Book Review & Freebie Giveaway: Veil Between Worlds (The Grimoire Chronicles #1) by Sally Dubats

Posted August 24, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review, Giveaway | 44 Comments

Title: The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds
Author:  Sally Dubats
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre:  Paranormal
Size: 344 pages
Release Date: July 4th 2011
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon

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.


Sally has been kind enough to offer up a copy of her book for FREE to anyone who answers the following question below in the comments 🙂  Everyone’s a winner!
Please make sure to also leave your email address and your preferred e-book format.
Sally’s Question:   If you could pick a Witchy talent, which would it be and why: Read people’s minds, know the future (it doesn’t mean you can change it), or talk to the dead?


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44 responses to “Book Review & Freebie Giveaway: Veil Between Worlds (The Grimoire Chronicles #1) by Sally Dubats

  1. Have all three but the one that causes me the most problems is the “Flash vision” views of what is going to happen because I never know where or when. Before the 9/11 attacks I had repeated visions of birds falling from the sky covered in blood … it was only when it happened that I realised what I had been “seeing”.

  2. I would definitely like to talk to the dead. There is so much knowledge, wisdom, humor, etc. in all the people who have passed on. It would be wonderful to be able to tap all that when I wanted.

  3. I hadn’t heard of this one but I love books with witch elements.
    I think being able to read people’s minds would be too hurtful for me, I don’t think I would want to know what people think of me!
    I already sense ghosts and just ‘know’ things about them. But I really wish that I could see and talk to them because I don’t always trust my ‘sensing’.
    I also sense future things too. But this is so vague its not very helpful. Usually all I feel is a sense of dread. In a car I can sense when there are cops ahead but if I overthink it I can’t trust it cause I just figure I’m syking myself out. But I’m not sure I would really want to know what’s going to happen cause it holds so much responsibility.
    So I guess I go with talking to ghosts!

    Not sure when I can read it but I definitely do want to give it a try!
    Kindle copy to candace_redinger at Yahoo dot com
    Thank you!

  4. If you could pick a Witchy talent, which would it be and why: Read people’s minds, know the future (it doesn’t mean you can change it), or talk to the dead?

    If these are my only choices I would have to pick talk to the dead but … if I could choose another it would be to be a snap finger housekeeper.

    epub format

    beachhouse . writer @ gmail . com

  5. I’d like to have the powers of mind-reading and teleportation. That way, I would always know what is going on, and I could instantly be anywhere I wanted to be.

    bookaholicholly @ gmail .com

  6. Of the three choices you offered I think I’d prefer to talk to the dead. Obviously they see and know things we don’t so they have a lot to offer if they should be so inclined.

    Additionally, living life as a Cait Sith, (Witch in feline form)is a very interesting proposition and being able to produce glamours would save a lot of people money on plastic surgery.

    I would love to read your book. My email address is and since i’m almost always chained to my desk I most often use Kindle for PC

  7. Well, I’m empathic to the enth degree so reading peoples minds would just be like any day, just more annoying… I am apt at spirit work and recieving messages from my ancestors so not that one… I would choose SEEING THE FUTURE, even if I couldn’t change it; It would be great to have a heads up!!

    • I forgot to answer the question…I would choose the ability to talk to the dead. There are so many things I would want to ask of so many people who are no longer of this earth.

    • Hi Fear Street 🙂 So glad you want to read “Veil Between Worlds!” And it would be good to talk to people you miss; I believe they’re all doing just fine 🙂 Just leave your e-mail and whether you want Nook, Kindle, or Smashwords (which you can open any way you choose). Nook and Kindle apps are free at the Barnes & Noble or Amazon websites 🙂 Thanks!

  8. Talk to the dead. Not until reading some of the other comments did I realize it could be used for ‘research’ purposes, though. I had more in mind being able to help them (too many novels and movies, maybe?).

    I would definitely need the ability to turn off whatever gift/skill I had, though!

    As for e-format, we’re an iKinNook household, so it doesn’t really matter 🙂 But I read on my Kindle most often.

    • Hi Tracy! Great answer – turning it off would be a good idea! Lol! Hey – please let us know you’re e-mail, and I send you a kindle copy 🙂 Thanks! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

  9. I don’t think I would want any of them! I think the first two would cause more pain and stress since you can’t change the future. Talking with the dead could be interesting and helpful, especially if you could chose who to speak with. To be able to say final goodbyes and seek answers to mysteries left behind could be comforting.

    This looks like a good book and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the offer!

    I have a Nook Color wrights5[at]hughes[dot]net

  10. Reading people’s minds would be neat because I’d like to know what people are really thinking but then again maybe I don’t want to know what people really think about me. So, I guess I better go with knowing the future. I appreciate the chance to read this book on my nook ( Thanks!

  11. I would want to be able to read people’s minds. I’ve always been able to get a vibe of feelings off of people, which usually makes me wonder what they are thinking. Turning it on and off would be useful though.

    I have a nook. e-mail:

  12. I would prefer to talk to the dead, but under a controlled manner. I would not want all of the dead folks yelling at me all the time. Driving past a cemetery would be completely unbearable.

  13. I’d love to be able to read minds. I’m always interested in what people are thinking and what makes them tick. It’s the psychologist in me. I’d probably hear all sort of things I didn’t want to know though!
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

  14. Elaine

    The ability to talk with the dead because I think it would make me less anxious. Knowing the future without the ability to change it is a huge responsibility. And I am already sensitive to other people’s energies – hearing their thought would drive me nuts! Can’t wait to read your book: kindle version,

  15. I would go with the gift of animal speech. I think this would increase my chance to learn to speak with the dead. This would enable me to pass notes through the dead to animals at a distance. Kind of like the Dead Telegraph System.

    nrlymrtl [at] gmail [dot] com
    smashswords or Kindle

    You guys are awesome!

  16. Anonymous

    It would be an honor to talk to the dead. To communicate with such wisdom and divinity, and to bring healing to loved ones grieving would free my spirit. The setting of this book is my absolute favorite time of the year!

    I don’t have Kindle, so maybe epub, if not html, should work. Thank you!

  17. Great Review.

    I’m a first time visitor to your site, directed from a Dubats post on FB. Already read Veil Between Worlds so I do not need a free copy. Just want to say great review. I’ll only add that I could not put the book down, and suffered from the fact that the end of each Chapter made me start the next few paragraphs of the next Chapter… to the point where I lost some sleep time!

    Again great review, I’ll be back to read others.

    PS Talk to the Dead, as long as I get to choose who, when, and where!

    PPS Can’t wait for Book II – to see what the amazingly creative mind of Dubats comes up with next.

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