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ARC Book Review: Demon’s Veil by Brandice Snowden

14 Jul

“Keiron? Just Keiron, no family name?”
….
“I had one once, but I was a big fan of Cher and Madonna.”

Demon’s Veil by Brandice Snowden

 

Summary: Marie Leveau has been given a team to search for a missing tablet by her frustrating boss. She is a witch who can see aura’s, and her team is just now being exposed to the supernatural. They learn that there is a prophecy in which the veils between realms have to be closed shut. They will need to learn to trust one another and rely on each other in order to save the world.

Review: I hate writing one star reviews. An author put their heart into a story, and to tell the world I didn’t enjoy it is tough. But as I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley, I have to be honest.

I liked the magic in this world. Aura’s are difficult magic to write, and Snowden has done that well. I especially liked the blending of auras between couples, and wondered if that would work for Marie and Johnson as well.

But that was where my likes ended. Overall, I felt the plot was confusing and rushed. Half the time I didn’t understand how the characters got from point A to point B. Decisions were made haphazardly. I still don’t understand why the veils need to be closed or why they were opened in the first place.

The characters were one dimensional. I saw an attempt made to make the characters deeper, but I did not see it to fruition. Marie had her walls up, Delgado loved his wife, and Johnson was protective. The only character I felt had depth was Kieron. But it was pretty typical “fae-like” character we see in fantasy books. It also felt like the author was telling us the story, rather than showing us the emotions and personalities of the characters. I want to be able to feel the characters, relate to their story. But I couldn’t find anything to connect with the characters.

Their relationships were even more confusing. How did they go from not knowing each other to seeing each other as family? It was rushed, and I didn’t feel the emotions from their relationships. Marie and Johnson like each other, but I don’t feel any passion in their relationship. It was flat.

I had a lot of problems with the writing style, also. The writing felt choppy to me about 80 percent of the time. I also had an issue with Cassandra and her “accent”. Every other word was spelled wrong or had an apostrophe in it. I had to read her sentences at least 3 times to understand it. When writing accents, we have to be careful that we are not trying to be overly authentic because we do not read or write the same way as we talk.

Unfortunately, this book failed to provide me with any entertainment. Better luck next time!

Sex: sex scenes
Violence: death and killing, also mentions of child abuse and rape

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

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