So today is my stop for the Veiled Mist blog tour! I have for you all a review of the book and a giveaway as well!
On the Caribbean island of Maurray, spoiled-rotten, fifteen-year-old Hanna wakes up to a nightmare. She is not the daughter of an aristocrat but the orphan of a Gypsy. She is the descendant to a mystical Gypsy tribe. Their magic is strong and has lasted six hundred years. Ornella, the tribe’s guardian, arrives at the island with her mutt, Count Dracula, to guide Hanna. Hanna is told she must embrace
her heritage or die at the ripe age of seventeen. But Hanna does the unthinkable, she chooses death. She hates Gypsies and would rather die. What she doesn’t know is that her death will destroy the entire tribe. What she also doesn’t know is how persuasive Ornella can be.
The nightmare begins.
In a respect of being honest, I feel that it is important to start this review explaining that it took me a while to actually get into the story. By the time I was quarter of the way through the book, I had to resist the urge to put the book down and start reading something else. However, I persevered as I really don’t like incomplete books, and as the story continued, I soon found myself liking it more. I cannot pinpoint the exact moment that my feelings towards the book changed but I soon found myself engaging with the words on the page and couldn’t wait to continue the story and find out how it all ended up. So, if you find yourself in that position with this book, I strongly urge you to keep reading because this book does get better.
This book is full of magic and intrigue and has some very interesting elements within it. From healing powers, to talking dogs, this book had a lot of unique moments that were quite interesting to read about. I enjoyed the different aspects that this plot had to offer me and eventually found myself curious about the journey that the main protagonist had to take and where it would eventually lead. There was a plot twist thrown in there that I truly didn’t see coming but that I really liked and helped to make the book more entertaining. By the end, I found myself laughing at the last few moments, happy that the book had ended in such a good and light way.
A Unique Way
There were a lot of different characters in this story, some I was able to enjoy reading about but a few got on my nerves. The first character that we are introduced to properly is Ornella and she is a character that I struggled to get to grips with throughout the entire novel. I just disliked the way she was and how she acted and while I could see why she was that why, it didn’t stop her from being a really irritating character in my eyes. Hanna, our main protagonist, was also a character that I struggled with. She was annoyingly shallow, and well, just annoying for a large part of the novel and I found myself rolling my eyes at her for a lot of the book. Fortunately, she is also a character who redeems herself at the end and I found that somewhere along the way I had started to like her without even realising it.
On the other side of things, her grandpapa was a character I loved from the instant we met him. He was so lovely and full of life. He was calm, an important character in Hanna’s life and simply was a character that you would struggle not to love. Her little brother, John, was also a character that I admired from the start. He had brains, he’s willing to connect with his sister, and while he does have his little brother annoyances, he always cares a lot and is very protective and he definitely stole my heart away. Alistair was another character that I liked, he was a complicated fellow but he was also nice, protective and conflicted and I just really felt that I could understand him a lot.
The one thing that, for me, made this book harder to read was the writing style. In my personal opinion it often felt a little stilted and forced and didn’t flow very easily in my head. This occurred a lot more at the beginning of the book where I was just trying to get myself into the story but it did also happen a few times towards the end. At the beginning of the story you were thrown into the middle of something that you had no clue about, and as a reader you were left to fill in the blanks, something that I wasn’t in the mood to do, and this made the story difficult to grasp straight away. Once everything became a bit clearer, the book definitely became a lot more enjoyable and I found myself really liking the rest of the story. I liked the way that it all unfolded, and I was especially glad for the personality change that occurred due to the journey that was taken. Everything fell together at the end and it wrapped up into a nice book that left you with a good feeling.
And Change Everything
Overall, this was a book that is difficult to get into, has a few characters that are irritating and a writing style that takes a little while to get used to, but once you get passed all of that, the story itself is a really interesting one that piqued my curiosity and kept me turning the page. It is full of magical things, and a lovely sense of happiness and well-being in general that reaches you by the conclusion. It hasn’t made it into my favourite books ever written but it is not a book I regret reading. I would recommend this book to people who like books full of adventures, mystery, magic, mayhem, and a little bit of fun too. I would definitely feel that this book would be brilliant for those who won’t take the book seriously and will allow it to just be a great piece of entertainment. I feel that those readers will get the maximum benefit from this book.
** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
I am Brazilian born and raised, of American parents. I live in Sao Paulo with my third husband and children. I studied at the American school in Brazil, in boarding schools in Switzerland and the US. I have a BA in English Literature from FIU. I published a YA trilogy in Brazil and another YA novel in Turkey in 2001, now in its fifth edition. My passion is history and spiritualism. Besides Veiled Mist, I have another YA novel, Fallen Ruler, being released soon.