Reviewed by Xanthe
Member of The Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Hidden Powers introduces us to a group of super-ordinary young adults that come together under seemingly normal circumstances but become a part of something far bigger.
A story that from the start, you can tell is from the POV of an eighteen-year-old. There are relevant pop culture references, YA emotions and thoughts run riot throughout the story from both Jazz and occasionally, Dash. Jazz is a shifter but is experiencing some unexplained things that he has no idea about. Unfortunately, these things register with other magic users and he’s soon on their radar. Luckily, Dash is one of those people and a connection soon forms between them with attraction high sparking.
The plot took a while to get going as we’re slowly introduced to the characters over time. We first are taken through some of the things that Jazz is experiencing and his relationships with his pack, family and Carla, his best friend. He’s dealing with a lot of unknowns with no answers in sight. Sometimes it was hard to keep track of where it’s going with the storyline but it’s worth carrying through to the end with a plausible enemy that is often in the shadows, causing trouble, making deals and double crossing whilst wanting to grab a hold of Jazz with the possibilities he has. Jazz and Dash develop feelings very quickly though it doesn’t necessarily feel all that natural in relation to how much time they spend together and interacting but it’s a heart-warming relationship that is needed to bolster them both as they go through some very tense and dramatic moments.
The group of characters are fun to read with varying personalities and abilities coming to light through the story. Carla and Jazz are BFF’s with both then introduced to Dash. When an internship starts at Jazz’s family business, they get to meet Beebop and Khadija with them all soon becoming friends and forming bonds under highly stressful times. Jazz’s family is amazing. Even though he is adopted, he’s not treated as anything other than one of their own.
Overall, I enjoyed Hidden Powers. I think the characters carry the plot initially and make it entertaining but once you get into the story, it gets really interesting and develops into an exciting tale of fighting against the enemy, growing into your true self and growing friendships you can truly rely on.