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"Intrigue, mystery, murder and betrayal. The themes of a dangerous world in which a young girl must survive."Thirteen year old Adenine is kept prisoner by her family. The last carrier of the Death Plague that, along with the war, wiped out thousands of her country's people twenty-five years ago, she isolates herself in her attic bedroom to avoid infecting others.When her m"Intrigue, mystery, murder and betrayal. The themes of a dangerous world in which a young girl must survive."Thirteen year old Adenine is kept prisoner by her family. The last carrier of the Death Plague that, along with the war, wiped out thousands of her country's people twenty-five years ago, she isolates herself in her attic bedroom to avoid infecting others.When her mother fails to bring her food, Adenine begins to starve. Driven by hunger and fear, Adenine ventures into the house and discovers her mother bedridden and sick. Despite her terror of infecting others, Adenine fumbles her way out into the streets of war-torn Borrelia in search of the town's doctor.Her courage brings her friends... and sinister enemies that plot and plan against her. Adenine's mother is keeping secrets, her friends are lying to her, and when dangers arise she must decide to fight or run....

Title : Concealed Power
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Concealed Power Reviews

  • Lori Palle
    2019-04-17 04:16

    Reviewing this book is a tough one, and I was torn between rating 4 or 5. When I picked up this book, I was pleased by the first few pages. I settle into this one and happily read, not expecting the dark twists and turns ahead. This is one of those books that you don't race through; you immerse yourself in the words and experience what the protagonist does.This is where it gets difficult. Ms. Colt is clearly talented with writing. The world she describes is vivid and detailed, and the motivations and actions of the characters are understandable/believable and, in many cases, tragic. I would have highly recommended this book to anyone to read if not for the fact that the subject matter might be difficult for some people to handle. Those that have been victims of child abuse may find portions of this story difficult to read. As a mother, I certainly found it hard.The world in Concealed Power is a dark one where there's a tenuous peace treaty between the two main factions. The world is especially difficult for women. People are resentful, prejudiced, and scared. I was surprised at how many people would dismiss a blind child seeking aid. The tagline on the cover reads "Adenine's power comes at a high price…" and that is no understatement. That "price" is what makes this story such a difficult one to read at times, despite the fantastic storytelling. This is a character-driven story, and we start the novel off in Adenine's, a ten-year old girl, perspective. After surviving the attack by a loved one and growing up believing she was deadly to others, Adenine's emotional well-being is severely damaged. She constantly questions herself, has low self-esteem, and is wary of strangers, especially adults, which makes her struggle to find the truth and face her fears compelling--and again--a difficult read. The majority of the novel takes place when she's older at thirteen.I found the history and characterization the most enjoyable parts. I'm not sure who the target audience would be for this. I would hesitate having younger teens read this because of the subject matter, yet older teens and adults might find it difficult to relate to the young protagonist. For those that like character-driven stories about finding strength in dark times and suffering, this may be for you. Also, note that while this is a strong first book in a series, it clearly is a first book and shouldn't be read as a standalone. The fates of too many characters are left unknown at the end.(originally posted on my blog and slightly modified here)

  • Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
    2019-03-27 23:24

    Book originally reviewed @ Blood,Sweat and BooksConcealed Power is a book I stumbled on one day while browsing through Amazon. The story sounded unique and my interest was piqued by the mysterious Death Plague. I'm so incredibly happy that I decided to take a chance on this book. While not exactly the book I was expecting it was still a great story overall.One of the things I found highly enjoyable about Concealed Power was the main character Adenine. This poor girl just cannot catch a break. Yet despite her circumstance her attitude remains mostly positive. By the end of the story I just wanted her to have some happiness and while she does in a small way it also comes with more tragedy. I'm so happy Concealed Power isn't a stand alone. I'm hoping in the next book Adenine's life turns around and she can succeed in her mission. I just don't think I can handle another book of her being dealt so much sh*t. Even the strongest willed person has a limit and I feel Adenine has nearly met her quota.I also really liked the Author's writing style. The story flowed off the page. Every character was easy to distinguish and I actually enjoyed the first person narration which for me can really make or break a book. Thankfully in Concealed Power the first person narration works.Lastly I liked the world this story is set. In many ways I kept thinking this book was set in the same time period as Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I could even imagine Adenine coming across those characters in court even if they had no clue they were both in separate stories. Once I had that visual in my mind it was easy to picture everything else. I might be completely off base but for me this world and that one felt interchangeable. Obviously the stories are completely different but the era to me felt the same which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. Now even though I really liked Concealed Power I did have just one small gripe. I really wish the story had a bit more action. There were a couple instances where I felt once I turned the page something explosive was about to happen but when I actually did make it to the next scene either the characters moved on or they were still talking. I know the author isn't shying from violence so I can only assume that she wanted to keep the tension high. If that's the case then she was successful.Overall, Concealed Power was a great story and one I can't wait to continue in book 2. If you like a real character driven story then I highly suggest picking up Concealed Power. With that being said, I will be rating Concealed Power by K.J. Colt ★★★★.

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-04-17 23:28

    [Original review - Legends anthology]Actual rating: 4.5 stars.Trigger warning: sexual abuse.This is the end. I just gave a Freaking YA story a freaking 4.5-star rating. And it's YA, too. You know, as in YOUNG ADULT. As in NOT Adult. I am SO doomed. And you know what makes it worse? The story broke the little heart I don't have over and over and over again. And you know what makes it worse, worse? I want to read the rest of this Freaking YA series. But I have an excuse: this might be YA as in NOT Adult as in the mc is 13 as in I must be out of my freaking mind, but it's gloriously dark. This is only YA in the sense that the NOT Adult TEENAGE mc is a freaking YOUNG Adult. A YOUNG Adult that keeps being treated like shit by everyone "for her own good" (or not). A YOUNG Adult who has tons of potential and has all it takes to become an awesome character.[An interruption from Goodreads support: no, this account hasn't been hacked. Sarah might not be very sane, but it is really her little self semi-fangirling about a Freaking YA Not Adult story with a Freaking YA Not Adult heroine here.]The themes developed in this story do not involve fluffy bunnies, cute kitties and pastel-colored rainbows. They do involve abuse (verbal, physical and sexual), and cruelty, and betrayal, and trauma, and tragedy. Lots of it. Things can get deliciously bleak in this unique world on the brink of war. Hidden agendas and half-truths abound. No one can be trusted. It's beautiful. Well it's beautiful to me, anyway. Because I'm twisted and almost have no heart. I am pretty sure this story will prove disturbing to lovers of cute fluffy bunnies. And I am pretty sure they are going to hate how the Healing process that is as the base of this story works. Especially since it involves young girls. And that's all I am going to say about it because reasons. And spoilers. Yeah, that too. You can thank me later for not ruining this awesome *whispers* YA story for you. You're welcome.➽ And the moral of this mini non-review is: this story is YA. I freaking LOVED it. What does that tell you? That there is a good chance everyone else will think it is pure, undiluted crap. But that's only because everyone else has despicable book taste. Ha.

  • Alli Treman
    2019-04-06 07:27

    I don't give a lot of 5 star ratings to Young Adult fiction, despite (or possibly because) I read a lot of it. Here are my reasons for making this exception:1. It is, without a doubt, one of the most well-written novels for young adults I've read in quite some time. Colt's use of description is astounding. I loved the way she described Adenine's need to clean herself at the beginning and it sucked me in. It's powerful stuff.2. The main character Adenine, is not your ordinary YA heroine. For instance, she isn't a Mary Sue or a damsel in distress, but a well-rounded character with strengths and weaknesses that make sense for her character. From my reading, a lot of YA heroines go around claiming to "not need a man" despite getting rescued (sometimes over and over again) by the Primary Love Interest. Adenine also isn't good at everything she tries. She struggles, but she learns and grows throughout the novel.3. The book tackles tough issues that, I think, most YA authors are afraid, hesitant, or uninterested in tackling. The issues are important, and it's a brave book for not shying away from the tough stuff.4. Adenine does have a protector of sorts, but unlike in just about every YA novel ever, it's a woman. I love this. The woman has a unique backstory herself that explains why she fills this role.5. Traditional YA romance is subverted so brilliantly in this novel. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with romance, but it's often so poorly done that this was wholly refreshing.I should mention that I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It's definitely the sort of thing I would've picked up on my own. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy but is sick of the annoying tropes and sometimes mediocre writing that often goes along with it. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading the next one and I can't wait to see where Colt goes with this.

  • Dixie Conley
    2019-04-01 04:19

    I received an electronic copy of this book, as part of the EPIC: Fourteen Books Of Fantasy boxed set, in exchange for an honest review.I wanted to like this book. I very much did. The character is mysterious. She's obsessive compulsive and supposedly sick and then her uncle tries to rape her and then she's blinded... she has a lot of bad things happen to her that shouldn't, and it's a complete mystery as to why. Wanting to find out why did not pay off, though. It turns out that her parents are trying to save her from her fate as an enslaved whore. Oh, sorry, as an honored healer. Which one of those is true depends on your point of view.The storyline does not resolve in this book. That's for later in the series, I suspect, although I also suspect that the distinction will never be clear. There's so much politics going on in this first book that it only makes sense that the politics will continue to be screwed up and that people will continue to be screwed over by people pretending that they're doing the right thing.Also, there's a telling typo in the story where the country the girl's supposed to be sent to is spelled as Malignia, rather than Melignia. Nothing good is going to come of this.

  • Samyy22
    2019-04-23 06:08

    To start, I don't usually write reviews. With that said I have to ask just one question.What did I just read? It felt like nothing happened the entire first half of the book, or if anything did happen it felt incredibly forced. The characters felt flat and unlikable. They made choices that had me baffled and confused. Doing things so out of character.With all that said I think some may find that the plot is decent and semi original. Unfortunately I was not one of these the privileged few. :( Ps. sorry for any grammatical errors :)

  • Tom
    2019-04-26 06:32

    The thing that first attracted me to Concealed Power was its cover, which is literally eye-catching. At first glance, you are forced to look our young female protagonist in the eye, instantly receiving all of the emotions she conveys in that golden gaze.We view the world through the eyes of Adenine, the daughter of merchant parents who have decided to hide their daughter from the world. Set mostly in the town of Borrelia, Adenine’s home country of Senya is recovering from the combined effects of a civil war and the Death Plague. The civil war, which was finished without shedding a single drop of blood, resulted in the loss of the city of Meligna to a group of women known as Healers, commonly referred to in the south as “golden whores”. Despised and reviled by South Senyans, all girls born of Healer blood are sent north to Meligna, to preserve the peace signed between King Erageo and the Queens who rule Meligna.I love the setting that we are dropped into by the author. We follow a citizen from the losing side of a civil war, from a frontier region whose citizens live in fear of a second incursion by the Queens. The distrust of the Queens and Healers is prevalent throughout the book. For the first tenth of the story, I read in horror as Adenine was beset by tragedy upon tragedy, until at one point I dreaded that the rest of the story must surely get as dark as any George R. R. Martin wedding scene. Just as soon as Adenine’s life hits a low, however, her mother falls ill, and Adenine must suddenly find the strength within herself to save her mother’s life.As incredible as it sounds, after these first few trials, I found that Adenine’s life surprisingly fell into place a little too easily. It doesn’t take a large leap of logic to guess what her concealed power is, considering only one fantasy element is introduced in the story, though the process of her discovering it for herself is painstakingly slow. In a town the size of Borrelia, I can’t imagine how she manages to get around without being captured by soldiers in her dozen or so escapades across town with Klawdia and Jemely. If the economy of Senya is as ravaged as claimed, especially in a border town like Borrelia, how does anybody really afford the wares sold by Adenine’s parents in their shop? They offer nothing of value aside from aesthetic appeal, yet the profits from the store make them members of the upper echelon in Borrelia.Convenience of events and dialogue for the sake of the plot seems to be the most obvious crime in this book. I will quote one section, a snippet of dialogue, which in no way spoils the plot:‘Now, we were talking about the animals of the Borrelia Mountains. But I think we’ll move onto the civil war of Senya between the Meligna Queens of the North and King Erageo of Juxon City, the South.’“Why?” I ask in alarm. There was absolutely no reason that the schoolteacher would switch subjects like that on Adenine’s first day in school except to give us deliberate background information to the plot. It felt like very forced world-building, and its relevance was cast aside once the information was given. Was it useful to know those things? Yes, to an extent. But there is a time and a place for such things.In the way of characters, there are both good things and bad things to say here. The multiple limited viewpoints, seen in conversations with or around Adenine, were handled very well. I never noticed a point where Adenine discovered something and suddenly everyone else knew it, too, for which I was grateful. A few characters, though, I found to be inconsistent, with Jeremly bouncing from dutiful housemaid to condescending adult to supporting friend. I never once felt that the lives of Adenine and company were in any real danger from Healer Euka, the main antagonist of the story. Convenience of events once again allowed certain characters to see each other more times than would really be feasible, and at points I felt like the entire cast was convened simply so information could be shared all at once, rather than a natural progression of separate conversations. Still, they served to advance the plot, even if the overall background information sometimes felt clunky.There were a few typos, notably a reigns/reins confusion toward the end, but nothing that would pull the reader away from the story. Some dialectal accents were used, but they were tastefully applied in just the right quantity. The grammar is sound (except for purposeful misuse in dialogue), and paragraphs and chapters are of appropriate length for the genre.The imagery in Concealed Power varies in its focus, and I admired the author’s shifting from visual to non-visual cues and back again. At one point, I believe one hiccup occurred where flowers and a sunset were described in visual detail before Adenine had removed her blindfold (which by that point had become rather redundant, actually). Again, the size of Borrelia makes me question how anonymous wearing a blindfold really made Adenine, or if she would be just as noticeable as a golden-eyed young girl.One thing that I like to see in fantasy novels, especially those intended to be a series, is some sort of internal story that begins, develops, and is resolved within each book. Overarching narratives are all well and good, but if I don’t feel any sense of closure after several hundred pages of reading, I miss out on the satisfaction of finishing a good read. Instead, it leaves me with a sense of reading a very long prologue to the second book. With Concealed Power, I think the final scene does a nice job of completing this stage of Adenine’s story, allowing her to develop into a greater, more independent lead character in the sequel. While the story as a whole is certainly meant as a series, there is sufficient character development and back-and-forth action to let the reader feel that at least something has been resolved, if not the core storyline.Unfortunately, the plot became predictable for the last quarter of the book, once all the major players and plot points had been established. I like the world of Senya and its bloodless civil war, but I have trouble believing some of the adult characters, and the plot advanced a little too conveniently to make it entirely believable. The story is just unfolding for Adenine, though, and I think the city of Meligna featured in the sequel will hold many more surprises for her and readers alike.Rating: 3.5/5 stars

  • Joshua Robertson
    2019-04-05 06:11

    I dived into this book without knowing what to expect. My better half picked it up and the title/cover caught my eye. Despite the size of the book, it is a very quick read. I finished the book in just over two days. Adenine was the perfect main character for this book, and from the opening page, you truly feel like she is telling you the story. The overall character dynamics, matched with Adenine's perspective of events, gives the reader incredible insight into how early trauma can impact a child. I won't say too much to give away the plot, but KJ Colt does well extrapolating a likely outcome to the struggles of humanity, or the lack thereof.

  • J.L. Dobias
    2019-04-16 23:28

    Concealed Power by K.J. ColtFirst off I received this book free. To be honest I might not have read it if it hadn't been free. Mostly because it is just a bit out of my usual favorite genre. I really loved this story because it made me very angry and I'll explain that. I purchased a copy afterward, on amazon, because the story and the author deserve that much.This book reminds me of all those old classic favorites of mine which also are a bit away from my favorite genre. It's reminiscent of Charles Dickens in its richly described atmosphere and well told characterizations. It has the mystery and intrigue of many of my favorite Alexander Dumas. Except, K.J. Colt's style is her own.I have no idea of what the era of the story is. All I know is that its a time of backward benighted people who treat all illness as some sort of curse caused by witches and devils. And, Adenine is caught up into it with a heart of gold and the innocence of a child.The reader is introduce to the story through a series of events seen through Adenine's eyes. Not only is this the way that K.J. Colt has chosen to tell the story, I'll venture a wager that it was the way the story chose to be told. First person is not always easy and has to be mastered in order to come out well at the other end. K.J. does this. It's always too easy to slip into making the story sound like a shopping list or laundry list when doing first person and I never once felt that way. Instead we are brought right into the world of Adenine without any unnecessary overhead.What this does for the story is it creates a series of mysteries that will unfold as Adenine is able to discern them. And this is where I got angry. It's always a triumph when what you read takes you out of your comfort zone, which is what Concealed Power does. It's even more of a feat when it can move the reader with real emotion.I was angry that these things were happening to Adenine. Disturbed that her parent left her with her uncle when her uncle was in such a shattered state and that it all led to disaster. Distraught that it seemed that Adenine was being treated poorly even by her parents. And very confused and distressed that she had been blinded and that I wasn't sure, but it seemed her parents were actively responsible for this.I Can tell you that at that point I resolved that K.J. Colt had better have some good reasons for all these thing to have to happen to this poor little girl of 11 years.Adenine lives with her father Adronian and mother Capacia in a sheltered life because she has some rare Death Plague that will infect anyone she comes in contact with. She watches life from her window while her parent run their shop Mystoria. On occasion her favorite Uncle, Garrad, takes care of her and sneaks her out of the house at night to visit his shack. Her life seems like a bad enough life as it is, it's about to explode into something worse.Adenine will lose her sight and half her family and when what's left is too sick to care for her, Adenine has to venture into the world she's been kept from. She's about to discover her life has been a lie and she's going to have to grow up quickly to be able to take care of herself in a world that may be set to reject her.K.J. Colt delivers but it takes quite some time, almost half way through the story for the reader to begin to get some answers. I can't agree with much of what her parents have done and it seems there are quite a number of other characters in the story who, for various reasons, will eventually agree with that assessment.The important thing is that this story evokes emotion and delivers a well paced story with moments of the mundane contrasting the trials and tribulations that confront Adenine. The heartbreak and thankfully some of the joy.This book is for anyone who loves Fantasy fiction and has enjoyed many of the classics of yesterdays authors. It has a well built world of specific customs and values that, though often frustrating, make perfect sense for this story. This is a great story for anyone who doesn't mind being jerked out of their comfort zone for few moments to set the stage for the rest of the story.The best part is that you don't have to agree with how the characters act because there will always be another character within the story who will agree with you about that even if that character has some disagreeable qualities. And the actions for these characters make perfect sense within the story for the character no matter how frustrated or angry it makes you.I like a story that makes me think and love the one that makes me feel.J.L. Dobias

  • FictionForesight
    2019-04-15 02:06

    Review Originally Posted At: FictionForesightReview:Well first off, I have to say that Concealed Power is hands down one of the most shocking books I have ever read. The reason? It gives various examples of child abuse throughout the book.Now that I’ve gotten that matter out of the way… Concealed Power is about a girl named Adenine, who has been locked in her home for her entire life. Why you ask? This is due to a deadly disease she is said to carry. One day however, events take place that leave her blind and traumatized beyond measure, but this emotional moment in time also starts her on a path to find out the truth about her life. A truth that others have hidden from Adenine. One that teaches her just how dangerous being different can be in the world of Borrelia.The Good:Concealed Power definitely had a few plot twists that I did not see coming; which was a kind of refreshing change from the last few books I've reviewed. This coupled with complex and interesting characters gave me much hope and promise for the book. The setting was well described and believable (from a blind protagonist perspective) and the world had a good back story. I was surprised by the magic system, but it worked well as a plot element in the story-line.The Bad:Concealed Power had a few problematic plot points, but the main thing that bothered me (and really damaged this book’s rating) was that the book started out really good…but then got worse as it progressed. The main character became slightly less relatable further in and in the last third of the book, it felt like reason wasn't just ignored…it was thrown out the window. People would know the right course of action to take (I know because they would say so), but then they would do the opposite and run into problems. Oh and to top it off, these bad choices were made by a kid…and the adults followed. In the last few chapters the book did start to come back a bit, but not enough to really affect my rating.Overall:Overall the book had the potential to be good, but as it progressed the story just became more and more unreasonable. This was of course done in an attempt to bring the story to a certain point, but it could have been done another way and been much more effective. Originally I was planning on giving this book a 4 star review, but after finishing I decided on 3 stars.(

  • Heather
    2019-03-31 23:22

    4.5 starsTitle: Concealed Power (The Healers of Meligna, #1) by K.J. ColtFormat: .Mobi provided by author in exchange for reviewReview: When I was a younger teen I used to devour Tamora Pierce's young adult fantasy series. Ms. Colt's debut novel likens to Ms. Pierce's novels with the slow build-up of a young heroine in unique circumstances set in a troubled kingdom. Adenine, through no fault of her own but genetics, is kept isolated the total of her life except for small, secret outings. After experiencing a damaging attack, death of her father, and blindness, I seriously wondered if this poor girl would ever get a break! Like Ms. Pierce's novels, the first in this series is a bit slow in the action, but the whole purpose is to start to involve the reader in the world of Adenine, her family and friend, and their small town.As the story progresses and Adenine is finally freed, the action starts kicking. Adenine is completely clueless due to her family and friends' choices to keep her "safe" and is constantly running into enemies and troubles she has no idea existed. Coming into her undiscovered powers, Adenine quickly comes to terms with her new fate. With more losses, gains in friendship, and personal maturity, Adenine's story goes through a whirl of huge changes packed in a few chapters.This book provokes a lot of great emotions and totally involved me in the story. I was angry but compassionate toward her parents and friends for their role in her isolation, and my heart ached for all the horrors that Adenine has to endure just because of her genetics. I look forward to reading the following novels as she grows into a woman and her tale continues.Highly recommended for anyone who likes fantasy or a highly involved storyline with a strong heroine.

  • James
    2019-04-19 06:25

    Pretty cool, pretty cool. I really appreciate the approach the writer took to telling this story. It's sort of like a teenage girl coming-of-age in the kind of fucked-up fantasy world that we all love. A world where hope is quickly being choked out at every turn by evil people and strange magic. This story, however, was void of many fantasy tropes that we usually see. It's a unique tale, for sure.Now comes the bitchin. By the end of the story, I was very ready to move on. Things got messy with many characters suddenly thrown together at once. Most of the book is composed of more intimate encounters between characters, and this worked better for the story. When all the characters are thrown together at the end, it felt awkward and I began looking for a quick resolution. I'm not sure if I'll continue on with the series, but I will definitely remember this story.Oh, and on the title and cover. "Concealed Power" sounds like a Tony Robbins self-help book from the 90's. And the cover is straight up Aria Stark preparing to whack a piñata. Not digging it.

  • Ethan
    2019-03-27 23:07

    This is a fantasy book series about certain women possessing magical vaginas that heal people. Take that in for a second. Of course there are like three attempted rape scenes in the book and I expect there are many more in later installments. I got the first three for $.99 and I'm not sure if I regret it or not. The story is alright and the twists, while predictable, were alright. I'm sort of curious about the next volume because it's there on my kindle and I've already invested so much time into this, but at the same time the writing is so middling and there are so many stupid actions taken and uncomfortable scenes that take place I'm not sure if I really want to.

  • James Davis
    2019-04-07 01:10

    This book has a competent plot, interesting premise, and decently told narrative, but the characters are flat and the style is dull. A good round of polish on the characters and style would have made this a solid 3 star average.As a reminder, to me a two star rating is not an insult. "It was ok" is the rating description. This was OK, but I didn't particularly like it and nothing stood out as great, but it certainly wasn't terrible.

  • Ceh131973
    2019-04-15 07:14

    [Concealed Power (The Healers of Meligna Book 1)] by [K.J. Colt] is a story of a young girl who was born with great powers but her parents hid this from her and her from the world. When a trusted relative tries in desperation to take advantage of her powers Adenine's world begins to crumble.The twists within this story are somewhat predictable but that does not make the story any less enjoyable to anyone who likes the fantasy genre.

  • Louise Guy
    2019-04-10 07:32

    Concealed Powers is a great read. This book is so well written and has you hooked from very early on. You grow to love the main character Adenine and fear for her and where this journey is likely to end up. The book ends with me desperately wanting to know what is going to happen in the next stage of Adenine's life, I can't wait for book 2. Congratulations for producing such a good book, I am sure that it is going to be a huge success - it definitely should be.

  • Debrac2014
    2019-03-27 04:11

    I can't say I enjoyed this book! The story seemed chaotic! For the 1st half I wasn't sure why Adenine was sick, then wasn't sick but was blind! The story was too longwinded and the storyline meandering!

  • Seth Kennedy
    2019-04-13 23:11

    I think I am poorly suited to enjoy this type of young adult fiction, I'll say that right up front. My lasting impression is that the book is overwrought with pre/early-teen emotion and the main character is rather clueless. The story is edgy in both a teen-angsty kind of way, but also because the world is pretty messed up. People who reside there are subject to nasty diseases for some unexplained reason, and the only method of being healed is expensive and somewhat mystical (and kept a clumsily hidden secret—from the protagonist at least—for 80% of the book). There is some originality to the ideas (and others may find appeal to a story with a heavy-handed emotional/inner-feelings-centered narrative style), but the execution left more than a lot to be desired, leaving us with a book with deep flaws. The first third of this novel could have been straight up cut or told from a different perspective in a chapter or two to the same effect. The protagonist starts out as a young child, and Colt chose limited first-person narration, so we have to painfully slog through the inner thoughts and misconceptions of an ignorant and seemingly dim kid for chapter after chapter. Nothing is ever certain in her head and it's tiresome to read. I saw in Colt's notes that she was a counselor and likes to weave realistic depictions of mental illness/mental states into her books, but it doesn't necessarily make for good reading. I would have suggested that the protagonist's early childhood be seen from the perspective of one of the adults OR handled as flashbacks once the events central to the plot actually begin occurring when she is a little older. Even then, the characters are uneven, the way the plot unfolds seems implausible even in a low fantasy setting, and there's not really a solid arc to the story, which just kind of limps to a cliffhanger ending (this is apparently book one of a five-book series that made it to print). I don't recommend this book for critical thinkers, nor for people who get frustrated with slow pacing. It was a painful read, and I'm not sure why I even finished it. In my defense, I mostly read it while rocking my daughter to sleep to try to prevent myself from falling asleep, but it didn't reliably work for that even because it was boring and bad.

  • Katherine Combs
    2019-04-26 02:22

    Warning ahead: because of the adult content of the book, in order to give a fair review I will be talking a fair bit about copulation. Note that there is no actually pornography in this book, but there are a couple of close calls where the protagonist is almost raped. If this subject matter upsets you, this book is not for you, and this review is also probably not for you."Concealed Power" follows the story of Adenine, a girl kept imprisoned in her own home because she is bestowed with a gift that, if discovered, would lead to her being taken away from her family to live in a city where she will be forced to become a prostitute (basically) - the gift of healing... through sexual intercourse.To the author's credit, she doesn't play the issue of "sexual healing" for titillation. Rather, she tackles the more horrifying aspects that would come about if it were actually possible to heal people through sex - rape, enforced breeding (since the healing ability is a genetic gift, those who give birth to healers are sometimes forced to breed in hopes of creating more), sexual slavery... the author does not pull back on the horrors that could come about if sexual healing were actually a thing. I'd argue that it still logically doesn't make any sense (exactly what part of sex conveys the healing? Is the healing itself like a sexually transmitted disease? Is it the various bodily fluids produced during intercourse? If so, is there some way to circumvent actual sexual intercourse in order to bestow the healing on someone else, and if not, why not?), but I'm probably being too nit-picky here. The author does the tactful thing and simply doesn't go into the technicalities.However, the author went a bit off the rails at the very end, with the main character Adenine thinking that "being well" should be available to anyone, whether rich or poor... seemingly forgetting that the healers, like all people, should be able to choose what happens to their own body. Since healing can only be given through intercourse, this book manages to do the mindbogglingly awful(view spoiler)[ and tries to make the reader sympathize with a man who attempted to rape his niece - never mind that he could've gotten the healing he wanted for free if he just moved to the healer's city and agreed to work for them (hide spoiler)]. After all, if someone is dying and there's only one way to heal them, why should that cure be put out of their reach? What if cancer could be cured by having sex with a select few people? Those cancer patients don't deserve to have cancer. Those select few people should just have sex with cancer patients. It doesn't matter if they don't want to; when your body can heal other people, you shouldn't have a choice! People DESERVE to be healthy... right? [/facetiousness] See, this is the real problem with the concept of sexual healing. It is too far removed from the real world and creates a slew of horrifying implications that simply don't translate to real life... and the fact that Adenine starts to think, by the end, that healing is something that all people deserve, regardless of the healers' rights and personal choice... well, that's when the book takes a sudden turn for the despicable.That's not even the only problem with the book; it's just the one that makes it morally reprehensible. This review is already too long, so I'll try to summarize the other problems with the book:1. The pacing is God-awful, with the majority of the book being eye-bleedingly slow and the last few chapters way too rushed and nonsensical.2. There are way too many pointless, unneeded details that should have been cut out, but apparently K.J. Colt either had no editor or simply an editor that didn't care3. Very little of the first twenty or so chapters relates to the plot of the story, and doesn't even do that much to build character - it's all pretty pointless, and should have been cut to two or three chapters.4. Adenine is dumb as a brick. It was childishly simple to figure out, way before Adenine does, that she is a healer and that's why she's locked away. Even if she didn't figure out that she was a healer, she should have known her parents were lying to her and figured out that something was wrong.5. Her parents were dumb as a brick. Their decision to lock her away instead of telling Adenine what she was and how to protect herself was not only monstrous, but monumentally stupid, as proven by subsequent events where Adenine's ignorance of her situation put her life in danger. Really, their decision doesn't even make a lot of sense. It's not like they could keep it up forever. What were their plans for when she got older? Once she hit her sixties, and her parents were dead or on their deathbed? Adenine keeps mentioning that they're merchants, they're smart, they know how to plan ahead... but her parents demonstrate literally none of those traits, except for the fact that they have a store and sell stuff.6. (view spoiler)[The fact that everyone suspects a little blind girl is a healer. What, are there no blind people in this world? Are they such a rarity that seeing one makes the higher ups automatically suspect something's up? (hide spoiler)]7. Even when Adenine was in danger, there was no real sense of urgency, partly due to the aforementioned awful pacing and partly due to the fact that, despite the awful things that happened to Adenine, nothing TOO awful happened(view spoiler)[ (she was nearly raped twice, but saved both times; she nearly died several times, but each time, again, was rescued) (hide spoiler)], and by the second half of the book I felt the author would never put Adenine's life in danger.8. Adenine is the most irritating type of protagonist: weak-willed, oblivious, over-emotional, simple-minded, and a constant damsel in distress who has to be saved by other people. A small amount of these traits would've made sense, since she's young and was sheltered (quite literally) her whole life, but those traits are pretty much her entire personality. It's also an insult to people who are young and/or sheltered. Being young doesn't make you stupid; I know a lot of kids who are intuitive, intelligent, and resourceful thinkers. Being sheltered doesn't mean you're defenseless, but Adenine never makes a real attempt to protect herself or avoid doing the monumentally dangerous/stupid.Two stars for effort, but I can't recommend this to anyone. I might've before the ending and its awful implications, as there are some decent things about it and I can imagine that the slow pacing that drove me insane wouldn't bother some readers... but after that ending? No. Skip this and find something better to read.

  • eLPy
    2019-04-11 05:15

    Concealed Power - The Healers of Meligna Book 1By K.J. Colt4 out of 5 StarsFrom the start this book introduces us to the main protagonist, Adenine, and her mystery affliction. This of course catches your attention as a reader and has you reading the next page and the next and the next in the hopes you'll soon learn what keeps this young girl's parents from letting her outside at all. Written in first person we see this new world from the eyes of a young girl desperately afraid that she will pass her fatal illness on to others. I found it immediately appealing that the author began this book with a great mystery surrounding the main character because any progress towards finding out the truth, for the reader, makes for an active story even when the scenes themselves are not necessarily active. I like a book that is moving forward more than it's standing still and found this to be the case with Concealed Power because in addition to the mystery affliction, Adenine's merchant parents are leaving for an extended time to travel to distant markets to gather goods for their store. Adenine is to be cared for by her fun-loving Uncle who, as relatives go, seems to spoil her a bit when her parents are away. If you read like I do then your mind starts to wander, wondering what kind of trouble Adenine will get into. But what can she really do as a girl who could pass a potentially fatal contagious disease? You're then drawn into the story even more.This author's style and talent of writing did not hold me back as a reader. The writing and perspective is realistic for a young girl of 10 years old. And the characters of her parents and uncle can be felt and believed even within the first chapter. Adenine's disease coupled with her uncle's very apparent sickness adds even more drama to the story and more depth to the characters. While at times I felt the descriptive nature of this story is a bit drawn out for my taste it doesn't necessarily take away from the story nor did it keep me from pressing on. The drama in this book then spikes very quickly with a unforeseen twist that gripped and held my attention. The actions of the characters during this twist are fast-paced and believable, and this all from the perspective of a 10 year old girl. K.J. Colt did a great job, in my opinion, capturing the attention of her reader and carrying it through to the end. You can feel the emotion of Adenine as she deals with this betrayal and the troubles that follow. You feel for her and her family. Three-quarters of the way through the book it started to drag a bit for me, I thought some of the details could be condensed and there are a few typos and/or awkward, inconsistent phrases but again they don't in any way take away from the story or the book as a whole. They're merely minor glitches when the rest of the book works.I really appreciate the variety of characters we meet in this book, like Klawdia the warrior woman from a different country, Adenine's mother and their "maid"/friend of Adenine's. The dialogue is believable and the characters offer the reader a real sense of self, so-to-speak. Their personalities are distinct and show that in life our stories are made richer by the people around us. Even the less than savory characters have their place. However, with respect to her encounter with the king, it didn't feel as believable to me and the overall scene fell a bit short. Actually, everyone's encounter with the king was a bit off for me. As I said the last quarter of the book has more hits & misses than the majority of the story and sort of slows the pace of reading as it's not as interesting because it seemed to change the "feel" of the story. Then again, I think this is to be expected in fantasies especially those that are series and follow the life of a young person growing up. I also think that this author's ability to write makes this more acceptable. If anything these awkward scenes for me could have just been more developed, they almost feel sort of rushed. All in all, the story as a whole is well-developed as are the characters. They embody real personality in a fantasy world, but fantasy that's not so far fetched you can easily take yourself there as it is easy to follow. The nature of the girl Adenine and her...ailment are a bit strange but keep you reading. How does one come to terms with such a reality? With everyone getting wrapped up in the drama, the trouble, you're left wanting to know what happens all together not just with Adenine. Which brings me to the fact that the author also has a series that revolves around Klawdia. This is a nice treat if you are interested in learning more about this unique woman as her background is shown to be a bit complicated, could be a good spin-off indeed. I will say I didn't really like the list of characters in the beginning of the book, it seems more appropriate for the end.This is a good story. It's dramatic enough without being absurdly graphic (as I think the nature of this tale could be in the wrong hands ;-) ). I will be reading the next installment and look forward to learning more about Adenine and friends, as well as how the next stage of this story works out. I think that this story progresses at a nice pace for the most part, is well-written and easy to follow. The story has dimension, the character's have depth and the trajectory of this series holds promise. People who like fantasy, coming of age tales, and heroic, strong, and courageous women will fully appreciate what this book has to offer. Cheers & Happy Reading!eLPyAuthor of "That Which Lives Within"

  • AmandaLynn O'Brien
    2019-04-21 06:31

    This book was AMAZING the first book is about Adenine when she was younger and her mother. Adenine finds friendship hardship and betrayal this series was one of the best written books I have read. Adenine over comes depression, anxiety, and paranoia and comes through as an amazing young women. I will be recommending this book to everyone !

  • Lea
    2019-04-03 03:26

    Loved this book. Was hooked on it by the end of the first chapter, have read all the following since and can't wait until the next one comes out! Adenine is such a frustrating character that you just can't help but love.

  • Takiyah Dudley
    2019-04-22 23:25

    i wanted to like this more than i did. tje story concept is interesting but the characters can get really annoying especially the lead. i will give the second book a go, but if its more of the same i could do without it.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-04 01:20

    Quite good. An emotional rollercoaster. Well written, mostly. Would be very interested in more. 5 star

  • Meryst
    2019-04-27 04:20

    Meh . It started out interesting with a new twist on the healing powers . But as i continued, I grew very impatient with the mc . She was static rather dull and a but wor is me . The plot lines were predictable. It over all started feeling rather forced and I felt that the new chars the author added werei meant to be throw awsy chars. I didnt like their mc's mother. I kept cheering for her to fall down the stairs and just go away.I did finish it but will I get the next book ? No . I think along with the mother, U didnt like the Queens in fact I was confused as to why they were the ruling oarty in rhe story. It wasnt at all clear. It fekt like the were added like ; oh I need some opposition; let me just add a bunch of Queens who apparently dont do not do anything. I hope it will be cleRedup later on. It needs more thiught put intothe oversll world building . Again I was confused . The arious voundaries were cobfusing.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-10 23:12

    Oooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyygosh, this book was so frustrating.(view spoiler)[If you have a daughter who is a healer (which means she'll automatically be removed from the house at 14 and brought up in a different country. And then she'll be trained to be a healer...and the only way that these girls heal is to sleep with a guy) so if this is your daughter and you want to protect her do you....1) Take her to her Uncle's isolated property to live in secrecy.2) Tell her, and make sure she knows to never, ever leave the house in town.3) Tell her she has a horrible incurable plague that will kill any new people that come in touch with her?After said Uncle get's sick and tries to rape his 10 year old niece for a healing, resulting in the execution of her Father, do you...1) Take her to her Uncles isolated property to live in secrecy.2) Tell her, and make sure she knows to never, ever leave the house in town.3) Sew her eyelids shut, tell her she is blind, for the next three years.When the Mother get's sick and paralyzed for no apparent reason and you have to send your blind daughter out to find help do you....1) Suddenly tell everyone she's your Niece, and suddenly make her go to school after 13 years of keeping her in isolation?2) Take her to her Uncle's isolated property to live in secrecy?3) Bother to tell the girl anything?Also...why do you even give the girl a dog if she can't take it with her? What is the freakin' point?? (hide spoiler)]I felt like this book, was about so many people making strange and illogical decisions. The book was almost 2/3rds over before anyone told the lead character any actual information about herself. And even then it was so convoluted, and again everyone is making the worst decisions with the worst possible outcomes.This book does deal with molestation, and though it does serve to create a depth to some further aspects of the story. I just really hate reading about child molestation. I hate it a lot. So perhaps this book wasn't the book for me.It seems possible in the second book, where she actually knows the truth about herself and her position in the world, and has a quest of her own of sorts that it will give the story direction that is needed, because literally there were pages of people arguing about their plans, and those are conversations I tune out of when it happens in real life.Also the cover art makes it seem like she shoots lasers out of her eyes, or can turn people to stone or something. But her eyes have no special lasers or stone turning abilities.

  • Steven Erickson
    2019-04-25 06:07

    K.J. Colt’s premier novel in the Healers of Meligna is a solid start with a few hiccups along the way.You have to give the protagonist Adenine credit – if I were thirteen and had to deal with the series of tradgedies that she faces at the beginning of the novel, I think I would have lost my mind. Add on to it that I’m blind (or at least treated that way – more on this in a bit) and I have full justification for curling up in to a ball and crying. Adenine, however does not do so and, instead, manages to find ways to adapt as life throws curve ball after curve ball at her. I won’t spoil too many here as the curve balls make for the majority of the fun of the story, but make sure you’re thinking and being as suspicious as our protagonist.The world setting is, unfortunately, somewhat generic. We have a town that doesn’t especially stand out in terms of fantasy literature. We’re in a nation recovering from a war and a death plague, but there isn’t a lot of detail given to those events to make them stand out from other such starters. If there is any weakness to this story, it is that the setting feels generic for a good 1/2 the book. We start to see some unique details begin to emerge, but the story finishes (I won’t say ends as there are a pair of sequels) just as we begin to get in to the uniqueness of the world.Fortunately the characters make up for it. Adenine herself is a round and fully developed 13 year old and entirely believable in that role. Similarly, her broken mother, her Doctor, and her friend/Dr’s assistant, are all given opportunities to develop and be explained. Each of them has a unique personality and, more than that, are given opportunities to screw up/make significant mistakes that Adenine is able to pick up on that first alert the reader/Adenine that something funny is going on. These hints all cascade around you and when the puzzle finally breaks your brain goes AH! and wants to re-scan it to see if it was really set up that far back. You’re even more satisfied when it turns out that “Yes, yes it was.”The characters are the selling point here, and the major tool that the author uses to engage the reader. There are some graphic scenes and some parts that are a bit scary (13+ please, at the minimum) but, on the whole, this is an enjoyable piece of fiction/literature that you should enjoy especially at the ‘free’ price it is currently listed.NOTE: This story is also available in a pair of bundles linked at the end of this review.Characters – 5/5Plot: 4/5Action: 3/5Value: 5/5Writing: 4/5Total Rating: 3.95/5

  • LeeAnna Lane
    2019-04-16 02:35

    Concealed Power (The Healers Of Meligna) Book 1I enjoyed this book very much. I just finished this book in the series and am about to start the second book in the series (Blood Sacrifice). Adenine is a young girl whom is being raised by her parents in a time after a great war which has cause it people have developed a disease that causes weeping sores all over their bodies. Her parents tell her that she a carrier of this disease. She therefore is kept in their home hidden away. The only people she ever sees are her mother, father and uncle. Her parents have a store and are merchandisers and travel to get more merchandise for the store. When they left her uncle was left in charge of her welfare. A week or so into their trip her uncle broke out with the weeping sores again. Her uncle tried to rape her. Her parents came home as this was happening and her father killed her uncle for the act. After this Adenine was still left by herself and led to believe she still could be responsible for giving people the disease. After a while her father was tried for murder for killing her uncle. Her motherboard sick and cannot take care of her and she cannot take care of herself as her parents had the town doctor sew her eyes shut and told her she had blinded herself by splattering hot water into her eyes. With her mother sick she must find the doctor who she never met, she only knows his name. When she is met by him he goes to check her mother. Her mother has been bed ridden for so long she can no longer walk. It seems the doctor and her mother have known each other for many years. The doctor comes around a lot to visit as a friend and ends up getting her mother a wheelchair and rigs up pulleys so her mother can get around her cabin and store. Adenine is finally sent to school and she finds out she is not blind after all. She also finds out she is actually what is called a Healer and healer s are taken away from their parents and sent to be trained by the Queens in the town of Meligna. This book leads us pretty much to this point. Her mother has a Friedman's d Klawdia of Ruxdowian, this woman was supposed to kill Adenine as a baby but decided to save her life and keep her safe all her life. She goes with Adenine to Meligna to keep an eye on her.

  • Jason
    2019-04-25 04:06

    Failed... misleading title and description. Fantasy..of the least kind.the good: first-person style, character depth, and 300 pages.the bad: to much depth and not enough meat to the story. very dry and slow moving. little happens over months. kept in dark over something that wasn't that big of a deal. parents were worthless uncle a rapist. makes out most men to be rapists. makes out most ppl to be horrible ppl. constant downer. nothing happy happens can't even feel bad for ppl as they are all made out to be bad ppl. the whole book can be summed up in a paragraph and you wouldn't care for the details.example:parents of ten yr old girl have kept her locked in the attic all her life lying to her that she was the cause of a great plague that killed many ppl. her uncle tries to rape her in the bathtub at 10yrs old. the next day she is blinded by her own parents after killing her uncle and sewing her eyes shut. her father hung for murder and she then lives the next three years as a blind girl shut in the a attic until Mother falls ill. after starving for 3days the blind non taught 13yr old finds her way to a crippled dying mother and has to go outside blind for the first time in her life to get the doctor that blinded her to help her mom. she is suddenly cured from the plague and can go to school. she meets 2 friends and the doctors assistant constantly says on her for her mom. her mom pays a warrior woman to keep her safe. everything goes to shell and she learns she is a healer. but healers are whores and the enemies of their kingdom. so she is treated like a whore at 13yrs old. they eventually get caught go before the king and she gets sent to the place she was constantly trying to stay away from the whole time. the "healing" only works on men and through sex.she was nearly raped 3 times in this book. I don't see the fun in reading this book. it is sickening and I hope no mother let's their daughters read this. there is no magical powers and they never once showed someone healed after sex with a healer so it's all hearsay. the adult healer charges more than any prostitute or playbook bunny would charge. it's like 3-4yrs worth of your salary. prob on average today would be $160,000 for 1 hour. seems a bit extreme. I was hoping it would lighten up by the end but it doesn't....I'm not buying the next book.

  • Laura Greenwood
    2019-04-21 07:31

    http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...Title: Concealed PowerSeries: The Healers of Meligna (#1)Author: K J ColtFrom: AmazonGenre: FantasyRelease Date: 4th June 2013Challenges: COYER Scavenger HuntLinks: Goodreads – AmazonAdenine has been kept inside her whole life, having been told that she is one of the last carriers of the Death Plague. But when her Uncle tries to harm her age 10, her whole life changes and her father is hanged for murder. Told that she scolded her eyes with boiling water, but not remembering the incident, Adenine learns to navigate her world blind. But now one of the Healers of Melinga is in her town and have suspicions about Adenine and her blindness.Where to even start with this one! Chronologically Bear Heart (and the second book in Klawdia’s story) comes well before Concealed Power and I did read it first as well. Though I do think that that gave me a better grasp on Klawdia’s character, I don’t think that it was necessary to the story told in Concealed Power. It just adds something else!Adenine was an interesting character. 10 at the beginning of the book, and nearly 14 at the end, she is younger than the protagonists are normally in books, but for her age she was mature (as she was likely to be growing up in a purely adult environment) and her world in general meant that she appeared older. I still have a lot of questions about the magic system in Concealed Power, though I do feel that the reader is learning about many things at the same point that Adenine is, which makes the lack of knowledge understandable and work well with the story as a whole. What is revealed in Concealed Power is interesting and definitely hints at a unique angle. There were several side characters that took on a great deal of importance in the story, Jemely particularly really went on a journey; both as a character herself and in the way that Adenine saw her. I also liked the inclusion of Butter, and the way that that demonstrated people's bonds with their animals. Particularly considering that Adenine was blind. Concealed Power is a strange one, I don't think that I would have necessarily picked this one up on my own, but having been exposed to the author decided to give it a go and I am very glad that I did!