This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Veiled by Stacey Rourke
Series: Veiled #1
Also by this author: Ts901: Anomaly: Rise of the Rebels
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.
They claim vamps don't kill.
They preach we are safe.
They ... are dead wrong.
One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.
I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.
I am their greatest threat.
Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.
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At the start of Veiled I was curious how the main character, Vincenza Larow, was going to be forged into an unstoppable weapon. I liked that her metamorphosis was something that had already been in the making but that she essentially got the short straw because of the trauma that she endured. I also appreciated that for Vinx it was not a welcomed change and that it was something that she struggled with accepting. That made her more real to me because this story setting was current times but in a society that included vampires who had essentially just started to come out of the closet. There would have been fear mixed with awe, disbelief and begrudging acceptance happening in society, becoming a vampire would not have been a widely accepted social phenomena.
Veiled starts out in a moment, then it backtracks into the past, it then goes back to a more recent moment and then backtracks to the beginning of the incident that lands Vinx where she is today and so forth. The narration is first person and the back and forth style of story development can be a little off putting until you get used to it. I will say that the present, past narration blends beautifully, helps to explain the situation, and gives weight to the emotions at the time. Characters are introduced and then developed through past transitions and by the end it all makes sense.
I knew this story was going to be one that involved a “vamps bad, humans good” mantra when I started to read Veiled but it did not stay that way for long. There was real attention given to fleshing out both sides of the issues at hand and it brought what I thought was “right” into question. By the end of the story I was completely undecided on how I felt about both sides of the argument. This story took some serious twists that kept me engaged and emotionally involved. The characters were written beautifully and Vinx was funny, snarky, and fully committed to what she felt was right.
I enjoy reading books by Stacey Rourke because she develops her characters and builds a world that is real and takes my imagination to a place where I can clearly see the story as she intended it to be portrayed. There were a few parts where I did become confused with what was happening and had to re-read a few paragraphs though. I also wish at the end of the story there had been more involvement of Micah. I feel like she just dropped out of the story. Overall, I think that Veiled is a smashing success and a great series starter for the Veiled series and I highly recommend this story. It was a great read!
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours & Author Stacey Rourke for this eARC of Veiled*