...more
Every Hidden Thing starts with a sickening case of instalove, and never improves from there. The characters aren't particularly likeable, and the star-crossed lovers theme gets old quick. The plot is implausible (view spoiler)[ with characters finding all the dinosaurs left right and centre (hide spoiler)], and there ...more
This book is basically dinosaurs+Romeo and Juliet+WildWest.
And if that doesn't sound interesting enough, I don't know what does.
Because, let's look at the big picture, shall we? This should've worked. This should've at least gotten higher than..a meager 3 stars? And let's not forget that even that rating is rounded up. Actual rating i ...more
Samuel Bolt and Rachel Cartland meet after the Civil War at a museum presentation where Sam's father is talking about a dinosaur find he has made. Rachel's father points out that he has put the skeleton together backwards, and fisticuffs ensue. The two break up the fight, and go back to their daily lives. These involve helping out their paleontologists fathers, and soon they are thrown back together as the two groups head out to Nebraska to investigate the same bones. More fo ...more
A sunken world within our own. Water and glaciers and time had scooped it out, leaving behind a windy river and tall weathered buttes and mazes of ravines. The steep slopes showed all their ancient layers—tawny, black, gray, red—like the diagr ...more
EVERY HIDDEN THING by Kenneth Oppel is an entertaining, dinosaur-digging, adventure novel with a hint of Romeo and Juliet. I absolutely loved this and I suspect that after its publication, there'll be a big increase in kids wanting to be palaeontologists. Set during the 19th century and inspired in part by "The Bone Wars", this book follows two teenagers who are determined to find this infamous dinosaur with the power to change lives.
Fairly early on the reader is able to ...more
I don't know where to begin. I hate, HATE writing bad reviews so I am going to make this as positive as I can.
Samuel and Rachel are the children of two feuding paleontologists. Both ...more
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: N/A, standalone
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.
I'd like to start this review on a slightly personal note: I'm sorry I've been inactive lately! My husband and I just moved into our brand new house, and these past couple of weeks have been a hectic flurry of packing, unpacking, cleaning, and getting our affairs in order. You guys have bee ...more
I did like the young lovers - unlike another reviewer, I found their infatuation & friendship entirely believable. I also did feel like I got to know them as individuals, not just as 19th-century versions of Juliet and Romeo. And yet I just didn't feel like I wanted a love s ...more
There are three things that make a book worth something - worth reader investment: character, plot, and theme. Perfect books have all three, but a lot of the time novels can get by so long as at least one is executed well.
This book doesn't have any of the above.
The characters aren't flawless, but they also never arc their way to anywhere interesting. They don't arc their way anywhere at all - aside from falling in love, there is no change. The plot only ...more
The POVs were both great, and I loved how Rachel and Sam interacted. I also love how the author wove in legend and paleonthology together in the book, and there wasn't a single moment where I was bored. When I got to the ending I was almost jumping out of my seat, because I couldn't wait until they found the actual skeleton.
Basically, my love of dinosaurs and paleonthology was very complete with this novel.
"But out here in the ruins of the world, there were no buildings or rooms to separate or contain us. No bookish laws and rules to manacle us. It seemed ridiculous out here, all that stuff made of brick and timbers and paper and people's stale breath. Out here the rock had no rules and the hills had no laws and the vast sky was everywhere and watching, but didn't care one bit."
BECAUSE THIS BOOK WAS ALMOST PERFECT. IT WAS SO CLOSE. They were in the desert, digging up dinosaurs while having a rivalry and falling in love, and I didn't hate the romance. *gasp*
BUT THEN: they had to go and have sexytimes. Which was just annoying. I lost all interest in the romance. It went from cute to blech.
But again, I loved the first 3/4ths with all my heart. The last 1/4th? ugh.