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Powerful veils hold Earth apart from realms mortals believe are merely tales of myth and legend. They are opening again, leaving humans vulnerable, and the monsters ready to strike. Marie Leveau prefers to remain alone and anonymous, for she knows what goes bump in the night, and sacrificing others isn’t part of her personality. But life isn’t always about getting what you Powerful veils hold Earth apart from realms mortals believe are merely tales of myth and legend. They are opening again, leaving humans vulnerable, and the monsters ready to strike. Marie Leveau prefers to remain alone and anonymous, for she knows what goes bump in the night, and sacrificing others isn’t part of her personality. But life isn’t always about getting what you want. Contracted by The Organization, a shadow government agency, Marie is assigned a new Special Ops team, one she must introduce via Paranormal 101 to the very monsters they didn’t believe existed. Marie and her team are sent to Asia in search of an ancient relic, leading them into the jungle and tests of a fragile new bond. Despite the initial distrust, and an unholy battle with a demon-god, the team survives, their lives forever changed and woven into an unbreakable tapestry. Returning home, the new friends sense the very people responsible for their safety are willing to sacrifice them all in the name of power. They learn of a prophecy, and The Paladin, the one person able to close the veils and keep the mortals safe. With few clues, the team must unravel the prophecy and figure out how to close the veils. Or the monsters will use Earth as ground zero, innocents be damned.


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Powerful veils hold Earth apart from realms mortals believe are merely tales of myth and legend. They are opening again, leaving humans vulnerable, and the monsters ready to strike. Marie Leveau prefers to remain alone and anonymous, for she knows what goes bump in the night, and sacrificing others isn’t part of her personality. But life isn’t always about getting what you Powerful veils hold Earth apart from realms mortals believe are merely tales of myth and legend. They are opening again, leaving humans vulnerable, and the monsters ready to strike. Marie Leveau prefers to remain alone and anonymous, for she knows what goes bump in the night, and sacrificing others isn’t part of her personality. But life isn’t always about getting what you want. Contracted by The Organization, a shadow government agency, Marie is assigned a new Special Ops team, one she must introduce via Paranormal 101 to the very monsters they didn’t believe existed. Marie and her team are sent to Asia in search of an ancient relic, leading them into the jungle and tests of a fragile new bond. Despite the initial distrust, and an unholy battle with a demon-god, the team survives, their lives forever changed and woven into an unbreakable tapestry. Returning home, the new friends sense the very people responsible for their safety are willing to sacrifice them all in the name of power. They learn of a prophecy, and The Paladin, the one person able to close the veils and keep the mortals safe. With few clues, the team must unravel the prophecy and figure out how to close the veils. Or the monsters will use Earth as ground zero, innocents be damned.

38 review for Demon's Veil

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Alright, first off I must say that I am likely being a bit generous in my rating of this book. 3.5 is more accurate. I know many did not care much for this book, and while I admit there is room for improvement, Brandice Snowden did a good job to create a unique situation and mixed it with some excellent characters. This book has a good mix of characters. Marie is the main character we start of with. She is a 'witch' of sorts. Morgan Johnston is another top character. Military man with a tough pas Alright, first off I must say that I am likely being a bit generous in my rating of this book. 3.5 is more accurate. I know many did not care much for this book, and while I admit there is room for improvement, Brandice Snowden did a good job to create a unique situation and mixed it with some excellent characters. This book has a good mix of characters. Marie is the main character we start of with. She is a 'witch' of sorts. Morgan Johnston is another top character. Military man with a tough past to cope with but of strong resolve. Some other Characters include Delgado and his wife Milana who both have huge hearts. Keiron is another we meet. He is BY FAR my favorite. He is human/fey crossbreed and how I wish I can see a picture of him. He is described as possessing an unearthly beauty and has Asian looking, amethyst colored eyes that almost glow like a poisonous viper! He is funny, witty, and smart. He is a hacker be profession. Plus he literally had me laughing a couple times with things he says! So there are the "Good Guys." Now the bad. There is Ralph, the military ***** (insert word of choice here), who I cannot stand. Darnell, the Director and boss in charge of most of the characters. He bored me overall and didn't seem to have a lot of depth plus his end game never fully makes sense. And finally Cassandra. She is the wild card who tries to play by her own rules. The author does a great job conveying her accent. Almost too good. When she talks, she has a great voice in my head but my eyes feel strained trying to read all the apostrophes. Here is an example: “Ye never send ‘er team out wit’ t’information ye ‘ave. Truth be tol’ ye are a bit miserly when it comes t’sharing information.” So basically Marie and her team are set up like pieces on a chessboard with Darnell playing one side and A mystery man (Raziel-who we don't hear much of) on the other. But these pawns have minds and moves of their own to make. Also this reminded me a bit like Indiana Jones for part of it as well. So being that I love the Indiana Jones movies, it added that much more to the story here. The first half of the book I really liked a lot. Great pace, with well developed characters. The only odd thing is they never fully question each other. It is a near blind trust of each other which is a bit hard to accept. I would have liked seeing some internal battle or trust issue but no. Also, everyone is very confident in their chooses. Never any doubt or second guessing which makes it a little unreal. Otherwise, the characters are fantastic. Each very unique from one another. As the story progress the determine Darnell is up to something but never figure out what until the very end and even then it is never fully explained. Raziel who pops up to kill the group also is never explained in this book. Normally these facts would have dropped the book lower in my opinion but I am hoping things will be better explained in the next books so I am giving room for that. I received an Arc copy of this book from Curiosity Quills Press in return for a fair and honest review. So special thanks to them for this opportunity!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    Anyone named Marie Leveau is bound to be a bit out of the ordinary, and that certainly holds true for the main character in this novel. Marie, who is a witch, works, albeit rather unwillingly, for a top secret government entity known as The Organization dealing with situations of the paranormal kind. As Marie deals with a brand new team, a prophecy emerges that hints that she has a much greater role to play in the world's magical fate and much greater power than she ever dreamed of. Can she lear Anyone named Marie Leveau is bound to be a bit out of the ordinary, and that certainly holds true for the main character in this novel. Marie, who is a witch, works, albeit rather unwillingly, for a top secret government entity known as The Organization dealing with situations of the paranormal kind. As Marie deals with a brand new team, a prophecy emerges that hints that she has a much greater role to play in the world's magical fate and much greater power than she ever dreamed of. Can she learn how to tap into and control that power before it's too late? Can a team composed of different magical species work together to prevent the end of the world? There were some very interesting aspects to this story, as well as some moments that were very touching. The ending, especially, was quite heartbreaking. While the novel was an overall enjoyable read and I would love to read sequels, I do think, however, that the author needs a bit more work before her product could be considered extremely well-written. For example, there are some metaphors that she just constantly reuses. I lost count count of the number of teams the team was chasing "rabbit trails" or going down "rabbit holes." Also, one of the characters, Cassandra, has a very distinctive British accent that is, as far as I could gather, maybe Cockney? However, the way the accent was written, it made it very difficult to understand or figure out how it was supposed to sound. It looked like a cross between French, Scottish, Jamaican, etc., etc. It was a bit overdone, I think.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Myra Espino

    **Review coming this week**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zeenat

    Summary: Marie Leveau has been given a team to search for a missing tablet by her frustrating boss. She is a witch who can see aura's, and her team is just now being exposed to the supernatural. They learn that there is a prophecy in which the veils between realms have to be closed shut. They will need to learn to trust one another and rely on each other in order to save the world. Review: I hate writing one star reviews. An author put their heart into a story, and to tell the world I didn't enjo Summary: Marie Leveau has been given a team to search for a missing tablet by her frustrating boss. She is a witch who can see aura's, and her team is just now being exposed to the supernatural. They learn that there is a prophecy in which the veils between realms have to be closed shut. They will need to learn to trust one another and rely on each other in order to save the world. Review: I hate writing one star reviews. An author put their heart into a story, and to tell the world I didn't enjoy it is tough. But as I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley, I have to be honest. I liked the magic in this world. Aura's are difficult magic to write, and Snowden has done that well. I especially liked the blending of auras between couples, and wondered if that would work for Marie and Johnson as well. But that was where my likes ended. Overall, I felt the plot was confusing and rushed. Half the time I didn't understand how the characters got from point A to point B. Decisions were made haphazardly. I still don't understand why the veils need to be closed or why they were opened in the first place. The characters were one dimensional. I saw an attempt made to make the characters deeper, but I did not see it to fruition. Marie had her walls up, Delgado loved his wife, and Johnson was protective. The only character I felt had depth was Kieron. But it was pretty typical "fae-like" character we see in fantasy books. It also felt like the author was telling us the story, rather than showing us the emotions and personalities of the characters. I want to be able to feel the characters, relate to their story. But I couldn't find anything to connect with the characters. Their relationships were even more confusing. How did they go from not knowing each other to seeing each other as family? It was rushed, and I didn't feel the emotions from their relationships. Marie and Johnson like each other, but I don't feel any passion in their relationship. It was flat. I had a lot of problems with the writing style, also. The writing felt choppy to me about 80 percent of the time. I also had an issue with Cassandra and her "accent". Every other word was spelled wrong or had an apostrophe in it. I had to read her sentences at least 3 times to understand it. When writing accents, we have to be careful that we are not trying to be overly authentic because we do not read or write the same way as we talk. Unfortunately, this book failed to provide me with any entertainment. Better luck next time! Sex: sex scenes Violence: death and killing, also mentions of child abuse and rape Rating: 1 out of 5 stars Quote: "Keiron? Just Keiron, no family name?" .... "I had one once, but I was a big fan of Cher and Madonna."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Demon's Veil is the first book in a new UF series. The book is not exactly a stand-alone. Most of it simply sets the stage for the future arch. If the book or the series will be for you, it'll depend on your taste and your personal history with UF. I kept reading this book as a thank you to the publisher for accepting my request of a ARC. Because I found the writing flat and the story very bland, I had to force me to keep on. It was an incredible boring read for me. At the end I skim-read most of Demon's Veil is the first book in a new UF series. The book is not exactly a stand-alone. Most of it simply sets the stage for the future arch. If the book or the series will be for you, it'll depend on your taste and your personal history with UF. I kept reading this book as a thank you to the publisher for accepting my request of a ARC. Because I found the writing flat and the story very bland, I had to force me to keep on. It was an incredible boring read for me. At the end I skim-read most of the second half. Characters and plot are full of holes and there's no plausibility to the story. Characters. Cardboard figures without much consistency. The leading lady is a bleeding-heart super-powerful woman who keeps acting with no much sense. She submits to a meaningless blackmail and you wonder why. She destroys her life for people she barely knows. As a reader I need a very strong commitment to a character to accept foolishness. Her team is composed of soldiers coming from special units. It's granted that these people are very loyal. But for no reason at all, except her word, they shed this loyalty as a cat shed his fur. (In the first pages....) The evil villain was the worst of all (well the demon was head-to-head on the race). A super evil villain of a super evil organization who spills his secret on the pillow. Sure. That's why you are still so secret. Plot. There are two blackmailing moment. Both of them seemed absolutely fake to me. First. (view spoiler)[A secret organization wouldn't want any publicity. So a trial for murder is a no-no. They didn't threat her life, but of a homicide trial of her fallen comrades. But if they were covert op, how could they be involved?. (hide spoiler)] . Same with the second. Life and freedom would mean the world to any sane person. But she has no qualm to give them up to save her team's careers. WTF? She barely knows them. And we're not talking of lives...but careers... Writing. I'm sorry. I found it terribly flat. It's didactic (at times literally, teaching a lesson a page) and meandering. We should be in a race against enemies to catch a powerful object and there's nothing on for chapters. The entire book is a set-up only: of the story, of the characters. But you get to the end of it and wonder: where's my story? ARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    Read more book reviews at Book Junkie Joint. Unique, magical and incredible! I don't know why there were a lot of low ratings for this book on Goodreads. Granted, there were a few mistakes here and there, but they were nothing major. Personally, I really enjoyed it. It's one of those books which require a leap of faith rather than logic. It's about simply letting your imagination go where the story leads you rather than trying to understand where it's leading, or if it's even going somewhere. I fi Read more book reviews at Book Junkie Joint. Unique, magical and incredible! I don't know why there were a lot of low ratings for this book on Goodreads. Granted, there were a few mistakes here and there, but they were nothing major. Personally, I really enjoyed it. It's one of those books which require a leap of faith rather than logic. It's about simply letting your imagination go where the story leads you rather than trying to understand where it's leading, or if it's even going somewhere. I find that this is an effective mindset when reading a fantasy genre where logic isn't so useful. First off, I find the story-line really unique. While it's not the first story to feature a government facility using paranormal experts in field operations, it's certainly unique in the sense that you just don't know where the whole story is going. Plus, it was really interesting to see how trust and respect for each other developed among the characters. There was definitely a development in the relationship of the characters, and I really liked this. Second, I also love the characters in this story. Marie is the standard noble idiot, but she's also a strong leader and she knows her stuff. I love that there was distrust among her teammates at the beginning but she knew just what to do to earn their respect and loyalty. I also really liked Delgado and his wife Cassandra. I think that it was really creative of the author to come up with Delgado and Cassandra, and their unusual gift. Oh, and Kieron! I love him! He's awesome! As for Johnson, I can't make up my mind about him. He seems a little off in my opinion. I was expecting more from him. All in all, this book is one unique roller coaster ride with different fantasy elements merged into a thrilling storyline, and characters who are all distinctly endearing and lovable. I highly recommend this one to readers who love Fantasy, but is looking for something different.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    When reading 'Demon's Veil', you have to open your mind up because the logical part of your brain takes over and the scenes of magic and the supernatural won't make sense. You have to read it with the right side of your brain and an open heart! Then it's an incredible story that will draw you in and send you into another world--'Demon's Veil' did just that for me. Believe it or not, I got so lost in the story, I was unaware of my surroundings and forgot what room of the house I was in! If you re When reading 'Demon's Veil', you have to open your mind up because the logical part of your brain takes over and the scenes of magic and the supernatural won't make sense. You have to read it with the right side of your brain and an open heart! Then it's an incredible story that will draw you in and send you into another world--'Demon's Veil' did just that for me. Believe it or not, I got so lost in the story, I was unaware of my surroundings and forgot what room of the house I was in! If you read my reviews before, you know I don't give spoilers, however, you will enjoy the characters and the plot--lots of depth, twists and turns--it's quite the adventure! The last few pages really really pulled at my heart strings that I felt that aching squeeze in my chest. Now THAT is great writing! You are going to have to find out for yourselves so please read 'Demon's Veil'!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Mrs B's Books)

    **Provided by Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for an honest review** To be honest this book was a struggle to read for me. I mean it has the supernatural and adventure in it, but it did absolutely nothing for me. I found that the book did not flow well and there was no break to show that we were jumping to another persons POV other than a paragraph break. It was hard to follow. Also the tenses get getting mixed up and it was constantly changing from a third persons POV for the first persons PO **Provided by Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for an honest review** To be honest this book was a struggle to read for me. I mean it has the supernatural and adventure in it, but it did absolutely nothing for me. I found that the book did not flow well and there was no break to show that we were jumping to another persons POV other than a paragraph break. It was hard to follow. Also the tenses get getting mixed up and it was constantly changing from a third persons POV for the first persons POV. In the end I was just skimming the book as I just couldn't get a handle on it. I was definitely disappointed with this book as it held such promise. The only good thing about it was the concept, it was just written badly for me and I couldn't overcome that. Not a series that I will be continuing with. :(

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    While I did enjoy this book it did have some issues. It seems disjointed and jumpy at times but knowing that this book was submitted as part of a contest and written over the course of a month I can overlook some of the issue of how it flows or lack there of in parts. At the end of the book it felt like this was more of a brief introduction towards the bigger story and that it was rushed to wrap it up to complete the "story" for this first book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in While I did enjoy this book it did have some issues. It seems disjointed and jumpy at times but knowing that this book was submitted as part of a contest and written over the course of a month I can overlook some of the issue of how it flows or lack there of in parts. At the end of the book it felt like this was more of a brief introduction towards the bigger story and that it was rushed to wrap it up to complete the "story" for this first book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series to see how the story continues and to see if with more time to write the book the flow and development of the story are better in the second installment of the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Collicutt

  11. 4 out of 5

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  12. 5 out of 5

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  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Rena Russell

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anne Tilney

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessa Russo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eryka Alejandro

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sapphyria

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lady

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Lavender

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Gates

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Bainbridge

  31. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

  32. 5 out of 5

    Alyse Foust

  33. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ownsbey

  34. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

  35. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  36. 4 out of 5

    Kim Coomey

  37. 4 out of 5

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  38. 5 out of 5

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