Title: The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds
Author: Sally Dubats
Reading level: Young Adult
Size: 344 pages
Release Date: July 4th 2011
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
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The Witches’ New Year looms, and the Veil Between Worlds thins. Seventeen-year-old Cassie heads home from school and meets Trenton, a beautiful boy with an enchanting voice. Darkness blankets the encounter so Cassie forgets she ever met him. . . and what he did to her. For other girls the lost time would be the end of the story, but Cassie is Wiccan and she uses her intelligence and authentic witchcraft to remember the truth. Her spell sets in motion a mind-blowing adventure that takes her to another dimension, the astral plane, where anything is possible and a dangerous romance with Trenton blossoms.
But who. . . or what. . . is Trenton?
The story is fantasy. The spells are real.
“She floated across their minds, unwelcome, and the fury began.”
Veil between Worlds is a surprisingly unique tale that drew me in with its mystery from page one. The mix of paranormal elements that Dubats explores in this tale is not one that I’ve come across before and I’d dare to assume, one that isn’t very common. (I don’t want to say more for fear of giving anything away!) The writing style flows nicely and is wonderfully descriptive.
I loved Cassie’s narrative voice. She was a believable teen without being whiny or annoying which is key for any YA novel to succeed…at least in my humble opinion. Her relationship with her Aunt feels real and genuine.
Trenton is a confusing character as he is meant to be…and we slowly learn more about him and his mysterious family throughout the course of the book. All of the other characters are well fleshed out and add depth to the story.
My only complaint about this novel is the all too common use of “Insta-love.” Cassie and Trenton feel an immediate connection and know that they are destined to be together. I don’t have a problem with the whole idea of predestined romance…but I still like to see some development between the characters and it just felt a bit too rushed and awkward in this case.
By far my favorite aspect of this read was the spellcasting. Not that I am by any means an expert but the witchcraft elements rang with authenticity and I felt they were a positive reinforcement of what being a Witch or practicing witchcraft really means. Kudos to the author for blending these elements in so seamlessly and not feeling the need to write a YA Paranormal book that dramatizes the Old Ways in an unrealistic or negative way.
Overall, I have no problem recommending this to lovers of YA Paranormal as I found it to be highly entertaining, unique, and the most accurate and wonderful portrayal of the craft that I have seen in some time.
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