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I also give it two thumbs up for creativity. If I had more thumbs, I d give it several more! . . . I found the book to be very hard to put down. When I got to the end of a chapter, I just had to keep reading to find out what happens next. I am positive that this book will be one I read more than once! -Danetta Young --Go YAY Blog

This was the book I have been looking for all this summer. -Emelie Sanders --Pioneer Woman Blog

I absolutely recommend this book for you, or for a teen that you know who likes this sort of urban fantasy (urban/realistic setting) books. Pick it up and check it out for yourself! -Farrah Ritter --Outnumbered 3 to 1

This was the book I have been looking for all this summer. -Emelie Sanders --Pioneer Woman Blog

I absolutely recommend this book for you, or for a teen that you know who likes this sort of urban fantasy (urban/realistic setting) books. Pick it up and check it out for yourself! -Farrah Ritter --Outnumbered 3 to 1

This was the book I have been looking for all this summer. -Emelie Sanders --Pioneer Woman Blog

I absolutely recommend this book for you, or for a teen that you know who likes this sort of urban fantasy (urban/realistic setting) books. Pick it up and check it out for yourself! -Farrah Ritter --Outnumbered 3 to 1

About the Author

Cory Putman Oakes was born in Basel, Switzerland, but grew up in Novato, California and attended Marin Catholic High School. She then spent three fantastic years at the University of California at Los Angele before graduating in 2001 with a B.A. in Psychology. In 2004, Cory graduated from Cornell Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree and her husband, Mark (the first was the intended consequence of attending the school, the second was a bonus). Since then, she has been an associate at a big law firm, taught business law to undergraduates at Texas State University and written several books for young people. Cory now lives in Austin, Texas with Mark and their beautiful daughter, Sophia. In addition to writing, Cory enjoys reading, cooking, running, and hanging out with her family and pets. THE VEIL is Cory s first published work.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Octane Press; First edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982913168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982913161
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cory Putman Oakes was born in Basel, Switzerland, but grew up in Novato, California and attended Marin Catholic High School. She then spent three fantastic years at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA--go Bruins!) before graduating in 2001 with a B.A. in Psychology. In 2004, Cory graduated from Cornell Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree and her husband, Mark (the first was the intended consequence of attending the school, the second was a bonus). Since then, she has been an associate at a big law firm, taught business law to undergraduates at Texas State University and written several books for young people.

Cory now lives in Austin, Texas with Mark and their beautiful daughter, Sophia. In addition to writing, Cory enjoys reading, cooking, running, and hanging out with her family and pets.

For more information, please visit Cory's website at www.corypoakes.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on November 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book took me literally a few hours to read and let me tell you - Ilove a quick read. One minute I am sitting reading in my bed (on page 42) and it is 9:00pm, the next time I look up it is midnight and I'm almost done. The plot moves quickly (which is awesome) and the characters have almost tangible personalities. Addy's Gran is protective, yet hilarious - and there were quite a few places in the book where I caught myself giggling uncontrollably.

It was really interesting to see Addy's internal conflicts with herself about Lucas (who is delicious and mysterious) and her family (who died when she was younger). The emotions she runs through is such a realistic way for anyone to process certain trauma or surprises. The author definitely gave Addy a unique voice and thought-process which makes her an easy character to relate to. The transition between Addy's [relatively] normal, every day life of an angsty high school teenager to suddenly being able to see through "the veil" to the Annorasi world is mercifully paced. I find that sometimes authors get a bit too antsy about hurrying up the process of integrating their main character into a strange, new world (or secret) that they forget that it should probably happen gradually instead of throwing it all at them at once. [Most teens would probably need to be committed if they saw the things Addy saw all at once instead of a silver orb every now and then].

Although this work is obviously a work of fiction, having a realistic timeline of how things should play out is incredibly important in making the story FEEL real even when it is not. The whole point of reading fiction is to get pulled into that world and away from the one in which we live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nazurelle on November 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
This was a refreshingly original and beautiful urban fantasy / paranormal romance. I read it in less than a day because the words flowed so well and I honestly couldn't put it down!

I really loved Addy and Luc in this book, it was done very tastefully and I found myself liking this girl right off the bat. I'll admit that at first Luc was the "hot guy" but then once Addy got to know him, he was just a guy, she could really rein herself in when she needed to.

The metaphysics in this book were also on point. Call me weird, but I LOVE parallel universes. I'm such a big Fringe Fan it's insane, so getting to watch Addy dive into the parallel universe that the Annorasi are from, was amazing.

A few things were typical, I mean I suspected Nate the minute he was referred to as a "barista" but I'll let you figure that out.

I don't know how else to say this, but this is one of the good ones and you should pick it up as soon as it comes out!
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The Veil. Wow! I loved this novel.

Firstly, let me start off by saying, I wasn't planning on reviewing this novel. With my review pile being so incredibly long, I snuck in Oakes' book as a pleasure read. I mean, here I was drinking out of this mug daily that says, "Caffeine gives me Annorasi powers", eating Ghiradelli chocolates and wondering how the heck they related to The Veil, drinking some amazing coffee (Illy coffee, to be exact, that is amazing and way out of my price range for coffee), and looking at these stickers that state "I &heart* Luc" and I had no idea who Luc even was! (I actually won all of this The Veil related stuff via a Cory Putman Oakes giveaway on the lovely Cynsations blog - the blog of author extraordinaire, Cynthia Leitich Smith.)

So suffice it to say, my curiousity was getting the best of me, so I snatched up the book and warily, I began reading. I mean, you'd probably feel the same. After anticipating it for so long, I was scared that I'd be let down immensely, and end up staring mournfully at the mug and stickers, never the coffee and chocolates though. Fortunately for me, The Veil left nothing to mope about. I was thoroughly, thoroughly satisfied and all I could think was why wasn't people screaming about this book!

The Veil takes on a subject I have never seen taken on, a veil between two worlds- the one we live in and another very extraordinary world few can see- these few being the people of this world- The Annorasi.

The Annorasi are a paranormal entity of their own. I couldn't say creature, monster, nothing, because besides their ability to see between and travel between the worlds and their "otherworldly" powers (get it?), they seem completely human. Well, most of them.
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Congratulations to Cory Oakes on a promising debut novel! The YA fiction market is filled to overflowing with stories of vampires and werewolves right now, so it was a pleasant change of pace to read about a whole new kind of supernatural: the annorasi. Their dazzling world lies alongside the mundane one, right behind the Veil.

On her seventeenth birthday, Addy Russell gets her first glimpse of the Annorasi world, though with no inkling of what it is she's looking at, she begins to question her mental stability. Luckily for Addy, the Annorasi already have a Guardian in place to watch for just such an awakening, and to explain to her what she is seeing and how she fits into it. Oakes' imagination and descriptive narrative shine as she reveals the Annorasi world in cinematic detail, and captures the most beautiful details of Addy's real world surroundings: the San Francisco Bay area.

Addy, whose parents died in a fire when she was a small child, lives a comfortable and happy life with her stern-but-loving Gran and 11 cats in the small town of Novato, California. She has a raging crush on Luc, the gorgeous guy her former best friend, Emily -now way too cool and popular to hang out with Addy- is dating. She's got great friends, Olivia and Nate, she struggles with Pre-calc and adores coffee; Addy is a normal teenager. Her introduction to the world of the Annorasi dumps Addy unceremoniously out of her comfort zone, and with her new perspective, Addy begins to see that few things in her world are as she'd always thought. And then things get complicated.

Oakes creates such an appealing and believable character in Addy.
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