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Every Hidden Thing

Every Hidden Thing

eBook - 2016
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Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it's the "rex," the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he's been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out. But Samuel and his father aren't the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren't just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can't prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood. As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it's a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone's secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2016.
ISBN: 9781443410335
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (361 pages).
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 31, 2017

I really like this book. The author combined a love story with history and science. I loved the main characters and in general the book was an enjoyable read. I also definitely liked the ending.

Jul 23, 2017

This book was very enjoyable, I never wanted to put it down! A toss up between a love story, and science. I recommend this book for teens who are interested in archaeology, Romeo and Juliet, and a little bit of brawling. Such as the physical fight between Professor Bolt and Professor Cartland. Bolt appears to be a struggling, self-taught archaeologist, but Cartland is a successful professor who works at Yale. This feud continues throughout the book, even though their children are running off to get married. My favourite part was when Professor Cartland points out that Professor Bolts skeleton head is on the wrong way, he humiliates him in front of many people saying that the "neck" is actually the tail, and the "tail" the neck. I think this book is great, and full of action.

Jul 12, 2017

This book really makes you think. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, because it has a bit of romance, but its still a great book to read.

May 10, 2017

The word "Hidden" in the title matched perfectly with the story itself. Not only did it refer to digging up dinosaur bones, but more as to the hidden relationship between the two main characters of the story. Among all the books I have read that were written by Kenneth Oppel, this book was by far the most interesting and heartwarming. The story was about an adolescent named Sam Bolt confessing his love to the daughter of his father's greatest enemy, Rachel Cartland; while striving to find the bones of the "black beauty". Being the son and daughter of two enemies, Sam and Rachel struggled to continue their relationship; nonetheless, after they found that their true love was no one but each other, they married and prepared to face their raging fathers and later life issues. I enjoyed most of the parts of the story, such as plots and characters. The author had put much effort and thought into creating the characters and their personalities. I sympathize with Sam for having a father who had always been so narcissistic and careless. Although his father tried his best striving to protect his son and give him a better life, his careless personality always put the future of his son's well-being aside. While Sam had lived in the shadow of his father for too long, he unwillingly becomes just like him. Thus when it comes to facing the relationship with Rachel, Sam often raged and felt desperate at the decisions Rachel made. The only plot I disliked would be the ending of the story. Kenneth Oppel gave the reader a sensation of a tragical ending because of the snake that bit straight towards Sam's arm. However, he resurrected Sam from the snake bite without giving brief explanations of how he healed from it. Overall, I would give the story a 4/5 because I enjoyed reading it but there were some times when the plot does not make connections nor senses of the following scene. @tiny_astronaut of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is truly a spectacular Romeo and Juliet story between two characters, Samuel Bolt and Rachel Cartland, who are made for each other. Despite both of their fathers hating each other due to one wanting to be better than the other in the same field of study, they seem to always meet up in the most unexpected locations. They grow closer to one another as they quickly learn they have so much more in common than what was expected. This has them realizing they have fallen for each other at an early stage and may become inseparable later on. As this novel takes place in the past and focuses on dinosaur bones being found, it is no wonder of the struggles Samuel faces with his father as they travel to the search area. Rachel, being much richer, doesn’t need to deal with what Samuel is struggling with however she has sympathy and pity for him. All in all, this is my favourite romantic novel I have read and would highly suggest this extraordinary romantic page-turner, as stated by Toronto Star. I would give this novel a rating of 4/5.
- @booklover327 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 21, 2017

It was an enjoyable quick read

Nov 27, 2016

Every Hidden Thing was the second book by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel which I have read. Half Brother was the other. Like half Brother the reader does gain some new knowledge about a topic they perhaps had little previous knowledge about. As the author informs the reader, this book mirrors to some extent the real life competition between two Palaeontologists in the early 19th Century. There is also the budding relationship between Samuel and Rachel. Recommended book by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Sep 02, 2016

As a Canadian, I am insanely embarrassed to say that this is my first book by Kenneth Oppel. I work in a public library, and he is beloved by Canadian middle graders and teens and yet somehow I just never got around to reading his novels. That was until I was handed a copy of Every Hidden Thing, his latest YA release, and this is one of the rare cases where the book's blurb is actually quite spot on.

This book is basically Romeo and Juliet, if it were in the Indiana Jones-verse. We have two star-crossed lover teens whose fathers are bitter rivals in the archaeology business. Convinced that their fathers are both jerks, the two begin to take comfort in each other and romance ensues. The pitch is PERFECT and I will say, Oppel knows how to weave together a story that borrows from so many different genres and make it work.

I will say though, I love Indiana Jones, but despise Romeo and Juliet, and yet this book worked in a lot of ways. I think the story beats were really well thought out, but the characters were definitely lacking for me and I struggled to get attached. I will say, I appreciated the way in which Oppel hands Sam and Rachel's sexual encounter, as it's very thoughtfully done, but it's also very Romeo and Juliet-esque.

I think the main thing I struggled with was the method of how the story was told. Two different fonts work simultaneously through out the story, one representing Sam, and one Rachel. Sometimes I found their voices a bit too similar, and found I had to really pay attention to the font to ensure that I understood which character's mind I was in. I wish the book had broken up the POVs in a way where it didn't read so confusingly, and while I think some will like the style, it didn't jive with me a lot of the time. I enjoyed the story though and that is what kept me going.

Every Hidden Thing is a very interesting read given the genre mashup that it is. While I wasn't in love with this book, it did make me curious in wanting to check out some of Kenneth Oppel's other works because there's definitely a sense of uniqueness that felt undeniable.

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