The Veil by Chloe Neill ~ Book Review (2015, urban fantasy)

The Veil by Chloe Neill ~ Book Review (2015, urban fantasy)Author: Chloe Neill
Title: The Veil
Series: Devil's Isle #1
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 336
Release Date: August 4th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy


A brand new series from New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill.   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.  As more and more Sensitives fall prey to their magic, and unleash their hunger on the city, Claire and Liam must work together to save New Orleans, or else the city will burn…From the Trade Paperback edition.
Format: Paperback
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

The Veil is the first book in the Devil’s Isle series by Chloe Neill.

POV: first

Tense: past

Setting: New Orleans, LA

Sexual Content: kissing

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The Veil, despite its stereotypical New Orleans setting, is a great book about Claire, a human with telekinetic abilities, who teams up with a bounty hunter to figure out why wraiths are attacking more frequently with more intelligence. Devil’s Isle is the prison where paranormals are kept. Claire fears she will get sent there if anyone finds out she is a ‘sensitive.’

The first two chapters are a little slow, containing mostly world-building information and backstory. Once you get to chapter three, it gets more interesting. It takes a while for the goal of the story to become apparent. However, I wasn’t bored. By page 74, it had become apparent that there was going to be a mystery about the wraith’s behavior.

There isn’t a lot of romance in this book, but there’s enough to keep readers who like that engaged. Liam and Claire have feelings for one another, but Liam won’t act on them because he’s afraid he might have to take Claire to Devil’s Isle.

Both Liam and Claire are likable characters. Claire is hard-headed and impulsive, but she’s also brave and responsible. I liked her better than Merit from the Chicagoland series by Chloe Neill, because Claire seemed more mature.

Neill does a good job of wrapping up the main plot points, while leaving a few things unresolved to set up for future books. I would definitely read another book in this series.

Probably the best aspect, in my opinion, of The Veil is the world and history the author created. I thought it was very well-developed.

If you haven’t read The Veil yet, I suggest checking it out. For me, it was a 5 star read. Although it started out a little slow, it was worth reading.


*This was another book that I received through Netgalley and ended up reading the paper version.



About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil’s Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she’s not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

(bio from Goodreads)

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