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.”
Bieke @ Istyria book blog
I’m not that big on Urban Fantasy, so I doubt I’ll pick this one up anytime soon. Great review!
This wouldn’t be for you then.
I’m sorry you were disappointed. I’ll be reading it soon, so I guess I’ll find out myself, I’ll let you know 😉
I hope you like it more than I did.
Suzi Q, The Book Dame
I was hoping for so much more with this book. It has been on my watch list since the moment that I first saw it. Unfortunately, your review is not the only one that I have seen that isn’t favorable. Thanks for your honest review.
I was so disappointed. It sucked too because I was on the tour.
Uh oh. I guess all the books we read can’t be a hit. Better luck next time, Jennifer. 🙂
sherry @ fundinmental
True. Maybe the next one will be better.
Aw, I’m sad to hear you though the book was boring. I’m reading the Kate Daniels books, and I’m looking for more like them, and The Veil sounded like a good one. Too bad!
Stick with Kate Daniels! lol.
So much for me starting with this series. I have read a couple more reviews that say the same thing. Sorry this wasn’t great for you.
It makes me feel better because I only read good reviews on this one.
Oh no! I’m so sorry this bored you! I do agree though, sometimes with certain books, you really do need to be in the right mood or mind frame to read and like them, even if the book is good, or heck, even if it is bad. Sorry this didn’t work for you.
I think it might have been my mood because I couldn’t finish a book from another series I love recently.
Brandi Breathes Books
Did have promise, but sorry to hear that the characters just weren’t all they could have been to make it a good story
It sucks. 🙁
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Oh man! I don’t read much urban fantasy but I was contemplating trying this one..now I’m not too sure…
for UF I would suggest Ilona Andrews.
She said the romance will build slowly over the series. I am sorry you were bored. i slipped right in and loved it.
I am so happy to hear it worked for you.
Looks like you saved me some time. Thanks. Jennifer 🙂
Anna from Elements of Writing
Who knows, maybe you would of liked it.
anna (herding cats & burning soup)
So many conflicting reviews on this one. Either loved it or meh-ed it. Not feeling too bad about skipping this one over, personally.
Yeah, you aren’t missing anything.
Bummer. This is one that when I saw it I was like “I have to read it now!” and then the reviews started coming in. I think I will just cross my fingers and hope my library gets in a copy because this is sounding like The Bourbon Kings by J.R Ward. People either love it or hate it. With those odds, I’d rather save my money and purchase something I know I’d love.
I am still going to try the Bourbon Kings but yeah, the reviews are so off and on.
I grabbed a copy of the Bourbon Kings from my library the other week. I haven’t started reading it yet.
Let’s hope it’s good.
Well hell, I was pretty excited about this one. Bummer! Like you, I thought the concept sounded like one I was sure to love. I can’t get into a book that doesn’t make you fall in love with the characters though. Great review!
That was the biggest downfall, I couldn’t get into these characters.
Leeanna @ Leeanna.me
Boo! Now that I’ve finally started (and devoured) Kate Daniels, it sounded good that this book had that feel… until I read the rest of the review.
LOL, I know!!! so disappointed.
Dang Jennifer, you keep hating on aspects that I liked. lol. I love that they didn’t jump into a romance in the first book, kind of like how Kate and Curran took a few books to actually get there. That’s one major thing I like about the UF genre, it isn’t all about the romance.
It wasn’t that there wasn’t romance, because I loved how Ilona did that in her books too. But with Kate Daniels, there was NO romance with Curran at all the first book. I didn’t even know they liked each other until book 2. That worked for me. But when you have this weird romance thrown into a first book either go with it or don’t. I would have rather there had been no romance because it didn’t fit. Plus, I didn’t care about the characters so their random romance moments annoyed me.
Melissa (My World...in words and pages)
Oh sorry it didn’t work well for you. Bummer. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
🙂 Are you going to try it?
Melissa (My World...in words and pages)
I’m thinking about it, but the shelves here are bowing with books I must get to first. *sigh*