Veiled by Karina Halle
Welcome to Spooky Saturday! I will be featuring three spooky books today, and Veiled was definitely the spookiest of the three I’m about to feature. Check out the rest that range from mild spooky to spook eh!
Actual rating: 4.5 stars (only due to the grammar freak in me. Otherwise, perfection.)
I hadn’t read any of the EIT (Experiment in Terror) books or any other Karina Halle novel, but the concept for this book sounded amazing and after reading a review from one of my trusted reviewers, I knew I had to read this book. It took a longggggg time to get here, but I have to say that that wait was worth it. This book was a gem.
I had been craving a good paranormal novel, and man, did this deliver. Ada has this lovely syndrome – exploding head syndrome – which causes her to hear three knocks coming from her closet when the poor girl is trying to sleep. She’s had it for a while, but once she starts hearing her dead mother’s voice coming after them, pleading for her to save her from a place called the Veil, Ada realizes something is wrong. Not to mention the arrival of new interesting neighbors, a hot ginger following her, and crazy demonic-like things chasing her. It’s so much more than your regular paranormal novel, and it’s one wild ride.
I really appreciated how the author knew the possibility that there would be new readers who never read her old stuff, and she easily made this book readable for those that didn’t know this world previously. I’m sure it would have helped to know the previous characters and stories beforehand, but truthfully, the author did such a good job, I was able to understand the world building and love the characters by themselves without being forced to have this prior knowledge. I was so worried I would be confused, but Karina Halle made it so casual how she slipped in world building facts that I could understand and not spoil the storyline.
I loveddddddd Ada as a narrator. She was such a kickbutt main character that was flawed but strong and snarky and funny as all get up. Her and Jay were perfection, and I loved watching their story and relationship develop. I loved how she questioned herself and him when I did as well. She didn’t just follow along, which I really admired.
I can never get behind horror movies, but this kind of book was right up the creepy alley in a way I loved. It wasn’t too grotesque, but it had just the right amount of scary that had me double checking my own closet. I can see why Karina Halle is known for her horror work, because she created such a haunting and atmospheric world that had me diving in for more.
I really, really enjoyed this book, and this horror, paranormal romance adventure was such a delight. It’s definitely making me itch to read more of Karina Halle’s work, and see what else she has up her sleeve for the horror genre or her contemporaries. I really would like more of Ada’s and Jay’s story, so hopefully it will continue. Otherwise, I will definitely be checking out the rest of her work in the meantime.
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