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The thrilling sequel to Hush, one of the most talked about YA fantasies of 2020. Shae’s entire world has been turned upside down, and everything she’s ever believed is a lie. More determined than ever, she sets out to the mysterious land of Gondal—a place forbidden to mention and resigned to myth—in search of a dangerous magical book that could alter the fabric of the world The thrilling sequel to Hush, one of the most talked about YA fantasies of 2020. Shae’s entire world has been turned upside down, and everything she’s ever believed is a lie. More determined than ever, she sets out to the mysterious land of Gondal—a place forbidden to mention and resigned to myth—in search of a dangerous magical book that could alter the fabric of the world. Following the trail of Ravod, the boy she thought she knew and trusted, Shae discovers there is far more to the young man who stole the Book of Days than she ever realized. Together, with her friends, Mads and Fiona, and a newfound ally in her fierce former trainer, Kennan, Shae crosses the borders of the only home she’s ever had and into a world ruled not by magic, but technology and industry — one fraught with perils of its own. In a world shrouded in lies, Shae is desperate for answers and to restore peace, but who will lift the veil?


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The thrilling sequel to Hush, one of the most talked about YA fantasies of 2020. Shae’s entire world has been turned upside down, and everything she’s ever believed is a lie. More determined than ever, she sets out to the mysterious land of Gondal—a place forbidden to mention and resigned to myth—in search of a dangerous magical book that could alter the fabric of the world The thrilling sequel to Hush, one of the most talked about YA fantasies of 2020. Shae’s entire world has been turned upside down, and everything she’s ever believed is a lie. More determined than ever, she sets out to the mysterious land of Gondal—a place forbidden to mention and resigned to myth—in search of a dangerous magical book that could alter the fabric of the world. Following the trail of Ravod, the boy she thought she knew and trusted, Shae discovers there is far more to the young man who stole the Book of Days than she ever realized. Together, with her friends, Mads and Fiona, and a newfound ally in her fierce former trainer, Kennan, Shae crosses the borders of the only home she’s ever had and into a world ruled not by magic, but technology and industry — one fraught with perils of its own. In a world shrouded in lies, Shae is desperate for answers and to restore peace, but who will lift the veil?

30 review for Veil

  1. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Decent - I probably should have re-read the first book, this one really isn't a stand alone. Thanks to Netgalley and publishers for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. Decent - I probably should have re-read the first book, this one really isn't a stand alone. Thanks to Netgalley and publishers for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ta || bookishbluehead

    The world Dylan Farrow created was very interesting to read. I enjoyed the world building and the magic system. It had been a while since I read the first book and it took me some time to getting back into everything, this definitely isn’t a standalone and you have to read the first book to get a basic understanding how everything worked. I liked Shae and her friends, but just like in book one I would have wished for a little more to get to know and understand them. They all seemed a little dumb The world Dylan Farrow created was very interesting to read. I enjoyed the world building and the magic system. It had been a while since I read the first book and it took me some time to getting back into everything, this definitely isn’t a standalone and you have to read the first book to get a basic understanding how everything worked. I liked Shae and her friends, but just like in book one I would have wished for a little more to get to know and understand them. They all seemed a little dumb and with the little we knew about them; some decisions didn’t made sense to me at all. Over all this was a decent series that I enjoyed, that left me wanting for a little extra at times.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. With the craziness of this year, I had actually forgotten I'd been approved for this ARC and I'm afraid that the time between my reading of this and when I first read Hush lent itself to my disappointment in this book. Veil picks up right where Hush left off, but it never felt like a sequel. Instead, it felt like the second half of the first book that had to be cut for size reasons. You're thrown into ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. With the craziness of this year, I had actually forgotten I'd been approved for this ARC and I'm afraid that the time between my reading of this and when I first read Hush lent itself to my disappointment in this book. Veil picks up right where Hush left off, but it never felt like a sequel. Instead, it felt like the second half of the first book that had to be cut for size reasons. You're thrown into the story and - if you're like me, retaining very little information about book one - you spend a large portion of this book lost and confused, trying to remember why this or that detail is important. By the time this gets better and you've found your footing, the book is close to complete. While Hush was a rather formulaic book that was bolstered by the overall message and unique aspects that Farrow incorporated into it, Veil felt formulaic and disoriented without truly matching the poignancy of book one. It truly felt like we spent more time with Shae pining over/hating [Character] than actually being in the world. After the wonder and mystery around Gondal, the readers should be able to feel that wonder and instead - personally - I found every scene we were there to be dry. I know it may sound like I hated this, but I didn't. I'm just simply let down after my enjoyment of book one. I would still recommend this duology, especially to younger YA readers that haven't had this story structure oversaturated for them yet. Dylan Farrow is a gifted writer and I'm excited to see where she goes from here. Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    Thank you to NetGalley and Goodreads for allowing me to liseten to this book. It is not a style I normally would choose for my own. It was harder for me to follow as this is the second book in the series. With that being said it was a great book to listen to. The story was nice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leah (Jane Speare)

    This is a good sequel. It’s not a GREAT sequel. I wanted a great sequel after such a strong first (debut!) book. I read an advanced copy and I really hope it goes through some more edits before being published. I think it was a bit messy, missing some cohesive quality? I can’t quite pin down what is missing though. I think mostly it was Shae’s relationship with Ravod. It goes back and forth about three times in this sequel (you’re trustworthy! Hey you betrayed me! you’re trustworthy again!….) tha This is a good sequel. It’s not a GREAT sequel. I wanted a great sequel after such a strong first (debut!) book. I read an advanced copy and I really hope it goes through some more edits before being published. I think it was a bit messy, missing some cohesive quality? I can’t quite pin down what is missing though. I think mostly it was Shae’s relationship with Ravod. It goes back and forth about three times in this sequel (you’re trustworthy! Hey you betrayed me! you’re trustworthy again!….) that I just didn’t really believe…any of it. SPOILER FOR HUSH - he totally turns against her at the end of the first book, but in here he NEVER ACTUALLY APOLOGIZES OR CLEARS THINGS UP before he’s all okay I’m on your side, jk I’m not, jk will you meet me for dinner sometime. And I am so annoyed at this! I think with some more edits it could really be a more meaningful relationship, or even at the least a friendship if not romantic. The other characters are good, the magic and Blot illness is creative but I still couldn’t QUITE get a grip on what EXACTLY it was…. Glad it is a duology and events weren’t stretched out into three books. Plot wise it’s paced pretty well, despite all the weird actual plot points within that pacing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher allowing me a chance to read this book. I enjoyed some of the bits of the previous book, though as I write this review I am trying to figure out what exactly I had liked about it. Probably the dynamic between the characters and the overall feel behind it - the intent of writing a story where women are silenced. Reading this book I have to ask - where did that all go? It just became a mess of a tale where the strength of the prose and why it was being w I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher allowing me a chance to read this book. I enjoyed some of the bits of the previous book, though as I write this review I am trying to figure out what exactly I had liked about it. Probably the dynamic between the characters and the overall feel behind it - the intent of writing a story where women are silenced. Reading this book I have to ask - where did that all go? It just became a mess of a tale where the strength of the prose and why it was being written vanished. I also had spent so much time away from the world that the real danger and plot was lost on me. The blot, sadly, is still unexplained as it was and just doesn't make sense on what it is and what its purpose is to this world. Is it evil? Is it good? Is it neither? What exactly is it trying to be? I think if there is a fanbase for this story I won't be a part of it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Reece

    ARC from NetGalley This one was a bit better than the first one, but it still missed the mark. The idea of magic through ink and words had SO MUCH POTENTIAL and just fell flat with this series. This installment brings us into a technofuture world of industry, which just takes a big shit on the magical aspect for me and ruins the ambiance. There's still no romantical action if that's what you're after. This series was certainly well-marketed to a specific audience, noting the brooding bad boy love ARC from NetGalley This one was a bit better than the first one, but it still missed the mark. The idea of magic through ink and words had SO MUCH POTENTIAL and just fell flat with this series. This installment brings us into a technofuture world of industry, which just takes a big shit on the magical aspect for me and ruins the ambiance. There's still no romantical action if that's what you're after. This series was certainly well-marketed to a specific audience, noting the brooding bad boy love interest, but it doesn't deliver. It wasn't bad, but it was completely forgettable.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kat(her)ine

    Two worlds pit against each other. Action. Deceit. Sacrifice. Brace yourselves, because nothing is as it seems. Shae and her menagerie of defectors are on a mission to find The (redacted by High House). They have only one lead and must now follow a network of safe houses run by (redacted by High House). Will she be able to reach this elusive, mystical place she’s so long been told doesn’t exist? What must be done to save Montane? Will she find the truth of what has befallen her homeland? There’s Two worlds pit against each other. Action. Deceit. Sacrifice. Brace yourselves, because nothing is as it seems. Shae and her menagerie of defectors are on a mission to find The (redacted by High House). They have only one lead and must now follow a network of safe houses run by (redacted by High House). Will she be able to reach this elusive, mystical place she’s so long been told doesn’t exist? What must be done to save Montane? Will she find the truth of what has befallen her homeland? There’s no Telling. This was a great wrap up to Hush and I absolutely loved the character dynamic and world building. Dylan has done a wonderful job of transporting their readers directly into the action and beauty that is Montane. Even the seemingly unlikeable characters have redeeming qualities and the story was well thought out and eloquently written. Thank you to #netgalley and #wednesdaybooks for this eARC copy to review. I loved losing myself to this title. #veil #dylanfarrow

  10. 5 out of 5

    Raji

    Read more reviews on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . After the shocking revelations at the end of Hush, Shae and her friends are on the run, making their way to Gondal. When they arrive, though it is the wondrous land of their myths, Gondal has dangers of its own, which are directly connected to Montaine’s future. The lack of character development was still a downside in this book for me. On the other hand, the plot wasn’t as predictable in this book, and the more magical aspects of it assur Read more reviews on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own . After the shocking revelations at the end of Hush, Shae and her friends are on the run, making their way to Gondal. When they arrive, though it is the wondrous land of their myths, Gondal has dangers of its own, which are directly connected to Montaine’s future. The lack of character development was still a downside in this book for me. On the other hand, the plot wasn’t as predictable in this book, and the more magical aspects of it assured that the twists were more effective this time around. That said, I read this book immediately after the first which is why the story was fresh in my mind. If I had picked up this sequel a year or two later, I doubt I would remember much at all, not only because book one didn’t stand out from a basic YA plot structure enough, but also because this book didn’t really have much of a recap of previous events. Shae’s relationship with Ravod was possibly the most irritating thing in this book with all the back and forth when it was very obvious from a reader’s perspective what Ravod was up to. I had also hoped for more of an expansion on the magic system as well, but the addition of the Book of Days and the role it played was very intriguing. This was an interesting series and I ended up enjoying it way more than I expected to, given the reviews I’d read of it. I would recommend it for YA fantasy fans, particularly younger readers who would probably like it much more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Haley

    Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan audio for an early copy of this audiobook! All opinions are my own! I think my favorite thing about this book was the way that it talked so much about various deep topics that really added a real-life aspect to it. It touches on grief, friendship, courage, strength, ad so much more, and I loved being able to relate to those parts even in the midst of magic and fantasy. It was refreshing to see such strong female characters and to have their stories include the Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan audio for an early copy of this audiobook! All opinions are my own! I think my favorite thing about this book was the way that it talked so much about various deep topics that really added a real-life aspect to it. It touches on grief, friendship, courage, strength, ad so much more, and I loved being able to relate to those parts even in the midst of magic and fantasy. It was refreshing to see such strong female characters and to have their stories include them saving themselves and finding their strength. I think one of the things I struggled with in this book was the world building. I still am not sure why writing was seen as dangerous. There were just several instances where things were not fully explained and I wanted to understand more about why things were a certain way or what things meant. I do think that part got better in this book than it was in the first one! I did like the concept of the world with a sort of alternate universe type country, and I found that really fresh and new. It was fun to think about our normal and how that might translate into a fantasy world. I loved the characters, and the romances were very adorable! They each had something unique and very sweet to add to the found family, and I loved that about them! Overall a great fantasy duology for someone who might just be entering the world of fantasy!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Sledge

    4.5 stars rounded down. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an AudioARC in exchange for an honest review. Shae and the Bards are back in this sequel of Hush, where secrets unravel and the Veil is lifted. After being betrayed by someone Shae felt was her closest ally, can she form new alliances with those she thought her enemy in order to save her land from ruin? Or will invaders seize the opportunity to conquer the weakened lands? Now THIS is a feminist book. Hush was a big let down for m 4.5 stars rounded down. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an AudioARC in exchange for an honest review. Shae and the Bards are back in this sequel of Hush, where secrets unravel and the Veil is lifted. After being betrayed by someone Shae felt was her closest ally, can she form new alliances with those she thought her enemy in order to save her land from ruin? Or will invaders seize the opportunity to conquer the weakened lands? Now THIS is a feminist book. Hush was a big let down for me in this department, but with more than just our main character the author helps women shine. Shae is much less naive than in Hush, which adds to her development throughout the story. But the real redeemer of this duology is Kennan. She is such a powerhouse and watching her grow from scorned attempted protector to absolute badass is such a fun ride. The pacing throughout was also an improvement from the last book, propelling the story forward with world building rather than sacrificing one for the other. Veil is a vast improvement over it's previous novel, Hush. I recommend this duology to anyone who enjoys vocal magic(think Motherland: Fort Salem) ages 10+.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Veil is the second installment within the Hush duology. In this, we are following Shae on her adventure to find a magical book. At times, I didn't really understand the decisions they were making. Then how they easily trust people just made me want to roll my eyes. Still, they were young so it's easy to see how naive they could be. Then there's the mysterious Gondal. We finally see this place and I was little underwhelmed by I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Veil is the second installment within the Hush duology. In this, we are following Shae on her adventure to find a magical book. At times, I didn't really understand the decisions they were making. Then how they easily trust people just made me want to roll my eyes. Still, they were young so it's easy to see how naive they could be. Then there's the mysterious Gondal. We finally see this place and I was little underwhelmed by it all. The people there were not making the best decisions either. I also wasn't prepared for certain betrayals to come up either. Still, they happened and the adventured continued. In the end, all I can say is that this was pretty interesting to read. I definitely feel like I should have re-read the previous book before jumping into this one. Since I didn't, I'll admit that I was a little confused for a good part of this book. Once things started to make sense, well, the pages continued to turn at a much faster rate. I'm happy that I got the chance to jump into this and will look forward to next book Dylan writes!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I really enjoyed Hush, the first book in this series, but I just liked Veil. This is going to be a short review, as Veil is a sequel that really can’t stand alone from the first book. This picks up just after the first book leaves off, and we’re back with Shae and her friends as they try to find the land of Gondel, the place that no one is allowed to speak of. Of course, when they reach their destination, it’s nothing like they expected. I’m not going to go into more detail than that, as I think I really enjoyed Hush, the first book in this series, but I just liked Veil. This is going to be a short review, as Veil is a sequel that really can’t stand alone from the first book. This picks up just after the first book leaves off, and we’re back with Shae and her friends as they try to find the land of Gondel, the place that no one is allowed to speak of. Of course, when they reach their destination, it’s nothing like they expected. I’m not going to go into more detail than that, as I think part of the fun of this book is to go into the story without knowing the details of the world that they find and what it means for the rest of the story. This book felt rougher than the previous book, though it’s difficult to put my finger on why that is. Overall though, I enjoyed the characters and the twists to the story that came from Veil. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced digital copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I'd like to start by thanking NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed Hush, the first book in this series. It was a quick, fun read with an interesting premise. It ended in a cliffhanger of a betrayal--a surefire way to get teens to read the next one! Veil, however, was a disappointment. The worldbuilding felt forced, the characters fell flat, the yo-yo relationship between the main characters was unbelievable, and the epilogue was a lazy attempt to tie I'd like to start by thanking NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed Hush, the first book in this series. It was a quick, fun read with an interesting premise. It ended in a cliffhanger of a betrayal--a surefire way to get teens to read the next one! Veil, however, was a disappointment. The worldbuilding felt forced, the characters fell flat, the yo-yo relationship between the main characters was unbelievable, and the epilogue was a lazy attempt to tie up loose ends.

  16. 5 out of 5

    April B.

    Thank you Netgalley and Dylan Farrow for the opportunity to read the eARC of Veil! I really enjoyed Hush the first book and was very excited to read the sequel Veil, I was not let down with the Characters or the continued worldbuilding but the story just didn't quite capture the same magic as Hush. It was a decent sequel but I would wait to buy this on SALE as an ebook. I will post my review on Netgalley, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads and Google play. Thank you Netgalley and Dylan Farrow for the opportunity to read the eARC of Veil! I really enjoyed Hush the first book and was very excited to read the sequel Veil, I was not let down with the Characters or the continued worldbuilding but the story just didn't quite capture the same magic as Hush. It was a decent sequel but I would wait to buy this on SALE as an ebook. I will post my review on Netgalley, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Goodreads and Google play.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Charity Solomon

    Picking up right after the first you..... In my opinion this whole book didn't really add to the story. I liked the epilogue tho I just don't really understand how they crawl thru a drain pipe and get to a "world" thats so much further ahead of the other....but they know about each other. I mean I get it but I don't. You're telling me no one leaves? Ever Picking up right after the first you..... In my opinion this whole book didn't really add to the story. I liked the epilogue tho I just don't really understand how they crawl thru a drain pipe and get to a "world" thats so much further ahead of the other....but they know about each other. I mean I get it but I don't. You're telling me no one leaves? Ever

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Overby

    This book was brilliant. Definitely all I had hoped out of a sequel to a wonderful first book. Magical. I'll be waiting for the next big thing from this author. This book was brilliant. Definitely all I had hoped out of a sequel to a wonderful first book. Magical. I'll be waiting for the next big thing from this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joy_Olokungboye

    I am hoping to enjoy this book

  20. 5 out of 5

    Porf

    (I read the Advanced reader copy that i won on goodreads) I don't write many reviews. This is the first book by Dylan Farrow i read. I can say that i did enjoy it. I am diffidently going to get the first book and read it. I will say that you do not need to read the first book to enjoy this one. I found the book keep me wanting to keep reading it and see what happens next. (I read the Advanced reader copy that i won on goodreads) I don't write many reviews. This is the first book by Dylan Farrow i read. I can say that i did enjoy it. I am diffidently going to get the first book and read it. I will say that you do not need to read the first book to enjoy this one. I found the book keep me wanting to keep reading it and see what happens next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Corinne Anderson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. *SPOILERS AHEAD* I had high hopes for this novel because the first book, Hush, started off so slowly and then rushed to the end. It was clunky, but seemed to find its rhythm right before the cliffhanger at the end. I thought the action would continue into Veil and we would get deeper into the world of magic that Dylan Farrow created, keeping the momentum and the story movi I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. *SPOILERS AHEAD* I had high hopes for this novel because the first book, Hush, started off so slowly and then rushed to the end. It was clunky, but seemed to find its rhythm right before the cliffhanger at the end. I thought the action would continue into Veil and we would get deeper into the world of magic that Dylan Farrow created, keeping the momentum and the story moving fluidly. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. The novel picks up exactly where Hush left off, which was great because I read them one right after the other, but also felt like this wasn't a duology but a book that got cut in half because it was too long. It would be difficult to pick up Veil with a long stretch between reading Hush, so I expect most readers will have to dip back to Hush and read the last few chapters again. Where Hush was a slow build action-wise, Veil was rushed and chaotic. There didn't seem to be a clear direction the novel was taking. There were a lot of plot holes. Unanswered questions. Magic and worlds that were existing without much support on how it existed or the rules of the land. The "Book" was just a device, it didn't seem to have much of a purpose since once it was destroyed there was no magic anymore, so it didn't make sense where it came from or why it was needed. Gondal is this magical, beautiful place that Shae has heard about from her mother since she was a child and when we get there, it felt like I was just entering a modern-day dirty, NYC, with an underground community of refugees who are being treated poorly? and yet still living incredibly more sustainable lives than those back home in Montane. I think there was a lot of opportunity for political commentary that was glossed over and would have really enriched the story—working on exploring the previous relations of Gondal and Montane, as well as the other surrounding lands. Instead, we just got these little blips of action constantly and really for what? The goal was never entirely clear other than they wanted to end Cathal's rule at the end of book 1; and then they got the added pressure of now having to end Cathal's rule, destroy the book? which after being asked nicely just told them how it had to be done, and do it before Gondalese troops arrived to take over Montane. The resolution was also too easy. The destruction of the book and Cathal's simultaneous demise, and then the arrival of the General from Gondal just says, yeah, you guys clean up here and we'll chat later—it felt in-authentic. Also, once all the tellings were being undone, what happened to Niall? Did people remember him again? What about Ravod's family? There were too many questions about the plot and honestly, my biggest issue was Shae. She was taken in so easily by Cathal and then was so "distraught" over his betrayal. She fell in love with Ravod like Ariel did with Eric in the Little Mermaid -- instant love that was not returned, so now we have a bruised ego and a "broken hearted heroine". But it was just continuous, too many "betrayals' and then trusting again, and Shae was just a whiny girl, that didn't seem to learn much from the constant betrayals. It was hard to like her, especially when she was fighting for the limelight against Kennan, who was way more badass. Kennan's story arc had some flaws too, but I would have enjoyed the story much more if Shae had half the gumption that Kennan did. Or at least if Shae stopped whining and letting her friends shoulder all the emotional damage and make her feel better. I wanted to like this novel so much, especially since the covers would look so beautiful together on my bookshelf. But this novel just didn't do it for me. I didn't hate it, but I won't recommend it either. It seems as if a thorough developmental edit is still needed... Veil definitely missed its mark.

  22. 4 out of 5

    E.C.

    I stayed up wayyy too late reading this book and spent even longer figuring out my opinion of it. But I've concluded that while I was pleasantly surprised by HUSH and excited for its sequel, this one just didn't quite work for me. This book is still extremely clean. I was led to believe that a romantic relationship between Ravod + Shae was a main part of the plot, but luckily it remained extremely clean (they didn't even kiss!) and open-ended, which I know is maddening to some, but I actually fe I stayed up wayyy too late reading this book and spent even longer figuring out my opinion of it. But I've concluded that while I was pleasantly surprised by HUSH and excited for its sequel, this one just didn't quite work for me. This book is still extremely clean. I was led to believe that a romantic relationship between Ravod + Shae was a main part of the plot, but luckily it remained extremely clean (they didn't even kiss!) and open-ended, which I know is maddening to some, but I actually felt it was the best way to pull off romance in this scenario. If Farrow had placed their romantic relationship throughout the story, I personally think it would have distracted too much from the plot and felt too unrealistic. (view spoiler)[ (considering this guy's betrayed her like, four times. 😆) (hide spoiler)] Farrow's worldbuilding is unique while still feeling vaguely familiar, it's like a magical spin on the ordinary. Her writing style also works well with the audience and characters, and I especially loved her prose and clever usage of "residue." I also really sympathized with Kennan (wellll ... before something happened). Okay, I admit it—in the first book, she was my favorite character. There's something about her sarcasm and ... attitude that set her apart from the other characters (who honestly all came across to me as Mary Sues, especially Mads and Fiona). And in this book, we get to see a bit more of that sympathetic, human side I knew she always had. Anddd ... now for what I didn't like. *hides* The whole plot felt very disconnected and underdeveloped. I know I read an ARC copy, but the world or the plot didn't feel as fleshed out as the first book—and I still have no idea how the magic worked. 😅 There was less intrigue and mystery, and most of the action happened on the later 3/4 of the story, which as a result caused the ending to feel rather rushed and unrealistic. The main events and conflict of the story were solved way too easily, and the only consistent thread was Shae trying to figure out whether Ravod was trustworthy or not (which of course he is ... because he's nice and has good looks 😆). Besides, the main plot centers around the characters journeying to Gondal, but personally— Gondal was missing the wonder Farrow could have infused into the setting. It didn't feel special, it literally just felt like our world—well, with more parks. And the characters. *sighs* We have such an amazing cast throughout this story of characters we didn't see much in HUSH, but they felt underdeveloped to me, all fitting within certain stereotypes. There was nothing more to them, and Mads and Fiona basically felt the same, personality-wise. And Kennan ... well, she's Kennan. The real, truth-seeking Shae we meet in HUSH just isn't the same here anymore. I got the impression she faded into the background, even though she's the POV character. All this said, I wouldn't recommend this book for readers who find it easy to notice giant plotting issues, because ... as much as I hate to say it— there are a lot of them, and they really pulled me out of the story overall. However, I won't be rating this book out of care for the author, since I know how hard getting a book out into the world can be! ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ CONTENT WARNINGS: A hand kiss, LGBTQ+ rep between two of the main side characters, violence, and somewhat creepy descriptions of magic READ & REVIEWED: 11.2.21 I received a free e-ARC of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara G

    ***ARC received from Wednesday Books and NetGalley in exchange for honest review, opinions are all my own. Thank you!*** Veil picks up right where Hush ends, Shae and her group is escaping the wrath of High House to track down Ravod and the Book of Days. Her journey takes her with strong allies Fiona and Mads along with hesitant ally Kennan to Gondal, the mysterious city that offers freedom from those escaping their city. I reread the end of the first book just to refresh myself on it and it was ***ARC received from Wednesday Books and NetGalley in exchange for honest review, opinions are all my own. Thank you!*** Veil picks up right where Hush ends, Shae and her group is escaping the wrath of High House to track down Ravod and the Book of Days. Her journey takes her with strong allies Fiona and Mads along with hesitant ally Kennan to Gondal, the mysterious city that offers freedom from those escaping their city. I reread the end of the first book just to refresh myself on it and it was needed as Veil is a direct continuation of Hush. Most of this story is set in Gondal, a country nearly the opposite of Montane. Where one relies on magic or telling, Gondal relies more on technology and advancements. For what we got one Montane in the previous book we get very little from Gondal. There is the potential there to explore this new world but it never gets more than potential. This is the most frustrating part to me, this book is filled with potential there are so many interesting story lines to be explored but they never go anywhere. The characters feel flat compared to the previous book. I still liked all the characters, by the end even Kennan had grown on me as she finally found a place that allowed her to do what she did best without feeling like she had to constantly keep everyone at arms length. I wish the same could be said for Mads and Fiona, I liked them in Hush but they felt like they were mostly there to prop up Shae instead of add to the story. When Shae and the group arrive in Gondal they realized the stories that have been whispered don’t match up with the truth of the situation. I felt like the book really glosses over a lot of parts simple because the plot doesn’t allow it the time it needs to develop. The group is sold as chaotic, barely managing to get anything done without petty squabbles to so hyper focused they can take on their own military in a matter of days it just doesn't make any sense. There are relationships that seem to just come out of nowhere and while they are sweet I can’t tell if Shae was just oblivious and since we are in her POV we didn’t see it or it just wasn’t ever there. The end of the book was so rushed that there is nothing satisfactory about the conclusion to the conflict. The way the book meanders through all its possibilities I felt like this was setting up a third book instead of a rushed conclusion. Hush felt like a personal story Dylan Farrow wanted to tell, the strength of finding your own voice when so many in power want nothing more than to silence you. Hush hit me with emotions, seeing Shae discover her own strength and yet Veil fell flat. It felt like it was just checking off the boxes for YA fantasy book. For a book that is longer than the previous book it doesn’t properly use its time to tell a well fleshed out story that builds to a satisfactory conclusion. Hopefully just a case of the second book slump because Dylan Farrow is a good writer and the potential is all there, I look forward to seeing what she writes in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    VEIL is the satisfying conclusion to the unique YA fantasy duology that began with HUSH. Picking up right where the first left off, Shae is traveling with her friends, Kennan (well, friend if you ask Shae), Mads, and Fiona, after Ravod who stole the Book of Days and left her with a torn page. Lamenting the trust she had in Ravod, Shae is also fighting off the Blot, a plague-like illness that stems from the Telling, an ability to write things into being. As the group travels into the neighboring c VEIL is the satisfying conclusion to the unique YA fantasy duology that began with HUSH. Picking up right where the first left off, Shae is traveling with her friends, Kennan (well, friend if you ask Shae), Mads, and Fiona, after Ravod who stole the Book of Days and left her with a torn page. Lamenting the trust she had in Ravod, Shae is also fighting off the Blot, a plague-like illness that stems from the Telling, an ability to write things into being. As the group travels into the neighboring country, they learn more about the embroiled politics and other potential threats to their people. In the process, trust will be questioned, alliances formed and broken, and each will begin to come into their own as they face the challenges before them. What I loved: This is an intriguing world with a unique type of magic. The world-building really expands in this second and final read with the introduction of the neighboring country. Trust is a major theme of the story, and this discussion was really thought-provoking around when and where trust should be placed as well as the pressure in upholding it. Other themes around family (birth and found), friendship, leadership, finding yourself, and the importance of understanding add to the interest of the read. This is a fast-paced read, and there is a lot happening in this book. The ending does wrap everything up nicely, making it a satisfying conclusion to the duology. The writing pulls the reader into the story and keeps them on their toes all the way to the end, with some twists and turns along their journey. What left me wanting more: The relationships all seemed really fast, and while I loved the couples forming, I would have appreciated seeing more of the building of the connections in the story. The pacing was really fast and I would have liked to slow down and explore those more as well as some of the world-building. There was also a major character death, and it felt a bit too fast (in part because of the time-related pressure of the situation) to really feel it. Final verdict: A satisfying conclusion to an intriguing YA fantasy duology, VEIL is a fast-paced and thought-provoking read that will keep readers on their toes until the intense end. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars A huge thanks to Wednesday Books for the free digital ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I found this book slightly more enjoyable than the first one, though they both still get a 3.5 star rating. I thought this story was really unique, and the writing really improved from the first book. I also enjoyed discovering the world of Gondal alongside Shae and her friends. We also learned more about the history of Gondal and Montane and how the world is so much m Actual rating: 3.5 stars A huge thanks to Wednesday Books for the free digital ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I found this book slightly more enjoyable than the first one, though they both still get a 3.5 star rating. I thought this story was really unique, and the writing really improved from the first book. I also enjoyed discovering the world of Gondal alongside Shae and her friends. We also learned more about the history of Gondal and Montane and how the world is so much more bigger than what Shae realized, and the stories her mother told her are truer than she could have ever imagined. I was so intrigued that Montane seemed to be a practically cut-off and underdeveloped country compared to Gondal and was curious to know how exactly that came to be. I found Shae incredibly brave and I love that she was able to keep her friends close with her throughout most of the book. There were moments that I wished there had been more romance between Ravod and Shae. Their interactions were very subtle and any desire to act upon their feelings were one another were smothered by the bigger picture. Because of this I struggled to grasp their relationship, especially considering Ravod's dual intentions. I'm glad this book didn't make me continue to dislike Kennan, lol. I wasn't sure what to make of her intentions in book one, so it was nice to see her finally find a place in Gondal considering the misogyny of Montane as a whole. When the "final battle" took place it felt a little anti-climactic and I think that's because I still felt rather disconnected from both Gondal and Montane, almost like I didn't quite know enough about them to be invested. We only seem to touch the surface of Gondal as a country and I wish the characters were more immersed. But we're so laser-focused on the Book of Days and ensuring Montane's safety that I sort of...get it? I normally don't comment on the epilogue but I could have done without it. As a matter of fact I think I would have preferred a different POV for the epilogue as it really distances you from the characters when I wanted to be drawn in despite the book ending.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    I won't lie, I went into Veil with some fairly low expectations, based on some pretty rough early reviews. But I was quite pleasantly surprised by my feelings about this sequel; in fact I think I liked it more than Hush ? So at first, I admit, I didn't remember a *ton* about the first book? This is just a thing that happens when much time has passed between books. It can't be helped. But eventually, I started to remember the gist of the story, and I really found it entertaining. I quite enjoye I won't lie, I went into Veil with some fairly low expectations, based on some pretty rough early reviews. But I was quite pleasantly surprised by my feelings about this sequel; in fact I think I liked it more than Hush ? So at first, I admit, I didn't remember a *ton* about the first book? This is just a thing that happens when much time has passed between books. It can't be helped. But eventually, I started to remember the gist of the story, and I really found it entertaining. I quite enjoyed the expansion of the world created in the first book in this one, and was so glad that we got to see more of it. I had some suspicions, and they turned out to be fairly on point, but I liked getting to see more of the world. I also enjoyed the relationships that the characters built with each other, and the growth they underwent. And look, yes the book (or really, the series in general) was at times predictable. I also probably would have liked a few more answers about how the world came to be, because that is just who I am as a person. But overall, it was enjoyable and entertaining, and I liked the characters and their arcs, so I can't really ask for much more. (Incidentally, this is another great example of the benefits of a duology- it would have been way too much for one book, and definitely not enough for three, two seems like the sweet spot for sure!) I also was quite a fan of the messages that the author was trying to give in the story, too. Which, for spoiler reasons, you'll have to figure out yourself!  Bottom Line: Enjoyable characters and entertaining story, if a bit predictable at times. You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Veil is the second novel in Dylan Farrow's Hush series, and I love this cover. I know I say that a lot, but seriously, it's so pretty. I love the colors and the inky appearance of it. It's perfect. Shae's whole life is a lie. People say that all the time, but it is pretty literal in her case. Driven by a need to fix things, she sets off on a quest for Gondal. Gondal will have the magic she needs to put everything back the way it should be with any luck. The only way she'll be able to make it is Veil is the second novel in Dylan Farrow's Hush series, and I love this cover. I know I say that a lot, but seriously, it's so pretty. I love the colors and the inky appearance of it. It's perfect. Shae's whole life is a lie. People say that all the time, but it is pretty literal in her case. Driven by a need to fix things, she sets off on a quest for Gondal. Gondal will have the magic she needs to put everything back the way it should be with any luck. The only way she'll be able to make it is to follow Ravod's trail. The thought is painful enough – the path more so. She learns more about the boy and his betrayal by following in his footsteps. Will the answers she seeks be worth all of this? As somebody that enjoyed Hush, it is safe to say that I was looking forward to Veil. And while I did enjoy the sequel, I feel like it didn't have the same magic as the first. Maybe that is just me? Don't worry, though – I still fully intend to read anything else Farrow comes up with. Once again, worldbuilding is what captivated my attention and imagination. That isn't to say that I disliked the characters – I'm just a sucker for a well-built fantasy world. In many ways, jumping back into this world felt like coming home. That tells me that I should probably go back and read Hush sometime in the near future. The characters are also interesting, though I'm still craving a stronger connection with them. I'm listening to them from the other room – I can hear what they're saying, but I don't have a full emotional connection to any of it. I hope that makes sense. Anyway, I did enjoy Veil, despite that complaint. I would happily read more in this series, given half the chance, if only for another opportunity to visit the world. Thanks to Wednesday Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own. Read more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Reppy

    "Veil" was a fitting sequel. Shae and her friends make it Gondal, a country they were not sure really existed. Gondal is not at all what they expected, both in positive and negative ways. Gondal is technologically advanced, and much of what Shae and her friends witness is strange and confusing -- steam-powered trains, towering buildings, flying vehicles, etc. And of course, everywhere they look they see written language -- signs, posters, menus, books, etc. However, the refugees from Montane are "Veil" was a fitting sequel. Shae and her friends make it Gondal, a country they were not sure really existed. Gondal is not at all what they expected, both in positive and negative ways. Gondal is technologically advanced, and much of what Shae and her friends witness is strange and confusing -- steam-powered trains, towering buildings, flying vehicles, etc. And of course, everywhere they look they see written language -- signs, posters, menus, books, etc. However, the refugees from Montane are forced to live in underground tunnels, as the Gondalese government does not want to deal with them, or allow them to become citizens. Shae catches up with Ravod and she finally gets the opportunity to see the Book of Days, which is not quite she expected. It turns out that Ravod has a connection to the General who rules Gondal, giving Shae and her friends the opportunity to enlist assistance in overthrowing Cathal and High House. However, the General's plans for Montane are vastly different from what Shae and her friends hope to achieve, forcing them to attempt to stop both the Gondalese military and Cathal before Montane is permanently destroyed. The story is fast-paced and keeps the reader engaged. There are some rather good surprises involving relationships between certain characters, and regarding the true identities and the pasts of some of the characters. The author does a good job of portraying Shae's struggles with the ramifications of past actions and the choices she has to make going forward, battling her doubts to reveal her inner strength. The sequel shows the reader aspects of Fiona and Kennan that may be unexpected. The depth of and secret behind Cathal's power is revealed. "Veil" is well worth reading. I received a copy of the e-book via NetGalley in exchange for a review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris Monceaux

    ***Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing a copy of the book. My review contains my honest thoughts about my reading experience.*** It is very rare for me to just say outright that a book is bad, but this one was really, really bad. The first book of this duology, Hush, was formulaic but at least it used its unique premise of magic in ink/words in interesting ways. Veil was just a rushed, meandering mess that made it clear the author must not have had a clear understanding of th ***Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing a copy of the book. My review contains my honest thoughts about my reading experience.*** It is very rare for me to just say outright that a book is bad, but this one was really, really bad. The first book of this duology, Hush, was formulaic but at least it used its unique premise of magic in ink/words in interesting ways. Veil was just a rushed, meandering mess that made it clear the author must not have had a clear understanding of their world or its magic system prior to starting out on this endeavor. There were plot holes galore, and so much of the story relied upon random unexplained happenings/things or throwaway lines where the characters themselves admit they don't really know why certain things happened the way they did. After all the buildup of Gondal in the first book, I was a bit let down that we didn't get to see more of the world. I think that was a problem with both books throughout; they felt incredibly small even though the stakes were meant to feel world-changing. Overall, the plot and messaging just felt incredibly forced, and it seemed the messaging was driving the plot most of the time. I love having social commentary in the books I read, but I want to it to be included in a good story rather than have a bunch of things thrown in piecemeal to make sure all the hot topics of the day get hit. The characters were also still pretty basic, and, if possible, I actually found Shae to be less compelling of a character in this one than the first book. Ultimately, I only finished because I felt obligated to review it and ended up skimming through a lot of it because the writing just wasn't that great. Therefore, I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars. See more of my reviews and other bookish content here!

  30. 5 out of 5

    M. K. French

    In this sequel to Hush, everything Shae knew had been a lie. She thought she knew Ravod, but he stole the Book of Days. Following him with her friends, Shae enters Gondal, the land relegated to myths but is ruled not by magic but by technology. Shae is desperate for answers and wants to restore peace despite the lies. In Hush, we're introduced to a land where disease is spread by ink, and the language-based magic can only be used by Bards. Shae never wanted comfort in lies as other villagers did, In this sequel to Hush, everything Shae knew had been a lie. She thought she knew Ravod, but he stole the Book of Days. Following him with her friends, Shae enters Gondal, the land relegated to myths but is ruled not by magic but by technology. Shae is desperate for answers and wants to restore peace despite the lies. In Hush, we're introduced to a land where disease is spread by ink, and the language-based magic can only be used by Bards. Shae never wanted comfort in lies as other villagers did, and sometimes put her trust in the wrong people. Veil immediately follows the last one, so read Hush first. Shae has grown up a bit, but she still has a tendency to trust easily. This means she makes the same mistakes. She's told it's not a flaw, but it does make her life harder. Gondal is nothing like Montane, and more like our world: trains, tunnels, high rises, street signs, parks, cafés, and the like. Shae and her friends are awed by the differences, and it's even more clear that everything Montane believes is a lie. That doesn't automatically make Gondal better; every country has its problems, and Gondal has those of an industrial power. On an individual level, Shae struggles with feeling as though she's worth the sacrifices of others if her choices were the right ones, and what the proper course of action is going to be. She's not too different from most of us in that regard, which makes her an approachable protagonist. This novel didn't quite go in the direction that I thought it would for the climactic battle scene, but it definitely fit the trajectory of the novels. We see everyone at their most determined, and characters we forgot about from the first book show up again. I thought it was a fun touch to the novel, and helped to give closure on the country that Shae so precipitously left behind.

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