Author: Sang Kromah
Publisher: The Little Things Publishing
First Published: 15th October 2011
When sixteen year-old Bijou Fitzroy and her nomadic grandmother leave New York City to live in a home in the sleepy town of Sykesville, Maryland, Bijou thinks she will finally be able to live a normal life and be like everyone else. This move will be permanent, and Bijou cannot be anymore thrilled. After years of being shut away by her grandmother, Bijou will finally able to interact with peers, make friends, go to school, and live like a normal teenager.
Moving around and being homeschooled definitely made it difficult to make friends, but there are other reasons for Bijou’s solitude. With eyes that constantly change from gray to green to a honey-coated shade of brown and an ability to feel exactly what other people are feeling, the concept of obtaining closeness is more of a fable than a reality. Although her eyes are beautiful, their constant shift in color instills a sense of fear within other people and causes them to look away. Bijou’s premonitions, blackouts, and semi-prophetic dreams of a faceless boy don’t help her social musings either. Regardless, she decides to attend the local high school.
Bijou is immediately introduced to Sebastian Sinjin, a quirky and unusually beautiful boy who doesn’t seem to belong in a high school in nowhere Maryland. Sebastian is also special. Instead of looking away from Bijou, he makes direct eye contact with her. And when he shakes Bijou’s hand something dark and familiar to awaken within her as an electric shock surges through her body. Bijou soon finds herself deeply attracted to Sebastian, who remains aloof and often acts like Bijou doesn’t exist.
Despite the pains of having her first real crush, Bijou makes friends quickly and excels in all of her classes…well, all except for Mythology with Mr. Jennings. Mr. Jennings’ class starts off great with endless discussions of djinn and how they conceal themselves from the human eye, but things soon take a turn for the worse when the stories of the mythical creatures begin to take shape in Bijou’s life. (From Goodreads, 11th September 2013)
Wow long blurb! I hope you have reached my review after that! I will fore go the usual explanation of the book and just go right into my thoughts!
This book started off so well but soon spiraled downwards. The ideas – fantastic. However, all the ideas and the twists were poorly put together. I would be reading and think ‘hasn’t this already been implied? How can it be a surprise?’ This poor structuring made it frustrating for me to read. I wanted to find out what would happen next to realise I already knew!
This is a fast paced book that incorporates mythology well. A step away from the typical faerie story. But it isn’t presented well. I personally believe that if the pace slowed down ever so slightly a lot more could be achieved with the authors ideas.
Due to the technical flaws that I felt were present in Concealed I would suggest this novel to slightly younger readers – ~13 years – as the fast pace and excitement will keep them entertained, whilst slightly older readers may have the same issues as myself.
I find it difficult giving this novel a rating as I am pulled in two directions –
1. Fantastic ideas and characters
2. Poorly structured
So I have to go for at 3 out of 5