4 out of 5 stars

The dark woods surrounding Presque Isle Maine obscures many secrets. Hushed utterances about mysterious deaths and human like creatures in the woods were passed down from generation to generation until they became legends, and eventually, dismissed and doubted. Could there be a reality buried in the folklore?

Jack thought his life would never be any different than it was living in a small town. Until the unthinkable happens, leaving two of his friends killed and him imprisoned by a mysterious girl named Serena. Her strange eyes and stories of others of her kind intrigue him, leaving him defenseless to her.

He discovers that his small town was nothing like he thought and that his life and those around him would be better than he could ever imagine if he would only believe.

My Review
I enjoyed The Veiled. It’s well written and has a few surprises I never saw coming. Jennifer Osborn does a great job foreshadowing and creating interesting characters. The story starts off strong with a horrific attack in the woods leaving two firefighters dead and a third fighting for his life. When the surviving firefighter, Jack, is rescued and nursed back to health by a mysterious, yet beautiful girl named Serena, things go from strange to truly weird for Jack.

In the days that Serena cares for Jack, the two develop strong feelings for each other, but they come from different worlds and a relationship isn’t possible. This story of forbidden loveismorethanjusta romance. There is danger, intrigue, and some pretty intense scenes of violence, but they are not gratuitous – they’re necessary to the plot, which builds to a solid climax, albeit a little predictable, but still engaging.

The story started off strong, but I found it stalling in the middle before building to an intense climax. Jack and Serena’s love story is the area I have the biggest issue with. It’s clearly love at first sight for both of them. I generally don’t believeinloveatfirst sight, but will accept lust atfirst sight isa real thing. One I’ve personally experienced. I’m not against instant love stories if the author makes me feel it, but I found it lacking with Jack and Serena. Clearly they find each other physically attractive, but their relationship isn’t a physical one. It goes much deeper than that, and I like aspect of their story. But I never felt like I understood why it evolves so intensely so quickly between them. I would have liked to have seen that more fleshed out more.

The rest of the plot is well done, from the incredible world building Jennifer Osborn has done, to the myriad of subplots that build up the main plot instead of distracting us from it.

The strongest characters in the story weren’t the main characters, but the supporting cast. From Jack’s best friend and the town’s deputy, Henry, to Serena’s friend, Vivienne, the reporter looking for his “bigfoot” moment, to Rahfey, Serena’s supposed intended. While Jack and Serena are the main characters, they shine the most brightly when surrounded by the other characters.

Bottom Line
The Veiled is an entertaining story, well written and delivers more than a few surprises. With a strong supporting cast and an intricate plot, it’s an entertaining read and leaves the door open for a sequel.

Title: The Veiled (The Shilund Saga)
Author: Jennifer Osborn
PublisherIndescrible Publishing
Pages: 170
Category: Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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