Series: Devil's Isle #1
Publisher: NAL on August 4, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
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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 endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.
Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.
But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…
At A Glance
I just wasn’t feeling it.
I loved the premise. It had a Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews feel. When the Veil (what separates the human world from the supernatural world) was torn down, a war between supernaturals and humans ensued. Years later, the Veil is back up but magic has irrevocably affected the world and technology. Magic use is illegal, even from the few good people who just happen to have it. Claire, our main character, is one of those people.
The ending was actually good and almost made me want to continue the series. Good action and a lot of twists and surprises.
I don’t know if it was my mood or if it was the book, but I did not care for The Veil. I was just plain bored. Seriously, it was painful to read this book. Sure, there was some action and interesting parts, but that only added up to like 10% of the book. Just not enough for me. The plot and pacing were slow. The story just kept dragging on and on.
The characters were the other big disappointment. No chemistry between Claire and Liam. Not like that ‘relationship’ went anywhere. All the characters were boring. The weren’t unlikable, they just had very little personality. I didn’t really care what happened to them.
You think something will happen with Claire and Liam but that goes nowhere real fast. I would have preferred there was no romance/interest between them at all than the limp attempt we got. No sex, or anything else for that matter.
Everything was so meh! Nothing got me excited, except for the ending. I really expected more. Maybe that was my problem, I went in with too high expectations because of Chloe’s other series, the Chicagoland Vampires series, which I love. I know people are loving this one, and I am very happy about that, Chloe deserves it, but for me it was a dud. Not Recommended.
“I used to walk the houses,” he said.
I glanced at him. His gaze was on a small carriage house lined against the sidewalk, its door yawning open. “Walk them?”
“The empty ones. I’d let myself in—”
“As you like to do.”
He snorted. “The store’s door was unlocked. As for the houses, I never went through a locked door. Didn’t want anyone looting behind me. But if I had time to kill, and a door was unlocked, I’d walk through. Take a look. See how they lived. What their lives were like.”
That was a side of Liam Quinn I wouldn’t have expected to see. “And what were they like?”
He frowned, considered. “Some of the houses were completely empty. They’d taken everything they could. In others, it was like, I don’t know, spying on someone’s life. There were still clothes in the closets. Magazines on the coffee table. Toys in the kids’ rooms. The beds were made up. Lot more mildew, sometimes mold, because of the humidity, but otherwise— they were just houses. I wondered where the people went.”