The Veil (Devil’s Isle, #1) by Chloe Neill 4 Stars

Clair Connolly lives in war torn New Orleans, where seven years ago the Veil between worlds was lifted and every type of paranormal entity (i.e werewolves, fae, pixies etc) was let loose upon the city launching an all out war in the middle of New Orleans. When the Veil finally closed, there were paranormals left behind who were rounded up and brought to a gated area they called Devil’s Isle (sort of like a concentration camp).

After the Veil was opened, some humans found they were sensitive to magic, giving them some kind of super power. However anyone with magic, human or not would be condemned to live in Devil’s Isle if found out, so they are forced to hide their powers.

Claire has spent the last seven years since the Veil opened thinking that all paranormals were evil, until one day she accidentally finds out she’s a Sensitive and has to hide her telekinetic powers from everyone she knows, even those she is close to. Until she meets Liam – who sees her using her powers as she attempts to save someone being attacked. She begins to realize there is more to this, and this is not an us against them type of situation as the government led them to believe.

As Claire and Liam get to know each other, they find out that someone is hoping to reopen the veil, which should never happen, unless they want another war. Finding people to trust and getting the powers that be to believe them is another story, so it’s up to them to stop the Veil from opening again.

Claire is somewhat feisty, although not as feisty as Merit in Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, (a series I love by the way). But when Claire realizes what is happening there is no hesitation about jumping in and helping, even if it means being condemned to Devil’s Isle for the rest of her life because of her telekinetic powers.

There was a lot of world building in this story, sometimes too much as it was very descriptive. It sounded very much like what New Orleans may have gone through after Katrina, including issues with FEMA. It is quite sobering to read considering it is a work of fiction, because the parallel is unmistakable.

This was a pretty quick read and I finished it in a few hours. There isn’t a lot of edge of your seat kind of action in this one since Neill spent most of the time setting up the world and introducing us to the characters.

However, I do look forward to the second one but hope there is a little more action and a little more chemistry between Claire and Liam.

I definitely recommend this one, but if you like a little more action in your stories – check out Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series starting with Some Girl’s Bite.

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