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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

0 Book Review - The Veil by Cory Putnam Oakes

The Veil - Cover GraphicSeventeen-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 . . .

This is the first published work of author Cory Putman Oakes. Before reading the book, I didn't read up about the author, read any reviews or anything. I read the catchy intro above (which is on the back cover of the book) and read it. I wasn't influenced in any way beforehand. I mention that because typically, I tend to over-research things and start formulating an opinion before reading. I do that with electronics, phones etc also but that is beside the point.
Back to the point, the book. It is a juvenile fiction book and unlike all of the other popular books out now, there are no werewolves or vampires in it. It is alluring with the hint of the magical "Annorasi" world.
The main character, Addy brings you along this journey with her. As she discovers about the Annorasi and learns more about her part in that world and special abilities that she may have, there is a hovering sense of danger with those that want her dead.
I felt while reading the book, that I was alongside Addy, and not engrossed, where I felt I was the character. The love interest Luc is mentioned so frequently. She talks about him, as a teenager would, how dreamy he is, and you can picture Addy swirling her hair with her finger and twisting her toe on the ground.
The book left me wanting to learn more about Addy and abilities that she may develop. It definitely makes me want to read another book that ventures more into that Annorasi world to discover more. The Annorasi side kind of brings me back to the Leven Thumps books with the ideas of magical things happening in a magical world while the Earth that we know is still accesible. This book really only scratched the surface on the magical side and I want more. There was a few times where I'd felt frustrated after she'd learned about an ability and the story would say something like 'the next 3 weeks went on line normal'. My mind wants to fill those 3 weeks with practicing those magical abilities.
My son is 12 years old and reads young adult fiction. When he checks a book out, I read it too. That's how I began to love these books. With most of the young adult books that we read, I get really into them and it's something that my son and I share together. I did have him read this one too. He actually read it first, then I did. As I was reading through the book, I would wonder how my son felt about those scenes....and I couldn't help but giggle to myself when it was an especially girlie moment with Addy pouring over how much she loved Luc or when they would kiss, that I'd wonder if it was awkward for my son to be reading that.

Orion's opinion:

Overall, I am really pleased with this book and look forward to the sequel. I can't wait to see how Addy does in the Annorasi world and what adventures the author can cook up for her.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book for review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions here are my own.


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