Book Review: The Veil by Chloe Neill

The Veil by Chloe NeillTitle: The Veil
Series: Devil’s Isle, Book 1
Author: Chloe Neill
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Sensuality Rating: Innocent
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: August 4, 2015 by NAL

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

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Reviewed by: Sara

Why I Read This Book: I read this book because, once upon a time, before Chloe Neill started killing off characters I loved (and bringing them back), I loved her books. She writes characters that are multi-dimensional and and genuine, characters readers can fall in love with, root for and, even, cry for.

In a Nutshell: Book one in the Devil's Isle series, The Veil is a New Adult(ish) Urban Fantasy set in post-disaster, New Orleans in which humans and the paranormal are at odds.

What I Liked: Chloe Neill continues to write good characters in The Veil. Claire and Liam, both have bleak pasts and uncertain futures, but they are both determined to make the best of the new New Orleans they find themselves in. Both characters respond differently to the tragedies and trauma they've suffered, Claire with a nose to the grindstone determination to help and Liam with a more cynical perspective. Both respond genuinely, just like normal twenty-somethings would; they are at times naive and at times mature.

This is something I like about Chloe Neill's writing, her characters don't come across as cartoony or simple. She writes real authentic characters.

What Else I Liked: The Veil takes place in New Orleans after a paranormal event has ravaged the city and its surrounding cities. Chloe Neill effectively writes New Orleans as both The Veil’s setting and as almost a character of the story itself. Many of New Orleans landmarks are mentioned, so readers (especially those who are intimately familiar with the city) have the feeling of familiarity and also the sense of loss now that, in the Veil, New Orleans is just a shadow of its former self.

What I Didn’t Like: Would have liked a bit more romance and a little less angst.

Overview: Although a bit too young/New Adult for me personally, The Veil  is a well-constructed, exciting start to a new series.

Sara’s Rating:
3 Frogs

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