Chloe Neill

Book Review – The Hunt (The Devil’s Isle Series) by Chloe Neill.

4 out of 5 stars

I would like to thank Orion Publishing Group for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.

Now, I finished reading ‘The Hunt’ a week ago and am only now getting to post my review. Firstly, it’s spring here, my whole family has been struggling through the last of the winter bugs as well as the last week of term three of school and, well, I was left with such a HUGE book hangover from ‘The Hunt’ that I needed a few days to lick my wounds, refocus on reality and get on with things.

Basically, I downloaded this book on September 21st, knew it was being released September 28th and only got to start reading it on the 23rd…. and finishing it ON the 28th. So, yeah, whirlwind read of a great book – and series – I love and so I needed recovery time. 😉

Okay, now we know why I’ve been going on about how amazing ‘The Hunt’ is on social media while not leaving any review; let’s get on with the review!

‘The Hunt’ is the third book in ‘The Devil’s Isle Series’ by Ms Neill and I was hooked back on book one! I love the setting, the premise behind the story  – the veil between our world and the beyond has been breached and magic now seeps through – and so on…. You want to know more? Go buy ‘The Veil’ and ‘The Sight’, read, enjoy and find out why I think it’s so amazing! 😀

Okay, back to my review of ‘The Hunt’. Well, I have to say I have been simply DYING to read this book as ‘The Sight’ ended in such a dramatic way. And so I found the beginning of ‘The Hunt’ a tad slow – but that can be put down to my impatience rather than Ms Neill’s writing ability.

The story begins about a month after ‘The Sight’ and a lot has happened. Claire has a new life, new duties and NOLA moves on around her as she (and the impatient reader) wonders what has happened to the man of her life.

Things then pick up well from there and the story then flows true to the first two books and before you know it you’re left with ANOTHER tremendous cliff hanger of an ending that leaves you groaning at having to wait for more and loving/ cursing Ms Neill for leaving yet another book in such a way.

Cryptic enough for you? Seriously, you want to now more – buy and read this series! It puts things like Ms Harrison’s ‘The Hollows’ into shadow with how good it is! 😉

Unlike other series – by other authors – ‘The Hunt’ has not come across as less of a book, or as if the ideas of the series have wandered and lost their way. No, we are still going as strong as the first book, ‘The Veil’ and still keeping with the initial core principles and plot of the entire series. This is some seriously good writing! I do hate when a series starts well and blows your mind and then dwindles. That is NOT the case at all with any of the books in ‘The Devil’s Isle Series’ and that is SUCH a relief to fangirl me! 😉

Devils isle The Hunt

Would I recommend this book to others?

 Yes I would. Though, if you haven’t guessed it, I would ensure they had read the rest of the series’ first. I mean, I suppose you COULD read each story as a stand-alone… but that would be such a waste of your time and Ms Neill’s talent. If they didn’t own ‘The Veil’ and ‘The Sight’ yet, I would recommend the person buy them while they are buying ‘The Hunt’ and then just lock themselves away for a weekend of fantastic reading.

Lovers of the true supernatural – the stuff without sparkles and/or porn on every other page – will love this book and series. Think Kim Harrison’s ‘The Hollows’, only better. Not so much a world within a world as two worlds colliding and fighting to see who wins.

Would I buy this book for myself?

Uh, I think I’ve given away my feelings on this matter already. As the answer is HECK YES! And I am already hanging out (impatiently) for the next book. Seriously Ms Neill – Write. Faster. 😀

In summary: Great book, excellent follow on to a great series, HUGE book hangover – highly recommend.

Book Review – The Sight (A Devil’s Isle Novel) by Chloe Neill.

The Sight

4 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a free ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.

Let me start by saying that the ARC of this book I received was very rough and, in places, a little cringe worthy. And so let me assure you any seemingly negative comments that appear in this review are probably due to that. I will go out on a limb here and say that the final edit and finished version will be of a far better quality – ARCs are rough and ready, not the finished piece I knew that reading it and usually let it slide – but I did get a little put off at times due to the quality of what it was I was reading. So if you think I didn’t like it from anything I say… that’s just my dislike of the ARC showing through, nothing to do with the story. We’re good? Awesome, let’s continue!

So this is the second book in the ‘Devil’s Isle’ series and one I have been hanging out for ever since I finished the first book last year. Loved the first book, did everything I could to look appealing enough to get noticed and get my hands on the ARC of the second ASAP – so, see, my own fault – as this is such an addictive series.

This book didn’t disappoint. Yes it was a little slow in places and yes I could see where it was going to go at the end… but that is just me  – I guess endings well. No spoilers being given.

All in all the flow was good, we picked up where we left off, the characters continued to grow and develop and the story progressed in a good, steady manner. I honestly feel I should have reread ‘The Veil’ before reading ‘The Sight’ but I was too impatient to revisit. I just wanted to press on. And, maybe if I had, it would have run more smoothly together. I just felt there was some level of disconnection, something MISSING in this book that absorbed me in the first… I don’t know what it was, but it just wasn’t there. I feel if I did read one after the other it might gel better than it did.

It could just be in the ARC, but there were also a few comments and plays on words that didn’t work for me as they were modern slang and things I just didn’t feel would have appeared in this world of an alternate history. See duct tape… I’m sure you know what I mean.

But was I disappointed in the book? Oh heck no! Worth the wait, worth jumbling through the ARC errors for and yes I have a mighty book hangover as I just WANT MORE! 🙂 So it achieved what I felt it set out to do.

Would I recommend this book to others?

Yes I would, but not as a standalone. I really feel people should read ‘The Veil’ first as it does a lot of the setting up of this world parallel to ours. There isn’t as much ‘world building’ in ‘The Sight’ as you’re meant to have read the books in order. So, if you want to read this book, go buy and read ‘The Veil’ first! 😉

Would I buy this book for myself?

Yes I would. If you haven’t noticed, I have been trying to keep any negative undertone out of my review as it really is based on me being persnickety at the errors in the ARC. I really, really loved this book, felt it so worth the wait and will be doing my best to grab the next book in the series as soon as I possibly can. So, PLEASE, ignore any negativity felt – this is an awesome book.

In summary: A great sequel – not standalone – book to the ‘Devil’s Isle’ series and one that was well worth the wait. Good writing, great parallel world built and highly addictive series for the lovers of the paranormal/supernatural urban fantasy.

Until next time,

Janis.

Book Review – The Veil by Chloe Neill.

The Veil

5 out of 5 stars.

I would like to PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW for providing me with an ARC of this book via Netgalley for an open and honest review.

Move over Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, there’s a new red head in town and a new look on the paranormal scene!

Set in – what I believe is – modern day New Orleans this is a wonderfully well written urban fantasy/ supernatural book ready to entertain lovers of these genres. I’m not wrong in saying Ms Harrison has some competition for this parallel world to our own.

I also liked how it brought closer to home what living in a war zone is possibly like. I got the feeling the rest of the world was happily mostly going about its business while New Orleans barely survived within the zone – just like so many places within our big wide world right now that are rarely thought of. I don’t know if this was intentional or not… but I hope it was, as I find it rather thought provoking and touching at the same time. Maybe I just read more into it than there was meant to be?

So, yes, set in New Orleans where it has been turned into a war zone by the Veil being broken and creatures from the Beyond coming through. For more of a blurb, check out the book.

Loved this book. Yes it had the typical typos and grammatical errors an ARC can have, but I never hold that against an ARC as they’re usually sent out before the final edit is done and so can live with this minor issue.

It was fast paced, smooth flowing and rather addictive. Definitely got my ‘One more chapter’ mantra going night and day. I do admit to having to look up New Orleans a bit as I got into the story, but that wasn’t a big deal either. I’m Australian, and not one lucky enough to have visited the place in person, so needed to visualise it a bit before adding the war torn look, a couple of wraiths and the Devil’s Isle. After that it was smooth sailing and a highly enjoyable read.

Would I recommend this book to others? Absolutely! I already have done while still reading it. Many of my friends – who enjoy series like the Hollows – will enjoy this book and so I’ve already been nudging them towards grabbing a copy for a look.

Would I buy this book for myself? Yes! And the rest of the series too, judging by the quality of this first book. This series would take pride of place in my virtual bookshelves, and I’d ever stretch so far as including them in my ever decreasing space of my physical bookshelves too.

Fans of urban fantasy, the supernatural, the paranormal or a sassy self-reliant red head… you will enjoy this book. Go buy it, read it and thank me later.

Highly recommend.

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO