Hello, fellow bookworms. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Veiled by Stacey Rourke. The first book in her paranormal new adult series, Veiled. My thanks to Kimberly at Caffeinated PR for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.
What’s Veiled about?
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Title: Veiled by Stacey Rourke
Published by The Audio Flow LLC on 26 November 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult Paranormal Romance
Narrator: Taylor Meskimen
Length: 8 hours 15 minutes
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.
©2017 Stacey Rourke (P)2020 The Audio Flow, LLC
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: Audiobook
Purchase Links: Audible*
Read: 26th – 30th December 2020
What did I think about it?
I really enjoyed Stacey’s previous audiobook The Journals of Octavia Hallows narrated by Brenda Scott Wlazlo. Therefore, I was keen to get my hands on this vampire urban fantasy.
I really like Stacey’s writing style.
I find Stacey’s stories intelligently written and easy to read. The prose and pace she uses is appropriate for the feel of the story she’s telling: they never feel rushed and never come with any dreaded information dumps or slumps.
This story gives us a new(ish) twist to the vampire trope.
Veiled feels like the perfect tale in these times of mistrust and prejudice. Stacey doesn’t shy away from the darker side of human nature and uses these characteristics to create the urban fantasy world that Veiled is set.
Taylor Meskimen is a new-to-me author.
I felt that she read the story well; the pace of her narration and emotion she gave the narrative and dialogue both transporting into each scene. Her performance encapsulated our protagonist, Vincenza (aka Vinx). However, her range of different voices and accents is limited meaning that I was confused during certain dialogue-heavy scenes.
Veiled was a good story however a couple of things took the shine off.
Firstly, this story is told in the first person and it jumps around between the present and a multitude of flashbacks (including a flashback within a flashback!). Yes, Stacey kindly ensures the title of each chapter indicates whether it is now or a flashback, however, I still began to struggle with all the jumping around after a few chapters.
And secondly, I had issues with the production quality of the audio. The copy I listened to was definitely a poorer quality compared to the published Audible version. However, listening to a sample I still think the narration sounds flat, mono instead of stereo and as though there’s a barrier between Taylor and the microphone. It just didn’t sound as professionally produced as other audiobooks I’ve heard. The richness was missing.
I’m quite disappointed actually as the blurb sounded right up my street. Veiled didn’t hit the spot for me like Stacey’s Octavia Hallows did. Honestly, I was dithering between OK and Good (2 or 3 stars).
Veiled has received many 4- and 5-star reviews, so I hope my review has encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of my links to check it out yourself.
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