REVIEW: The Veil by Cory Putnam Oakes

The Blurb: 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 . . .

The Short Stick: Parallel universes, kids with super powers, and romance. This is my kinda book!

The Thoughts: This book hooked me from the beginning and didn’t let go. I don’t usually read books in under 24 hours but I did with this one. I don’t know what it was about it, the otherworld that Addy could see, the obvious attraction between her and Luc, or just the fact that there was this whole other place she was being hidden from her entire life. Sure, it was very prejudice if you look at it from any stand point. Addy didn’t commit a crime, but here she is, paying for something she couldn’t control. I found the overall themes in the book I mean crime, politics, secrecy, hiding away, all to be very tastefully done. Add the paranormal romance and the chemistry and the friendships and the real life connections and it was an easy and satisfying read. I’m really excited to see what happens in the next book because of where Cory left it.

The Metaphysics: I don’t need to remind anyone I have a PhD in this subject do I? Okay good. The metaphysics were believable. I often get upset with the whole notion of flying, but the way Cory pulled it off didn’t make me cringe this time. The invisibility thing did to a point, but then I mean I have to think physics do not apply here. What was done the best by far was the explanation of the overlapping world and how to pull images from that world. The things Addy can see make sense, and the way she lifted the Veil was done well. I like how everything was explained, and things that weren’t explained were accepted as simple truth. It’s not like any of the characters said they could do something and then didn’t show it off, and that was nice.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendation: You will want to pick this one up, it’s a new urban fantasy / paranormal romance / weird science book that I know will knock your socks off and make you wanting for more.

Also, thank you Cory for letting me read your book and I’m happy that we’re sharing a book birthday!

Namaste,
Rhi