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review 2014-12-01 03:18
Resenha: The Veilwalker Trilogy (Into the Veil, Through the Gloom, Across the Blood Red River) - Uma série que é uma verdadeira jóia escondida!

Como de costume para livros que não tem planos de serem lançados no Brasil, esta vai ser uma versão reduzida das minhas resenhas em inglês. Eu mesma perguntei para a Jennifer R. McDonald (tem como falar esse nome e não pensar na músiquinha da propaganda? Mac-donald!) se ela tem planas os de traduzir para outras linguas, e ela falou que por enquanto não, já que publica seus livros independentemente. Isso é realmente uma pena, já que esses estão entre os melhores livros que eu li esse ano, e se tornou uma das minhas séries favoritas. Vamos à resenha:

 

Into the Veil - 5/5 estrelas

O livro é narrado em primeira pessoa pela Lyric, uma menina de 16 anos que faz parte de um mundo paranormal que se move por entre o nosso - porém sem o conhecimento de humanos. Ela perece ser uma menina normal - fora a sua aparência meio fantasmagórica de olhos azuis claríssimos e cabelo loiro/branco, e a falta de amigos. Ela vai à escola, tem um irmão gêmeo chamado Lincon que é super charmoso, um pai que trabalha muito... Mas ela não é normal. Ela não tem amigos porque se muda muito, fugindo do seu próprio povo paranormal que poderia usar seus raros poderes contra eles.

 

Lyric e seu irmão são Veilwalkers, ou caminhantes do véu - isto é, o véu que separa o nosso mundo do purgatório. Eles estão na estrada desde o assassinato da sua mãe, que também era veilwalker mas foi morta pelos seus poderes. Mas o tem tem de mal em ser um caminhannte do véu? Bom, veilwalkers são os melhores espiões que existem, já que podem sair de seus corpos e andar pelo véu sem serem percebidos pelos outros seres vivos. e isso pode ser muito valioso.

 

Por isso ela não pode ter relações normais, nem com humanos nem com a sua gente. Eles são treinados como soldados pelo seu pai - um spell-caster (bruxo que faz poções e magia), que faria de tudo para mantê-los vivos. Além do seu irmão a única pessoa com quem ela fala é a Gemma, um espírito invocado que quer voltar para o véu, mas não pode já que Lyric e Lincon a tiraram de lá sem querer e não sabem colocá-la de volta! 

 

O livro é cativante, tem um ritmo super rápido e gostoso, e o mundo criado pela autora é muito consistente. Logo o começo o pai dela é raptado e eles obrigados a colaborar com um Clan de bruxos que tem, no mínimo, atitudes ambíguas. Com tanta maluquice acontecendo - ela junta vampiros, lobisomens, bruxos e outros seres que ela dever ter criado da cabeça dela - o mundo deve soar desorganizado, confuso e até meio clichê para você. Mas não é, juro!! É incrível como McDonald consegue fazer as coisas terem tanto sentido (ao ponto de eu me pegar pensando "Nossa, sem dúvida, é daí que vem este mito!") E ela faz isso sem esforço e sem parecer que está tentando te convencer.

 

Além disso, eu adorei o romance. Isso sem dúvida não é instalove, e também não é o foco do livro. Ele cresce de maneira orgânica, e é tão lindo que eu - romântica inveterada - não pude deixar de me derreter. Claro, é um livro Young Adult, com protagonistas extremamente jovens. Ela toma umas decisões mal pensadas, o que é de se esperar. Mas ela não é, nem de longe, burra. é uma protagonista forte e leal, que vale o título de heroína.

 

Through the Gloom - 4.7/5 estrelas

Em Through the Gloom Lyric está determinada a encontrar a verdade sobre a morte da sua mãe. A pessoa que ela ouviu ser o assassino a vida toda - e da boca do próprio pai - pode não ser bem o que parece. E Lyric não vai descansar até descobrir a verdade.

 

Esse livro do meio surpreende por não ser um livro "enche linguiça". a autora realmente explora os relacionamentos - da Lyric com o irmão, com o Aiden (o mocinho), com o seu mundo sobrenatural, e principalmente consigo mesma. Ela vai descobrir do que é capaz, em uma trama cheia de curvas e voltas inesperadas!

 

Across the Blood Red River - 4.5/5 estrelas

Já o último livro da série é sem dúvida o melhor. Ele satisfaz tudo que um último livro deveria: temos respostas para as principais perguntas, um final super real e lindo para o romance, a introdução de diversos novos personagens (assim como o desenvolvimento de vários outros), e principalmente um amadurecimento considerável para a nossa heroína. Tudo, menos um final! 

 

Por isso eu dei a nota menor. Ele não acaba realmente. Tudo bem, as coisas se resolvem, mas quem já ouviu falar em uma série que termina com um epílogo em que os personagens principais estão começando outra aventura? Tudo bem, a Jennifer está escrevendo uma outra série, chamada The Helios Chronicles (vai ser lançada em breve) que se passa neste mesmo mundo e que vai ter muitos dos nossos personagens favoritos. Mas mesmo assim, fiquei com um buraco aberto no meu coração... (tá bom, tá bom, sem drama!)

 

Minha nota: 5/5 (para a série como um todo)

Eu leria novamente? Sem dúvida

Eu vou ler outros livros da autora? Com certeza!
Eu recommendo? Sim, para fans de YA e fantasia que leiam em inglês e gostem de um mundo muito bem construído. Sério, eu não sei como esta série não é mais famosa! E ela é baratinha no Kindle, vale muito a pena!

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review 2014-12-01 01:54
Across the Blood Red River (Veilwalker Trilogy, book 3), by Jennifer R. McDonald - The last and best one in the trilogy, but not a "finale" for me.

Book Description:

 

To lost souls, the veil is a cold, tragic existence. But for Lyric Yama, the living world is so much worse.

Lyric has finally uncovered the truth of her mother’s brutal murder. Now her hands are stained and her mind is plagued with the bitterness of regret.

Soon she will have bigger problems. A grieving warlock is closing in. He’ll stop at nothing to reap vengeance on the young witch.

As the consequences of her past march closer, and the illusion of safety is abandoned, Lyric must decide whether to run or stand and fight.

But when the full power of a veilwalker’s magic is unleashed, no one—living or dead—will ever be safe again.

This is the final installment of Jennifer R. McDonald's Veilwalker Trilogy.

 

 

Review:

 

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review*

Don't you hate it when a book still hunts you even after you have finished reading it? I don't! I usually love it! But to be honest this book, being the last in the trilogy, needed some more closure for me. It is still pulling in my heart strings. I feel like I've been left in the Veil, if you know what I mean.

(And if you don't, it's probably because you are like me and you check out the reviews for the last book in the series before you read the first one. And here's my advice: buy these books right now! They are amazing and you won't regret it!)

I have loved this series from the beginning. From the first page I was absorbed into this amazing world and enthralled (every pun intended!) by these great, intensely human and intriguingly supernatural, characters. Jennifer McDonald created an incredibly consistent world where complex rules, bonds and hierarchies - physical, magical and emotional - flow as organically as they do in our own reality. Her characters are intricately woven in inscrutable situations that provide both depth for the characters and engrossingly amazing fast paced action for the reader.

This is definitely one of the best series I have read this year, and it's without a doubt one of my top ten favorite ever. That says a lot, I hope. But it does have it's flaws. There were some spelling mistakes all throughout, for example, even though they didn't distract me from the incredible plot. The book descriptions don't do them justice - as I read them now I think What?? That's not it! But the greatest flaw of them all, and one that pertains to this last book, is the fact that - in my opinion - it didn't really end.

This was not a cliffhanger, per se, but it lacked closure for me. I won't spoil the ending, but let's just say it's very clear that Lyric has other adventures in front of her, and many questions are left to be answered regarding her immediate future and the immediate future of those she cares about. The epilogue even hints to them. And that kills me!! I heard Jennifer McDonald is working in a new series that takes place in this same world (which sounds like a brilliant idea to me), and that the characters in this series will play a role in it. But I heard nothing regarding the specific future of these characters I have grown to love.

That being said, all the "questionable decisions" Lyric has made in the past have been dealt with, and most of the questions posed in the former books have been answered. Lyric has shown a lot of growth in this last installment, and cames into herself beautifully (yet not perfectly, which works well for her character). After suffering so much and doubting herself even more, she finally confronts her daemons (both internal and external). Lyric and Aiden's love grows stronger and more real, and I'm glad with how it ended up. For concerned parents: (SPOILER ALERT) even though there is some second base action and loads of hot kissing, this is not a heavily sexually charged book at all. It also has some torture and cursing, but in my opinion this book is perfectly fine for anyone over 14 years old. (END OF SPOILER ALERT)

 

 

In the end: this book was filled with action, incredible twists and amazing character growth. It is the best one yet, even though it leaves things open and it doesn't feel like the end of the series. But this is a fantastic series, and I hope it doesn't end here anyway. In fact (let me summon my best Gemma-like spunk): Don't you dare leave us hanging Mrs. McDonald! :) I'm joking, of course! But I do hope there is more of this story to be told, because there is an opening in my heart that needs to be closed.

My rating: 4.5/5 (because of the lack of closure)
Would I read it again? Absolutely!
Would I read other books from this author? Yes, without a doubt.
Do I recommend it? Yes! To any fans of YA or Urban Fantasy. Don't hesitate to read this! It doesn't have the recognition it should have!

 

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review 2014-12-01 01:16
Review: Through the Gloom (Veilwalker Trilogy, book 2), by Jennifer R. McDonald - A great sequel, with twists you won't believe!

Book Description:

 

Lyric Yama’s life is starting to feel as bleak as the purgatory in which she spends her days.

The line between enemy and ally has blurred. To unravel a heinous murder, she’s agreed to exploit her veilwalking gifts for her new coven leader.

But as the Lyric sinks deeper in the quicksand of lies and deceit, she’s forced to re-evaluate exactly what she signed up for.

Is the pursuit for truth worth becoming the very evil she’s been running from? And if so, can she survive the soul-crushing loss that truth will ultimately reveal?

 

 

Review:

 

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review *

 

Don't you hate it when you wake up at six o'clock in the morning to pee and end up waking up for good because you can't fall asleep because you HAVE to know what happens in the book you're reading? I don't. I love it!

This book in an incredible sequel to Into The Vail. It is every bit as thrilling as the first one, but with twists I didn't expect. I don't usually mind that much that I guess the ending before the author intends me too, but its great being surprised, isn't it?

This world Jennifer McDonald created is incredibly consistent. It's so rock solid that for the most part things get explained without her having to spell it all out. You learn about something that happened and you just think: "yep, that makes sense!" I also think that is why she is able to surprise us with her chatacters actions without it being forced. Much like people who aren't fictional, they go about their own lives fluidly. They feel extremely real and are absolutely aware of their shortcomings. They aren't superheroes, even though they have supernatural powers - and that is a very hard thing to accomplish.

I still love Lyric, even though she continues to make some questionable choices. It's all about her voice, I think, that makes it work. She is strong and willed, and she levels things in her own mind (meaning: to the reader) in a very natural and logical way. Even when she makes a stupid choice (which is not that often, by the way), you understand why she is making it. She is a smart girl trapped in an impossible situation, and you can see how someone would think like she does.

I also understand all the other characters effortlessly. I love them and want to shake them to their senses in equal amounts. They draw you in, like they're your own loved ones. And Aiden... (pause for swooning)... even though I don't appreciate the back and forth in their relationship (I just want to see them together already!), I can't help but love them and cheer for them. Their love is magnetic and it makes me feel like someone replaced my internal organs with puffy little clouds when they are together.

The only (very minor) criticism I would have is all the explaining in the beginning of the book. I do understand that the author has to explain somethings about the first novel, but really these are not stand alones by any means, so what's the point? If you haven't read Into the Vail yet, you have to before reading this. It's an amazingly interesting book and you won't regret it. As well as you won't regret reading this sequel! 


My rating: 4.7/5
Would I read it again? Yes
Do I recommend it? Yes! To any YA and Paranormal lovers. Do yourself a favor and pick this up!

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review 2014-12-01 01:11
Review: Into The Vail (Veilwalker Trilogy, book 1) , by Jennifer R. McDonald - An amazing world and a delicious romance that you shouldn't miss!

Book description:

 

Life isn’t easy for a teenage veilwalker.

 

Lyric has been on the run for over a decade. Her brother is her only friend, her father treats her like a soldier, and after an ill-planned trip to purgatory she’s stuck with a bitterly displaced ghost.

Charles Hathor has problems of his own—problems he’s confident can be solved with the aid of Lyric’s realm-crossing ability. As the leader of a powerful coven, he’ll stop at nothing to ensure her cooperation. Kidnapping, extortion, maybe even murder; everything goes in his quest for retribution.

Alongside her twin, Lyric is forced back into the bowels of the magical world. But working for a vengeful warlock is not for the faint of heart.

Relationships will be tested. Unlikely alliances will be forged. And Lyric will discover enemies closer than she ever imagined.

This is the first book in Jennifer R. McDonald's Veilwalker Trilogy (And, on a personal note, I will review all of them!)

 

Review: 

 

* I received this book in exchange for my honest review*

Don't you hate it when a book keeps you up until three in the morning (even though you have to wake up at 6:30 to go to work) because it's so darn good? I don't! I love it!

I fell in love with Lyric and Lincon right away (what a great name, Lyric, by the way). They are Vailwalker twins, and possibly the last of their kind of mages. Veilwalkers are witches who can freely go (you guessed it) Into The Vail between our world and the next - what some people would call purgatory. And the reason that is great, other then they see dead people, is that the Vail and our world are connected. When they are in the Vail they can see and hear everything that happends in our world, making them the best spies anyone could ask for.

The world Jennifer McDonald created was one of the best aspects of the book for me. It talked about witches, werewolfs and vampires - all terribly familiar - in a strikingly unique way. There were other paranormal beings that were introduced as well, and even if I hadn't heard about them before, they felt right - like maybe McDonald had an insight into the actual magical world out there. Like maybe this world could be real, and we could be living in it.

All the chatecters were like that too - they felt real. Even in the very beginning when nothing much was happening, the main characters already showed they were strong, smart, independent and kind. The best thing about it was that I didn't notice the author trying to make me see them that way. The dialogs were smooth and witty, and McDonald introduced this remarkable world and adorable characters in a very fluid way. They sneak up on you, and when you realize you are already rooting for them. Sure, they are teens, and that shows sometimes in some impulsive reactions and questionable atitudes. But they were not stupid kids, by any means. All, including the secondary characters, were complex and multidimentional.

And I have to talk about the romance. It wasn't the main point of the book at all, and it wasn't particularly steamy either. But it was so sweet and it grew in such an organic way... It made me literally put my hand over my heart in a swooning gesture many times. I loved it and I can't even explain the reason for it that well.

For me, this book was very well rounded. It had likable and believable characters, an interesting plot set in an unique world, heart-melting romance, and incredible action all through out. I'm so glad I got to read it!

My rating: 5/5
Would I read it again? Yes
Do I recommend it? Yes! To any YA and Paranormal lovers. Buy it now, you won't regret it! I honestely can't believe it isn't more popular!

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review 2014-09-08 17:26
Into the Veil (Veilwalker Trilogy, #1) - Jennifer R. McDonald

Into the Veil was a wonderful YA story with solid characters, vivid places and a great plot. Our heroine is Lyric, a teenager who happens to have a rare gift. She's able to walk through the veil, as is her brother Lincoln, they can wander through the world without being seen and learn things others can't. Besides veilwalkers there are mages and other types of magic users who inhabit the world. In the book, Lyric and her brother are introuble of being captured because of their rare gift and how useful it could be. This story is fast paced and quick to get to the point. There aren't any dwelling points, the author does a great job of connecting everything together. I'd definitely recommend to YA fans, this is a fresh idea with great world building and great characters. This story does contain lots of laughs and "hah" moments.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of LoP.

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