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Hidden Scales

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Merrows are supposed to be extinct. No one has seen the water-breathing creatures in over a century.

That's all eleven-year-old Mira has time to think as she stares at the silver scales that have spread over her foot before she accidentally triggers a curse that will change her world forever. She and her best friend, Peter, are forced to embark on a journey across the kingd
ebook, 324 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by A.M. Robin
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C.L. Ogilvie
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
(I received a free advanced electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.)

I have almost next to none experience in reviewing MG genre. (Unless still scream-praising Gordon Korman books counts?) This is probably the first MG book I’ve since, you know, I was still in middle school. I think middle school C.L. would have really liked this book, though. I loved the bond between Mira and her mother, Appoline, and the fact that it ultimately plays into the conclusion of the journey in
Happy Booker
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hidden scales is book one of its series. It is a children’s book based on a fantasy, sword, and sorcery storyline focused on a girl named Mira. She is only eleven and encounters some water creatures called Merrows, which are supposed to be extinct. As she accidentally triggers a curse, she has to run away with her friend, Peter before being captured by spies in order to find out what she has discovered.

With a mixture of fantasy, fairytale, magic, and mythical creatures, the literature takes you
Pages For Thoughts
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The plotline was fun to read and easily understandable. I enjoyed the unique representation of many types of magical creatures, like gnomes, pixies, and dragons. I also liked that humans were able to coexist and share the same kingdom with the magical species, an idea often not written about. I wish I could live there! The setting was vivid and realistic with lighthearted, peaceful imagery that makes you feel happy.

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Billy Buttons
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Hidden Scales
Author: A. M. Robin

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 23
Editing: 10/10
Writing Style: 10/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 10/10
Of the 23 readers:
23 would read another book by this author.
22 thought the cover was good or excellent.
23 felt it was easy to follow.
23 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
Of all the readers, 13 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story
Marion Marchetto
When she first notices the silvery scales on her foot, eleven-year-old Mira panics. It’s bad enough that some of her classmates call her ‘Toad’ and treat her with disdain. If they see her scaly foot, they will become merciless. But when her true friend Peter notices the funny rash on Mira’s foot, an ancient curse is triggered. And later, when Mira sees an old music box on a store shelf, she opens it despite signs warning ‘Do Not Touch’. In so doing, she releases the SilverMist. Little does she k ...more
Erin Cataldi
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Tightly woven and thoroughly engaging; this middle grade fantasy novel will win over boys and girls of all ages. Thought to extinct for decades, merrows have only lived in the imagination. Merrows were water breathing humans able to live on land and under water and were thought to be quite magical and strong although no one is sure why or when they disappeared. When eleven year old Mira is abducted from her cozy little coastal town along with her best friend Peter, they have no idea what kind of ...more
Natalie Summers
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book for a number of reasons. Sometimes it's good to kick back with a middle grade novel because the dots are easier to follow. I appreciated that very much. What I really enjoyed was that Robin did a masterful job of having Mira and her friends straddle the line between becoming adults and being children. It can be a confusing time.

The world building is brilliant. Robin's paints a picture with small details that can transfer the reader into the Kingdom of the Merrow's. It is a uniq
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Young Mira is a precocious 11-year-old child. She tries to stay out of trouble, but her curiosity and sense of adventure always seem to get the best of her. Adopted as a baby, she has been raised by Appoline, a woman for whom Mira has a great deal of love and respect. When rumors that a man and a young boy have been kidnapped and whisked away on a winged horse, Appoline insists Mira stay close to home. When Mira and her best friend disobey Appoline's wishes things begin to spiral out of control. ...more
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! The plot is great and the characters are so much fun. This may be considered to be a middle grade book but I really think it will be enjoyed by teens and adults as well.

Mira is the main character. She develops silver scales on her feet and discovers that she is a merrow.

I actually think that Peter is my favorite character. He loves books and likes to find answers for the problems they are having in books. There is just something about him that I love!

Overall, this boo
Amy Shannon
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great Story

Robin pens a great story in Hidden Scales. It has a mix of fantasy and magic, all with wonderfully creative creatures, and those just starting to find their destiny and true being. The story was a very easy read, as it had a great pace. The characters, well, I just enjoyed Mira, who not only is finding her true being, but finds herself on a journey that can take many paths. It's an enjoyable story, and twists that are unpredictable, but add to the depth of the story. I look forward to
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Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An entertaining mystery read, mixed with just the right amount of magic. Mira, Kay and Peter go through some real growth over the course of the story, making tough decisions and learning along the way. I hope there's more in the series, but if not it ends in a good way, with most loose ends tied up. It's a fairly unique take on merrows, too, I don't believe I'd seen it before.

A great read for a MG child interested in magic and adventure.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mira is an eleven-year-old girl, living with her mother. She is very independent and constantly gets into trouble. When danger approaches the town, her mother wants her to stay in, but that is hard for her to do. While wandering the town she picks up an object in the store and sets up a curse. Now she is on the run, but she is not alone. She and her best friend Peter find themselves on the run and that is just the start of a magical journey they embark on.

Set in a high fantasy world, where magic
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Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

We are proud to announce that HIDDEN SCALES by A.m. Robin is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
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Hidden Scales offers away a wonderfully imagined world with courageous and likable characters that were thrown in an adventure towards solving mysteries and unlocking some secrets about themselves.

I like the story, mainly because it feels like I’ve found another magical and fantastic story where I can be a kid myself again. I enjoyed joining the characters in their journey onto finding answers to their questions and also their curious minds. I also lik
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A. M. Robin was born and raised in Maryland, where she currently lives and works. She has been working with children in various fields and settings, including brain training, cultural education, and healthcare.

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