Concealed is a story about the Djinn and a love that should have never been. Concealed tells a tale of an unusual sixteen-year-old orphan, Bijou Fitzroy, who can see the Djinn through their human shells. Djinn – meaning “to hide” or “to be hidden” – are sometimes hostile creatures with a wide array of powers that include granting wishes, so be careful what you wish for because it might just come true… The story takes place in the sleepy suburb of modern-day Sykesville, Maryland. What once used to be a quiet town, now has become a town filled with paranormal secrets and strange unnatural activity. Upon Bijou’s arrival in this town with her nomadic grandmother- who doesn’t look old enough to be anyone’s grandmother – the local inhabitants begin disappearing. Bijou finds herself caught in the mystery of these missing people and has foretelling dreams of disappearances. Bijou also has dreams at night of a mysterious faceless boy – a boy that she was never meant to have loved or fall in love with, the same boy whose mysterious behavior leads her to think that he may not be who he seems and wonders how he is also linked to the locals disappearing. Bijou finds herself wanting to know more about this boy, about the town, and about herself as she journeys through the next few months uncovering the Djinn’s secrets and ends up learning about things that she might have not wanted to know or that she never could have imagined existed.
This book was a gift to me by the author herself. THANKS SANG!!
With life being as busy as it can get, it took me a few weeks and it wasn’t until the Christmas holiday break when I finally had a chance to sit down and read Concealed. Before I started to read, I had a bit of background knowledge as to Sang’s Concealed story and what the Djinn are. You can get a background story of Concealed at http://www.sangkromah.com. It seemed like an interesting topic and one that very few authors have ever written about. Like most young adult fiction, it starts out with a teenage girl who, like most adolescents, feel lost and are trying to figure out “the purpose” to life’s monotony. Did I mention that a little romance with a mysterious boy was involved too!
Before I started reading, I had my biases and conceptions of this book being “another YA paranormal romance type book” and expected as much. I was right that it is another YA paranormal romance novel, but it also felt like more. There was mystery and intrigue to keep me interested throughout and I felt like I always wanted to know what’s next, what’s going to happen?! I was sucked into the story right from the start! I started with the first page and literally couldn’t put it down. This book caused some sleep deprivation and I have to admit, it was so good I finished it in three days time. It would have been sooner but responsibilities called and I had to tear myself away from the book to tend to the family. But as soon as I could, I picked it back up and read from cover to cover until the last sentence and gasped.
The story is good. The plot, even all its paranormal activity is believable and the characters are relatable. You wanted to love and help Bijou, suspect her grandmother, beat Sebastian until he came to his senses and really hate Mandy for how evil she could be. Above all, you felt as if no one was exempt from being a suspect and their motives for acting the way they did. If you can feel strongly about book characters then you know you will love this book. Too bad the book wasn’t longer because I still wanted to find out what happens next. Guess, like all readers, I must anxiously wait for the next installment to this Concealed series.
Dear Sang, when is the next book coming out? I’m not sure I can wait that long to find out what happens. By the way, I loved Bastian but I find my thoughts slowing leaking towards Niko. What’s up with that!? Congrats and cheers to you on your debut novel and I’m looking forward to reading what happens next.