The Veil by Cory Putman Oakes
YA Fantasy; Publish date: November 1, 2011
Description from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Addison Russell is in for a shock when she discovers that she can see the invisible world of the Annorasi. Suddenly, nothing is as it appears to be—the house she lives in, the woman who raised her, even the most beautiful boy in town all turn out to be more than what they seem. And when this strange new world forces Addy to answer for a crime that was committed long ago, by parents she has never known, she has no choice but to trust Luc, the mysterious Annorasi who has been sent to protect her. Or so he says . . .
My Rating: 5 Stars
I had the chance to read an eBook ARC of The Veil. I don’t even know where to begin. It’s refreshing to read a YA fantasy book that has characters that haven’t been done before, like vampires and werewolves. Don’t get me wrong, I love those books too, but I really like reading about different characters.
Have you ever wondered if there could be another world right here, but you just can’t see it? What would your reaction be if “The Veil” was lifted?
The preface had me hooked. I mean, how could talking about someone possibly burning at the stake in the 21st century not grab your attention. I really enjoyed how Addy talks so candidly about her life and how normal it was until, almost overnight, her life became far more interesting. Addy knows her parents died when she was young and she moved to California shortly after that with her Grandmother. Addy lives with her Grandmother and her 11 cats in a house that most people are, well, scared of. Addy has had a crush on Lucas Stratton (aka Luc) since she first saw him, but he was snatched up by one of the “popular” girls. An event in Pre-Cal gets Luc’s attention to drift to Addy, and not in the way you may think. This is the second event that starts Addy down a path that makes her question everything she knew to be real.
This isn’t a story of girl likes boy and boy doesn’t know she exists, it’s a story of a girl who was never supposed to be and how her new friends and family try to keep her safe and help her discover the Annorasi side of her.
I don’t want to say this is the next (insert your favorite book here), because The Veil is unique and stands on its own merit.
Laughter, Shock, Love, Loyalty, and Suspense are sprinkled throughout this book in a way that will make it hard for you stop reading.
You can find the author online:
Cory Putman Oakes Website