Saturday, March 5, 2016

Through the Veil by Colleen Halverson

Title: Through the Veil (Aisling Chronicles #1)
Author: Colleen Halverson
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Paranormal
Publication: February 22, 2016

My Rating: 4/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

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.

**I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Elizabeth Tanner is a broke student working on her master's thesis, which involves analyzing and translating an ancient Irish book. After the book starts changing, Elizabeth thinks she's losing her mind, until a member of the Trinity Foundation appears at her mentor's front door, and even crazier things start to happen.

I love, loooove stories that are about the Fae or that involve them somehow. And this one also includes many other different creatures.

The romance plays a big part in this. Very early in the story we meet Finn... and was reading about him a freaking roller coaster ride! At first I kind of hated him, he doesn't appear to be a nice guy and is very rude, an asshole, actually. He later apologizes for his behavior and it's ok, we start to like him a bit better.

But soon after that, Elizabeth is held hostage by the people from Trinity and asked (not very nicely) for information she doesn't even posses. Finn keeps demanding all kinds of things she might know about (seriously, everything), but when Elizabeth tries to ask things like why she's being held there, what they want from her or who they are (like, VERY important stuff any sane person would want to know), he says it doesn't concern her...

Oh, of course. Of course, Finn. It obviously doesn't concern her kidnapped butt!!

He then goes back to being nice and so on. I mean, Finn. You'd think that a man over 200 years old would have matured by now.

She also starts doing things she's not supposed to and she's being scolded by Trinity... Dude, if none of you tell her anything, how is she to blame?

Then there's a moment when we forget about Finn's bipolarity, because really, really bad guys start to show up. A war has been going on for many years, and it might stop if her mom, or even Elizabeth, marry Bres the Beautiful, a total psychopath. But neither of them has any say in this, if the king Bobd Dearg and other leaders decide one of them has to marry Bres, then it must be done.

Elizabeth does go through a lot by the end of the story, and she learns to control the power she never even knew she had. So she takes matters into her own hands, instead of waiting around for someone to show up and rescue her. She's a bad-ass like that.

Make sure you pick this up if you like fantasy and strong female leads :)

Have you read this book? Any similar ones you might recommend?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye! 


  1. Like you, I love anything involving Fae! Great review. I will be adding this to my TBR! (Although I'm not sure if I will like Finn.)

    1. Those stories are the best <3 I didn't love Finn, but he's all right I guess, he does a few things to redeem himself :)

    2. Oh I just love a redeemable character!

  2. This sounds really good, I'm definitely going to have to read it now ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

  3. excellent post :)

  4. This sounds like one pretty cool book! First of all, it being set in Ireland has me caught up and I already love the idea of the setting. And the romance sounds like a roller coaster ride you couldn't help but enjoy!

    1. Haha yes! It was very entertaining :) I love books that are set in Ireland or Scotland and have to do with fantasy creatures, they're so good <3

  5. Ooo this sounds great! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. I like books about fae if it's done really well. I also love fantasy and strong female leads! So I definitely need to make sure this is on my to read list. Great review! :)

  6. Ooo I am going to have to get this I love anything to do with Fae :)

    Meme xx

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  7. suena genial... lo busco en mi libreria :)


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