Piercing the Veil
Author: Nicole L. Taylor
Published on: 10 May 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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FAMILY SECRETS. PARALLEL WORLDS. FORBIDDEN LOVE.
Eighteen-year-old Alexa Moore has had enough of her rigid, controlled existence. Shortly after her graduation, she decides it’s time for her to make the decisions in her life, and quit letting her grandmother have the last say. But when she sees a man watching her—at her graduation, at the market, outside of where she volunteers—her excitement is snuffed out by a sense of dread she can’t shake. And that’s only the beginning…
Soon, strange things begin happening: doors opening by themselves, books falling off shelves. At first, Alexa ignores the bizarre occurrences, chalking them up to coincidence. But when things take a violent turn, she discovers that these occurrences aren’t coincidence at all. In fact, they’re all tied to one thing: her. It isn’t long before she realizes that telepathy and empathy are not the only abilities she possesses. And these new abilities—ones she cannot begin to explain—are growing in strength…becoming more and more dangerous.
Lost and confused, Alexa turns to her grandmother, the one person she trusts above all others, for help. But Gran isn’t who she appears to be, and Alexa finds herself embroiled in a family history that’s shrouded in mystery and lies, where no one, not even the young Irishman she’s fallen for, is who they seem.
Part romance, part thriller, and part fantasy, Piercing the Veil is Nicole L. Taylor’s premiere novel that is not to be missed.
I had pretty high expectations for this novel even before reading it. However, once I started reading, I had a really hard time getting engrossed in the story. I found myself repeatedly putting the book down after reading a few pages only to force myself to pick it up again the next day, and this cycle continued. I had thought of ‘DNF-ing’ this novel after a few days, and I’m glad I didn’t. After the first 3 – 4 chapters, I was hooked. Once the story picked up pace, it was easy to get engrossed in the world the had author built. I love Serge, Alexa’s brother, and how much he cared for and looked after his sister. How I wish I had a brother like him. 😦
I love Alexa’s character development, how she stood up for herself against her grandmother’s after she found out about her grandmother’s true agenda. Her growth and change in mindset when she realised she had to protect her family and loved ones from pending trouble because of her abilities.
There were times I felt the plot wasn’t thoroughly developed as there were some gaps in the story that could be filled with more in-depth description. In addition, the plot wasn’t really mind-blowing or special, and it felt just ‘meh’ after I finished reading the novel. None of the other characters really stood out to me other than Serge, and even so, I felt that Serge’s character could be better portrayed with some changes. To me, he’s just an amazing brother who cared deeply for his sister’s well-being.
Initially, I felt that the chemistry between Roman and Alexa was rushed. It felt like another ‘love at first sight’ relationship. However, their chemistry started making sense when I found out Roman was a werewolf. Since Roman was super overprotective and thoughtful towards Alexa, I suspected both of them might be mates though it wasn’t mentioned in the novel. If they really were mates, the sudden chemistry between them and Roman’s over protectiveness towards Alexa would make much more sense.
On the whole, I’m looking forward to picking up the second book in this installment. There are still so many questions left unanswered and I hope those unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries would be provided in the second novel.
Finally, I received this novel from NetGalley in return for an honest review. 🙂