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    The Veil

    The Veil Book 1 of the Devil’s Isle Series Chloe Neill 4 Stars A thin line is the only thing that protects us When I first got the book I was hesitant to read it. I thought for sure I wouldn’t like it, whether that was due to the title or the cover I don’t know. What finally got me to read it was the author, Chloe Neill. Now I don’t mean we talk about my worries, I mean that I am a fan of hers. She has another series, the Chicagoland Vampires. I love this series with the great detail to the descriptions, the wonderfully developed characters, and a little humor and romance interweaved with the action and suspense. I will admit I wasn’t hooked by this book. I have read other books that take place in New Orleans and I always have a problem seeing the scene. I am sure this is one of the reasons I had difficulty getting into the story. For me the Devil’s Isle reminded me of a prison of war camp from WWII and this was my biggest issue. However, I did like the characters and I want to learn more about Clair and her tinkering skills and hear more about all the treasures in her shop. I will be ordering the second book in the Devil’s Isle series. I did not notice any grammar or spelling issues, which is a big pet peeve for me. If I have to stop reading to give a word or sentence a second look, it pulls me out of the world created in the book. Overall, it was a well written story and you should take a chance on it. I give the book 4 stars.
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    Good start to a new series

    This was a good start to a new series. I have only read one other book by Chloe Neill so I thought that this would be a great chance to jump into a new series just as it is beginning. The book was good but it lacked the something extra that makes a book great. Every time I start reading a book, I always hope that it will be one of those books that I can't get out of my mind and have a difficult time putting it down. This wasn't that kind of book. I liked this book but I didn't fall in love with it. I liked the overall premise of this story. I found the world to unique and interesting. I think that this book may have fallen victim to the first book syndrome that often occurs with the start of a new Urban Fiction or Paranormal series. I did actually find that the second half of the book moved a lot faster for me after a lot of the background information for the world had been covered. I like the fact that the main characters, Claire and Liam, are for the most part "normal." Okay, Claire is not completely normal but she was such a likable character. I really liked all of the characters in this story. Liam knows how to handle himself and I liked how he shared everything with Claire. Moses was great - I really hope that we get to see more of him in future installments in the series. Liam's family and Claire's friends all seemed to add to the story. This book did a great job of laying the foundation for a really exciting series. The cast of characters are colorful and very likable. The story is set in New Orleans which is such a vibrant and exciting city which adds an interesting element. The world is a little different than other books that I have read but it includes so many elements that I found familiar. This book didn't really have a lot of romance but I really liked the sexual tension between Liam and Claire and hope to see that explored as the series progresses. I would recommend this book to fans of Urban Fiction and paranormal stories. I really like Chloe Neill's style of writing and think that this is a solid start to a new series. I am really looking forward to continuing with this series. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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    Chloe Niell rocks

    I really like this new series by Chloe Neill. It was a bit of slow reading in the beginning, but it soon i was swept up in the story. New Orleans is now called the Zone and it's recovering from a brutal war. When the Veil was ripped open from the other side, paranormal creatures poured out intent on taking on the human world. Now that the Veil is closed again the people of NOLA is trying to pick up the pieces and handle the rouge magick that is left in the world. I highly recommend this post apocalyptic book and I really look forward to reading the Sight book 2 of the series.
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    Worldbuilding and set up skillfully accomplished

    I took a look at this book because I have enjoyed the author's Chicagoland Vampires series and - let's be honest here - if the author is going to interrupt writing that series with another, there are less withdrawal pains if you read that series as well to offset the symptoms. But do not go in expecting this to just be Merit in New Orleans, because you will be seriously disappointed. Merit and Claire couldn't be more different. Merit was a grad student, well versed in research and academia. Claire barely finished high school and is much more street savvy. Merit is self assured and has no problem being front and center at any gathering. Claire lives a beige life, trying her hardest to fly under the radar and not attract any attention. Plus, this isn't a big time, big lights, big city setting; this is a post-apocalyptic, war ravaged city under martial law. In other words, definitely not just a New Orleans remake and remix. Our girl Claire came of age during a time of war. Something called The Veil, a barrier between us and a world of magic and Paranormals, was broken. The Paranormals came to take over. Of course, we fought back with severe prejudice. In the space of a year, it left her orphaned and alone, struggling to make her way in a world where having any magical ability earned you a one way trip to Devil's Isle. And if you were a human "Sensitive", your future included turning into a Wraith, a dangerous shadow of a yourself, interested only in sucking in more magic. As this is the first book in the series, there is a lot of world building and set up that has to be done, and it was skillfully accomplished. Basically, we learn about this new world as Claire finds out that what she thought she knew was either just the tip of the iceberg or complete fabrication. This was an excellent start to the series and I look forward to the next installment. I am giving this book 4 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group for the opportunity to read and review the book.
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