Friday, March 4, 2016

RELEASE DAY + BOOK REVIEW: "Through The Veil" by Colleen Halverson

Where the fairy tale ends, destiny begins.

Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she's studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.

As Commander of Trinity's elite warriors, Finn O'Connell isn't used to having his authority challenged. He doesn't know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth's abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he'll risk everything to help her.

At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.

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I really love paranormal romance that has fairies and magic as opposed to the "typical" types of characters we've been getting lately. Sometimes it is easy to forget that paranormal also includes the mystical as well as the creepy. Through The Veil's storyline is occasionally naughty (perhaps too naughty for a new adult book), sometimes sweet, often very violent, but always entertaining.
The main character is a woman whose plot starts out strong and gets stronger. She's a fighter, and avoids most common "female" characteristics romantic heroines usually encompass. Her upbringing was not easy, yet she came out and became a hero in her own right.
The romance between her and Finn is...unusual. It borders on Stockholm Syndrome, as Elizabeth becomes enamored with her captor. It was the only part of the book I couldn't really get behind. Especially since Elizabeth is such a strong characters it didn't make much sense for her to act how she did with Finn.
However, what I liked best about the book was the accurate depiction of violence and torture. You don't normally get scenes like thiose in PNR, and while I am sure many readers would be put off by them, I really enjoyed them. PNR can sometimes forget that it is supposed to be anything other than romantic, but Ms. Halverson remembers quite well that PNR is so much more than love.
A good book. Things could be improved upon, plot-wise, but it is definitely one I would recommend.
4/5--not a typical PNR book.

About the author: 

As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshman. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.

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