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4-4.5 stars Rating: R/MA for dark, paranormal/demon themes and some steam
First off, let me say that I'm a tough rater. Most books I read are rated at 34-4.5 stars Rating: R/MA for dark, paranormal/demon themes and some steam
First off, let me say that I'm a tough rater. Most books I read are rated at 3 stars, maybe 3.5 stars. I've rated very few books as 4 stars or above, because I believe the books have to be really amazing to get that rating. So a 4-4.5 star rating for Veiled means that I think this book is AMAZING! And I really, really like it! The Author, Karina Halle, is an amazing talent who writes across multiple genres seamlessly. She's an expert world-builder and character builder; she sucks you right into the story and the people.
This is a standalone book, so if you hear about the EIT (Experiment in Terror) series, yes there is a bit of a cross-over. But Veiled is a fresh, new story that stands on its own. You don't have to read the EIT series to appreciate it. But if you really like Veiled and haven't read EIT, you might want to check it out. ;-)
Ada Palomino is an 18 year old fashion blogger who's had the world practically at her feet most of her life. But 3 years ago, her older sister Perry was involved in some dark, paranormal stuff that spilled over into Ada's life. To her credit, Ada always supported her sister, even when what Perry was experiencing sounded unbelievable. Two years ago, the entire Paolomino family was in New York in a search for Perry's then boyfriend, Dex, and his supposed brother Michael; the trip ended with the death of Perry's and Ada's mother. Perry is now married and living in Seattle with Dex. Ada and her father still live in the family home in Portland, Oregon.
When Veiled starts, we see that Ada is experiencing her own coming-of-age... a little unsure about her future and still healing after the events in New York. It doesn't help that her dad has put their family home up for sale, but Ada figures that he needs a change, too.
Then Ada starts experiencing "exploding head syndrome" - look it up! - and having strange dreams involving her mother and a strange, yet familiar man named Jay. Ada is trying to sort through what's happening to her, unsure if she's experiencing true paranormal events or just dealing with the syndrome as she continues to heal from her mother's death. But when new neighbors move in next door, including 2 borders (Jacob and Jay), and Ada realizes that Jay next door is the Jay from her dreams... things really start to happen!
Yes, it's creepy and scary, but it's also sexy and sweet. Ada realizes that she has her own story - her own fate - and the paranormal is part of it. No longer can she just be "normal" or get back to "normal", because her norm has changed. It creates angst and confusion, but thankfully, her sister Perry and brother-in-law Dex ar there to help. As is Jay... her Guardian.
But I'm not going to spoil the book for you - you've got to read it for yourself! Just be forewarned that it does contain some dark subject matter re: demons and things that go bump in the night.
One of the great things about the book is, it's a standalone, so there is an ending without a cliff - LOL! And Romance is one of its many genres; if you know anything about what it means to be in the Romance genre, you'll be pleased at the ending - but I guarantee that you won't be able to predict how you get there! My hope is that Ms. Halle will have the the time and inspiration to write more about Ada in future. (Pretty please, if possible!)
If you love Veiled as much as I did and you haven't read EIT, Darkhouse is the first book.
Even if you decide Veiled isn't for you, please do check out one of the many other books that Ms. Halle writes, such as The Pact or Racing the Sun or Love in English . ...more