Tuesday, August 5

Review: Through the Veil by Shiloh Walker

Through the Veil by Shiloh Walker

Ames was supposed to review this with us, so if you can all harass her to hurry up and finish it, so that she can comment, then I can cut back on my harassing time. I'm sure she will appreciate being bugged by someone other than me for a change :)

Found wandering in a field as a child, Lee Ross was given a name by the state and placed in a foster home—without anyone realizing she wasn't entirely human. All her life, she's tried to dismiss the odd dreams that have plagued her, dreams of monsters creeping through the night and a man fighting demons by her side. But the bruises she wakes up with are all too real to ignore...

Then the man from her dreams appears—in the flesh. His name is Kalen, and he insists that her destiny lies in his world, the world of her dreams. To save their people, he must convince Lee to give up everything she knows, follow her heart, and cross over into the Under Realm—even though once she does, she'll never be able to return...

Genre: paranormal romance
Series: ?

Chantal: I was excited to start Through the Veil. Every review that I read for it was really good, and the book got a lot of exposure in blog land. Once again though, that doesn't always mean the book is going to be a good read to me...

I made it to chapter six, how about you ?

Nath: I don't think I even made it to chapter six ^_^; See, I've read 2 books by this author. The first one was a the first in her Hunter series which was okay, but didn't wow me enough to read the rest. The other book was an e-book called Beautiful Girl which I enjoyed. So when Through the Veil started getting a good buzz in blogland, I thought I'd give Ms Walker another chance, given this was also a new series.

Chantal: I have the first Hunter book, but I have not read it. The way things are going I don't think I will any time soon. I've read, or tried to read, a few from this author. There was a story in an anthology that I read, and liked very much. Then I read one of her Ellora's Cave releases, and it was a DNF. I read it again when I had my re read month last year, and my review was mostly negative.

We were supposed to buddy review Beautiful Girl,, but it ended up being a DNF for Ames and I. I was waiting and waiting for Through the Veil to get good, but after reading that much of it, it didn't happen. *shrug* My TBR is way too big for me to waste my time on boring books. The concept for Through the Veil is exciting, and unlike any other paranormal on the market. At least not like any that I have read. It just didn't do anything for me. There was no wow factor. Nothing that kept me wanting to turn to the next page.

Nath: I agree. The concept and world building was good. I think the part I enjoyed the most was the glossary!! Reading about the world was quite interesting. However, it didn't come together for me which I suspect have to do with the characters and the writing. First, I didn't click with the heroine. I actually thought she was annoying, for all her denial. However, I was willing to continue despite her, because the hero was hot... but the story just got confusing ^_^; So I skimmed the ending a bit, then put down the book and frankly, hadn't had the urge yet to pick it up again.

Chantal: Yeah, the glossary was cool. There were times when I went back to read it just for the fun of it. I also liked the back cover blurb. It's one of those cases where the summery is so much better than the story.

I agree about the Hero, he was indeed a hottie. His POV was much more interesting to me than Lee's was. The thing about Lee is that it was hard to figure out the type of person she was. One second she came off sounding weak and naive, the next she was proud and strong willed. I wanted to know more about her, learn how she ended up on our world in the first place. Through the Veil was too slow paced. If we had some sort of background story on her a lot earlier than chapter six, then I probably would have been more into it. I wanted to know more about her, but I wasn't up to reading something that didn't interest me in order to find out.

Nath: I think you nailed it Chantal when you say that Lee was hard to figure. I personally didn't have the patience to see her 'Earth' dimension personality and 'other' dimension personality come together and become the strong, kick-ass heroine I was expecting.

It's unfortunate, because I really wanted to enjoy this book and I had high hopes after reading the glossary; how cool it was going to be. It just never happened :(

Chantal: I was also expecting a kick ass heroine. I just got sick of waiting for it too happen.

I do wish I had purchased this in e-book rather than print. First, I would not have as much buyers remorse about it being a DNF. Second, I'd have gone through it and changed all the 'magick' to 'magic'.That's ones of the things I like so much about e-books. It's easier to fix little things that annoy readers. 'Magick' has always been way up there when it comes to setting off my cringe factor.

Final Grade: DNF


ames said...

I'm sorry you guys. :(

Now I'm all interested about the glossary, I'm off to check that out!

Chantal said...

Aw, I'm just teasing you, babe.
How many buddy reviews have I had to back out of? 3 or 4, I think.

Besides, Nath and I could not finish it, so it would be mean to make you finish it.

Love you, Wench!

Jill D. said...

Oh dear, this doesn't look good. I have seen other reviews and I think they have been all over the board. I have it currently on hold at the library. I may try to slug my way through it if the mood strikes me.

Kris said...

I finished this one, but it was hard. I found it hard to follow at times and very hard to get into. I never really fully got into it. In the end i think i kind of liked it, but it is definitely an acquired taste.

nath said...

Ames - LOL, yes, read the glossary!! :) it's good :)

Jill - Well at least, you have it on hold at the library :) If so, I think you should give it a try :)

Kris - These days, I'm not patient enough to wait till I get into it. Sad. Happy that you kind of liked it LOL :)

Bev(QB) said...

I DO like Shiloh's Hunters series-- they have evolved into a blend of paranormal romance and urban fantasy and are autobuys for me. (I'm not a contemp fan so I've never read her contemps.)

As a paranormal fan, Through the Veil SHOULD have been an autobuy for me, too. But honestly, the storyline just didn't interest me. I can't even go so far as to say I didn't like the storyline, it just truly didn't sound like my "flavor", so I didn't buy it.