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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Entangled Publishing Presents: Through the Veil by Colleen Halverson; #BlogTour, #Giveaway, & #Review

Rating:  4 Stars 
Told in the first person.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the publisher and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

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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My Thoughts:

Elizabeth Tanner has a very special talent.  Finn O’Connell is a man who needs an attitude adjustment.  It’s a story that has the perfect combination of contemporary and Irish mythology.  In high school, my favorite part of English was learning about Greek Mythology so I was excited when I had the chance to read Ms. Halverson’s book.

Have you ever thought you were seeing things?  Can it be that you’re just over tired?  Or can it be that you’re seeing the unexplained?  How would you handle finding out that your life may be different then you thought it was? 

Maybe your heritage is Irish.  What a great book to pick up and read.  How about taking a trip to Ireland or even putting on some Irish music as you read this.  I would definitely read this book again and have some Irish music playing in the background.  Or even listen as someone with an Irish accent read the book to me.

Now this is a story that you will have to be patient with.  Nothing gets revealed before the time is right.  There are twists and turns that will have you looking forward to turning the page.  Since I work in a library, I loved the idea of having the chance of translating a book that may have been a part of my heritage.  It also had me thinking that I bet it would be a fun job to work in a museum.

This author gives her readers surprises as they come toward the end of this first book.  Books can hold secrets and you will have to see if you can figure out what those secrets are.  I don’t see that this book has a definitive happy ending.  But if it did then we wouldn’t want to make sure to read the next book in the series.  I was very impressed with the amount of time that passed before the author wrote this story.  It must be like riding a bike – you don’t forget.

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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