Publication date: November 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.
They claim vamps don’t kill.
They preach we are safe.
They … are dead wrong.
One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.
I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.
I am their greatest threat.
Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.
Stacey Rourke is one of those authors that I will insta-buy. She doesn’t shy away from any genre, which is perfect for an eclectic reader like me. I’m never disappointed!
Having said that, I was a little apprehensive going into this one. I’ve overdone vampire books over the years, from sparkly womanizers to bloody horror. I wasn’t sure I had any room in my life for another vampire. Lucky for me, Stacey Rourke managed to create a book that wasn’t so much about vampires, but was about characters who just happened to be vampires. And these aren’t even your standard vampires… or at least Vincenza isn’t. She’s more like a hybrid. Veiled gives a new twist to the genre, while still retaining a lot of the classic lore.
Vincenza is my favorite kind of heroine, kicking ass and taking names. It takes her a while to get her feet under her, recovering from tragedy and adjusting to her new life as a vampire. She makes more than her share of mistakes, but also has a certain humbleness to her that makes her likeable. And it certainly gives her lots of room to grow! The story’s timeline bounces the readers back and forth across a couple of years, further demonstrating how drastic her progress is. Vincenza isn’t the only flawed character by any means. At times, some of the characters are vindictive, or downright vicious. But seriously, it wouldn’t be a vampire story without long-lasting feuds and a little spilled blood.
The story was a little heavy on the politics for my own taste, and had a touch of scientific information, such as each chapter starting off with scientific terminology definitions. I found that this base in reality took away from the horror, but there are still scenes of gore and violence. Even a few scenes that could be hard on the squeamish. Certainly for the more mature readers.
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.
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