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The Veil

(Devil's Isle #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  5,207 ratings  ·  675 reviews
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 endo
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by NAL Trade
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
2.5 stars

On an equally sweltering day in October seven years ago, the Veil-the barrier that separated humans from a world of magic we hadn't known existed-was shattered by the Paranormals who'd lived in what we now call the Beyond.

New Orleans was ground zero for this war.

When the war was done, Containment-the military unit that managed the war and the Paranormals-had tried to scrub New Orleans not only of magic but of voodoo, Marie Laveau, ghost tours, and even literary vampires.

*cough* I don't
3.5 stars

This was a pretty decent start to a new urban fantasy series.
I can't say I'm chomping at the bit to read the next book, but a lot of the first books in series are sort of iffy, so I'm not particularly upset.
Claire, as a character, was a bit meh to me. I certainly didn't hate her or find her annoying, but nothing about her personality made me sit up and take notice. Same with her friends. They were likable, but if they had disappeared off of the pages, I wouldn't have cared.
Liam? He was
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, pnr-uf-sf, arc-s

Title: The Veil
Series: A Devil’s Isle #1
Author: Chloe Neill
Release Date: 4 August, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

It’s been ages since I’ve read a great Urban Fantasy series. I’ve been a fan of this genre for years and after getting through so many of fantastic and kickass novels I’m in desperate need of something new, refreshing - something that would get my blood pumping. Unfortunately, I am not able to find it anywhere. Most of the UF books I
DNF @ 65%

This is exactly how a book written by me would be: a great idea but awfully written.
The world was really interesting and it had a lot of potential, but I just don't have the patience for it. The characters were flat and annoying most of the times and the plot was really slow, it took ages for something to actually happen and when it did, well, that was boring too. There was nothing here to make me want to read any further.

I dunno why I even bothered reading so much of it, guess I kept e
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The urban fantasy genre is really the one genre that I can never get enough of and while I adore it, I'm always on the lookout for something that stands out. For something that hasn't already been done time and time again.

Immediately I fell into the easy writing that Neil is so known for. She has a way of painting a setting and it's characters that seems almost effortless. You are transported right into the heart of the story and into the characters lives from the very first chapter and it only
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Ah. Well.....I was so honored to receive this from the publisher since I am SUCH A HUGE FAN of Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. There isn't one book in that series that I haven't devoured, destroyed, annihilated-you name it-because I just HAVE to see what happens next with my beloved Ethan and Merit. But where I instantly lusted for Ethan's quirked eyebrow (literally-the minute we met him it was insta-lust for me) and Merit's badass
Alex is The Romance Fox
Having enjoyed this author’s Chicagoland Vampires Series, I was looking forward to her new dystopian series.

Set in New Orleans, destroyed after the war between humans and supernaturals, humans live very harsh and scary lives…..

I liked the idea of the story but there were a few things that just didn’t do it for me in The Veil, 1st book in the Devil’s Isle Series.

I know that this being the first book, it would have a load of world-building but jeez……after a bit…I kept having to stop and think abou
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The wondrous imagination of Chloe Neill strikes again in this exciting new series, Devil's Isle. After reading The Veil, I am convinced Ms. Neill will have the same success she's seen with The Chicagoland Vampire series.

Neill takes us to a modern day dystopian New Orleans. It is a hot spot for the Veil that was constructed to protect man kind from the fey and magic. When the Veil initially went up a lot of magical beings where trapped on earth side. Magic is forbidden, Devil's Isle was built as
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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3.5 Stars!

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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

I’m usually one of the first in line whenever a new Urban Fantasy series is announced, and if it’s by an author I love, better make that front-and-center. So, THE VEIL + Chloe Neill = I’m there. I’ve read ALL eleven CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES installments, and as much as I love Merit & co., I was excited to break bread with the inhabitants of DEVIL’S ISLE. I liked the Dystopian elements, and NOLA is a rock solid setting for any Paranormal title, but the characters, and story a
The Veil is the first installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Devil's Isle. This was a promising first book to a series that will surely grow in popularity. Overall, I liked it. The premise was complicated enough to keep me thinking, the characters were interesting enough to keep me reading, and for the most part, the story was pretty fast paced. Although, I liked it, I didn't love it and I'm sad to have to admit that. There was a portion of this story that had me zoning out a ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Total newcomer to Chloe Neill here, so I had no idea what to expect when I started the first installment of her new Devil’s Isle series. Being peripherally aware of her Chicagoland Vampires books though, I knew enough to prepare myself for a fun urban fantasy story, and I was right. Leaving aside a shaky start and a couple rough edges, The Veil is a pretty solid introduction to a brand new post-apocalyptic world featurin
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
New Orleans after a great battle between our world and a magical realm. New Orleans was ground zero and is now littered with the ugly residue from an unfinished battle. It is ruled by a kind of Marshal Law with a prison Devil’s Isle, for magical beings in the middle. Corruption and greed never far from the heart of man play dangerous games of life, death and possibly the end of humanity. A small group of magical and human residents stand and fight for what is left of this world. Two very diff
The story was just okay. It’s the start of a series so I’m being generous with my stars. Certainly not up to the level of Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews. My husband liked it more (listened on a road trip).
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I started out not really sure I was going to like this book. The book is kind of slow in the beginning. That being said, I don't have to have an action book right off the bat. I just felt like I couldn't get into the characters, but that soon changed :)

I started to really like Claire after getting to know her, her background and I loved her store. I also loved her friends Gunner and Tadji. But.... what really got me was Liam Quinn. He is an awesome bounty hun
Jen Davis
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Chloe Neill introduces readers to a very different New Orleans than we’re used to seeing in this first installment of her new Urban Fantasy series, Devil’s Isle. It’s been seven years since paranormal beings tore through the veil into this world, kicking off a bloody war with humanity. The veil is closed and the war is over, but the aftermath lingers on. The earth is scorched. Resources are scarce. And magic has bled over into some unsuspecting humans, turning them into Sensitives. They are hunt ...more
About 3.5 stars...

A solid start to author Chloe Neill's new series Devil's Isle. The book is set in New Orleans seven years after a war with the Beyond. New Orleans is in the Zone and the city is suffering from a lack of resources. Food is scarce, electricity is spotty, and anyone exhibiting any magical tendencies is isolated at Devil's Isle. I loved the choice of New Orleans for this series. The city has a colorful past full of magic and voodoo making it a perfect setting.

The main character Cl
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Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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When I first heard about this book I wasn't excited. I was kind of bitter of the fact that The Dark Elites (the author's other series) didn't have a fourth book. At some point I decided to stop being better and try this. I remembered how much I enjoyed The Dark Elites. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed!

This book is written in first person. Focusing on Claire's point of view. It takes place New Orleans
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Chloe Neill is most known for her long-standing Chicagoland Vampire series but with this brand new series, I think she’ll have even more success.

Set in a dystopian New Orleans, the Veil has changed the fate of many, including Claire Connelly, a Sensitive hiding from being found out. The possession of her powers could get her killed. Or worse, get her sent to Devil’s Isle, the place where other people like her are sent.

When Claire is forced to protect herself with her powers one night, her secret
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015

ARC via Netgalley.

There are problems that come with reading a lot of a single author's work. Especially when those works are all the same series. You get familiar with the world, with the characters. You get, expectations.

As a result, I spent a good part of this book searching for the Merit in Clair and disappointed that Liam wasn't Ethan.

Then I pulled my head in.

Because, The Veil is a different story, and Clair will never be Merit, and that's okay. There is none of the light hearted banter
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

This book was EPIC!!!! Positively AMAZING!!! I NEED book two so bad I can taste it!! THE VEIL had everything I love: Action, adventure, murder, betrayals, fierce magic, epic paranormal beings, war, an alternate world, and a undying start of a swoony romance that I just adored!!

Yup, I think it's safe to say I found one of my new favorite series.... Now, if I just had book two, I may just be able to calm my racing, needing heart!!!



Rating & Review To Come...

First off I love southern paranormal books. And I especially love those based in Nola. I live in Baton Rouge and am a frequent visitor of that amazing city. When I saw Chloe Neill wrote a book about it I was thrilled.

For me- the best part of this book was the creepy dystopian setting. For instance, reading about the post-apocalyptic versions of the Marigny neighborhood was so interesting. You can tell Chloe must have spent a good bit of time in the city researching her book. I loved how the auth
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇
DNF at 63%.

You know those books with awesome premises, unique worldbuilding (New Orleans with wraith and fae and bounty hunters? Cool!), and the most boring girl next door who is cool with the guys because "I'm not complicated and I'm practical and pleasant." (Pleasant people annoy me. GET ANGRY DAMMIT).

Anywho, there's some cool things going on, but Claire Connelly doesn't interest me. Her friends like her, and I don't know why they keep wanting to hang out with her other than for her food.... Y
3.5 stars

It was much better than I thought it would be, but I admittedly went into it with low expectations. After becoming disillusioned with the Chicagoland Vampires series, I was hesitant to read this. This series is nothing like that one, which is a good thing. It's not as fun and has less dynamic characters, but this is truly for adults. CLV was labeled as an adult read but read like YA.

The veil separated the fae and human worlds. The fae broke through 7 years earlier and attacked humans. T
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Wohoo! The Veil was a fabulous start to a new UF series, that is bound to become even more epic and romantic in the future. I've read a few books in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampire series and really enjoyed them, but my TBR got the best of me and I haven't been able to catch up on the series. Reading The Veil reminded me of just how much I'm missing out.

The world building in The Veil was one of my favorite things about this book. It was extremely well-developed and the author built it up from
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
There's no vampires here . . . Chicagoland fans should not go into The Veil thinking they will get a repeat performance from Chloe Neill. The Veil is a different animal and that's not a bad thing. The Veil did everything the first book of an urban fantasy series should do, it builds the world, sets the tone and establishes the characters in a phenomenal way.

The veil is the barrier that separates the human world from the magic world where all the paras live. But eight years ago the veil was broke
Christy LoveOfBooks

The Veil isn’t the first book by Chloe Neill I’ve read, but it sort of feels like it is. It’s been years since I read Some Girls Bite, and it’s quite different than this one. I had a really good feeling about The Veil, and I’m happy to say my instincts were correct.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Veil and found it completely engaging. There are a few elements that are similar to other books I’ve read, but it still manages to feel unique and totally captivating.

I love the New Orleans setting, it’s actua

Favorite Quote: “There are monsters in both worlds…and friends of neither.”

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 Donnelly has a secret. In a world where magic is forbidden and those caught using it are punished by incarceration in a p
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A bit slow to start but overall it was an entertaining read.

Opening Sentence: The French Quarter was thinking about war again.

The Review:

The Veil is the newest title by Chloe Neill. It is set in a world where a dimensional tear brought magic and paranormal creatures through a veil into our world. The Veil is a great start to a new and different urban fantasy world. I am looking forward to all the things this world could bring in the coming books
Angie Elle
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC from Netgalley

The Veil is the first book in Chloe Neill’s Devil’s Isle series,and what a kick off this was! I enjoyed this story so much. It takes place in a sort of post-apocalyptic New Orleans, and what a wonderful setting. As sad as it is to say, placing this story in an area that has seen devastation in real life brought the imagery to another level - a more devastating level, and it really impacted the story for me. Pair that with a great cast of supporting characters, and this book was
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Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Heirs of Chicagoland, Chicagoland Vampires Novels, Devil's Isle Novels, and Dark Elite novels. 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 ...more

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