Book Review: Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart

Posted July 26, 2014 by love2dazzle in New Adult, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Shattered Veil by Tracy E. BanghartShattered Veil by Tracy Banghart
Series: The Diatous Wars #1
Published by Tracy E. Banghart on 2014-02-28
Genres: Action & Adventure, Coming of Age, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Military & Wars, New Adult, Science Fiction, Scifi
Pages: 373
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become? Selection War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol. All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines...and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan's childhood sweetheart is one of them. Secrets Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta's leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall...and much sooner than anyone could guess. Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past...until her future seems to depend on it. Sacrifice And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything - her home, her name, even her face... ...only to become the key to her dominion's survival.

“Shattered Veil” by Tracy E. Banghart was quite boring to me. I am slightly ashamed to admit it but I didn’t even finish the story. (This is rare for me – to not finish). I see all of these four and five star reviews and wonder if this is a case of “It’s not you, it is me” situations because I really was less than impressed with this book.

Aris loves flying and she is one of best flyers in the business. There is a war going on in Atalanta and Aris is approached by a military man to recruit her to join a secret army in the military. Aris boyfriend Calix will be selected for the military instead of the health occupation that everyone thought he would be joining. This military man tells Aris this information, so that she would consider joining the secret army. Aris decides to join so she can be close to Calix since their promising is being postponed because he is now part of the military.

I was so completely bored the first 150 pages in that I just gave up. I couldn’t connect with the characters and I didn’t see any climax to the story coming soon so I figured I’d rather waste my time on something else. I felt like the writing was mediocre at best. There was some major lack of world building. I personally really couldn’t get into this book. I tried so hard to follow in love with the characters and it just wasn’t working for me. Part of me wonders if this book would make a better movie than a story. Just keep in mind that just because this book wasn’t for me doesn’t it mean that someone else won’t like it. Like I stated earlier there were a lot of four and five star reviews so the majority of people liked it.



About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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