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Publisher's Summary

What if you were stuck in a tower but didn't realize? 

Zel has lived her whole life in a penthouse suite. The best food, the best clothes, and the best entertainment at her fingertips with a mere push of a button. But there's something missing. And the online chat she has with Asher is her only connection to the outside world. 

But all of that is about to change, and Zel's life is about to be turned upside down. 

This is a dystopian stand-alone reverse harem with a twist. It was previously titled Hidden. Only the title and cover have changed.

©2017 Laura Greenwood (P)2019 Laura Greenwood

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Super Fun

I am super confused by this book. It’s a totally enjoyable YA, dystopian short version of Everything, Everything. It’s a fun listen that cuts off right as it’s getting to the most interesting part. What I don’t understand is the hyper sexualized cover and allusions to it being a reverse harem (which I love) There is a chaste kiss. There is one main female and multiple male leads but I don’t think that qualifies the story as a reverse harem. I think it has a ton of potential it just has an identity issue.

The narration is easy to listen to.

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Good book

Different story that is based on a classic fairytale, but so changed you might not recognize it at first.

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Entertaining read

This was a super quick listen but very entertaining. I like the concept of the world and Zel’s story, and I am secretly wishing for a series to come out of this book. :) As a novella, this was an excellent example of Laura Greenwood’s writing.

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Skillfully crafted short

This was a great, clean scifi story. While there is a romantic theme throughout (with a complete HEA), this is more of an art piece than fluff. I found the narrator quirky, with some very unique pronunciation of many words. not disruptive to my listening in any eay, just different.

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A cute, short story

This was a cute short story about a girl basically stuck in a bubble. Her only communication with the outside world is a man named Asher. She’s a genius and is trying to find a way to breathe outside. It’s cute and short... I know I said this already but that’s the best way I know how to describe it. I honestly wish it was longer. The world was interesting and the characters were very interesting.

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3.5-4 stars for the short story by Laura Greenwood

This wasn't my favorite audiobook by Laura Greenewood but it certainly wasn't bad! I enjoyed the storyline, I loved the concept and thought it was clever how Laura pulled it off. I wish it wasn't so rushed/had more depth at the end but I understand what Laura was going for. This one had a lot of potential and its sad sometimes to see it not met/cut short. But I enjoyed listening and will listen again at some point.

I will say I think the narration had even more potential and Nicole rushed it too much. I couldn't get over her narration...sometimes Zel had a British accent and sometimes she sounded more American. Not sure if that was just because of Nicole's own accent or not. I also thought she needed to slow down some sentences, allow for inflections and inherent pauses and not try to speak a thousand words in one breath haha. I liked her voice and I can be picky so I would listen to her again, but I think she kinda sped read parts and had some breathing issues that can be improved upon with future recordings.

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Interesting storyline

This book has a really intriguing storyline. Good characters, I would like to see more from these in future books as I feel like I’ve just got to know them. Great narration from Nicole.

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Great book

Wow, this futuristic, slightly dystopian book was unexpected, original, and entertaining. A twist on Repunzel we find that Zel has been locked up her entire life and told by her mother that she can never go out because she is unable to breathe the air. The narrator was enjoyable to listen to.

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Quite clever

Hidden is a quick, entertaining, futuristic dystopian Reverse Harem story. Zel has been burdened with a breathing condition her entire life which would not allow her to step foot outside of her home. To do so would result in her death. Therefore, she has never met another living soul other than her mother. Her apartment has every luxury; she has access to books and entertainment. Zel has created a good life for herself, but still, it's an empty life. For several months she has had online communication with a guy, Asher. He's become a lifeline of sorts; a distraction of sorts; possibly the most valued part of her day. An unexpected gift and unexpected meeting introduce Zel to new thoughts and new possibilities. Not everything is as it seems.

Zel is a fascinating lead female. She has never had any socialization and is starved for companionship, yet she is not bitter or withdrawn. She's brilliant and has a sarcastic streak. For someone who has no idea if they are nice or nasty, shy or friendly, she is remarkably well-adjusted. She's very likable. Asher is an interesting character and becomes more so as we learn more about him.

This new vision of Rapunzel is quite clever and original. For such a short read, the story was nicely developed with surprises along the way. Nicole Payten-Betts is great as Zal. Her voice is captivating. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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fun, short story

enjoyed this short story. unique take on a classic. narration was great. enjoyed the characters. would love to know what comes next!
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  • Angela
  • 07-19-21

New!!

New book to me decided to try it on audio as I have been to busy to read and I loved it.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 04-23-20

So good but short!

This was a fantastic sci fi story with plenty of twists to keep you entertained. I loved this book, it had a bit of a fairytale feel to it, despite its futuristic setting, and whats better than prince charming - three princes, of course! A fun read which I hope will have a follow up!

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  • Books in the Skye
  • 12-19-19

What happened.

I had a lot of problems with this story. Mainly - what did I even read? Honestly, I had a hard time comprehending what actually this book was about. It didn't really seem to have much of a plot until the very end. While I know this is a shorter book, I think this would have been better if it was just a little longer. There would have been more of a background into understanding what was happening. I just really didn't enjoy it and could not find myself to care enough to really give more into it.

While I had troubles with the story, the narration was fantastic. So if you are looking for a quick listen where there isn't much of a story plot, then this might be for you.

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  • DMA
  • 11-04-19

brilliant!

I think this is the best book I've read from this author.
A really different slant on a strange romance and it worked superbly! would love to have more from these characters and this world!
LOVED IT.
Perfect narration!

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  • JuttaS
  • 10-30-19

Short and sweet and well narrated

Nicole Payten-Betts narrates this really well. The characters spring to life.

I loved the setting of this story, somewhere familiar yet kinda also not. The idea really intrigued me and I actually didn't guess the twists which worked really well. I liked the characters and I was rooting for them all the way through. I know I say it a lot but I would love be to spend more time with them. A short, yet fully formed story that is sweet and enjoyable.

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  • Terra Dorn
  • 09-28-19

Uniquely entertaining

I really enjoyed this unique and engaging short story. It had an interesting storyline and compelling characters. I'd love for there to be more because it felt like a really great beginning to something awesome.

Nicole did a stellar job narrating this piece. I enjoyed her performance and would definitely listen to more from her in the future.

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  • 09-24-19

Good storyline

This book has a really intriguing storyline. Good characters, I would like to see more from these in future books as I feel like I’ve just got to know them. Great narration from Nicole.

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  • Amber N
  • 09-22-19

Interesting

I did not see where this audiobook was headed. The author did a very interesting twist which really made the story stick with me. I enjoyed the characters but didn't fall in love with them. All and all, it was an interesting story that did keep my interest. The narrator did a great job, easy to listen too.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-19

Really enjoyed listening to the story.

Only i bad thing to say....wish it had gone for longer. Im really glad the ending wrapped up the way I wanted it too. good twists, and an exciting story line. amazing narrator, made the story truly come to life. :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-19

A capturing story

A capturing story that mixes desire and mystery to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Great story and performance!