Veiled by Karina Halle
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Tantor Audio on October 25, 2016
Death. It's something that Ada Palomino has always known so well, having grown up in a house of horrors, surrounded by a family plagued by ghosts and demons and things that go bump in the night. But after the sudden and tragic death of her mother two years ago, death has never felt so personal. Or so close. Now eighteen, Ada is trying to move on with her life, and the last month of summer holds nothing but sunshine and promises with her first year at a Portland design school just around the bend. That is, until her increasingly violent and realistic dreams, dreams of other worlds, of portals and veils where her mother is tortured and souls bleed for mercy, start to blend into reality. Ada has to lean on her older sister, Perry, to try and make sense of it all, but even then, she's never felt more alone. Then there's Jay. Tall, handsome, and deeply mysterious, Jay would be just another stranger, a familiar face on the bus, if it wasn't for the fact that Ada has met him before. Every night. In every single dream. And the more that Ada is drawn to him in both worlds, the more she's in danger of losing everything-including her heart, and her very soul. Contains mature themes.
Veiled in audiobook format has reinstated the truth that not every narrator can narrate any book. Or maybe the message for me is that ‘not every books can be listened to in audiobook format.’ I think because of the hard time I had in listening to Veiled I will try to re-read this for myself and see if I’m able to connect with the story, and being the type of person I am I think I’m also going to try another Jo Raylan narration for second chance sake.
I don’t know the mechanics behind the production of Veiled, or whether Karina Halle had any say so or what, but Raylan somewhat ruined this story for me. The breathy way she acted out Ada’s character made it hard to want to continue on with Veiled. I couldn’t help but reflexively shout in my head, “No, that’s not how she’s supposed to sound!”
Karina Halle’s writing really saved Veiled, I would’ve hated to have miss out on its story with all the paranormal elements, and its smooth flow because I have a feeling that this will be a story I’ll have a hard time putting down once I do get my hands on the actual book and read it for myself.
The romance interspersed within Veiled prompted me to practice my eye rolling skills. I usually love romance in a paranormal stories but with the tone set for Veiled I felt that the romance was unnecessary – again, I probably shouldn’t commit to these thoughts because I have a feeling they’ll probably change during the re-read. It’s not that I hate romance now or anything, it’s just I’m tired of it coming in and ruining a good thing lol.