Book Review | The Veil
Title: The Veil
Author: Cory Putnam Oakes
The Veil by Cory Putnam Oakes is a Young Adult Fantasy novel about 17 year old, Addison Russell. Addison was always told that her parents were killed in an accident when she was 6 years old; therefore she was sent to live with her grandmother (Grans). For eleven years, she believed that story, until one fateful day, when things suddenly begin to change in her life. On her 17th birthday she begins to see strange things in normal, Novato, California. Inexplicable things begin to happen, such as a silver frog, hopping on the shoulder of the coffee shop owner, a cougar jumping through a hula hoop, and people being burnt at the stake. Addy doesn’t know if she’s lost her mind or if she needs another coffee break. One thing that she is certainly sure of however is that Luc, the most beautiful guy in the world in her eyes, is suddenly paying attention to her. She can’t understand why, especially since he’s dating the most beautiful girl in school, her frenemy, Emily. Her curiosity doesn’t last long, because he soon reveals a truth to her, which rocks her existence.
Addison learns that she is half Annorasi. The Annorasi are a magical people whom share the same world as humans, only, the human eye can’t see them. Adding to this revelation, the woman whom she’s called Grans for eleven years isn’t actually her grandmother. And, Luc, he’s an Annorasi as well and not just any Annorasi, he’s been sent to protect Addy, from forces which want her dead. The same forces which murdered her parents due to their taboo relationship. Humans and Annorasi aren’t supposed to mix, and Addy’s mere existence is viewed as a threat. These new terrifying revelations disrupt her life, forever and she must learn to trust and find an inner strength that she didn’t know she had if she wants to survive the Annorasi.
The Veil was a fun read. However, it did become a bit cliché at times, particularly with the way that she constantly pined over Luc. That was overdone at times, and a bit desperate on her part. Despite that complaint, I thought that the story was well written. I enjoyed the characters, and I appreciated the fact that her discovery not only threatened her life, but it also brought forth challenges to her friendship with her best friend Nate. Those challenges were indeed realistic and I delight in touches of realism. But not too much realism, or else it would take the fantasy away. Oakes manages to use a near perfect recipe. So, if you’re on the hunt for a unique YA fantasy, snuggle up and read The Veil, I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*