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Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.

They claim vamps don't kill.
They preach we are safe.
They ... are dead wrong.

One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.

I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.
I am their greatest threat.

Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.

252 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 6, 2017

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1,458 reviews11 followers
November 5, 2017
When is a vampire not a vampire?  When she's created in a lab, that's when.

This was an intriguing twist on the vampire hunter genre.  And the opening pages thrust you right in the middle of the action.  And although it might not be clear precisely what is happening at that point, it all gets explained as the story unfolds.  

The narrative fair canters along and sometimes things get a little confusing as a result. There were a couple of points that I had to re-read to ensure that I was following what was happening properly.

Please don't expect anything other than difficult, dark and dangerous situations from this book.  You'll perhaps be disappointed.  I, however, was not.  

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Profile Image for Kira Simion.
819 reviews126 followers
July 15, 2019
*Amazon Prime reading*

Okay, this was a book that I expected to have less talk and more action. I mean a vampire-like gal with vengeance in her blood? C’mon.

This quote changed some of my perception:

““Oh my God, you have to stop!” Tears zigzagged over her cheeks, raining down on the plush, newly installed carpet. “You made your point, you’re a heartless ghoul! Believe it or not, I cared about these people! They were good to me when my own family treated me like dog shit. Stop rehashing the details of their deaths like a fucking crime scene investigator!” “You don’t think I’d cry if I could? My soul is screaming to mourn for them, but I can’t even muster the emotions.””

I was beginning to believe that the main character just made a drastic change, but I wasn’t really feeling it. How could little miss naïve turn to little miss trying to hard to not seem like she was? But it wasn’t as if she wasn’t trying. The writing just makes it seem like it. So I kind of see the character and her side a little more, but I don’t care much for the writing.

I’m mainly disappointed because the action didn’t truly start until the middle point of the book. However, by then I wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t like the suspenseful ending however, but I don’t care to read anymore right now.
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633 reviews17 followers
November 8, 2017
Some  authors find their niche and never vary or stray outside the box.  Not Rourke. When she puts pen to paper greatness happens.  There isn't a glass ceiling she hasn't shattered in the Indie Book Community. While her signature snark and wit are always a constant; she can write YA, NA, fantasy, paranormal, or rom-com.  Rourke is not boxed in and she proves that yet again with Veiled.

In true Rourke fashion, Stacey has wowed fans yet again with her amazing writing.  I LOVE that no matter what genre she is writing her signature style is always present.  Her bad ass heroines are inspiring whether they are battling gnomes, facing the demon within, trying to make it down the isle, or infiltrating a vampire organization.

​Quoted as saying she would never write a vampire novel, Rourke has down just that.  But unlike sparkly vamps, or blood thirsty hot bar owning vamps, Rourke has brought story to this century and made a bold political statement.  I love how she takes the classic vampire and makes him her own.  This is no Bram Stoker retelling. Rourke left me with a ending that had my jaw on the floor and anxiously awaiting more.
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183 reviews4 followers
October 23, 2017
Wow! This is only the second book I've read by this author, but damn she creates some good shiz!! Haha seriously though! The whole story line is so creative and different. I found that I couldn't put this book down! I'm hoping she has book 2 come out before the end of the year, because I think this series will be phenomenal, judging by how much I loved this book! That and I don't want to wait until next year!! Ha!

I am loving Vinx. I love that nickname too! Though things for her went kind of crazy, she seemed to adjust to her new life surprisingly well. I feel like there are so many secrets we still don't know, and I love that whole mysterious, who done it, man behind the mask type feel this book has. I totally have mixed feelings for Finn and for Carter and I want to know more about this Dorian guy! There are so many interesting characters in this book, I'm looking forward to getting to know them better in the next book(s). Oh! The way Stacey leaves us hanging at the end! I'm dying to know what happens next! What happened in the past, and how Vinx and that someone from her past handle everything once they meet again. Can't wait!
#B2B Kristina

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2,164 reviews57 followers
November 10, 2017
**4.5 Stars**
Vincenza invited her vampire boyfriend home to meet her parents, having no idea that her world would end that night. After experiencing something horrific, Vinx finds herself alive...sort of...instead of dead like she hoped. She is now part of something bigger, something deadly, something experimental, and she is a tool to bring destruction.

I was rally surprised by the bursts of humor I found embedded in the pages of what started out as such a terrible, violent event- and to be honest, the story ended pretty violently as well. The book alternated from Day 1 and explained how Vincenza became this way and then to like Day 388 where a well developed plan was under way. The reader is pretty much dropped into the situation blind, with no real help from the synopsis, and it was such an interesting delivery method. Each chapter had a term definintion pertaining to research, which summed up Vencenza's life nicely.

I also really enjoyed this vampire world created by Stacey, so new and different. She put her own spin on a classic by adding the vampire politics and the info about Dracula (aka Vlad) and his son (which I liked her dose of realism thrown in there). This was almost an urban fantasy The fact that there was a march on Washington for vampire equal rights was so applicable to everything going on in the US this year. I also found it interesting that this was our modern world as we know it, but with vampires added- the references were understandable and relevant to today.

The dynamic between Micah, Vencenza and Carter was my favorite- it was like an exasperated parent having to take charge of two over-sexualized, rambunctious kids.
"Did someone mention cotton candy?"
"I shouldn't have to say this to two grown-ass people, but... if you're good, and we see a vendor, I will get you some."

Carter was great character, a mix between an investigative journalist and a rowdy frat boy- right from the moment he was "purchased" at the auction, he just fit right into the group. One of my favorite parts had him being ridiculous in it:
Raising both hands in front of him, he turned them over as if hoping an answer was written somewhere on his skin. "What do I normally do with my hands? Do they just hang at my sides? That doesn't seem right. I can't remember proper hand protocol. There's a chance I'm freaking out."
"A chance?"

I have read a few books by Stacey now and enjoyed them all, but I think that this has become my favorite. Her world and people were just so engaging and quirky to me and I did not want to put the story down until I finished. Veiled was totally different from any other vampire book I have read as well as completely different from anything else I have read from Stacey in general, making it a nice shift. The ending was shocking and I am excited for what will come next...or rather who!

I received this title for reviewing purposes. Visit me at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ for more book reviews.
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Author 5 books115 followers
March 8, 2018
V for Vendetta meets Buffy. Veiled is a gritty crime drama with vampires that looks at the politics of a world aware of the undead deciding whether or not to allow them to integrate into society. Filled with witty dialogue and a fast-paced plot this was a fun read.

[Read more of Lauryn April's Reviews at http://laurynapril.blogspot.com]

There are some really beautiful descriptions in this book and a few scenes that are downright creepy. You really get sucked into the writing. Veiled is dark and intense and the vampires felt real and scary.

What I enjoyed most about this book was how it used vampires to look at racism and make a smart commentary on how one group views another and how stereotypes form peoples' opinions. The lead character, Vincenza, or Vinx, goes through a lot of character development from the beginning of the book until the end as she seeks both vengeance and acceptance. I had a hard time connecting with Vinx in the beginning of the book. She was bitter and a little full of herself at first. It took me a little while to warm up to her, but by the end of the book, I was definitely rooting for her. Vinx is witty and a little vulgar and a truly interesting character. Her story is complicated and as you learn more about her it's hard not to relate to her.

I loved Vinx's relationships with her friend Mics, who I also thought was a solid character. However, I felt like there needed to be more backstory to Vinx's relationship with Finn and to the relationship that forms between her and Carter. There needed to be more build up to their attraction. I didn't really feel the connection between Vinx and anyone, with the exception of her friendship with Mics which I thought was really well written. Overall, Carter and Finn felt like weaker characters and I wish both of their story arcs had been fleshed out a bit more.

As for the story structure, I liked the alternating flashback chapters at first, but by the halfway point of the book, they started to make the story feel a little disjointed. The storyline definitely didn't flow as smoothly as I would have liked.

By the end, the book left me with some questions that I'd want to read the next novel in the series to know more about. However, while I found the ending satisfying overall, there were a few plot holes that took away from the believability of how things concluded. There are a few conclusions that are jumped to and a character, who really just acts like an idiot. But, there are a few twists at the end that suggest the second book in the series will be worth reading.
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2,158 reviews38 followers
November 5, 2017

I received an ARC copy to give an honest review.
So I am glad to see this author stepping out into the genre of vampires, though I have to say with this book I was a bit confused with some scenes. I sat here for a while before doing my review so see how I can write it without giving anything away. I won't be able to do that because when I start dropping names or certain scenes if gives things away. So for me being confused during some parts I had to drop my rating down to a 4, though I will say I will read book two when it comes out because the book ended on a cliff hanger that has me asking questions. One thing I will say is to pay attention to the chapter titles, that way you won't get as confused as I did.

As far as characters go I liked the main character and her humor I expect at least one or two characters to have a witty personality about them and the author did not fail at that.
I really enjoyed how the author put in the history of Vlad the Impaler because I have only heard his name once before so as soon as I finished the book I went to get some more information on him.

We are introduced to Vincenza who when you see what happens to her you just know that she is going to have to get revenge. Yet it isn't the revenge you would think, it seems that her parents kind of prepared for something to happen and with the help of Micah Vincenza will get her revenge among other things. You can just tell there is more to the story than just revenge. As we go back and forth between the past and the present we also get flashbacks so just make sure you pay attention.
When we get towards the end I wasn't expecting it to go the way it did and it does have me wanting to read the next book.
October 7, 2022
Stacey Rourke is my type of sense of humor. This book was the perfect amount vampire, comedy, and doing what's right. Can't wait to dive into the next book.
November 13, 2017
Veiled was a muchly anticipated read for me. I am huge fan of Miss Rourke's Legends Saga and could wait to get my hands on this book. It has been a long while since a unique vampire book has come our way.

What I loved about Veiled:

- Firstly....the cover. It is stunning, instantly drawing a potential reader to the book. Stacey Rourke has some of the best cover art in the business.
- I enjoyed how the story moved back and forth between past and present. It gives the reader a chance to live through Vinx and understand her better.
- The overall plot of Veiled was distinct and unparalleled to any other vampire novel. . Definitely a different take on the paranormal world than we has readers are normally used to.

What I didn't like:

- Any passion, romance or sexual tension between Vinx and Carter was very lacking. I really would have like to have "felt" more between those 2 characters. There seemed to be more tension between her and Finn. I was left almost feeling like Finn would become the love interest
- I wasn't kept engaged in the storyline. I found myself stopping frequently or skipping over parts. I think for me it was too political.

Favourite Line in the Book:

“This is where the boy I thought I loved attacked me. He leaned over my crumpled body to lick my blood off another vampire’s face. I invited him into my life, and he destroyed it.”

Overall I rate Veiled 3.5*. I will continue to read this series as I would like to see the outcome of all characters involved and I a most curious to see how the romantic aspect of the book plays out.
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1,699 reviews47 followers
November 7, 2017
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from Lady Amber*

I bounce between a 2 and 3 star rating for this. I enjoyed one of the author's other stories and since I enjoy vampire reads, I looked forward to reading this. The beginning started off interesting enough, but as things occurred, I found that it personally would not work for me. I ended up trudging through it. There were a few things that completely did a one-eighty on me and I'd get excited at an idea or a line, but otherwise, I think that this read was just not for me. I did like the ending's climax though, that was pretty cool. So, if you enjoy vampires with mystery and seeing the fanged inclined with a little more bite, I wouldn't say stay away lol.
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323 reviews10 followers
November 17, 2017
I gave it a strong 4 1/2 stars

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Why am I not surprised that I enjoyed this read by Stacey Rourke!?! Hmmm... Maybe because I love how she thinks "outside the box" and creates with her own creative and historical twists to it. Ha! I think that's it! Well, it is no different with this latest story on vampires. Right!?! Vampires!?! Anyways, this isn't any ordinary vampire story. That's right! Vincenza (the main character) is no ordinary vampire. So... Where do I being without spoiling anything?

So... I absolutely love Stacey's writing. The way she creates these complex characters with unique and individual personalities. And, her world building...!!! Stacey can thrust readers into the worlds she creates in just a few chapters, and then, readers are hooked! Well, I know I was...haha!!!

Anyways, Veiled is absolutely a different take on vampires. Stacey took very real issues and gave it a paranormal twist to it. And, we all know how politics can be a touchy issue... Haha! Moreover, the story takes Vincenza's tragedy and made it into a driving force to uncover secrets and the truth behind all the vampire political propaganda. This first book in this new series introduces readers to this world where vampires exists and the dark and dangerous line that humans walk either glamorizing them or exposing them for what they really are.

The flow and pace of the story takes readers to the past and present of Vincenza's journey of becoming an unstoppable weapon. Although moving back and forth from past and present can be confusing, Stacey cleverly writes it in a way that isn't too difficult... That is if you are paying attention. Sometimes, I had to go back and forth with the chapters to get my bearing on the story. Yup! Veiled is an engrossing read in which once can't just breeze through it. This is a thought-provoking and a gripping read. Of course, although Stacey incorporates some history, this is definitely not a retelling in any way. I do enjoy reading tidbits of history thrown in.

All in all, Veiled is no ordinary vampire story. It is anything but ordinary! There are complexities to the characters and settings that make this a captivating read with a splash of history and realism. This is an incredibly thrilling introduction to Stacey's world of vampires...haha!!! Can't wait til the next book! So... Stacey, when can we expect the next book?!?!

Reviewer: Jasmine
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135 reviews
September 19, 2018
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Vincenza “Vinx” Larrow is a biologically engineered vampire sponsored by an elusive benefactor with endless wealth. Vinx is born as a vampress after a hive of Nosferatu slaughter her family leaving her for dead. Barely clinging to life, Vinx is injected with a serum affording her vampiric rebirth minus some of the traditional vampire weaknesses. Her life purpose shifts drastically as she begins her life as an anti-vampire operative; a role she eagerly accepts as she seeks retribution for her family’s seemingly senseless murder.

Veiled is a thrilling new urban fantasy with many parallels to current cultural climate. The storytelling alternates between past and present giving readers insight into Vinx’s transformation. The non-linear storyline lends complexity and interest to the book. I feel, however, there was something missing in relationship development between characters, particularly Vinx and Carter, a reporter and member of her inner circle. While I think it’s okay for readers to fill in the blanks, I enjoy relationship dynamics in a book, especially romantic tension. In this case, the Vinx/Carter pairing kind of misses the mark.

Rourke injects Veiled with a litany of political and social concerns. Issues of discrimination, cultural appropriation, media ethics, sexual consent, gun control, poverty, domestic terrorism, and racism are raised within the context of the story. Vampires in Veiled are fighting for equality in human society, seeking to pass the Nosferatu Presumption of Innocence Bill. The plight of vamps is an echo of many of the issues relevant in the real world. While it’s a bit of a bombardment of all the issues, it distinguishes the book as more informed. I appreciate Rourke’s boldness in creating this microcosm of social awareness.

Veiled’s biggest strength is its wild and complex plot. While many answers are offered in Veiled, so many more questions remain. The layers of conspiracy and intrigue are mind-bending and I look forward to peeking past the veil in the second installment, Vlad.
Reviewed for ismellsheep.com
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168 reviews6 followers
November 14, 2017
My brain still feels like a bouncy ball, bouncing back and forth in my brain after reading this! My one recommendation while reading this? NEVER think you have ANYTHING figured out! This is a hard review to write, because just about everything I want to say is a spoiler, but I will do my best, starting with saying this was some excellent writing. This is not your typical vampire story – which is nearly impossible to say these days, with how many vampire books are out there.

In this story, there is no black and white – no CLEAR good and bad. The author does a great job keeping you guessing. In this day in age especially, the easiest thing to constantly question is HUMAN nature, and this story raises a lot of questions about both human and vampire nature. This is a story of survival of the fittest, who really is the fittest, and who really is the bad guy – and again, not only as a group (humans or vampires), but also down to the individual, and what an individual would do when put in several different pressing situations.

And then there’s the center of our story, Vinx. Although she’s forced into the middle of this fight under horrible circumstances, she chooses to keep fighting – and keep questioning. I think my bouncy ball brain is nothing like what hers was going through in this entire book. But it’s truly what makes her great in this story. She refuses to accept anything anyone tells her without proof, no matter how much she does or doesn’t want to believe it. She’s tough, she’s definitely got a sense of humor that I love, and she never stops asking questions. I think I may have a new idol.

I devoured this book in just a few days, hoping to get the answers to the questions that continued to build. However, the further I got into the book, and the more questions I had, I knew this wasn’t going to be a single book – there would be at least a second. And when I got to the end? SO MANY MORE QUESTIONS! Very little, if any, answers at the end – and I wasn’t even mad! I thought it was a great ending, setting up the next book perfectly – and oh boy, is the next one going to be HUGE! I can’t wait!
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1,383 reviews24 followers
October 28, 2017
I was so excited to be able to read a copy of Veiled.
The beginning and its intense description hooked me immediately and made me yearn to read faster and learn more. Vincenza was a force to be reckoned with and for very good reason.
Chapter 2 was written with brilliant and brutal perfection.
The witty banter found throughout this book was flawlessly done and hilarious.
I loved the ties to Vlad the Impaler and how his history was sprinkled through the story. It really appealed to the history-lover in me.
The charaters were so deep and well-written. I loved reading their interactions. Vinx and Micah had terrific chemistry.
The deeper I got into the story, the more enjoyed the twists and turns of Vinx's world.
I loved the complexity of this story. It was terrific and the way the plot weaved its way along causes and effects was impressive. I actually really enjoyed the unique way the storyline jumped from cause and effect. I didn't find it hard to follow and really liked the way that the story fell into place in this interesting way. All of these snippets helped illuminate the bigger picture one scene at a time.
Chapter 18 was incredibly shocking and made me so eager to see what would happen next and how this would change the course of things.
As events raced to a conclusion, I could barely read fast enough. I absolutely loved Veiled and that ending totally has me on the edge of my seat awaiting the next installment. Once again Rourke told an absolutely brilliant story and hooked me completely with her amazing characters and incredibly unique tale weaving fiction and a little bit of history together. I'm not even a huge fan of Vampire books, but if they could all be like Veiled, I would consider myself converted.
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517 reviews
November 18, 2018
Very unique modern take on vampires and the Dracula mythos. Meet Vinx, the result of an experiment that turned her into a weapon in a world where vampires and humans are figuring out ways to coexist. Politics do come into play, but the author used it as a tool to lay out the world building. Each character in the book had their own unique nuances which only added to the good storyline. On top of all that, Ms. Rourke has a special gift when it comes to dialogue. Here are just a few examples:

"You're going to owe me big," I grumbled, bringing my wrist to my mouth. "We're talking, like, buy me a pony, and let me watch it nut-stomp you level of gratitude."

"In all my years, I have loved exactly one woman." Rau's voice dipped to a threatening whisper. "If I find out you had anything, anything, to do with her death, I will make you an immortal just so I can spend my days finding new and innovative ways to make you suffer."

"We're actually talking about an injured vampire," one of Markus' boys tried to implant in an ominous threat. "One that would make a gun-crazed maniac look like a fuzzy bunny"
"Bunnies must be terrifying in your world."

The only thing that didn't really sit well with me as a reader was the back and forth between the past and present. It just made the pace of the story a bit awkward. I would commit myself to being in one part of the timeline and then be jerked back to the other part without warning. I would recommend Ms. Rourke not take this approach in future installments. It also wasn't entirely clear to me level of relationship was intended to be developed between Vinx and Carter. Just wasn't quite developed enough. Regardless, I am very much looking forward to Vlad.
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2,332 reviews102 followers
November 9, 2017
While Veiled was kind of slow in the beginning with it going from the past to the present, back and forth. But once I figured out that she was having flash backs giving me her background I was like that is good. I got this. Once I figured that out it picked up and I zoomed right through it.

Imagine living in a world where vampires are real, vampires and humans living together in the same neighborhood or apartment building, working the same jobs. Well some humans are trying to do the right thing and get along with vampires and some are not of course but there are some vampires that only think of humans as food too.

Our main girl Vincenza, a human lost her family to a group of rogue vampires. When the vamps left they thought Vincenza was dead but she was saved and now she will stop at nothing to find the vamps that took her family away from her and make them pay if it is the last thing she does. Vincenza is not alone after losing her family she has the help of her best friend Micha to help her through it.

Veiled is not the first book by Stacey Rourke that I have read and it won’t be the last. The first book I read by Stacey was Rise of the Sea Witch and then TS901: Anomaly and loved them both. I can’t wait for book 2 Vlad. I can’t wait to read more of her work. I am patiently waiting for the second book of these series.

I loved the whole new twist on the vampires in Veiled and can’t wait to read more about them. Vincenza is a very strong girl considering what she has been through and living in a vampire world. I love this new vampire world that the author has created. I just loved Vincenza with all her witty come backs.

Pick up your copy of Veiled and find out more about Vincenza and the new twist on vampires and their world.
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522 reviews4 followers
November 17, 2017
OH MY VLAD!!!!!!! Being a huge Dracula fan in my teens, I came into this rather skeptical. But the author blew me away. The weird alliance between Vinx and her former lover, Carter and all the little surprises/twists that are worked into the story, and I need a Mics (Micah) in my life. Such a smart woman and so caring to Vincenza.

This story showed how you feel you can know things and be firm on your side of a debate just to realize that you were fed a line by a side that looks good on the surface but in fact are much darker and evil than the side they want you to hate.

So many accurate or close to accurate (in the sense of literary personas) tie-ins of historical goodies such as VanHelsing, Vlad Tepes, his actual son Mihnea, Dorian Grey, and what it's like to battle for equality when conservatives hate your kind.

I loved Batdog, I loved how many times I was certain I knew what's next just to get a sudden curveball in the face, and I loved that every character made me feel (whether I loved them, hated them or hurt for them, the author makes you have deep opinions about each character). The only thing some might see as a flaw but I didn't mind was the flashing (one chapter might be current moment, the next sometime in the year before). I personally felt it helped add layers to the story, things that helped you step back and see the full image, or that added a plot twist in a way that if done in chronological order I might have not read the whole book because in this format it splices current VPI scenario with backstory to build upon. Okay, I do have one actual complaint: there's not a release date yet for book two and I hate waiting.
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313 reviews7 followers
November 29, 2017
By: Stacey Rourke

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Kristie K

A brilliant and intriguing new vampire world, brimming with mystery, deceit, and hope…

Stacey Rourke debuts a new series with Veiled, and if this first installment is any indication of how the series will be…it’s gonna be one hell of a ride! Veiled begins with hope that quickly descends into darkness, with an unimaginable betrayal that leaves a trail of bloodshed, violence, and death in its wake. One life ends, only to bring the birth of a brand new legacy. The storyline is absolutely incredible, unique in so many ways and a refreshing take on the vampire legend. The execution of the storyline is just as distinctive, taking the reader back and forth in time to get you to the present. It is easy to follow, and keeps you on the edge of your seat from one page to the next. I will admit that there were a few times I was a bit confused, or lost track of where we were supposed to be, but it only lasted a short time before I was back in the game. The characters were engaging, creative, relatable, and pretty authentic. I would have liked to actually get to know them a bit more, a little more background so I could get a better feeling for them, but they were all great. If I could ask the author for anything, it would be simple…give me more! I wanted to know more about the world she built, the culture, the history, and the current state of affairs. That being said, I was completely hooked with this tale, and can’t wait to see what is coming next. Ms. Rourke is a new author to me, but I guarantee she is now on my list of authors to watch!

Kristie K
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1,134 reviews12 followers
November 5, 2017
This is my first book by Stacey Rourke, the blurb really drew me in, I love anything PNR so a hybrid vampire being used against themselves sounded really intriguing and quite unique, which the story was, it turned out to be a really good read!!

Vincenza was just a normal girl growing up in a world with vampires, who were lobbying for equal rights like the humans, who in turn were making them out to be monsters. Vinx had a vampire boyfriend who she was bringing home to meet the parents, that's when everything backfires and her life as she knows it ends and becomes something else entirely!!

Like I said its a good story, full of plot twists and turns, political intrigue, mystery, drama, violence, humour and a whodunit!! It did take me a little while to get into it with the way it goes forwards and backwards on a timeline, but once I was there I was well and truly into the story.

I loved the characters and the unusual plot line, different from other vampire stories, yet loved the inclusion of Vlad and Dorian Gray into the mix, can't wait to see how these get included in later books!! It was a great thing to watch Vinx's character as she grew throughout the book and become something so much more that I anticipated. Her relationship with her best friend Micah was awesome, and it was good to watch how those dynamics changed later in the story line.

A definite cliffhanger at the end, so I can't wait to read the next book. This is definitely worth the read and very different to a typical PNR read, which was good.
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297 reviews28 followers
November 5, 2017
In my experience, you usually get a book that gives you one side of the story, the story the author wants you to hear. What happens when both sides are told, when you get the good, bad and the ugly?

Vampires exist. They live in your neighborhood, own businesses, work in your building. Are you comfortable living among them? Or are you terrified of the image in which they are usually portrayed? Most people land on one side or the other. Not Vinx, she has the amazing opportunity to live on both sides of that fence and through her we get that chance as well. Vinx is a human but she has the "powers" of a vampire. She can mingle with both sides without raising an eyebrow. But will she use her powers for good or evil?

One side says vampires are monsters. Blood thirsty freaks with no self control. The other side says they are just like you. There is no reason to be afraid. Vamps just want what anyone else has in this great country, rights that we take for granted everyday. I started out with a strong dislike of vamps at the beginning of this book. I wanted vengeance on behalf of Vinx. Ok, maybe there is a piece of me that still does. But after seeing both sides, my dislike has softened a bit. Making me feel bad for the villain is no small feat but Stacey Rourke has managed to do it. I can't wait to get more of the story and see what happens next.

Where will you stand? Let your voice be heard and cast your vote on the #NPI bill.

60 reviews
November 6, 2017
Veiled is a story of a girl whose life is completely turned upside down one night when a group of vampires brutally attacks her and her family. Of course, she was saved, but not in the way that you might be thinking. With the help of Micah, Vincenza is trained to help infiltrate the higher-ups in the vampire world and to hopefully put a stop to the bad things happening.
Nothing is ever how is seems in this story. It is a thrilling adventure of a girl who goes from having everything to trying to find her way and where she belongs when she’s not even entirely sure what she is. This story will grab your attention and hold it till the very end. Offering everything from action packed scenes to the parts that will twist at your heart strings. Stacey Rourke has gone above and beyond in creating this world of new characters including the humans, vampires, and maybe even a couple of other things as well. With political aspects, down to the matters of the heart she has given it everything. I honestly can’t wait for the next story!
If you love vampires, action, love, and twists that leave you wondering what is next than Veiled is a definite must read!
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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318 reviews31 followers
November 16, 2017
To be very honest, I wasn't sure I'd like this book. I thought I'd never read another vampire book again, much less enjoy it. But hello here we are. This just goes to show I'd read anything and everything that Stacey Rourke writes.

This book was quite different to any other vampire books that I've read. I won't exactly classify this as a retelling, but I'd say you will definitely see some characters and names that maayyyyybe familiar. Honestly my mind was blown at the 60% mark and GOD DAMN I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS!

Anyway, I loved the story and the characters were amazing. I especially adored Vinx and Batdog, those scenes were just adorable. The writing style was amazing and it just draws you in completely till you're invested into the story.

As with all of her books especially The Legends Saga, I loved how she intertwines the stories, the legends and the lore, and brings it into the modern world. I cannot wait to see where she takes this story. I'm pretty sure it will be amazing!

Overall, loved the story and I can't wait for the next book!!!
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172 reviews88 followers
May 20, 2020
I have read The Unfortunate Souls trilogy by Stacey Rourke and I loved it! When I saw she had a vampire series, and I love vampires, I was excited to start reading this series.

Rourke has a different take on vampires and mixes them into our current modern society, which was refreshing to see. She adds her own twists to the legends and history of vampires and creates a world that's a bit out of the box.

This is like a mix of sci-fi, paranormal, crime, drama, and politics. It's also pretty dark and violent at times.

While the story was engaging and we have a main character who is trying to figure out which side she stands on, it takes on the politics that parallels our current civil movements, and while this is great, I am so not into politics. It brought up many interesting points on both sides and it did play a role in the plot but there were times I was left a little confused and had to go reread a few parts to understand what was going on. Also, the time jumps can make it a little hard to follow but overall, I enjoyed it and will continue to read the series.
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173 reviews6 followers
November 7, 2017
Veiled by Stacey Rourke is a new take on a vampire novel. It gives us the idea of vampires integrating into society and wanting the same rights and roles as humans. It also gives us Vincenza, someone with the traits of a vampire but without the hunger and the need to avoid sunlight. Vincenza can walk among the vampires but she is actually a weapon to be used against them.
The plot was interesting and moved quickly. There was a little confusion for me when the chapters jumped from past to present - please make note of the day mentioned in the chapter titles as you're reading to avoid that confusion. The characters were well-developed and very likable. Vincenza has the snarky personality that is a trademark of characters written by Ms. Rourke.
This is obviously the first book in a new series by Ms. Rourke and it ended in a cliffhanger. I am anxiously awaiting book 2.
I recommend this book to fans of Ms. Rourke and fans of vampire novels.
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1,047 reviews
March 11, 2018
Not your typical vampire story, Veiled is an extremely interesting take on the vampire lore. Stacey Rourke did an incredible job taking “vampires” and making it her own. I also loved all of the characters and the snarky dialogue between the main character and her friends.

We follow Vincenza, or Vinx for short, as she comes to terms with what she has become and her new role is this dangerous world. Her family brutally murdered, it is only luck that she does not follow in their same fate. Vinx is extremely special and works to integrate herself in the vampire hiarchy. Through this, she discovers new friends, new enemies, and a jaw dropping twist at the end of the book. I am so excited for book 2! Particularly to see where Vinx and Carter’s relationship will continue to go, what will happen when they reawaken the first vampire, and what it means with that ending and the resurface of that character.
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248 reviews17 followers
October 3, 2018
Left for dead by her vampire boyfriend and his friends, Vincenza is turned by a group of scientists. What she is though is not a normal vampire. She can walk in daylight, craves raw meat and is the new face for the vampire activists. The scientists that turned her have their own plan for her new life. So now Vincenza is the face of the vampire rights activists. And they are making headway in the polls to get the bill passed. But a few human politicians will stop at nothing to keep the bill from passing.
It doesn’t matter if she’s writing about teenage gryphons, sea witches, or vampire activists, Stacey is so good at writing an exciting story that will keep the reader engaged and hungry for more! Veiled begins a story that goes beyond vampire politics. Vincenza is the kind of character that you want to know. She’s interesting and is surrounded by more interesting people. I can’t wait for book 2!!
Veiled is definitely a 5 star read!
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2,640 reviews55 followers
October 18, 2017
After a particularly brutal night Vincenza Larow is forever changed.
The world knows about vampires. Some people accept them and others will do their best to destroy them. Vincenza's parents we're working on something that could help her cope with her new existence.
Carter Westerly has been put up for sale in a celebrity auction . He is human but a lot of the bidders are vampire. Why is he there and what will become of him ??
Our heroine is not at all happy about what she has to do. She might be being used by those whose motives are not good. There are political reasons for the danger our characters face.
This is an exciting start to what I'm sure will be a great series. It can get a little gruesome in places, but you must expect that with vampire stories.
I can't wait to read the next one.
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149 reviews17 followers
November 6, 2017
I think this is one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write. This book was a sharp left turn from what Mrs. Rourk normally writes, but do not let that dissuade you. This is a must read, the vivid imagery that she creates as she weaves her spell on the words is seriously some insane magic!! I did not want to put it down, it kept calling to me to turn the next page. I loved the characters, the angst, the volatile vamps, the arrogant humans, and the new hybrid. I was angry, hurt, and wanted to do damage which was followed closely by relief, love, tolerance. This book had such a wide range of emotions as I read. It kept me guessing as plot twists were revealed. This was such a clever telling of the age old vamp story. If you have never read anything by Mrs. Rourke this is a great place to start!

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November 7, 2017
Oh my gawd!! Let me just say this is a fresh twist on vampire lore, including Dracula. This entire book was exciting from beginning to end never being able to guess what was coming next. Predictable is NOT a word that would describe this book. The book is written in a cause and effect manner which I thought I wouldn’t like, however it actually helped the book evolve and answered questions at the same time. This story flows well, was exceptionally well written and has a good plot. The editing was perfect with out any misspellings or grammatical errors. The characters are well developed, their personality’s come alive off the page. They do not fall flat. (Vinx and Carter - just love them). I admit I was skeptical about being able to like this story but I’m absolutely in love with it and cannot wait for book 2.
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