Review: Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta

chaos risesReviewed by Jen

The world of the Veil series is back!

When I learned this was a spinoff, I jumped in and tore through the Veil books like they were wrapping paper on Christmas morning. You don’t have to read those books to enjoy this one, but I will say that you should read them… simply because they were just that good.

We were first introduced to Gem and her brother Del in the previous series. They’re half bloods who were raised by the nefarious Institute and trained to kill demons. It wasn’t until the world went to hell that they were busted out, and now they are trying to live outside of those stifling walls for the first time in their lives. They rely on each other to keep their inner monsters in check. They also rely on PC34A, the drug they got from the Institute to suppress their baser urges. The thing is, now that they are free from their old masters, they have to depend on a new one to get their fix. [Read more…]

Review: One For Sorrow by Pippa DaCosta

one for sorrowReviewed by Jen

Pippa DaCosta gives fans one last hurrah with the characters of the Veil series, in this little collection of short stories. It’s meant to be read after last novel in the series, and in the first two stories, shows that life goes on for Muse and her family even after the last big battle was won.

“One For Sorrow” gives us a slice of life for Muse as she hunts a lower-level demon who is more than she bargained for.  Her mission takes her into an old home of Akil’s and the events give us some insight to her current frame of mind and how she is dealing with the loss of her former mentor and friend. Ryder is in this one, too. It’s a little bittersweet, but ultimately shows us that Muse and her friends are going to be ok. [Read more…]

Review: Ties That Bind by Pippa DaCosta

ties that binReviewed by Jen

I’ve got to say, so much has happened over the course of this series –so much build-up in so many storylines– I wondered how Pippa DaCosta was going to pull it all together with a satisfying ending. But somehow, she did it. At least, it satisfied me. Folks who really hoped for a different HEA may be unhappy, which is always the risk when your story has a love triangle. But for readers like me, who were conflicted, the resolution felt a little bittersweet, but… right. [Read more…]

Review: Wings of Hope by Pippa DaCosta

wings of hopeReviewed by Jen

This prequel novella was released after the Veil series was already in progress, so I waited to read it just in case it would affect how I viewed the characters or the storylines.  It would have been ok for me to start here, but it is more powerful as a flashback.

We learn early on book 1 that our heroine Muse has a tortured history from which she escaped. This is the story of how she makes that getaway. It shows us her meeting with Akil, the demon who changed her life… who taught her she had worth and how to fight. What’s interesting about this story is the perspective it gave me on Muse’s unusual relationship with the Demon of Greed. Part of me wondered how she could have such a draw to him –how she could have stayed with him for so many years. This story makes it easy to understand. [Read more…]

Review: Drowning in the Dark by Pippa DaCosta

drowning in the darkReviewed by Jen

OK. So basically, these books are like crack. This one, in particular, grabbed me from the very first page, with an amazing Akil POV prologue. One of the things that has really gotten under my skin with these stories is that I never truly know which end is up. We generally only have Muse’s point of view, so often as readers, we are tricked and manipulated right along with her. But getting the truth, hearing Akil’s thoughts… well, there is no arguing with that. And before we even get to chapter one, how I look at these characters has changed yet again. [Read more…]

Review: Darkest Before Dawn by Pippa DaCosta

darkest before dawnReviewed by Jen

Holy cow. If you tried book 1 in this series and it didn’t do it for you, don’t quit on the series. This book grabbed me with two hands and didn’t let go. There is so much going on –and what I love hate love about this series is that it messes with my mind. I think I know something, only to find out I really don’t. I think I understand someone and suddenly new sides of them are revealed. I am filled with feels and I care about the heroine, who has been through hell and back, shaped by the ugly experiences she’s survived, yet not defined by them. Yes, this is dark at times, but it’s engaging and gripping and –why didn’t I read this earlier? [Read more…]

Review: Devil May Care by Pippa DaCosta

devil may careReviewed by Jen

One thing is for sure, Pippa Dacosta doesn’t flinch away from the dark. It’s one thing to know your heroine has endured the stuff of nightmares. It’s another to see it happen on the page. Muse faced a tough battle in the first book of this series, but it was nothing compared to her fight in this installment. That’s because her owner is back. The demon she thought she had killed to win her freedom isn’t only alive, but he’s in the human world and he’s hunting her. It’s only a matter of time before she has to face him again, only this time she has made an enemy of her former savior, and her inner demon is inaccessible. The deck is stacked against her, and you feel it in spades. [Read more…]

Review: Beyond the Veil by Pippa DaCosta

beyond the veilReviewed by Jen

These days, so many Urban Fantasy heroines have the same sort of feel… some kind of derivative of Kate Daniels. I get that. Kate is totally awesome and strong and empowered. I love her, and honestly, I enjoy most of the other heroines who follow a similar formula. But it’s also kind of cool to get a change of pace every so often. Muse is cut from a different cloth. She has been through hell; a half-demon, she’s an anathema to demonkind. She’s lived as a slave. Tortured. Passed around. Hunted. Now, all she wants is to live a quiet, human life, but that’s a dream that will never come true. [Read more…]