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July 31, 2015

Loved It: The Veil by Chloe Neill

Series: Devil's Isle 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: August 5, 2015
Publisher: NAL Trade
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy 

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.





My Chole Neill cherry has been popped and I'm far from disappointed! I put off reading THE VEIL thinking it'll be "heavy" being the first book in a new series and all. I'm happy to be proven wrong because I breezed through Devil's Isle, and it sounds cliche but I can't wait for more!


Plot & Setting
I love any book set in NOLA especially if it's paranormal. THE VEIL gets instant points from me for that fact alone. If you're familiar with fae myth, I'm sure you've read/heard about the Wild Hunt. Well imagine that happening with all sorts of Paras charging our world, bringing chaos and destruction with it, making humans paranoid with stringent efforts to regulate anything and everything that may or may not be connected to magic. This lent a slight dystopic feel to the series which added to its allure IMO.


The Myth & World Building
There's no dumping here. CNeill seamlessly wove these things into the story by incorporating them into the personal musings of the characters and through their conversations. I also eased into the world pretty quickly. The magic isn't complicated, no confusing jargons or spells here. Even the labels for groups and people were easy to remember, and the myth wasn't hard to get acclimated to as it's based on popular fae myth we frequently find in this genre. Fever series (Karen Marie Moning) is to Ireland as Devil's Isle is to NOLA.


The Characters
THE VEIL is very character driven with a wide array of people and creatures which makes for an intriguing cast. You've got bounty hunters, magical people, fae, angels, the bigots, the list goes on! 

Claire Connolly is a fab heroine to follow, she's a Sensitive, a person who can absorb magic, and people like her are closely watched because she can turn into a wraith later on. Claire is likable enough, she's witty but not snarky, she's clever, resourceful, headstrong, she basically has the makings of being a great UF heroine. Liam Quinn is a dreamy bounty hunter, add a Cajun accent to that and I'm putty (men and their accents, seriously!). Liam was Claire's savior and the one who taught/helped her navigate their world as a person with magic. There's a strong attraction between these two, but it looks like it's going to be a slow burn for them as THE VEIL is far from a romantic novel. I don't mind that though, I actually love it that way because it's realistic and it's nice not to have insta-love for a change.

The secondary characters are lovely as well. Like I mentioned, the cast has their own distinct personalities so each one of them gave us a good feel of what their "kind" is like. Like the fae can be playful and deceiving, the angels are more on the serious side, the bigots are the antagonists, and so on. 


Conflict & Resolution
CNeill took her time building and introducing the world of Devil's Isle to us. And though there's the established red flags about Claire being a Sensitive and all the residual damage of The Veil's first fall, the real conflict of THE VEIL was revealed on the latter half of the novel. Someone wants to undo the seals and allow the rest of the Paras into our world again. Thought it was introduced late, I didn't feel like things were rushed. It still was very climactic and though there's a resolution, it's obviously not an absolute one at this point. Cliffhanger? Not so much, more like it's designed to keep us in anticipation. 


So this concludes my enthusiastic breakdown of THE VEIL. Happy weekend!



28 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Braine.
    I just read it this week and had so much fun reading it. I'm looking forward to seeing where the series heads. I loved Claire and Liam and I'm with you on their romance. I like that it's slow. I seriously can't wait to read more of this series. :D
    Great review!

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    1. Right?! It's great to be part of Club Veil! Woot!

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  2. I have not had the best of luck with her books so maybe

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    1. Give this a try, it's new so it just might wow you

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  3. Yay! I really loved this as well and can't wait for more. I have a feeling this will quickly become a favorite series.

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  4. I've seen this book around a lot, but sadly I'm still disappointed with Chloe Neill after something she did in her Chicagoland Vampires. Maybe someday I'll be able to give her another chance.

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    1. Don't hold a grudge! Give this a go, give her a second chance ;)

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  5. Great review Brain. I agree, the ending wasn't rushed, done well to keep us wanting more. I liked all the characters too.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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    1. Exactly, she worked that in perfectly!

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  6. Yay! So glad that you loved this one. I have been looking forward to reading it from the time that I first saw it. Thanks for the review.

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    1. You're welcome, glad my review helped!

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  7. I love that we posted our reviews on the same day! Great minds, and all that!

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    1. Hi5! We are started to sync, Shelley!

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  8. I just finished this book last night! It was slow at first, but after about 40% in, it got really good! I'm giving it four stars too! I'm reviewing it on my stop on the tour. I'm a new follower on twitter, goodreads, gfc, google +, linky, networked blogs, and bloglovin'.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I'm glad it picked up for you. Not that I think about it, it was a slow start for me too, I just thought that it might be my mood and all. At least it all worked out in the end.

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  9. Dude, and it WAS an enthusiastic breakout! :P I'm glad you posted it, because I was undecided - the opinions I read seemed contradictory... So, yay - Wild Hunt, fae, great female MC + enthusiastic recommendation from you... I'll read this soon. Also, yay for the cherry popping thing :D

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    1. This cherry popping was far from painful!

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  10. Sounds good! I'm not a huge NOLA fan myself (not being fond of hot-and-humid, it's never really attracted me), but the basic premise is pretty intriguing.

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    1. Hahaha, I've never been. HOwever as I grew up in the pacific, I'm sure I can deal with the humidity.

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  11. Eeps and yays! I LOVE her books. I'm way behind on them though. Glad to see this one was awesome for ya :D

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    1. This is my first and from the comments here alone, I think not everyone is loving Chicagoland.

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  12. I'm so happy you enjoyed The Veil, Braine! And I had no idea you needed your Neill cherry popped ;)
    I agree with everything you said in your review, especially the fact that Neill managed to introduce us to a new world without any info-dumping! That was very well done indeed.
    Great review :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  13. I am seeing this book everywhere, it sounds like an amazing story and the setting sounds just perfect! Great review!

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. Oh yes, I love how the setting and characters are not the usual

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  14. Sweet! I still have to read one of her books. But this sounds like one to start with. :D I'm liking the setting and story sounds here.

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  15. Super happy it doesn't info dump, I hate when that happens cause it just goes in one ear and out the other. Really love the sound of this book :)

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