Review: Unhidden by Dina Given


By: Dina Given
Pages: 328
Series: The Gatekeeper Chronicles,
Publisher: LLC
Published on: December 29th 2014

It’s not always easy to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys, especially when your heroine is a trained killer and she may be falling in love with her evil hunter…

Emma Hayes, a former military Special Forces Operative turned mercenary-for-hire, finds her tightly controlled world turned upside down when she is attacked by horrible monsters.

Emma must use every skill in her arsenal to stay alive as she tries to solve the mystery of why she has been targeted. Her list of enemies keeps growing - from Zane Shayde, an evil Mage, to a secret branch of the US government - and she doesn't know if there is anyone left she can trust.

To complicate matters further, Emma is inexplicably drawn to Zane in a way she doesn’t quite understand, even knowing her life is forfeit if captured. Who is he and why does he have this affect on her? How can she fight a being that calls to her, body and soul?

Emma is left haunted by questions, doubts and fears as to why she has been targeted, when they will come for her next, and how she will possibly be able to survive against an enemy she doesn't understand.

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Andi's Review


When you have friends like Emma you don’t need enemies.  Or moreso if you have employers like Emma has, you don’t need enemies.  Emma, a soldier who couldn’t quite fit in became a mercenary fire hire and her and her team were very good at what they do.  Well they are very good until one mission not only becomes a lie, but the creatures that Emma and her team face are not of this world.   Initially she thought that she had a concussions but then she realized that it was really creatures that couldn’t explained, and from that moment forward Emma has to figure out who her friends are, who her enemies are, who she really loves, and who she is falling in love with.


Not all is as it seems and even Emma is thrown for a loop when she realizes that she isn’t who she thinks she is.  This book has it all, creatures from another world, corrupt government, supernatural items that can cause world wide changes, and the simple yet unmistakable power that love can have on someone, even someone who has been turned by an evil power.  She can only stay hidden for so long and she decides that she is going to become unhidden by her own accord versus someone else’s.


This is a good book, one that is set in a modern city with all of the modern and urban elements  that you would expect from an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal as well as all the fighting and drama that you expect from a Paranormal book that surrounds a mercenary.  They aren’t known to sit around and wait for stuff to happen.  At least the ones that I know, so I figure it holds true to fictional ones as well.


This is fast paced, pushing the envelope on every page, sometimes that is great, sometimes you want Emma to slow down because you want to slap her across the forehead for not paying attention to something.   The ties that bind her and individuals is also a little strange in that she can’t remember anything and isn’t supposed to but she has visceral reactions to individuals.  I guess I have never had that kind of reaction other than wanting to puke so I don’t understand.


Overall it is a good book, a little maybe too much on the side of pushing the second one with the ending, but we all know there is a second one so that doesn’t bother me that much.  I really like that Emma is a strong, independent, adaptable woman who is staring down the face, and hammer of a full scale invasion.  Will I read the second one?  Yes, will I run out to buy it the minute that I can? Probably not.

4 fangs



About Dina Given

Dina Given lives in rural New Jersey – home of farms, horses and the largest hot air balloon festival in North America – with her husband, two crazy kids, and one rescue dog. She is an exercise enthusiast and avid lover of food and wine (hence the need to exercise). Dina also works full time for one of the largest healthcare companies in the world. She attributes her ability to juggle family, work and writing to her obsessive, hyper-focused, Type A personality.

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