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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
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published November 6th 2017 by Anchor Group Publishing
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 w
Kira Simion
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, prime
*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
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
When it came down to it, there was only one thing I knew for certain about the new girl staring back at me: she was born into this world under a shroud of blood and chaos.

At the start of Veiled I was curious how the main character, Vincenza Larow, was going to be forged into an unstoppable weapon. I liked that her metamorphosis was something that had already been in the making but that she essentially got the short straw because of the trauma that she endured. I also appreciated that for Vinx it
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ge
Kristina Montigny
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 craz
Katherine Paschal
**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- a
Lauryn April
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

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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 in
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 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
Jan 15, 2021 marked it as to-read
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Angela *Whiskey Angel Life Blog*
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 throu
C. Erani Kole
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
*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
Movies, Shows,
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 b
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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-vamp
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 i
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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-lov
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampire-novels
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:

Nancy (The Avid Reader)
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 a
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 surfa
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Charity Rowell
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: onmykindlebr
I received a free ARC of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.

I didn't like Vincenza at first but the more I learned about her, the more I grew to love her!

At first, I thought I'd be reading about Vincenza going on a rampage through the city in search of the vampires who killed her family and left her for dead. The rampage would have been understandable, albeit predictable; however, it was so much more than that!

Vincenza's desire for revenge guides her headlong into vampire and
Claire Cronin
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 whe
Redheaded Bookworm
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 side
Gwen Wisdom
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 f
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Belle's Book Labyrinth
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
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Kira Assad
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Paranormal Tendencies
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca Rogers
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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