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review 2016-08-30 09:00
Review: The Sight by Chloe Neill (@chloeneill)
 

 

Series: Devil's Isle
Publisher: NAL
Published: August 16, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 347 pages

In the first book in this series, we were very quickly shown that this wasn't going to be a remix of the Chicagoland Vampire series, the New Orleans version. Merit, Ethan and the gang are set in present day, just with addition of vamps and shifters. Claire lives in a much darker time, almost post-apocalyptic in tone, what with a war having been fought and martial law being enforced in the area.There are no shifters or vampires in Claire's world. There are however, angels, demons, and a whole host of creatures straight out of Grimm's Fairy Tales, the original, non-kid friendly version. I'm not generally one for such dark story lines, but there is enough humor and hope to keep this from being depressingly bleak or sinister.

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Claire is working with a group called Delta, to learn how to not only save herself from Devil's Isle, but to protect the city itself from further attack by those beyond the Veil. Claire has to learn how to harness and control her power of telekinesis, or one day it will one day turn her into a magic sucking Wraith. She is also training with Liam, to be a bounty hunter, going after Wraiths before they can hurt innocent people. In addition to all this, she is still running her father's store, The Royal Mercantile.

The world building continues to expand as more secrets are revealed and Claire figures out who are Allies and who are Opponents in the struggle for the City of New Orleans and the paranormals and Sensitives who now live there. Not only is the world building top notch, but the dialogue is superlative. Take for instance, the following where Claire and Liam are talking while out canvassing a neighborhood for a suspected Wraith.

I glanced at him, his muscles taut beneath the short-sleeved shirt, strong hands on the steering wheel. "You like to sports?"

He lifted an eyebrow. "Do I like to sports? You should like a woman who's never said that word before."

"My dad didn't care about sportsball."

"You know that's not a thing."

"I do," I admitted. "But I like the sound of it."

Overall, I am really enjoying this serious divergence from the Chicagoland series. If you are a fan of the darker fairy tales or post-apocalyptic tales, you should really check this series out.

Berkley Publishing and Netgalley provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning...

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both...
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review 2016-08-15 07:28
The Sight (Devil's Isle #2) by Chloe Neill
The Sight - Chloe Neill

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell.

Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it.

But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoyed The Sight. I enjoyed the characters and the world, and it wasn't difficult to follow along in the middle of everything because Neill does a beautiful job allowing new readers to dive right in without feeling lost on what's taking place.

Of course I highly suggest to start with the first book but its not required to know what's going on if you haven't had a chance yet which is great because there is plenty of detail to keep you in the know.

I especially like Liam and Claire because they make such a strong couple, they aren't well developed however you can tell that they're both on the same page, you can get a sense of Liam's loyalty to Claire and as a reader you can really kind of relate to and respect Claire as a person and you begin to understand all the conflicting emotions she has during her struggles.

Which is why I like that her interactions with Liam have chemistry but not unrealistic sexual build up. I like that it allows her to process where she's at mentally and emotionally without adding too heavily on the burdens she already carries.

That in itself really won me over about Liam because he's the guy. That wins me as a reader.

I love Neill's world, I love her cast, I love the plot. I think everything in this book is fantastic. I highly recommend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2015-08-25 16:30
New Paranormal Romance Series (2015)
The Exile: Book One of the Fae (Book of the Fae) - C. T. Adams
Prudence - Gail Carriger
Halfway Dead (Halfway Witchy Book 1) - Terry Maggert
There's Something About Werewolves (Seven Brides for Seven Shifters) - Thalia Eames
The Last True Vampire (Last True Vampire series) - Kate Baxter
The Terrans (First Salik War) - Jean Johnson
To Mate an Assassin - Ceri Grenelle
The Veil - Chloe Neill
Flight from Death - Yasmine Galenorn
Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged) - Lilith Saintcrow

Wnat to fall in a new world? Check out these Brand New Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Romance Series!

 

1. The Exile (Book of the Fae)  by C. T. Adams

 

Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists--and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna's apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds.

 

A shocking magical assault on her home reveals to Brianna that her father, High King Liu of the Fae, is under attack. With the help of her gargoyle, Pug, her friend David, and Angelo, a police detective who doesn't believe in magic, Brianna recovers what was stolen from her and becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne.

 

2.  Prudence (The Custard Protocol) by Gail Carriger

 

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do -- she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. 

 
Soon, she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis (and an embarrassing lack of bloomers), Rue must rely on her good breeding -- and her metanatural abilities -- to get to the bottom of it all...

 

3. Halfway Dead (Halfway Witchy Book 1) by Terry Maggert

 

Carlie McEwan loves many things. 


She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY—a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is twenty-five pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her Grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest—and only—real diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it. 


When a blonde stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me. 
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4. There's Something About Werewolves (Seven Brides for Seven Shifters) by Thalia Eames

 

Lennox Averdeen’s top three worst fears:

 

1. Anything remotely canine.

2. Finding out she has a secret baby.

3. Running into Garrett Anderson. Former best friend. Heartbreaker.

 

She pulls a trifecta when she realizes the stray canine and the tween kid hanging around her house are not only one and the same, he’s Garrett’s wolf shifter son.

 

When Garrett tracks down his runaway son and sees Lennox again, the widowed father’s heart begins to struggle against his self-imposed chains. Plus, just coming into town pits him against the local Alpha, and everything he hates about pack life. The death, the heartache.

 

Despite her fears, Lennox becomes the boy’s mother in all but DNA. But Garrett? He can hula-hoop with the nine rings of hell. Except the heat of attraction has never died, and there’s only one way to slake their sexual thirst. Make a smoking-hot deal, agree to part as friends…and try to ignore the sound of Fate howling with laughter.

 

5. The Last True Vampire (Last True Vampire) by Kate Baxter

 

SOUL SURVIVOR
He is the last of his race. The one true king of the vampires. Michael Aristov roams the nightclubs of L.A. after dark, haunted by his past and driven by his hunger. The last of the Ancient Ones, he alone has survived the destruction of his race at the hands of the slayers. Now he is forced to hunt and feed like a common vampire, a creature of lust. Nothing in this world can fulfill his needs…until he meets a woman who's everything he's ever wanted. And more.

SWEET SALVATION
Her name is Claire Thompson. Her blood is so sweet, so intoxicating--the smell alone draws Michael to her like a moth to the flame. Sly, sexy, and seductive, Claire seems to be the only mortal who can satisfy his craving and seal his fate…forever. Can she be trusted? From their very first kiss, the last true vampire sweeps Claire into a world in which darkness rules desire--and where falling in love is the greatest danger of all

 

6. The Terrans (First Salik War) by Jean Johnson

 

Born into a political family and gifted with psychic abilities, Jacaranda MacKenzie has served as a border-watcher and even spent time as a representative on the United Planets Council. Now she just wants to spend her days in peace and quiet as a translator—but the universe has other plans…

Humans have long known that they would encounter more alien species, and while those with precognitive abilities agree a terrible war is coming, they do not agree on who will save humanity—a psychic soldier or a politician.

But Jackie is both.

After she is pressured into rejoining the Space Force to forestall the impending calamity, Jackie makes an unsettling discovery. Their new enemy, the Salik, seem to be rather familiar with fighting Humans—as if their war against humanity had already begun…

 

7. To Mate an Assassin (The Lost Alphars Series) by Ceri Grenelle

 

Cymbeline Kendall’s life is quiet, solitary—until a letter appears in her P.O. box. Then she becomes an Incendiary, a human chosen at birth to be trained to strike like lightning to take out the most dangerous of the Werekind, then fade back into the shadows. 

 

She is a weapon only to be used by the leader of North American shifters. But when she learns the Alphar was unseated three years ago, she sets out to find who’s been pulling her trigger.

 

Kerrick Masterson has borne the burden of leadership for only a short time, yet he already feels the Alphar power tempting his soul toward the insanity that destroyed his predecessor. He has no time for the woman who breaks into his compound claiming to be his Incendiary, but his beast insists he make the time—for his mate. 

 

In one searing, soul-consuming breath, everything Cymbeline was taught to believe is ripped away. Yet the mystery of who’s been sending her orders remains…and finding the answer could lead to all-out war. 

 

8. The Veil (Devil's Isle) by Chloe Neill

 

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.
 
Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.
 
Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.
 
As more and more Sensitives fall prey to their magic, and unleash their hunger on the city, Claire and Liam must work together to save New Orleans, or else the city will burn…

 

9. Flight from Death (Fly by Night) by Yasmine Galenorn

 

’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.

 

10. Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged) by Lilith Saintcrow

 

Jeremiah Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. But now Gallow is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed

 

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review 2015-08-12 09:00
Review: The Veil by Chloe Neill

 


The Veil

 


Devil's Isle, #1

 

Chloe Neill

 


Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Date of Publication: August 4, 2015
Number of pages: 352

 

 

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Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

I took a look at this book because I have enjoyed the author's Chicagoland Vampires series and - let's be honest here - if the author is going to interrupt writing that series with another, there are less withdrawal pains if you read that series as well to offset the symptoms. But do not go in expecting this to just be Merit in New Orleans, because you will be seriously disappointed.

Merit and Claire couldn't be more different. Merit was a grad student, well versed in research and academia. Claire barely finished high school and is much more street savvy.  Merit is self assured and has no problem being front and center at any gathering. Claire lives a beige life, trying her hardest to fly under the radar and not attract any attention. Plus, this isn't a big time, big lights, big city setting; this is a post-apocalyptic, war ravaged city under martial law. In other words, definitely not just a New Orleans remake and remix.

Our girl Claire came of age during a time of war. Something called The Veil, a barrier between us and a world of magic and Paranormals, was broken. The Paranormals came to take over. Of course, we fought back with severe prejudice. In the space of a year, it left her orphaned and alone, struggling to make her way in a world where having any magical ability earned you a one way trip to Devil's Isle. And if you were a human "Sensitive", your future included turning into a Wraith, a dangerous shadow of a yourself, interested only in sucking in more magic.

As this is the first book in the series, there is a lot of world building and set up that has to be done, and it was skillfully accomplished. Basically, we learn about this new world as Claire finds out that what she thought she knew was either just the tip of the iceberg or complete fabrication. This was an excellent start to the series and I look forward to the next installment. I am giving this book 4 stars.

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group for the opportunity to read and review the book.

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